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3.19 | 12 ratings | 1 reviews | 8% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 1978

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Octogon (6:53)
2. Speech Behind Speech (5:39)
3. Natural High (3:32)
4. Code-Word Elvis (8:01)
5. Video-Magic (4:04)
6. Night Bound City (3:12)
7. San Francisco Waitress (3:22)
8. Koan (11:59)

Total Time: 46:42

Line-up / Musicians

- Eberhard Schoener / Moog Oberheim synthesizer, piano, Mellotron, orchestra conduction
- Sting / bass, vocal
- Andy Summers / guitars
- Evert Fraterman / drums
- Olaf Kübler / sax

Releases information

LP Harvest 1C 064-45 234 (1978 Germany) (gatefold)
LP Energy ENR 57005, 91 ENR 57005 (1978 Italy)
LP Harvest 10C 064-45234 (1978 Spain)
LP Vadeca VEH-5003V (1979 Portugal)
LP Harvest, EMI 14C 062-45234 (1980 Greece)

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EBERHARD SCHOENER Video-Magic ratings distribution

(12 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(8%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(42%)
Good, but non-essential (42%)
Collectors/fans only (8%)
Poor. Only for completionists (0%)

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Review by Progfan97402
3 stars I found a copy of this at CD & Game Exchange in Eugene, Oregon many years ago, and was rather surprised to see it's the true original, not some compilation that consists of material from this album as well as Flashback (to bring home the Police connection). This is a rather strange album. Two thirds of the Police are here with Sting and Andy Summers, but not Stewart Copeland. Evert Fraterman fills in Copeland's shoes, with the addition of sax player Olaf Kubler, who I know from Passport's debut album Doldinger, as well as Can's Landed.

This is a strange one. The Police guys try their hands at progressive rock with interesting results. Sting's voice isn't meant for this kind of music. "Speech Behind Speech" is a slow piece with Mellotron all over the place and Sting providing the vocals. You will never mistake this for the Police. "Natural High" at least is a bit more Police-like, but done in proggy fashion, complete with Mellotron. "Octagon" is a nice instrumental piece with Andy Summers providing some nice guitar work, done in prog fashion. The rest of the album shows varying style that I don't feel is totally cohesive. This really isn't a lot Police gem or a prog gem, but a fascinating listen, and if you fancy what the Police might sound like doing prog with a Mellotron, you should give it a listen. It's not the kind of album you'll probably listen to all the time.

Eberhard Schoener has done better albums, Meditation (1973) and Bali-Agong (1976) are albums I find much better, although I'm hardly familiar with everything he's done.

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