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3.37 | 8 ratings | 1 reviews | 62% 5 stars

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Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Winter Witch (5:01)
2. Cosmic Wind (5:04)

Total Time: 10:05

Line-up / Musicians

- Richard Vaughan / guitar, mellotron, vocals
- Conor Riley / mellotron, organ, guitar, vocals
- Stuart Sclater / bass
- David Hurley / drums, percussion, flute
- Brian Ellis / guitar, moog, vocals

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7" Rise Above RISE LP120/7 (2009 UK)

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ASTRA Winter Witch / Cosmic Wind ratings distribution

(8 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(62%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(0%)
Good, but non-essential (38%)
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Review by Rivertree
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3 stars Early demo recordings? Or two leftovers originally recorded during sessions for their debut 'The Weirding'? - it doesn't matter in the end. Here we have something so-so I would say, probably considered as too weak in order to reach for a place on the album? I do not agree, at least partially. The second exemplar Cosmic Wind is fairly exciting as for my impression. It's the jammin' trippy groove probably, or the haunting vocals missing any lyrics? I really adore this spacey ambience.

The opener Winter Witch on the other hand appears in a decent outfit, acoustic guitar and nice flute contributions by drummer David Hurley - definitely listenable as everything from the ASTRA crew and Brian Ellis related projects - but, yes, it doesn't bring anything new to the table though. Although the band has already announced a new album entitled 'The Black Chord' in the meanwhile, I recommend to check out their debut which still is a great discovery.

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