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3.59 | 11 ratings | 5 reviews | 0% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 1977

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. A Drinking Man's Concerto
2. Variations
3. Never Give Up
4. Storybook Girl
5. Worn Down Piano
6. Rock and Roll Symphony

Line-up / Musicians

- Mark Seymour / Grand piano, vocals
- Clark Seymour / Grand piano, vocals
- Scot Seymour / Mini-Moog, Poly-Moog, Mellotron, vocals
- Craig White / lead and rhythm guitar, vocals
- Jack Storts / bass guitar, vocals
- John Bebbs / drums, percussion
- Chrissie Faith and Miss Cheryl / backup vocals

Releases information

CD: Shroom Productions #: SP-2112

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CARNEGIE Rock And Roll Symphony ratings distribution

(11 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of rock music(0%)
Excellent addition to any rock music collection(73%)
Good, but non-essential (27%)
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Review by Greger
4 stars CARNEGIE was a 6-piece American symphonic progressive rock band formed by the classically trained twins Mark and Clark Seymour. Mark and Clark had a quite successful career before CARNEGIE as The MARK & CLARK Band, but that's another story. CARNEGIE's line-up is quite unusual, as Mark and Clark are both Grand Piano players who played back to back at the concerts, their brother Scot is a Moog and Mellotron player in addition to the traditional Guitar, Bass Guitar and Drums. Because of the line-up the music is very grandiose and pompous with both classical influences as well as reminiscences to EMERSON LAKE & PALMER, GENESIS, STYX, SUPERTRAMP and QUEEN. What could've been their big chance turned out in disappointment. Their signing to CBS was no good for the band. In the studio they never got the chance to play their unique kind of symphonic progressive rock. Instead they were "forced" to play a more hit-oriented music. Thanks to the interesting Shroom Productions label we now have the opportunity to hear CARNEGIE as they were in their heydays back in 1977. Unfortunately the sound quality is really bad at times and it takes away a lot of the dynamic you would've got if it was a proper studio recording released on a major record company. Shroom Productions is however honourable for releasing this CD called "Rock and Roll Symphony". And that is what it is, a Rock and Roll Symphony! If you're into the good old progressive American bands from the 70's you will surely enjoy this album although the somewhat poor sound quality. Recommended!
Review by b_olariu
3 stars Carnegie is an american band who was lost in a dust of time, not because they were bad, contrary they were pretty good but in the late '70's their music was no more something to talk about. Even this album Rock and roll symphony from 1977 sold more than 400.000 copies, they never manage to make it big. The album sounds adventurous and is very pompous with great key passages, but as a whole something is missing. Form by the three brothers Seymour, all three trained on piano. Now the music is very close to what bands like Queen, Styx or ELP done in past years , with grandous choruses a la Queen, subtile and smooth piano arrnagements, solid moog and mellotron a la ELP. I must say no matter how good this three brothers were, they never catch my attention deeply, the one i realy likefrom the whole bunch is the drumer John Bebbs, excellent musician, with a lot potential and great druming, from fast movements to smooth interplays with the bassist. I can't extract a piece to be the best, all have the same level. Anyway if yoy are into bands like Queen, Styx, the comercial side of these bands combined with the ELPish escapades on keys this make be a good one to aquire, 3 stars, good, but sometimes sounds dated and very unintristing, nevertheless a good album, who desearve a better view.

Latest members reviews

4 stars Sorry this is only based on Worn Down Piano, but 30 YEARS into my prog listening history I heard this for the first time ever anywhere (on ARROW rock radio based in the Netherlands) tonight and it instantly sent all my music senses reeling. The depth, detail, production, uniqueness and sould of t ... (read more)

Report this review (#65907) | Posted by | Saturday, January 21, 2006 | Review Permanlink

4 stars As this CD shows, the band Carnegie was a great promise, but one that remains unfulfilled to this day. The musicianship was excellent, the songs were adventurous and inspired, yet the first release of the band Carnegie never happened. Carnegie is a continuation of the Mark & Clark band; they r ... (read more)

Report this review (#27681) | Posted by JK2000 | Tuesday, March 29, 2005 | Review Permanlink

3 stars Carnegie....brothers (twins) Clark & Mark Seymour...apparently classiccal trained on piano..... along with band created this..ahem....pre-Queen....Aviary....Sort of Supertramp .....ELP like thing.....which works wonders even to this day!! The sound may be a little dated...but the music...HEY.. IT ... (read more)

Report this review (#27680) | Posted by Tonny Larz | Saturday, June 12, 2004 | Review Permanlink

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