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3.68 | 31 ratings | 3 reviews | 17% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 1994

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Beyond The Veil (6:34)
2. Man In The Mirror (6:15)
3. The Seventh Dimension (7:36)
4. Medicine Man (6:37)
5. I'll Be There (5:29)
6. Open Field (5:17)
7. Voices (8:08)
8. The Patterns Of The Landscape (9:34)
9. Red Ride (5:45)
10. A Wall (5:54)

Total Time: 67:09

Line-up / Musicians

- Erik ten Bos / lead and backing vocals
- Ronald ten Bos / guitar
- Tony ten Wolde / keyboards
- Willem van der Horst / drums and percussion
- Jacques Suurmond / bass and bass pedals

Guest musicians:
- Michiel Oldenkamp / Alto saxophone on "Man In The Mirror"
- Anneloes Verveld / vocals "Voices"

Releases information

Self produced

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MARATHON The First Run ratings distribution

(31 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(17%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(43%)
Good, but non-essential (27%)
Collectors/fans only (10%)
Poor. Only for completionists (3%)

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Review by friso
4 stars Marathon - The First Run (1994)

A well produced progressive hard rock record with a sound that reminds me of the better works of Saga. Well controlled metal guitar in sync with keyboard sounds with pinch as well with symfonic sounds of the neoprogressive pallette. Moreover, Erik ten Bos is a very skilled rock vocalist with powerful high notes.

I must admit, I usually listen to the first five tracks of the album. Beyond the Veil sets the progressive atmosphere of the album; powerfull vocals, great AOR leadguitar, nice rhythm changes. The songs to come are often very catchy and the musicanship is great. Man in the Mirror has a lot of catche themes and a great progression in the opening section. I really like the uplifting 'I'll be there' which reminds me of the energetic stadionrock of Vandenberg. The ballad Open Field suffers from its too enthusiastic performance. On the longer tracks on the second halve of the album the Saga influences become more appearant.

My impression: this would appeal to a lot of neo-progressive and crossover listeners. I kind of like the almost AOR appeal, though the songs don't lack the sophistication of a progressive rock record. Three and a halve stars!

Latest members reviews

3 stars And so the title goes... With a band name like that, the SAGA associations are pretty obvious. This Dutch band's debut album does not fail in that respect. Although not quite...... The other more obvious reference is MARILLION post Fish. Add PENDRAGON to the mix and you have MARATHON. The ... (read more)

Report this review (#201161) | Posted by toroddfuglesteg | Friday, January 30, 2009 | Review Permanlink

4 stars Yes the Dutchband Marathon...Great debutalbum. Really those 2 cd I liked very much. After I saw them live i loved them. Such nice guys. And really great musicans. The first songs are really great. Solid melodic rock.Like Saga Rush and MArillion. And there is a song Open Field.....the best ballad ... (read more)

Report this review (#169633) | Posted by thuur | Saturday, May 3, 2008 | Review Permanlink

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