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3.44 | 25 ratings | 3 reviews | 12% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 1997

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Always (10:11)
2. Heart's Desire (6:43)
3. Lost And Found (6:12)
4. Faith (3:52)
5. Never Could Say Goodbye (5:07)
6. Orphans (all Alone In The World) (8:56)
7. Foreign Land (2:42)
8. Jordan (9:11)
9. I Believe In Love (3:53)

Total Time: 56:47


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Line-up / Musicians

- Simon Clew / lead and back vocals
- Steve Christy / drums
- Ian Salmon / electric guitar
- Tina Riley / choir and back vocals
- Nick Barrett / guitar on "Always" and "Orphans"
- Clive Nolan / keyboard solo's on "Always" and Heart's Desire", orchestral percussion and back
- Peter Gee / guitars, bass and keyboards except "Always" and "Orphans"

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PETER GEE A Vision Of Angels ratings distribution

(25 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(12%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(48%)
Good, but non-essential (36%)
Collectors/fans only (4%)
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Review by Greger
4 stars This is the second solo album by PENDRAGON bass player Peter GEE, the follow-up to "Heart of David". The music is beautiful melodic symphonic progressive rock. It doesn't differ very much from the PENDRAGON albums, but there's also reminiscences to CAMEL, FISH, The FLOWER KINGS, Peter GABRIEL, early GENESIS, MARILLION and STEELY DAN. Two PENDRAGON musicians are participating on this album: Clive Nolan and Nick Barrett. The other musicians are A MILLION BLUES vocalist Simon Clew, JADIS drummer Steve Christey, SHADOWLAND guitarist Ian Salmon and Tina Riley on Choir vocals and Backing vocals. The lyrics are basically about love and romance with a religious theme throughout the entire album. There's a text on the cover that says it all: "Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil, but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails." The highlights are "Always", the ballad "Lost and Found" with strong melodies, the acoustic "Faith", the jazzy "Never Could Say Goodbye" and the instrumental masterpiece "Orphans (All Alone in the World)". Peter has written all the songs, he's playing Keyboards, Fretted and Fretless basses, Electric, Classical & Acoustic guitars, and he's also painted the beautiful cover. This is a strong solo-album with good musicians and strong compositions, showing that Peter can do well, even without PENDRAGON. Unfortunately Peter's debut solo album is deleted, but I hope that it will be re-released sometimes in the future. Recommended!
Review by progrules
3 stars Here we have an album that is harder to rate than to review. And that's because there is one excellent song on it (almost masterpiece) whilst the other ones are miles behind it. So then it's always the question what to do with the rating ?

The magnum opus of this album I'm talking about is of course the opening track, Always. The first half isn't even that great but when the instrumental second part takes its turn, well you can sit down and enjoy I can tell you. First there's a great keyboard solo lasting for 1,5 minutes before the grand finale starts with a mindblowing guitar solo by Nick Barrett.

It's really sad to say that after this song the album is more or less over. I don't want to be disrespectful to Peter Gee's contributing musicians but the singing is below par and the other compositions are good at best but nothing to get excited about. Heart's Desire is an example of this and 3rd track Lost and Found the singing is less annoying but it's a mediocre mellow song without substance. Next two are hardly more impressive (5th track is ok with nice jazzy playing) until we arrive with the 6th track (Orphans) the only other song that is more than acceptable but there we have the problem that it really goes for half the song (the second part with again great guitar). In the first half is some annoying singing I have to say. The other three songs are no better than the aforementioned few so there we have the problem for the rating. One superb song, one half good, the other 7 nice at best but actually poor and falling short in quality. I love Pendragon and therefore Peter Gee and out of respect I will give three for the whole album (2,7).

Review by apps79
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3 stars Due to the long break between ''The masquerade overture'' and ''Not of This World'' Pendragon's bassist Peter Gee found sometime to record his second solo album.''A vision of Angels'' was recorded in 1997 at Halfway Houses Studio in Maidenhead and released the same year on Pendragon's Toff Records.Besides the usual suspects Nick Barrett, Clive Nolan and Ian Salmon, Gee received helped from singer Simon Clew and female vocalist Tina Riley (both contributed vocals on ''The masquerade overture'') and Jadis' drummer Steven Christy.

''A vision of angels'' marks no stylistic improvements over ''Heart of David'', being quite similar regarding the compositional part.Generally the longer cuts have an obvious PENDRAGON and later CAMEL flavor, being deeply rooted in Neo Prog stylings and featuring great elaborate solos, light symphonic passages and excellent warm vocal work, showcasing Peter Gee's ability to compose high-class material.However his favorite style seems to be this soft simple- structured Progressive/Art-Rock of alternating acoustic and electric parts, vocals on the forefront and background atmospheric keyboards.But he really manages to deliver some nice and highly emotional musicianship even that way.On the other side a few commercial sounding but uninspired ballads like ''Never Could Say Goodbye'' or the overstretched ''Jordan'' add nothing interesting to this release but some more minutes of rather forgettable music.

There is enough stuff to be found in ''A vision of angels'' to satisfy any fan of emotional Art Rock,Neo Prog or slightly symphonic melodic prog.Especially for fans of PENDRAGON or CAMEL it is almost impossible to dislike this album.Recommended.

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