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3.04 | 47 ratings | 6 reviews | 13% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 2000

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Reach for Tomorrow (5:14)
2. Reverend Katz (6:02)
3. Fall to Ground (4:53)
4. Woolunga ("Safe Haven") (4:22)
5. Deventer (4:53)
6. Bells of Prozac (6:27)
7. Wonder Wonder (4:42)
8. Kings of Rock (6:50)
9. Gnosis (6:47)
10. Crazy, Crazy (4:31)
11. Going to France (4:42)
12. Two Helens (3:20)
13. The City Sleeps (4:42)
14. Repent Harlequin (6:30)

Total Time 73:55

Line-up / Musicians

- Colin Goldring / lead & backing vocals, electric & acoustic guitars, recorders (4,5), harmonica (9)
- Stewart Goldring / electric, slide, lap steel & classical guitars, backing vocals
- Nessa Glen / Hammond, kalimba (4), keyboards, harpsichord, sitar, bowed glass samples (1)
- Rick Kemp / fretted & fretless basses, backing vocals
- Nigel Pegrum / drums & percussion, flutes (6), co-producer

- David Hudson / didjeridoo (4)
- Ash Dargan / didjeridoo (6)
- Chris Copping / Hammond B3 (8,11)
- Chris Lloyds / backing vocals

Releases information

Sub-titled "Prospice, Respice" Latin words for "Look forward, look back"

Artwork: Poshettes

CD Snails Records ‎- GNCD 004 R (2000, UK)

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GNIDROLOG Gnosis ratings distribution

(47 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(13%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(15%)
Good, but non-essential (47%)
Collectors/fans only (23%)
Poor. Only for completionists (2%)

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Review by Sean Trane
3 stars Coming back out of extinction after 27 years was a risky business that their fellow catholics countrymen of Gracious had attemptd also, Gnidrplog of hebrew tradition tried and succeded better. Why does an agnostic or confirmed atheist such as me poit this out , you ask ? Well because this album does have a few numbers where the mid-eastern influences come in clearly. The Goldring twins reunited with the original drumer Pelgrum and enlisted ex-Procol member Copping on KB.

Right of the bat comes the best number of the album but not the only highlight. Reach for Tomorrow is a stunning piece of music with arab-like intonations and makes you hope for the rest of the album. Promise only half respected especially if you consider that this album holds no less than 7 insrtumentals. The real surprise ( not necessarily pleasing though ) is that the very hard-sung vocals are totally lost as the singing is of a pleasant note but loses its edge and inventivity. There are some very tedious moments ( Wonder, Crazy , France, City Sleeps and Fall to Ground ), but not really bad either. However Woolunga and Prozac have a didgeridoo and are very interesting. Deventer is a Camel-like instrumental dedicated to the hometown of Dutch band Lady Lake who had taken their nemes from GNi's second album. Kings of Rock and Gnosis are also noteworthy. The thing that I can and will complain about is the drumming is rather boring and sounds to modern for this kind of music.

Well as a GNI fan , I just had to discover this and was ready to make a hunt. Not fully rewarded in the quality dept. , I will only give it three stars but compared to the Gracious album , this is a good one. Oh , by the way two of the tracks were written in 73 one in 86 and the rest in the late 90's . Of course the two older tracks have my preference but not only those.

Review by erik neuteboom
3 stars In 1999 I attented the annual Dutch progrock festival Progfarm and witnessed a performance by the twin-brothers Colin and Stewart Goldring with their band Gnidrolog. I was impressed by their skills and their typical British humor! After their concert I approached them and soon a very vivid conversation started. They told me about the time (around 1970) that Gnidrolog made their albums and frequently did gigs. This often happened in the same venues as early Pink Floyd, Genesis, King Crimson, The Nice and Yes. Enthousiasticly Colin and Stewart told us how many times they had seen these bands in their early years and even one time Genesis turned out to be their support-act because Gnidrolog was far more known than Genesis in that time! The twin-brothers were so glad with all the attention and praise they recieved this evening in Holland that they decided to make a new CD, here it is.

It opens with "Reach For Tomorrow", this one has a lot of tension between the Jewish vocals and a wide range of instruments, very original! The other tracks delives a lot of variety: folk with acoustic guitar and flute ("Deventer" a tribute to the Dutch band Lady Lake, named after their debut LP), no-nonsense rock in "Reverend Katz" (fiery guitar), "King of rock" and "Gnosis" (fine howling guitar), lap- steel-guitar in "Fall to ground" and progrock with Australian didgederoo in "Woolunga" and "Bells of Prozac".

This is a fine album for the more adventurous and open-minded progheads, it sounds very pleasant and varied.

Review by Trotsky
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
2 stars After cramming two masterpieces into 1972, Gnidrolog gave us a casual 28 year wait between studio albums ... and the band wasn't alone in that. The 90s saw a rash of studio projects by relatively obscure 70s prog groups that had reconvened after a full two decades in the cold ... offhand I can think of T2, East Of Eden, Gracious, Beggar's Opera, Locanda Delle Fate and Metamorfosi. But after the initial excitement at the prospect of hearing these guys again wore off, very few of the comeback albums made the grade. I'm hard pressed to think of one that did justice to the group in its prime ... Van Der Graaf Generator's Present is probably the most respectable of such reunion albums. Unfortunately, Gnosis is not in the same class ... it's barely even a prog album actually ... most of Gnosis is either New-Age or radio friendly pop-rock.

Sadly, that is far from the only grouse I have about what should have been a thrilling event. An overly generous dose of instrumentals is one thing that blights this album, particularly as the sounds the band have chosen are so contemporary (ie 90s) that they make Gnidrolog sound ordinary ... remember that the variation in sound and arrangements was one of the key factors in making the band so special to begin with. Even allowing for the change in direction, it's really too much that almost none of the 14 pieces possess chaotic blend of aggression and beauty that made In Spite Of Harry's Toenail and Lady Lake sound so fresh. To top it all, the whole damn album weighs in at 74 minutes, so that even the rare moments of quality are drowned out by the sheer volume of pedestrian material.

Let's talk about the good stuff first. The opener Reach For Tomorrow is interesting and emotive enough, with an impassioned vocal turn from Colin Goldring and the best melodies and instrumental passages. It flows nicely into Reverend Katz which has a catchy heavy riff, but sounds at times lamentably like the work of a hair rock band (Mr Big especially when Stewart Goldring's guitar fireworks take over the end of the song).

The other enjoyable tracks include Deventer, a ear-catching instrumental, with some delicate flute and acoustic guitar moments, and Kings Of Rock, another highly listenable power rock tune like Reverend Katz, although this one has a monster chorus, and the addition of former Procol Harum organist Chris Copping is also felt here. The title track too is at least a little lively, even if its sounds are really unappealing.

But in general the firm of Goldring, Goldring and Pegrum flounder under the weight of weak forgettable material that doesn't live up to the name Gnidrolog. Fall To Ground is such a tepid radio ballad that I can scarcely credit it, Wonder Wonder is ear candy with a touch of reggae, while Crazy Crazy and Going To France are apallingly mediocre commercial boogie rock songs with (would you believe it?) a Southern rock tinge!

It's clear that the Goldrings saw New Age as a way to come back (a logical assumption for any veteran prog outfit to have made) and also tried to hedge the bet with a fat slab of AOR. After all these are the guys who formed the punk combo The Port Dukes back in 1977! As much as I admire Gnidrolog's earlier work (and I concede that my love for those albums may make me particularly harsh on Gnosis) I have to advise you to steer well clear of this one. ... 40% on the MPV scale

Latest members reviews

4 stars I rediscovered Gnidrolog in a recent fit of nostalgia partly driven by middle age no doubt and partly in despair at hearing anything interesting in what my children are listening to. It was then a pleasant surprise to find they had made a relatively recent album. I was then coming back to them an ... (read more)

Report this review (#380430) | Posted by Nickdunc | Saturday, January 15, 2011 | Review Permanlink

3 stars Gnosis was a massive come-back for Gnidrolog. After 28 years of silence, they recorded an album nobody had really dared to wait for. Gnidrolog had disbanded already in 1972, with no come-backs in between, which made one think they would never do it. Gnosis doesn't hit jackpot, but it is not a bad ... (read more)

Report this review (#138380) | Posted by OT Räihälä | Saturday, September 15, 2007 | Review Permanlink

4 stars This one should not necessarily be seen too much in comparison with their outputs from the early seventies. Here we find matured musicians who do not need to prove anything nor need to feel the need to stay too close to their past work. The music consists of shorter tracks - often with simpler so ... (read more)

Report this review (#71829) | Posted by KingBarbarossa | Monday, March 13, 2006 | Review Permanlink

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