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3.34 | 70 ratings | 21 reviews | 26% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 1973

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Paint A Picture (5:24)
2. Circus (6:18)
3. The Award (4:52)
4. Politely Insane (3:27)
5. Widow (2:12)
6. Icy River (5:53)
7. Thank Christ (4:06)
8. Young Man's Fortune (3:41)
9. Gnome Song (4:19)
10. Silent Mine (4:39)

Total Time: 44:41

Bonus tracks on remaster (Lake Eerie 2005) taken from Fantasy - Beyond The Beyond:

11. Beyond The Beyond (5:37)
12. Reality (2:58)
13. Alanderie (9:01)
14. Afterthought (5:51)
15. Worried Man (2:56)
16. Just A Dream (3:32)
17. Winter Rose (3:27)

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Line-up / Musicians

- Paul Lawrence / 12 string guitar, vocals
- David Read / bass, vocals
- David Metcalfe / keyboards, vocals
- Peter James / lead guitar, vocals
- Jon Webster / percussion, vocals

Releases information

LP Polydor 2383 246 (1973)
CD Polydor KK ERC-29229 (1991, Japan)
CD Lake Eerie LER 43007 (2005, remaster)

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FANTASY Paint A Picture ratings distribution


3.34
(70 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(26%)
26%
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(37%)
37%
Good, but non-essential (21%)
21%
Collectors/fans only (16%)
16%
Poor. Only for completionists (0%)
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Review by Sean Trane
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Prog Folk
3 stars Somewhat over-rated IMOHO , this is considered as one of the hidden pearls of prog and I must say this is one still I listen to 10 years after discovering it, but rarely go to the end of it. This has all the ingredients a proghead wishes for , and this was much lauded as a real masterpiece until this came back out on CD . I have heard a lot less about it since.

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Posted Tuesday, February 17, 2004

Review by Steve Hegede
PROG REVIEWER
5 stars Before reading my short review of this album, I have to admit being a bit biased. I really love this style of early English progressive rock. Although the musicians are not virtuosos, and the tracks are not terribly complex the music here is so warm, sincere, and melodic that you immediately fall for the colorful sounds coming out of your speakers. 1973's "Paint A Picture" is FANTASY's only official release (the second album, which was rejected by Polydor in the 70s, was released on CD in 1992). Some of the music on "Paint A Picture" reminds me of David BOWIE's "Space Oddity". Not that the tracks here sound like BOWIE's classic song, but the orchestration is very similar. Especially with the use of acoustic guitar, and mellotron. The band also knew when to pick up the pace in a song with an aggressive instrumental section or two, but the overall atmosphere is relaxed. This classic will appeal to fans of SPRING, EARTH AND FIRE, PENTACLE, and PFM's "Per Un Amico".

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Posted Monday, March 22, 2004

Review by lor68
PROG REVIEWER
2 stars Sorry for the low score, but honestly I don't get crazy for this kind of "Pop-progressive", in the vein of band such as SPRING, CRESSIDA, CIRKUS and in some circumstances BEGGAR'S OPERA (despite of these latter being harder) as well...of course there's a lot of Mellotron keyboards, along with some good breaks through reminding me of "Trespass" by GENESIS, but I can't remember any melody or such a memorable moment here!! The song-structured music themes, characterized by a poor harmony, let me be a bit perplex, because this album is regarded as a "progressive album" although it is not so creative nor this is a work in progress!! Make your choice anyway!! Recommended only if you love the bands I have mentioned to you above.

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Posted Thursday, April 01, 2004

Review by loserboy
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4 stars "Paint a Picture" was the debut album release by England's FANTASY and represents a lovely early work of art. This 5 piece English band play a highly symphonic styled melodic progressive rock with some lovely deep mellotron and keyboards. FANTASYy were known as a song based band and this album showcases their lyrical approach to symphonic music. Instrumentally these guys were amazing with some lovely bass, guitar and drum interplay all put to the expressive and flowing vocals. Hard to exactly peg down but one might draw some similarities to the approach of STARCASTEL, Alan PARSONS PROJECT (ie. Politely Insane) GENESIS and even BARCLAY JAMES & HARVEST. Their sound is full and rich with lots of great instrumentation. Recommended for your collection !

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Posted Thursday, March 02, 2006

Review by OpethGuitarist
PROG REVIEWER
2 stars You'll discover moonshine

A fairly unknown pop/symphonic band made their debut and is an outfit I associate more with Camel for being a calmer, gentler style of prog, but really only in that respect. The album is very warm sounding, very genuine, and easy to listen to.

The prog found here lacks the virtuoso trapeze acrobatic like skills of others (though it doesn't make this bad). The sounds are lush, serene, and fine tuned more towards aesthetic qualities. It lacks much of the pretentiousness that might be associated with other artists of the genre. The guitars are typically much more back in the mix than many others, with the keys and vocals being primarily at the forefront. Overall there isn't too much going on here, for better or worse, but for those looking for easy listening and pleasant prog this would make an excellent choice.

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Review by kenethlevine
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2 stars I do have a problem with proto-progressive groups plying their trade in 1973, at a time when prog was at its peak. Fantasy's "Paint a Picture" sounds alot more like 1967 to me. Of course, at the time there was no such style as proto-prog, and indeed even today we debate the merits of this appellation. To me, it sounds like psychedelic music that overstayed its welcome. While I heard great things about a variety of groups in this genre, none has really lived up to the hype of being "like the Moody Blues, only better". Fantasy is no exception.

Nonetheless the vocals are strong, the songs generally do not overextend themselves, the organs and guitars are crisp, and the group knows how to vary its approaches within a fairly standard rock framework. Highlights are the title cut, the feverish "Politely Insane", "Icy River", and the mythological sounding "Gnome Song". Unfortunately, they can also be quite tedious, as in "Circus", which starts off quite promisingly but becomes unfocused and pedestrian, and is marred by overly heavy guitars. "Thank Christ" and "Young Man's Fortune" are also weak and undistinguished, while "Window" in spite of or perhaps because of the cello, just sounds precious.

This Fantasy paints a picture I have seen too many times already, so loses a half star in the process. Like most proto prog, it's pretty dispensable today, although completists will enjoy the bare bones approach.

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Review by Certif1ed
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3 stars Sounds Good...

This debut offering from Fantasy is impressive.

The first things that grab you are the production and the pristine execution - which is exactly what strikes me first with the genre of Progressive Metal and much modern "Prog".

Actually, the very first thing that grabs you is typical Prog-style keyboards, layered with panned auto-wah guitars, creating an atmosphere not unlike that on Pink Floyd's opus of the next year, "Wish You Were Here". There are other similarities to Floyd, in the chord progressions mainly - the vocals leap out at you like some kind of "Aladdin Sane" Bowie clone, even down to the harmonisation style.

Unlike either Floyd or Bowie, however, there is something missing from the music that's difficult to put your finger on - at first, you think it might be the melodies. However, these are strong and accessible - just not particularly catchy. Then you think it could be the harmonies, as little unconvincing details appear with increasing frequency - but there's nothing that the other notables didn't do.

There are wafts of Mellotron, tempo changes, dynamic lights and shades and a symphonic feel - verging on the Barclay James Harvest and Genesis - but somehow it all feels artificial.

There are some stunning sounds here, though.

Underlying it all is what you might call a pop sensibility - yet there are no individual devices or compositional methods that are purely pop - in fact, there are many that are off the wall, and should sit together nicely to create a great Prog Rock album. The opening tracks, "Paint a Picture" and the first part of "Circus" are in no way as derivative as many other reviews would have you believe - the surface textures are all familiar and staples of Prog Rock, but the compositions - the way all the bits and pieces hang together and flow one from another - are deeply individual pieces.

The guitar solo lets "Circus" down very badly, though - it's a horrible pentatonic mess, which is followed quickly by an unredeeming dirge and faked applause, and the second half of this piece is quite terrible, using all kinds of classic references in a vain attempt to save itself, from the Beatles (Helter Skelter) to the Angular, Gabriel influenced vocal melodies - all buried under a sudden mush in the production.

"The Award" conjures up images of early Genesis - much more strongly than Marillion ever did - and again starts to sound like a David Bowie song - very similarly to "Paint a Picture". There are interesting little details that jump out that belong in neither camp, however - but not enough to make the song itself interesting.

"Politely Insane" is a much more uptempo pop/rocker, with 1970s style wacka-wacka rhythm guitar, and a chord progression and melody line that is "interesting", although not in the literal sense. Even though there are quirky changes and unusual constructions in here, the song washes past like arual wallpaper with the occasional "No!!!" moment, but an odd feeling that this should be a good song. Even though it isn't.

"Window" is a slower, balladic sort of song, with acoustic guitar and cello providing an unusual backdrop to the vocals, which here take on flavours of Roy Harper. The piano joins, providing rich textures - but the instrumentalists seem to ignore what each other are playing for an almighty harmonic splat - which seems all the more bizarre given the return to "pure" diatonic harmony for the rest of the piece (give or take the odd nasty).

Icy River begins like some epic Prog piece, then fizzles out into an unremarkable early Pink Floyd-derived song with blingy textures. Notable features include the keyboard being unaware of when the vocals are using major or minor harmonies, and providing nasty clashes of the minor and major third simultaneously. While it's possible to superimpose major and minor tonalities, here one gets the strongest impression that this is unintentional here - in the context of the rest of the harmonic work, at least, and we end up with moments of uncomfortable messiness that make this song hard to listen to as a whole. Pity, as it has interesting formal constructions.

"Thank Christ" kicks off like a combination of early Floyd, Yes and Genesis, with a pedal bass, trippy keyboard and vocal harmonies. I find this a peculiarly uninteresting and overly repetitive song.

The next three songs are similarly unremarkable, finishing off a collection of well thought out but ultimately flawed pop/rock songs with more than a nod and wink towards the Progressive Rock "movement". Strong flavours of the Moody Blues ring out, the Bowie/Floyd link is underlined with the "Gnome Song", but overall, a perfect illustration of how esimply putting all the ingredients together does not make Progressive Rock - even despite the Mellotrons!

Summary

Re-categorise as "Prog-Related", because it's not the real thing - even though it does *sound" like it could be. The overall homogeneity of the songs is the giveaway here - point me to a homogenous-sounding pre-1980s Genesis album!

I wouldn't listen to this again (4 times is quite enough to realise it doesn't offer anything on repeated listens), and would personally award this one star, as I think it very poor. However, it's probably worth two listens - one to enjoy the sonic marvels of the production and thee generally excellent execution and think "Hey, this isn't bad" - and the second to realise that you've heard most of it before, and actually, it's nowhere near as good as you thought it was on first listen.

Therefore, Good - but not essential by any stretch of the imagination.

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Posted Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Review by Gatot
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3 stars Another band from the seventies era that I only knew recently from a friend of mine who knew the band in the seventies. As this was released in 1973, the only connection I can make is that by that time Genesis had already released 'Foxtrot' and at the same time of Fantasy debut, Genesis also released 'Selling England By The Pound'. And talking about Yes, they already released 'Close To The Edge' a year in advance and 'Tales From Topographic Ocean' was released at the same time with Fantasy's debut. Nope! I am not trying to make a connection between Fantasy and Genesis nor Fantasy and Yes in terms of music style as they are NOT alike. My point is pretty simple: what would I think about Fantasy 'Paint A Picture' when I knew it in 1973 and at that time I had already been familiar with Genesis, Yes, King Crimson, Gentle Giant, ELP? Well of course I would not consider this 'Paint A Picture' at par excellent as 'Selling England By The Pound' or 'Tales From Topographic'. Worse, maybe I was not interested at all with the music as the composition is so simple and nothing as complex as 'Supper's Ready' or 'The Battel of Epping Forest' or 'The Ancient'. See my point?

Well, I need to make that connection because I am afraid if I only make a review of this 1973 album that I knew only in recent years, I would tend to rate it higher to compensate my 'mistake' for not knowing the band for such a long time. I also want to avoid the 'halo effect' because of the feeling of peacefulness enjoying vintage record like this.

Composition-wise, nothing really spells out from this debut album of Fantasy. Each composition revolves around song approach where the music was most likely composed on top of previously written melody as typically pop song. In fact there are many pop elements in the music even though the music is much more to psychedelic prog. I may refer the music is in the vein of Procol Harum even though they are not precisely the same. But don't get me wrong, I do enjoy spinning this album especially with its vintage sound and simple composition. All of the ten tracks provided here have good to excellent melody as this is a song-orientated album.

The opening track 'Paint A Picture' (5:24) lays down the overall tone of the album nicely with an atmospheric opening using long sustain keyboard as background of vocals. It moves in soft to medium tempo. The key of the song is on vocal harmonies backed with long sustain organ / keyboard work. The electric guitar sometimes provide its solo. It's a psychedelic music, really. 'Circus' (6:18) is a nicely composed track with bass guitar providing the role of beet keeper combined with drums. The electric and acoustic guitar become a rhythm section that overlays keyboard sound. The interlude of the song is nice, exploring organ work backed with solid bassline and electric guitar fills. 'The Award' (4:52) brings the music back to mellow style with nice guitar work. The tempo is slow to medium. 'Politely Insane' (3:27) sounds like an unfinished pop song.

'Widow' (2:12) is a nice mellow track with catchy melodies and very nice acoustic guitar work accompanying vocal line. 'Icy River' (5:53) brings the music into much upbeat style at the opening part followed with a break using acoustic guitar work and organ sound. 'Thank Christ' (4:06) sounds like a ballad. 'Young Man's Fortune' (3:41) brings the music in upbeat mode with organ and guitar as main instruments on top of solid basslines. 'Gnome Song' (4:19) is a nicely composed song in dark nuance using a combination of piano and catchy acoustic guitar work accompanying the vocal line. The acoustic guitar work is excellent. The album concludes nicely with an ambient organ work that remarks the intro of 'Silent Mine' (4:39). The concluding track is an organ-driven composition.

Overall, this is a good album and will favor you if you really love vintage music. Composition-wise there is no complex track offered here, but I am sure you would enjoy the album. Keep on proggin' .....!

Peace on earth and mercy mild - GW

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Posted Friday, September 04, 2009

Review by apps79
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3 stars Another UK outfit with a style close the likes of early 70's British Prog bands.Formed in 1970 in Kent as ''Chapel Farm'',the original line-up consisted of Paul Lawrence, David Read, David Metcalfe, Bob Vann and Brian Catham.Unfortunately Vann was killed in a car accident and Catham got off the board soon after,but the rest of the band decided to carry on with Peter James on guitars and Jon Webster on drums (both coming from a band called ''Joy''),along with a new name ''Firequeen''.Focusing on original material they were finally signed by Polydor on a three-year contract and released their first album ''Paint a picture'' (original title was ''Virgin on the ridiculuous''),after they were offended to change their name.

A rather unknown and much sought-after album in the past,''Paint a picture'' pays a tribute to the albums which established the early-70's UK Progressive sound,next to the likes of BARCLAY JAMES HARVEST and, mostly in this case,CRESSIDA.That means that this is carefully-performed well-orchestrated rock music with Pop-Psychedelic elements, but also delicate guitar playing,symph-like keyboards and a heavy amount of vocal arrangements.Similarities with CRESSIDA are undeniable.So,FANTASY deliver mainly song- based tracks with clear and sensitive vocals and tried to mix the British Psychedelic sound with a somewhat Orchestral Rock approach,obviously based on the strong use of keyboards,mainly Hammond organ and mellotron.The album is rather soft and flows nice and easy from track to track,additionally it contains some very good and memorable moments.However, while CRESSIDA belong to the early British Prog movement entering the 70's,FANTASY presented the same thing three years later,when progressive rock had already worn better-sounding clothes.

Totally unoriginal yet undoubtfully pleasant and enjoyable,''Paint a picture'' speaks to fans of the afore-mentioned prog pioneers,along with early CARAVAN or even GENESIS.Recommended.

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Posted Friday, January 01, 2010

Review by Mellotron Storm
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3 stars I've heard people say that if you like SPRING you will like this band. Not as much mellotron on this debut by FANTASY when comparing them to SPRING but the focus is on the vocals (lyrics) and they are well done. Every member helps in the vocal department by the way. There's a couple of songs on this album that really do it for me.

"Paint A Picture" opens with soft vocals and organ, then a fuller sound comes in before a minute. Guitar before 3 minutes when the vocals stop. It settles right down with organ to end it. "Circus" is one of those songs I was talking about that just does it for me. It's kind of catchy and vocal-led early as the organ pulses. Guitar around 2 minutes after the vocals have stopped. Great sound when the vocals return after 3 1/2 minutes. Nice organ 5 minutes in followed by guitar.

"The Award" is my favourite tune on here. The vocals almost quiver and we get some vocal melodies too. It moves me for some reason. "Politely Insane" opens with strummed guitar then it kicks in quickly with vocals. "Widow" opens with melancholic guitar as reserved vocals join in. Piano and what sounds like violin too. "Icy River" has a good intro then it settles when the laid back vocals come in and the organ floats. "Thank Christ" slowly builds as strummed guitar and vocal melodies join in. Vocals after a minute. Mellotron in this one too. Nice guitar late. "Young Man's Fortune" kicks in quickly. I like the guitar before 3 minutes. "Gnome Song" is mellow with fragile vocals then mellotron. Drums after a minute. The tempo picks up with guitar. "Silent Mine" opens with organ and drums as reserved vocals join in. A drifting track really.

A good album with some really good songs. 3.5 stars.

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Review by Warthur
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4 stars Whilst the top-tier prog bands had become rock aristocracy crafting baroque and finely crafted masterpieces by 1973, the somewhat more freewheeling spirit of the early prog scene - more plugged in to the counter-cultural underground and prog's psychedelic heritage, a little rougher around the edges as far as the production standards went, and a bit less hyped up about classical music - was being kept alive by Fantasy. Their debut album, Paint a Picture, reminds me at points of Pampered Menial by Pavlov's Dog with more accessible vocals and, at points, a greater influence from funk and other less traditional inspirations for symphonic prog. Although I think its reputation has been artificially boosted by its long period of unavailability, it's still a charming album which fans of the sound of the early prog scene will find delightful.

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Posted Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Review by Tarcisio Moura
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2 stars 2.5 stars, really. Another obscure album from an even more obscure band from the UK. Unlike their name suggests, the sound is not symphonic prog in the vein of Yes or Genesis (or another not so well known group with a fitting name, Starcastle). Fantasy plays what we can call song oriented prog that was quite already dated by the time their debut album made the shops. It was 1973, symphonic prog was at its peak and this band played basicly what was popular in the 60īs. Their sound reminds me a lot of Moody Blues and Barclay James Harvest. Unfortunatly nothing here is original or even in the same league as the aforementioned bands best works.

Iīm not saying that the music is bad. Not at all. First of all they are all very good musicians and they had a superb singer in the person of Paul Lawrence. The guy has a great voice. The instrumental parts are very well performed (with good use of the obligatory mellotron. although less than desired), and the production is excellent. There are several good cuts like the heavy MBīs influenced Politely Insane, Unfortunalty there are other not as interesting tracks too, boring even, but none is crap. The overall feeling is that the band was a late arrival in the pop-symphonic-psychedelic bandwagon of the late 60īs.

So, in the end, the feeling is pleasant, but nothing special ou memorable. However, if you like the aforementioned bands, you shold check this CD.

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Review by stefro
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2 stars Another charter member of the early-seventies one-album prog club, this obscure British five-piece issued the album 'Paint A Picture' on the Decca imprint during 1973 despite both a late change of name(from 'Firequeen') and the tragic death of their original lead-guitarist. Unfortunately though, 'Paint A Picture' failed to catch the moment, and Fantasy subsequently disbanded despite having commenced sessions for a mooted follow-up and producing around half-an-album's worth of material that would only surface over two decades later. However, like many once-forgotten progressive groups, Fantasy's limited repertoire has been re-examined and reissued for the CD age, with 'Paint A Picture' gaining a small cult following in the process. Predictably, the oft- used tag 'Lost Classic' has been added to the equation, though in this instance it's a bit of a misleading description. Featuring an elegant symphonic touch and a whimsical selection of delicate, West Coast-tinged compositions, this is very much a pretty-yet-rather uninspiring experience that blends its collection of familiar ingredients without ever setting the pulse racing. From the earnest strains of the opening title-track to the colourless closer 'Silent Mime', 'Paint A Picture' proves a distinctly dour take on the Moody Blues/Procol Harum school of pop-laced progressive pop. However, that's not to say that the sounds of Fantasy won't appeal to those who enjoy the likes of 'To Our Children's Children's Children' or 'A Salty Dog', though fans of slightly harder and heavier material are advised to stay away. In conclusion then, 'Paint A Picture' is hardly awful, just very mediocre. STEFAN TURNER, STOKE NEWINGTON, 2012

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Posted Monday, December 10, 2012

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4 stars There are hundreds of bands who, for various reasons are not (or did not want to) go down in history. I'll explain better: Fantasy have produced an album in the style of Barclay James Harvest, The Moody Blues, Cressida, Genesis, Spring, Ekseption, Aphrodite's Child, Nirvana, Procol Harum... I. ... (read more)

Report this review (#636974) | Posted by 1967/ 1976 | Tuesday, February 21, 2012 | Review Permanlink

3 stars Fantasy's Paint a Picture is an album you will enjoy at first listening. Very song-oriented melodic prog rock with decent keyboard arrangements (mostly mellotron and hammond), decent guitar work, good texture and very good vocals. The main problem with this album is that it won't grow on you beyon ... (read more)

Report this review (#279878) | Posted by lukretio | Thursday, April 29, 2010 | Review Permanlink

4 stars What can I say about this album, first time I heard it I thought it was David Bowie, some song from Space Oddity that I dinīt knew, but it wasnīt. It was Fantasy, an old English band who recorded this album in June 73 and they only recorded two albums. This record is a must for people who likes Dav ... (read more)

Report this review (#207793) | Posted by jerome | Thursday, March 19, 2009 | Review Permanlink

5 stars I got the vinyl reissue of this on Tapestry Records; like the other Tapestry releases I have the sound quality is stunning and the packaging solid. Fantasy is a slightly obscure band that have been somewhat reappraised in the years since this was released to an indifferent public in 1973. This i ... (read more)

Report this review (#153513) | Posted by robg | Sunday, December 02, 2007 | Review Permanlink

5 stars One of the best Progressive Rock albums ever made Indeed, such a harsh statement. but is it? Fantasy were a group with very little success, who released this one album in 1973, and did not get much hype for it. They recorded another album the following year but it was not released until the early ... (read more)

Report this review (#152943) | Posted by Verwuestung | Tuesday, November 27, 2007 | Review Permanlink

5 stars This is just a classic of early proto prog. I'm always surprised it's not more highly regarded by people. Each song is a miniature masterpiece, with great singing, songwriting, and playing, even though there's not too much complexity going on. ... (read more)

Report this review (#135454) | Posted by Ootsandnoots | Thursday, August 30, 2007 | Review Permanlink

4 stars Fantasy were a group whose history is enough to make even those familiar with record company problems, evil producers, tragic occurences (their original guitarist Bob Vann was killed on his 18th birthday!), and later on an outrageously expensive price tag for a not well promoted album cringe. St ... (read more)

Report this review (#74941) | Posted by | Friday, April 14, 2006 | Review Permanlink

5 stars A fantastic Album. Simply first class. The melodies, and musical prowess is simply unbelievable. How this band has not become a great i have no idea, but the album is definately worth a listen to any who love rock or progressive rock music. ... (read more)

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