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4.35 | 27 ratings | 1 reviews | 41% 5 stars

Essential: a masterpiece of
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Studio Album, released in 1971

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Tumblers To The Vault (3:26)
2. Syren (5:57)
3. December Angel (8:58)
4. Ibistix (8:04)
5. Field Hymn (Epiloque) (2:52)
6. Tillicum (1:54)
7. Better Deaf And Dumb From The First (2:54)
8. Aurora Spinray (3:26)

Total Time 37:31

Line-up / Musicians

- John Mills-Cockell / keyboards, Moog & ARP synths, producer
- Doug Pringle / saxophones, bongos, bells, guiro
- Alan Wells / congas, timpani, gong, tambourine

- Milton Barnes / string section & orchestral percussion director

Releases information

Artwork: Bart Schoales

LP True North Records ‎- TNX-5 (1971, Canada)

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SYRINX Long Lost Relatives ratings distribution

(27 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(41%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(26%)
Good, but non-essential (22%)
Collectors/fans only (4%)
Poor. Only for completionists (7%)

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Review by admireArt
5 stars Progressive Electronic meets Rock in Opposition, in Canada, 1971.

A masterwork which against all odds, prevails up to this day.

Against the odds of sharing their name with 2 other bands (one of them is also included here in PA), being way, way ahead of their time music wise and coming from a not exactly "Electronic nor Avant Garde/RiO" country like Canada in 1971 (Tim Hecker and Aidan Baker came much later ).

Not to make a big fuzz, but this work would have been by far, more appreciated in the more "open-minded" , Avant Garde/Prog and RiO sub-genre.

It deals a fair amount of synths and electronics, but basically, its music structure is not exactly electronic-like based or better yet, it is the perfect balance between both sub-genres (although the RiO spirit outweights the electronics.)

John Mills-Cockell who makes his synths sound like "real" strings (not joking), headmaster of this SYRINX, had an electronic project in 1968 which went by the name of "INTERSYSTEMS" , which only release appeared the same year, by the same name. So it is undisputable, that Syrinx has an "electronic" upbringing. But bandmate Doug Pringle's bold, , strong yet subtle saxophone lines, makes this kind of "magic blend" happen. In short, in this, their second 1971 last release, they went for all the marbles. (of course the percussions of Malcolm Tomlinson and Alan Wells (deceased November 3, 2010), build up this alternate structure.)

Daring, original, brilliant, well balanced, way ahead of their times in both sub-genre's musical composition language and absolutely unpretentious. The mark of the true geniuses

*****5 "flawless" PA stars in both sub-genres. What else can you ask for?

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