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3.37 | 55 ratings | 5 reviews | 16% 5 stars

Good, but non-essential

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Studio Album, released in 1994

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Lullaby (9:04)
2. Sniper (7:00)
3. Permanent Vacation (16:28)
4. Intentions (7:20)
5. The Beat of a Different Tree (6:19)
6. Lights (7:25)
7. Bobo The Gardener (3:47)
8. Short Story (7:05)
9. Tribute (Instumental) (2:59)

Total Time: 67:49

Bonus track on 1994 Japan release:
10. The King... (3:45)

Line-up / Musicians

- Mikael Värn / acoustic & electric guitars, Takamine 12-string guitar
- Ulf Pettersson / Yamaha CP-80 grand piano, Korg Wavestation / MS20, Mellotron, Minimoog, Oberheim OB-XA, koto, programming
- Göran Fors / bass, Taurus bass pedals, synthesizers (Oberheim O-XA, Prophet VS, Roland D50/U110, Kawai K4R, Logan String), vocals
- Dan Fors / drums, Alesis drum machine, percussion

- Björn Lodmark / fiddle (1)

Releases information

Artwork: Ann-Marie Edström with Inger Finnman and Ulf Nilsson

CD VF Production ‎- VF 002 (1994, Sweden)
CD Zero Corporation - XRCN-1116 (1994, Japan) With a bonus track
CD Progress Records - PRCD005 (2000, Europe)

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GALLEON Heritage And Visions ratings distribution

(55 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(16%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(36%)
Good, but non-essential (45%)
Collectors/fans only (2%)
Poor. Only for completionists (0%)

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Review by Prog-jester
3 stars 3.5 stars actually!

GALLEON is a fine Swedish Prog band that mixes GENESIS with PINK FLOYD without being faceless clones of both bands. Highly melodic and enjoyable, it lacks drive sometimes. Anyway, with stand-out 16-min epic like "Permanent Vacation" this CD becomes good addition to every Prog-fan collection. Another highlights are opening "Lullaby" and "Lights" with astonishing coda. Despite the lack of emotions from the band, they're not that cold guys from the North and know how to play good Prog. Recommended!

Review by Mellotron Storm
3 stars I have this strange attraction to GALLEON's music, maybe because they are such big RUSH fans as I am, I don't know. I do know they play very melodic music with always excellent lyrics. This one isn't as good as their debut, or the one that follows it in my opinion. I agree with Prog-jester though that this is a solid 3.5 star album.

"Lullaby" opens with synths that are replaced quickly by guitar. Vocals before 1 1/2 minutes.This is what I love about the band, the vocals and the beautiful melody along with them. A heavy passage comes and goes in contrast. Check out the acoustic guitar and reserved vocals. A beautiful section. Synths and an ominous vibe 5 1/2 minutes in. It's uptempo again. Some violin late to end it. Great track. "Sniper" is a cool song about being a soldier in the jungle. Synths and reserved vocals to open. It changes to a full sound quickly. A nice heavy sound 2 1/2 minutes in. The guitar melody sounds really good. Pounding drums before 4 minutes. I love the guitar/synth melody after 5 minutes. "Permanent Vacation" is over 16 minutes long. It opens with the synths swirling. Guitar and drums join in. Piano and vocals follow. A very relaxing passage follows until it kicks back in after 4 minutes.The contrast continues. Some nice bass lines after 7 minutes. Check out the guitar before 9 minutes. The mood and tempo continues to shift. An Eastern flavour with synths to end it. Intentions opens with acoustic guitar followed by a bombastic melody that reminds me of their fellow Swedes THE FLOWER KINGS. It calms down with some piano. Out of nowhere 6 1/2 minutes to the end of the song we get heavy riffs that would make BLACK SABBATH fans happy. Shocking really.

"The Beat Of A Different Tree" features more beautiful piano, drums and great vocals. I like this a lot. Some aggressive guitar before 5 minutes followed by heavy drums to end it. "Lights" has too much of an eighties feel to it for my liking. I like the guitar to end it though. "Bobo The Gardener" is another song i'm not fond of. Acoustic guitar,piano and birds singing. "Short Story" is my favourite song on here. It's just a feel good song with fun lyrics. The drumming shines on this one. It's so uplifting, this is what I love about these guys. I like the line "When you're at home watching Oprah it's hard to keep your pride"(haha). The final song is an instrumental called "Tribute" which is no doubt a tribute to the boys from Canada.This has RUSH stamped all over it. From the fat Geddy-like bass, to the synth runs and drumming. My second favourite song on here.

I hate giving this less then 4 stars, but there are 3 very average songs in my opinion that bring it down to 3.5 stars. Some excellent tracks on here though.

Review by progrules
3 stars Heritage and Vision is actually the first album I retrieved by Galleon (± 1997) and was also the reason it was the only one for a long time. Right now I acquired three more and all three appeared a lot better in my opinion but I didn't know that for all those years. I thought H & V was what Galleon was about and thought not much of them.

Lullaby is quite a good song actually contradicting the above statement but is more or less an exception. It's mainly the violin that is an interesting feature here. (3,75*).

Sniper is a more of a heavy track, at least at times. On other moments it's a bit of an incoherent song with less impressive ideas. Still ok but not special. (3,5*).

Permanent Vacation is one of the few real epics the band made through their career but as a whole I think this epic falls short to what may be expected by a track of this length. There are a few good moments here but the total song is a bit disappointing (3,5*).

Intentions doesn't show signs of recovery in my opinion. But let's not forget this band has set high standards for themselves through the years and maybe it's not quite fair to compare their second effort with their best works that appeared later on. On the other hand, maybe it is fair, why not do a sort of overview over their career after all their eight efforts so far ? Anyway this song is good but nothing exceptional (3,5*).

The Beat of a different tree is another average track without special features or exceptional qualities. Another good track though. 3,25*.

Lights is more of the same I have to say. With this album I miss the extra spark that I did find on King of Aragon with almost every track. But on this album it's as if there's something missing, it just doesn't grab me. All songs so far are proper but that's about the best I can say about them. Well, not all albums can be true winners, I can live with it, I hope Galleon can too. Another 3,25 for Lights which does have a fine finale by the way with good guitar.

Bobo the Gardener is really a lesser song on this album. This one is almost dispensable, the length wasn't already very promising although that doesn't say everything of course. A ballad like track with little substance. 2,75*.

Short Story is much more energetic and also melodic and accessible. Some nice keys lift the song to a very acceptable level. In the second half of the song I truly believe I hear hints to Garden Party from Marillion. Or is it just me who hears this ? One of the better tracks on H & V. 3,75*.

Tribute is probably a tribute to Rush (Villa Strangiato/YYZ ?) but I'm not sure here. A nice final (short) song. 3,5*.

Still a good album Heritage and Vision but no more so I will leave it at 3 stars though rounded down from 3,4.

Review by b_olariu
4 stars Superb band from Sweden delivering some of the best neo-prog i ever heared in last couple of years, with great musicianship and tight compositions. Heritage and visions is Galleon's second album from 1994, and what an album, great, full of intelligent arrangements and very good neo prog aproach. The album beggins with a strong piece named Lullubye, in fact i think is the best from here, very tight compositions with nice blend between smooth guitars and heavy ones, above that, the keyboard player Ulf Pettersson did a great job here. The vocalist Goran Fors who also is the bass player has a very good voice, he fits like a glove in this kind of music. The album flows pretty good from one track to another, living no doubts that Heritage and visions is a great album. Second track Sniper is a mid tempo neo-prog piece with excellent vocal parts, some mellow keys and guitars combined with strong bass and drums elements , next one the longest from here and quite at the same value with opening track is Permanent Vacation - an almost 17 minutes of real treat, neo-prog at it's best. The rest of the tracks are on par, and shows once again that Galleon has something to offer in this genre. Still underrated in my opinion, Galleon albums desearve much more attention, i think they play among the best neo prog available on prog market. This album desearve 4 stars without question, recommended.
Review by Warthur
3 stars Galleon's second album sounds a little bit tighter and more together than their debut to me, though on the whole they are still producing fairly middle-of-the-road, generic neo-prog material in a Marillion sort of vein. There's nothing altogether wrong about the album, but there's nothing wonderfully and spectacularly right about it either - it's a competently done collection of tracks with decent production and good performances, but the compositions are completely unmemorable, to the point where soon as the album's done I already can't remember what the first songs sounded like. Maybe worth a go if you are really keen on Marillion-inspired neo-prog groups, but there's plenty of better albums in this style out there.

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