Header

TALES OF POWER

Arabesque

Symphonic Prog


From Progarchives.com, the ultimate progressive rock music website

Arabesque Tales of Power album cover
3.50 | 21 ratings | 10 reviews | 5% 5 stars

Write a review
Buy ARABESQUE Music
from Progarchives.com partners
Studio Album, released in 2002

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. An Epic: Krail Mountain (11:53)
2. Cobbler's Knob (10:42)
3. We (The Farmer Song) (7:42)
4. The Forgotten Pond (4:52)
5. As The Novelty Wears... (8:37)
6. Arcanum of Atlantis (10:37)
7. Except For Dreaming (12:06)

Total Time: 76:29

Lyrics

Search ARABESQUE Tales of Power lyrics

Music tabs (tablatures)

Search ARABESQUE Tales of Power tabs

Line-up / Musicians

- August Smarra / guitar, vocals
- Jim Renda / drums
- Tom Ketterer / bass
- RJ Ketterer / vibes, percussion
- Budd Kelly / keyboards, vocals

Releases information

Shroom Productions

Thanks to ProgLucky for the addition
Edit this entry

ARABESQUE MP3, Free Download (music stream)


Open extended player in a new pop-up window | Random Playlist (50) | How to submit new MP3s

Buy ARABESQUE Tales of Power Music


Traditional Arabic MusicTraditional Arabic Music
Import
Allegro Corporation 1995
Audio CD$9.03
$18.04 (used)
ArabesqueArabesque
Navarre Corporation/ 1990
Audio Cassette$9.99
$9.96 (used)
UnionUnion
Import
Lion Music Finland 2002
Audio CD$5.57
$2.44 (used)
Best of V.1Best of V.1
Import
Monopol 2009
Audio CD$11.82
$10.78 (used)
Colezo-TwinColezo-Twin
Import
Jvc Japan 2005
Audio CD$35.25
$26.94 (used)
Right Now on Ebay (logo)
BEAUMONT This Is.. CD BLUEBOY ARABESQUE for fans of Sarah Records US $5.99 Buy It Now 1h 21m
SCHUMANN: SYMPHONIC ETUDES; ALBUMBLAETTER; ARABESQUE / STEFAN VLADAR - NAXOS CD US $1.60 [0 bids]
1h 21m
7"-Single ARABESQUE - Tall Story Teller (1982) SANDRA / MINT- GERMANY PS US $7.99 Buy It Now 1h 50m
7"-Single ARABESQUE - Marigot Bay (1980) SANDRA / GERMANY PS US $7.99 Buy It Now 1h 58m
7"-Single ARABESQUE Take Me Don't Break Me(1980) SANDRA US $7.99 Buy It Now 1h 58m
Norby,Caecilie - Arabesque [CD New] US $31.58 Buy It Now 2h 7m
ARABESQUE - ARABESQUE -CD) (IMPORT) NEW CD US $55.10 Buy It Now 3h 52m
Paul Tortelier SAINT-SAENS/TCHAIKOVSKY - Arabesque 8038 SEALED US $25.00 Buy It Now 4h 4m
Arabesque OST Soundtrack Gregory Peck Sophia Loren lp Henry Mancini LSP-3623 US $9.99 Buy It Now 4h 15m
ARABESQUE Arabesque III VIP-28001 LP Ae3837 US $7.99 [0 bids]
5h 50m
Beach: Under the Stars (CD, May-1998, Arabesque) US $5.99 Buy It Now 6h 26m
JANE BIRKIN Arabesque CD US $4.99 Buy It Now 6h 45m
JOHN COCKERILL Harp Solo Premiere Arabesque 12" 78 COLUMBIA DX1311 US $20.81 Buy It Now 7h 49m
Arabesque : Visit to Fairyland CD (2000) US $4.03 Buy It Now 9h 11m
ARABESQUE Arabesque Greatest Hits VIP-28019 OBI LP Ag8578 US $4.99 [0 bids]
9h 32m
ARABESQUE "NM WAX" Arabesque Greatest Hits VIP-28019 OBI LP Ah2009 US $4.99 [1 bids]
9h 34m
ARABESQUE "NM WAX" Arabesque Greatest Hits VIP-28019 OBI LP Ag8530 US $4.99 [0 bids]
9h 34m
ARABESQUE Arabesque II VIP-6692 OBI LP Ag8529 US $4.99 [1 bids]
9h 39m
ARABESQUE RUSSIAN CD MP3 COLLECTION US $19.99 Buy It Now 9h 44m
ARABESQUE "NM WAX" Arabesque IV VIP-28012 OBI LP Ag8532 US $4.99 [0 bids]
9h 53m
ARABESQUE(JAPAN LP 12" w/INSERT)10TRACK III 1980 EX RARE sandra/enigma/disco/DJ US $22.49 Buy It Now 9h 55m
ARABESQUE(KOREA LP 12")9TRACK S/T '80 pressing sandra/enigma/disco US $17.99 Buy It Now 9h 55m
ARABESQUE VI(JAPAN LP 12" w/INSERT)10TRACK CABALLERO EX sandra/enigma/disco/DJ US $26.99 Buy It Now 9h 55m
ARABESQUE(JAPAN LP 12" w/OBI+INSERT)GREATEST HITS NMINT sandra/enigma/disco/DJ US $26.99 Buy It Now 9h 55m
Ex! SANDRA-ARABESQUE Ten On One(The Singles) JAPAN CD w/12p PS Booklet VJD-32023 US $39.99 Buy It Now 10h 8m
Music of the Three Musketeers by Arabesque Music Ensemble (CD, 2008, Xauen) US $6.59 Buy It Now 10h 27m
Breakfast At Tiffanys & Arabesque 0743216987825, CD, BRAND NEW FREE P&H US $16.34 Buy It Now 10h 32m
3 LP BOX SET Arabesque (EMI) Schumann SAWALLISCH 4 Symphonies Manfred 91-6537 US $13.00 Buy It Now 10h 37m
ARABESQUE SUPER BEST (1984) ORIGINAL JAPAN CD VDP-42 SANDRA US $47.99 Buy It Now 11h 56m
EXCITING ALL-NIGHT JAPAN 12TRACKS CD VDP-1010 ARABESQUE BOYS TOWN GANG BLIX US $49.99 Buy It Now 12h 2m
Nearness by Jane Ira Bloom (CD, May-2004, Arabesque) US $29.95 Buy It Now 13h 25m
ARABESQUE hello mr. monkey EX/EX JAPAN VIP-2601 | 13-1030-073 US $12.99 Buy It Now 14h 21m
MOZART DANCES Contradances Minuets Marches LP ARABESQUE 8076 *SEALED* ANGERER US $21.00 Buy It Now 16h 20m
Lot of 5 Arabesque 7" Japan Press Ultra Rare ! US $22.50 Buy It Now 16h 47m
KLAUS SCHěNNING Locrian Arabesque Danish Instrumental New Age LP 1985 US $8.00 Buy It Now 18h
ARABESQUE Gold Hits 4CD Euro Disco * ODYSSEY Records 2008 Sandra Ann Lauer US $69.90 Buy It Now 18h 39m
Arabesque Beethoven LEONORE Blomstedt Moser Cassilly Adam Donath 3-LPs US $9.99 [0 bids]
US $19.99 Buy It Now
19h 7m
ARABESQUE why no reply JAPAN 7" VIPX-1677 kR4 US $7.99 Buy It Now 21h 21m
IRENE SCHARRER DEBUSSY ARABESQUE IN G NO2 & CHOPIN WALTZ IN E FLAT HMV E486 US $4.79 Buy It Now 21h 21m
Rawicz & Landauer Arabesque No.2 78rpm Disc US $20.01 Buy It Now 21h 22m
Arabesque Records Princess Ida & The Pirate of Penzance 2 lps,50 page BKLET, EC! US $18.95 Buy It Now 21h 23m
NEW Carnaval/Toccata/Arabesque by Compact Disc Book Free Shipping US $27.50 Buy It Now 22h 11m
Sandra Cretu Enigma Arabesque set of 7x CD singles collection RARE Italo disco ! US $99.99 Buy It Now 22h 44m
Gerhard Husch(Vinyl LP)Opera Arias-Arabesque--UK-Ex-/Ex US $14.99 Buy It Now 23h 55m
ARABESQUE -SANDRA Peppermint Jack 7" Ps, Rare Orig 1980 Japanese Issue Single F US $14.40 Buy It Now 1 day
PROMO LABEL SANDRA JAPAN OBI ARABESQUE UNPLAYED TEN ON US $199.99 Buy It Now 1 day
SANDRA MIRRORS ARABESQUE / WITH OBI US $79.99 Buy It Now 1 day
PROMO WHITE LABEL / ARABESQUE III / WITH OBI US $299.99 Buy It Now 1 day
SANDRA TEN ON ONE ARABESQUE / JAPAN US $59.99 Buy It Now 1 day
PROMO ONLY / COLOURFUL ARABESQUE / 7" 45RPM US $149.99 Buy It Now 1 day
Arabesque - Arabesque (Shm-Cd) [CD New] US $50.99 Buy It Now 1 day
Schumann: Symphonic Etudes Op. 13 / 5 Variations Op. Posthumous / Arabesque Op. US $3.92 Buy It Now 1 day
ARABESQUE Platinum 2 CD US $19.90 Buy It Now 1 day
ARABESQUE Self-Titled Rare '80 Disco SEOUL RECORD BD-6001 Korea Insert LP VG+ US $19.99 Buy It Now 1 day
JOHN KLEMMER Arabesque ABC NM- Stereo US $5.52 Buy It Now 1 day
ARABESQUE SEALED CD NEW US $2.34 Buy It Now 1 day
ARABESQUE, OP 18,, PART 1&2, JOSE ITURBI, PIANIST, RCA VICTOR 1325 US $4.88 Buy It Now 1 day
60 House Trance Techno Vinyl Records 12" - DJ, CDJ, 1000, 1200, Tiesto, Guetta 7 US $9.60 Buy It Now 1 day
JOHN KLEMMER-Arabesque (1978) ABC LP US $6.65 Buy It Now 1 day
Arabesque, Birkin, Jane, Good US $1.43 Buy It Now 1 day
* JOHN KLEMMER "ARABESQUE" EXCELLENT LP VINYL ALBUM* US $1.79 Buy It Now 1 day
Arabesque: Elfin Forest CD Inner Space Music Aquamarin US $1.99 [0 bids]
1 day
ARABESQUE/soundtrack mancini/1966 lp US $15.99 Buy It Now 1 day
SCHUMANN, ROBERT Symphonic Etudes. Arabesque. RUDOLF KERER 1977 NM US $14.00 Buy It Now 1 day
HENRY MANCINI ORCHESTRA 47 8856 ARABESQUE BLACK RARE SINGLE INDIA VG+ US $149.25 Buy It Now 1 day
ARABESQUE In For A Penny Swedish 45PS 1981 US $10.00 Buy It Now 1 day
NIGHT FLIGHT 7" THE POINT OF NO candy pop arabesque US $79.99 Buy It Now 1 day
HENRY MANCINI - Arabesque (Soundtrack) LP Vinyl RCA LSP-3623 jazz S-74 US $5.00 Buy It Now 1 day
Elgar - Music For Strings 1986 NrMint/Ex Arabesque ABQ 6563 US $16.01 Buy It Now 1 day
ARABESQUE Hello Mr. Monkey Norwegian 45PS 1978 US $18.00 Buy It Now 1 day
ARABESQUE IV(JAPAN LP 12" w/OBI+INSERT)EX sandra/enigma/disco/DJ US $26.99 Buy It Now 1 day
PROMO ONLY KISS ARABESQUE DONNA SUMMER DIANA ROSS US $79.99 Buy It Now 1 day
DJ Arabesque(12"Vinyl)The Vision-BXR UK-BXRFB0253-UK-VG-/VG US $8.00 Buy It Now 1 day
DELIUS - APPALACHIA / AN ARABESQUE . BEECHAM , EINAR NORBY Fontana lp US $15.99 Buy It Now 1 day
Bloch: String Quartet No. 1 (CD, Aug-1993, Arabesque) US $3.99 [0 bids]
US $5.49 Buy It Now
1 day
Ernest Bloch: Complete Music for Violin & Piano, Vol. 1 (CD, Oct-2004, Arabesque US $3.99 [0 bids]
US $5.49 Buy It Now
1 day
Bloch: Complete Music For Violin And Piano, Volume II (CD, Jul-1999, Arabesque) US $3.99 [0 bids]
US $5.49 Buy It Now
1 day
2 John Klemmer albums, LP's Magic Moments, & Arabesque US $24.00 Buy It Now 1 day
Continuum by Ray Drummond (CD, May-2004, Arabesque) US $4.99 Buy It Now 2 days
ARABESQUE EVERYBODY LIKES VICTOR VIP-4145 Japanese Pressing OBI Vinyl LP US $0.99 [1 bids]
2 days
ARABESQUE GREATEST HITS VICTOR VIP-28019 Japanese Pressing OBI Vinyl LP US $0.99 [1 bids]
2 days
Arabesque 3 VINYL LP Japan Obi NMint US $59.00 Buy It Now 2 days
Arabesque 4 VINYL LP Japan Obi NMint US $59.00 Buy It Now 2 days
Arabesque 5 VINYL LP Japan Obi NMint US $59.00 Buy It Now 2 days
Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy The Return From Abroad Arabesque 1st 1/A 1/B NM- US $8.99 Buy It Now 2 days
WALTER GIESEKING Pianoforte Solo Arabesque No 1 & No 2 12" 78 PARLOPHONE E11109 US $20.81 Buy It Now 2 days
ARABESQUE SANDRA 7" USSR Tashkent RARE!!! US $15.00 [0 bids]
2 days
The Frenzy of Renown Arabesque MUSIC CD US $5.48 Buy It Now 2 days
ARABESQUE / GREATEST HITS - Japan w/obi US $6.50 [9 bids]
2 days
ARABESQUE / IV - Japan w/obi US $2.25 [3 bids]
2 days
ARABESQUE / WHY NO REPLY - Japan w/obi US $20.50 [2 bids]
2 days
Dvorák: Czech Suite; Nocturne; Serenade for Strings (CD, Nov-1997, Arabesque) US $12.39 Buy It Now 2 days
French Piano Trios (CD, Sep-1994, Arabesque) US $9.99 Buy It Now 2 days
Glinka Madrid Kholmsky Aldo Ceccato 1978 Arabesque LP US $9.95 Buy It Now 2 days
Paul Moravec: Tempest Fantasy (CD, Feb-2005, Arabesque) US $11.77 Buy It Now 2 days
ARABESQUE LOSER PAYS THE PIPER JAPAN 1st ISSUE 7" PS EP NR US $8.90 [0 bids]
2 days
ARABESQUE - The Frenzy Of Renown - CD US $21.63 Buy It Now 2 days
Jehan - Bellyfuse-Arabesque Lounge [CD New] US $16.38 Buy It Now 2 days
Paganini, Wieniawski: Violin Concertos - LIKE NEW (CD, Arabesque) US $12.14 Buy It Now 2 days
MANCINI Soundtracks Collection : Breakfast at Tiffany's & Arabesque IMPORT NEW US $8.99 Buy It Now 2 days

More places to buy ARABESQUE music online Buy ARABESQUE & Prog Rock Digital Music online:
  • AmazonMP3: Search for ARABESQUE DRM-Free MP3 Downloads @ AmazonMP3 (USA Only) | AmazonMP3 (UK Only)

ARABESQUE Tales of Power ratings distribution


3.50
(21 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(5%)
5%
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(48%)
48%
Good, but non-essential (38%)
38%
Collectors/fans only (10%)
10%
Poor. Only for completionists (0%)
0%

ARABESQUE Tales of Power reviews


Showing all collaborators reviews and last reviews preview | Show all reviews/ratings

Collaborators/Experts Reviews

Review by loserboy
PROG REVIEWER
4 stars As a lover of progressive rock, it is always fulfilling when you get your hands on an old album from a band you had never heard of before and love the music... this is most certainly the case with 70's US based band ARABESQUE. This CD is really a collection of their early songs written between 1973 and 1978. Musically ARABESQUE draw musical influences from CAMEL, GENESIS and YES, but I must confess do carry their very own unique sound. Instrumentally these guys also dipped into the progressive rock bag of tricks with the addition of a number of unique toys... glockenspiel, bongos, e-bow, temple blocks and a host of cool analog keyboards (farfisa organ, mini-korg, Rhodes). Their songs are nice and long (all around 10 Mins) and are given lots of room to explore never sounding rushed or pushed.

MEMBERS LOGIN ZONE

As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

Forum user
Forum password

WARNING: Forum software upgrade in progress, login function maybe affected for some users during that time.

Send comments to loserboy (BETA) | Report this review (#28263) | Review Permalink
Posted Saturday, March 20, 2004

Review by erik neuteboom
PROG REVIEWER
4 stars Altough I'm a proghead from 1975, I own a large collection and I write many reviews for this site, almost every week I discover progrock gems after reading the reviews on Prog Archives: Marsupilami, Red Sand, Rain, Indian Summer and... Arabesque, what a beautiful Seventies prog! The 7 compositions (most around 10 minutes) have a wonderful typical Seventies symphonic rock sound featuring compelling shifting moods, strong breaks and great soli on guitar and keyboards, fine assorted percussion (like Glockenspiel and temple blocks) and, last but not least, a good singer with a warm and distinctive voice. The music has echoes from early Genesis, Yes, King Crimson and Camel and often reminds me of the other great USA band Babylon (also Genesis-inspired) and some early psychedelic Floyd (Farfisa organ play). Despite this flood of references, Arabesque doesn't sound as a clone and manages to keep my attention for the whole CD, I'm delighted about this discovery!

MEMBERS LOGIN ZONE

As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

Forum user
Forum password

WARNING: Forum software upgrade in progress, login function maybe affected for some users during that time.

Send comments to erik neuteboom (BETA) | Report this review (#39223) | Review Permalink
Posted Tuesday, July 12, 2005

Review by Trotsky
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
3 stars With a ripple of organ appeggios an epic unfolds. And the epic tale is not just that of Krall Mountain, but that of this Arabesque album itself. Recorded over a period of years (from 1973-1979) this decent set of songs remained in the vault for a quarter of a century, only seeing the light of day in 2002. Remarkably Tales Of Power is on par with, and in the odd case, even stronger than, many more acclaimed lost American albums that I've heard.

Lead vocalist Budd Kelly (who is also the keyboardist) has a narrative vocal style that seems clearly influenced by Peter Gabriel, although his vocal timbre is closer to that of Dave Cousins of The Strawbs. Indeed the opening track An Epic - Krall Mountain seems like a multi-dimensional audition for a place in Trespass-era Genesis, with Kelly throwing in a fair bit of Banksian organ. There are also some decent synth moments and a bit of an overly frenzied guitar solo from August Smarra.

Other highpoints include We (The Farmer's Song) which is simply, a great rock song. Sure the sound may not have much depth (remember that this music sat on the shelves for a couple of decades), but the flow of the music and the melodies of keyboards, guitar and lead vocals are excellent. There's also As The Novelty Wears, which is more of a jazz-rock piece with Kelly moving to the electric piano, and the closer Except The Dreaming which has a mock-horror opening (they go through great lengths to create that sterotypical Gothic feel), then a gentle folk passage, and then a high octane jam to conclude it all.

It's not all plain sailing though. Like numerous other 70s symphonic American acts, Arabesque occasionally seem a little overly influenced by Yes. Also some of the songs could have used some editing. The instrumental Cobbler's Knob is definitely overlong. When it starts off with a nice little synth solo, one expects great things. One does not expect to have to listen to a series of mediocre passages for nigh on 11 minutes with scarcely any variation to speak off as keys and guitar alternate lead. Believe me the vibe playing of R.J. Ketterer doesn't add enough ... particularly during the last 6 minutes when a single riff just goes on and on!

Thankfully the other instrumental The Forgotten Pond is better, with a more memorable melody although even at just under 5 minutes, it seems to repeat itself, and indeed starts sounding a bit too much like Cobbler's Knob! Arcanum Of Atlantis is pretty decent and some great synth leads, but by this time, everything is a little too familiar.

Indeed, I must admit that I used to be a little bit more enthusiatic about this record. It's still pretty good, but I would definitely go for the essential Kansas, Utopia, Yezda Urfa, Pavlov's Dog and Cathedral albums before seeking this one out. ... 58% on the MPV scale

MEMBERS LOGIN ZONE

As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

Forum user
Forum password

WARNING: Forum software upgrade in progress, login function maybe affected for some users during that time.

Send comments to Trotsky (BETA) | Report this review (#75528) | Review Permalink
Posted Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Review by b_olariu
PROG REVIEWER
3 stars Arabesque is a forgotten band from USA progressive movement from the '70's. The album Tales of power is released in 2002 but containing recordings from 1973 to 1978. When I first listen to this album I was kinda shocked how '70's they sound, didn't know that this pieces are originaly composed in the '70's. After digging in their history I found out that they coudn't manage to put on market the album in first place, and Shroom records trace the album and re released him in 2002. The music Arabesque playes is eleborate symphonic prog with excellent musicianship, long instrumental passages and brilliant interplay between guirat and keys. Over this instrumental arrangements the warm voice of August Smarra make this album worth investigate if you are in this kind of music. Sometimes they remind me of Genesis or Camel but not a copy , they have their own sound. All the pieces stands as good , not a weak moment. So a good album, deserve 3 stars for sure.

MEMBERS LOGIN ZONE

As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

Forum user
Forum password

WARNING: Forum software upgrade in progress, login function maybe affected for some users during that time.

Send comments to b_olariu (BETA) | Report this review (#207823) | Review Permalink
Posted Friday, March 20, 2009

Review by Mellotron Storm
PROG REVIEWER
3 stars ARABESQUE were an American Prog band from Pittsburg (Go Steelers!) who were never able to get a record deal so they created their own music over the years in a basement with 4 track tape.This is a compilation of those songs which were created between 1973 and 1979. Unfortunately the sound quality isn't top notch but man the music sure is. It's sad really that a label didn't give these guys a chance to do it right because they were a very talented group.

"An Epic : Krail Mountain" was started in 1975 but not completed until the next year. Again recorded on 4 track tape so it doesn't exactly sound that great. Nature sounds early then music followed by vocals. Spoken words 2 minutes in then keyboards and drums start to lead before it settles again.Vocals are back before 4 minutes. An impressive instrumental section from after 5 minutes to before 10 1/2 minutes. "Cobbler's Knob" is an instrumental and a top three track for me.This was the last tune recorded in the basement in 1979. Percussion to start as sounds come and go. Some nice guitar before 1 1/2 minutes.The drums are prominant followed by chunky bass 4 1/2 minutes in.The guitar is ripping it up a minute later. "We (The Farmers Song)" is simply a good song that could have been a single if shortened. Catchy and meaningful with excellent vocals. A top three. "The Forgotten Pond" opens with intricate sounds that come and go then it picks up and gets fuller before 2 minutes.

"As Novelty Wears..." is sort of a shot at the music business who at the time were only interested in disco and pop music because they sold records.This is really all over the place.Tempo changes galore as in "in your face" music business (haha). Good song. "Arcanum Of Atlantis" is the other top three for me.The sound builds and the tempo picks up.Vocals 1 1/2 minutes in. I like this one a lot. A nice long instrumental section on this one too. "Except For Dreaming" is the first original song they created but it was under a different name and it has been spruced up. I like when it turns dark and fairly powerful 7 minutes in.The tempo then picks back up with guitar. Nice.

A good album that more importantly allows us to get a glimpse at a talented band doing what they loved.

MEMBERS LOGIN ZONE

As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

Forum user
Forum password

WARNING: Forum software upgrade in progress, login function maybe affected for some users during that time.

Send comments to Mellotron Storm (BETA) | Report this review (#383416) | Review Permalink
Posted Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Review by Anthony H.
PROG REVIEWER
4 stars Arabesque: Tales of Power [2002]

Rating: 7/10

Arabesque was a virtually unknown symphonic progressive rock band active during a lengthy period in the 70s. Having never received a recording contract, they made numerous house recordings that never saw the light of day until they were released as Tales of Power in 2002. After listening to the quality material presented on this album, I lament the fact that this band never got contemporary attention. Arabesque's music is straight-up symphonic prog heavily influenced by Genesis, Yes, and Camel. Keyboard/guitar interplay, extended instrumental passages, fantasy-themed lyrics, and general epicness abound here. The recording quality is quite sub-par, considering that these songs were recorded live in a basement on primitive equipment. This doesn't stop the compositions from being excellent, however.

"An Epic: Krail Mountain" begins with some Gabriel-esque vocals (including a spoken-word section). The intensity builds up during a lengthy instrumental section of keyboard/guitar interplay. "Cobbler's Knob" is a superb medieval-sounding instrumental. The guitar work is given more attention here, and there's lots of unorthodox percussion (vibes, vibraslap, etc.) spicing the track up. "We (The Farmer Song)" features a catchy main hook and an excellent chorus. The bass has a stronger presence here than before. "The Forgotten Pond" is by far the shortest track here, clocking in at less than five minutes. This is another strong instrumental, with some oriental-sounding vibraphone. "As the Novelty Wears?" has a strong neo vibe. The vocals and the "waka-waka" guitar give a different atmosphere than the rest of the tracks, but it's still very good. I especially like the moments of bluesy guitar. "Arcanum of Atlantis" is probably the weakest track here. The vocals sound a bit off-pitch and muddy. It's still a solid song, though, and the conclusion is fantastic. The closer "Except for Dreaming" is supremely epic. The last four-and-a-half minutes are intense and brilliant, with quick tribal-style drumming and seamless guitar/keyboard interaction.

As excellent as Tales of Power is, it does have a few problems. The first is the aforementioned poor sound quality. It isn't a major problem, and it's actually quite impressive that it sounds a good as does considering the low-quality equipment, but better production certainly would have improved things slightly. The second problem is a slight lack of band identity. Although this album is not derivate by any means, it's clear that the band were still trying to carve out a specific niche for themselves. These are small gripes, though. This album has almost everything a symphonic prog fan wants, and the democratic interplay between the band members is particularly impressive. I would like to thank the holy internet for allowing me to come across this minor gem.

MEMBERS LOGIN ZONE

As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

Forum user
Forum password

WARNING: Forum software upgrade in progress, login function maybe affected for some users during that time.

Send comments to Anthony H. (BETA) | Report this review (#449255) | Review Permalink
Posted Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Latest members reviews

3 stars As Budd Kelly , former vox & keys of Arabesque has explained in his own review of this album, this is a collection of songs from 1974 to 1978. Which explains the variety of styles on this album. This is sadly the only album from this American band, not to be confused with an Austrian metal ... (read more)

Report this review (#228943) | Posted by toroddfuglesteg | Wednesday, July 29, 2009 | Review Permanlink

5 stars Seeing as ARABESQUE hail from da' Burgh (Pittsburgh for the lehman) this would be my home town prog band (give or take a 30 miles) and I must say; they don't disappoint. Easily some of the best vocals from an American prog band (a voice with character!) and true to the British well balanced ins ... (read more)

Report this review (#207866) | Posted by manofmystery | Friday, March 20, 2009 | Review Permanlink

3 stars This isn't a review, just a note from Budd Kelly , former vox & keys of Arabesque. Since the release of Tales of Power by Rich Patz at Shroom , I've been really really appreciative of so many kind words about the music. Likewise I enjoy as well , the not so positive stuff too! It's all ... (read more)

Report this review (#89845) | Posted by | Sunday, September 17, 2006 | Review Permanlink

3 stars Nice underground progressive rock group from USA that plays a very nice style similar to early Yes and Genesis (musical arrangements, drumming and guitar playing with a folky edge), Finch (the instrumentals are fairly complex with guitar jams and great frenetic drumming and bass work) and Kans ... (read more)

Report this review (#28266) | Posted by dalt99 | Friday, April 22, 2005 | Review Permanlink

Post a review of ARABESQUE "Tales of Power"

You must be a forum member to post a review, please register here if you are not.

MEMBERS LOGIN ZONE

As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

Forum user
Forum password

WARNING: Forum software upgrade in progress, login function maybe affected for some users during that time.

Copyright Prog Archives, All rights reserved. | Legal Notice | Privacy Policy | Advertise | GeoIP Services by MaxMind | RSS + syndications

Other sites in the MAC network: JazzMusicArchives.com — the ultimate jazz music virtual community | MetalMusicArchives.com — the ultimate metal music virtual community


Server processing time: 0.56 seconds