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3.35 | 13 ratings | 3 reviews | 23% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 1980

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Glass of Time (4:33)
2. Mt. St. Helens (4:54)
3. Coin-Op Era (4:06)
4. Labyrinth (7:25)
5. Spring 1980 (3:48)
6. While Crome Yellow Shine (4:29)
7. Spooks (6:07)
8. Two Worlds (4:40)
9. 4 Bars-1 Unit (5:48)
10. Cycles 1 (1:36)
11. Cycles 2 (3:23)
12. Cycles 3 (3:19)

Total Time 54:08

Line-up / Musicians

- Kit Watkins / pianos, minimoog, clavinet, B3, solina, flute, classical guitar, drum machine
- Coco Roussel / drums, big bass drum, saw blades, ash tray, gong, percussion

Releases information

CD One Way Records

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KIT WATKINS Labyrinth ratings distribution

(13 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(23%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(54%)
Good, but non-essential (15%)
Collectors/fans only (8%)
Poor. Only for completionists (0%)

KIT WATKINS Labyrinth reviews

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Review by Evolver
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Crossover & JR/F/Canterbury Teams
4 stars This early Kit Watkins solo album is a must for Happy The Man fans. The first nine out of the thirteen tracks sound like they could have come from one of the HTM albums (While Crome Yellow Shine was actually written by Watkins and Frank Wyatt for Happy The Man). They are all fabulous pieces of keyboard driven symphonic prog, showing off Watkins' keyboard skills and love of odd and changing time signatures.

The album drops a bit toward the end. The last three tracks, the Cycles pieces, are new agey noodling. It's closer to some of the music that Watkins would explore in sone of his later releases. But at least these tracks are all short, and don't really reduce the value of the album.

4.5 stars.

Review by SouthSideoftheSky
2 stars I can see your Camel from here

I am both a very big fan of Camel and a fan of the solo albums of keyboard players in general, so I guess it was just a matter of time before I would check out Kit Watkins. Watkins was recruited to replace original Camel keyboardist Peter Bardens in the late 70's and he appeared on the 1979 Camel studio album I Can See Your House From Here. Before that he played in the American Prog band Happy The Man.

Labyrinth was Watkins' first solo release and even if it is a bit too much on the easy listening-side for my tastes, it has a few traces of the late 70's/early 80's Camel sound. Even if Watkins did not appear on Camel's excellent 1981 studio album Nude, he did appear on the writing credits (together with Andy Latimer) on one instrumental piece called Docks. This same composition also appears on the present album, here under the different title of Mt. St. Helens. I recognized the tune it immediately, but I have to say that the Camel version is much better and more powerful. This version comes across as a bit lazy by comparison.

The album as a whole is actually rather lazy for the most part, though it is not New-Age music by any means (with the exception of the final three tracks). The music is entirely instrumental and strongly keyboard dominated. For me it is a pleasant listen, but not anywhere above that. There is very little to grab my attention, and this is not an album I would play more than once or twice.

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4 stars Kit's old band, Happy the Man, recorded both Labyrinth and While Chrome Yellow Shine for the band's third LP. Their label Arista cancelled the contract, and the third album eventually was released on plastic by Kit's homebrew label Azimuth, and (much later) on CD. The version of Chrome here rea ... (read more)

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