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4.70 | 11 ratings | 1 reviews | 36% 5 stars

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Live, released in 2012

Songs / Tracks Listing

Disc One

1. Karnataka
2. Serpent and the Sea
3. Delicate Flame of Desire
4. Heaven Can Wait
5. Tide To Fall
6. Forsaken
7. After the Rain

Disc Two

1. The Calling
2. Lagan Love
3. Our Love
4. State of Grace
5. The Journey
6. Your World
7. Heart of Stone
8. The Gathering Light

Line-up / Musicians

- Ian Jones / bass
- Enrico Pinna / guitars
- Hayley Griffiths - lead vocals
- Colin Mold / guitars, backing vocals
- Cagri Tozluoglu / keyboards
- Matt McDonough / drums, percussion

Releases information

Recorded at The Met Theatre in Bury on the New Light Tour

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KARNATAKA New Light Live in Concert ratings distribution

(11 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(36%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(45%)
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Review by kev rowland
5 stars Recorded at The Met in Bury on their 'New Light' Tour in 2012, I have only just come across this release, which was put out not long afterwards. I did actually see Karnataka in their early days at a very small gig, but to be honest I had only attended to see support act Sleeping Giant as it was an excuse to catch up with Dave Foster and I also knew Steve Rothery would be joining them onstage. Consequently, I do not think I actually saw more than a few minutes of the gig as I was outside with Mr & Mrs Foster, and certainly not enough to form a real opinion about them. After the first three albums the band broke up, but bassist Ian Jones later formed a new version of the band with himself being the only original member, since when they have released some highly acclaimed albums. They have continued to have line-up issues, and I note from visiting their website there have been further changes even since their last album, but on this tour Ian had been joined by guitarist Enrico Pinna along with new singer Hayley Griffiths and new keyboard player Çağrı Tozluoğlu (neither of whom were involved with the previous studio album, 'The Gathering Light'), along with Colin Mold on guitars and violin, and session drummer Matt McDonough.

I felt that 'The Gathering Light' was a major release (I cannot believe it is ten years ago now), and here the band were touring with only Ian and Enrico left from the line-up which had recorded it. One would not have guessed that though, as here is a band in full confidence, knowing they have both the material and ability to win over any crowd. This is solid neo prog, with a strong rhythm section which allows the keyboards to often provide a backing for some sterling guitar work with both guys more than happy to provide some excellent soloing and harmonies. Then at the front is Hayley Griffiths. Karnataka was the first band she had been involved with, but prior to this Hayley had gained acclaim as lead singer in both 'Riverdance' and 'Michael Flatley's Lord of the Dance' as well as releasing some solo albums. She may well be used to singing in front of much larger audiences than were there that night, but her knowledge of theatre and performing leads to confidence and she is in total control. Her voice is incredible, and the band provide both the perfect accompaniment and also take control themselves in the instrumental passages.

This double CD set contains fifteen songs, and the only problem I have with it is that it is too short! Amazing vocals combined with great musicians and wonderful songs, who could really wish for more? When I listen to this I am transported into a place and where time and reality no longer matters, as it is all about the music and the voice, and nothing else exists. Sublime.

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