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4.08 | 7 ratings | 1 reviews | 33% 5 stars

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Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, released in 1996

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. The Grand Bazaar (3:57)
2. Inanna (Acoustic) (3:20)
3. Silence (Acoustic) (3:57)
4. Turn The Lamp Down (Acoustic) (5:00)
5. Time (feat. Roy Harper) (6:58)
6. Sister Awake Remix (4:37)

Total Time 27:49

Line-up / Musicians

Jeff Burrows / drums and percussion
Stuart Chatwood / bass guitars
Jeff Martin / guitars, vocals, production at A&M Studios
Roy Harper / vocals on "Time"
Rhys Fulber / additional production and keyboard programming on "Sister Awake Remix"
Susann Richter / background vocals on "Sister Awake Remix"

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EP includes enhanced interactive content.

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THE TEA PARTY Alhambra ratings distribution

(7 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(33%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(67%)
Good, but non-essential (0%)
Collectors/fans only (0%)
Poor. Only for completionists (0%)

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Review by russellk
4 stars Issued as a way to keep interest alive after their superb 'The Edges Of Twilight', THE TEA PARTY's 'Alhambra' is an excellent EP and well worth acquiring for any aficionado of the band.

Acoustic-based songs are an important part of the band's repertoire, both on their studio albums and live: in fact, they have toured as an acoustic outfit. This EP offers acoustic versions of some of The Edges Of Twilight's choicest cuts. Indeed, 'Inanna' and 'Turn the Lamp Down' are substantially the better for it - particularly the former, which is slowed down to a pace where the Arabic flavour seeps into your bones. Delicious.

After four acoustic tracks somes the highlight of this release. ROY HARPER guests as vocalist on 'Time' (sorry, Floydian flashback there) and I can see why he was asked - this outstanding song would not have suited a baritone. HARPER's voice sounds excellent, if a little thinner than back in the day, and it is somewhat of a coup for the band to have recruited him. When the glorious chorus arrives, after over two minutes' worth of largely acoustic setup, it is a substantial shock. Genuinely one of the best tracks in THE TEA PARTY's canon.

What to say about the remix of 'Sister Awake', a remake of one of the best tracks in rock? We're better for having it, I suppose, but it's not up there with the original. This is a link between their previous album and the upcoming industrial electronic feel of 'Transmission'. I think this is an excellent example of how a song's arrangement is crucial.

Four stars as an excellent example of what can be achieved in an EP's length. These days I suspect it would be issued as a bonus disk.

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