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Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, released in 1980

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Sentimental Institution
2. The Toast

Line-up / Musicians

- Steve Hackett / guitar, vocal, optigan, Roland GR 500
- Nick Magnus / keyboards
- John Hackett / concert and alto flute
- Pete Hicks / vocal
- John Shearer / drums & percussion
- Dik Cadbury / bass, vocal

Releases information

Vinyl 7" Charisma CB 368

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STEVE HACKETT Sentimental Institution ratings distribution

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Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(0%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(17%)
Good, but non-essential (0%)
Collectors/fans only (67%)
Poor. Only for completionists (17%)

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Review by Matti
2 stars The other of the two singles taken from the Defector album, but unlike 'The Show', this hasn't got a good non-album track on the B-side. And speaking of the A-sider, especially the idea of having 'Sentimental Institution' in a jukebox is somewhat ridiculous. I can imagine how embarrassing it would have felt in my youth to play this granny song to a casual crowd in a bar. In the album it functions as a parodical closing number; in an eclectic context of prog it isn't necessarily so much out of place to mock any kind of music, e.g. old fashioned vocal music (Dik Cadbury's vocals and the simple arrangement treated to sound like coming straight out of an old gramophone), but why make a single of it as well? At least there's a nice vintage (Art Nouveau) drawing to accompany it.

'The Toast' is in my opinion one of the two loveliest tracks of Defector. Slow, melancholic, and full of the distinctive pastoral atmosphere that's one of Hackett's strengths. Since both tracks are on the main album, this rather unnecessary single falls in the "Collectors/fans only" category.

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