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3.69 | 23 ratings | 3 reviews | 13% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 2001

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. One By One (3:27)
2. Crown (6:36)
3. The Coin (8:41)
4. Twilight (3:30)
5. Introduction To the Event (2:12)
6. The Event (4:24)
7. Tel-Aviv Stress (3:21)
8. Substitute (3:49)
9. The Well (11:29)

Total Time: 47:29

Line-up / Musicians

- Shachar Hendel / lead vocals, analog & digital keyboards, grand piano, drum-programming
- Orj Hendel / electric & acoustic guitars, mandolin, charango, darbuka drums, backing vocals
- Sharon Rinat / recorders, vocals & vocalizes

Guest musicians:
- Corrine Schlomovitch / violin (1)
- Hagar Dagan / flute (9)
- Nohar Rosenthal / backing vocals (9)
- Merav Ben-David / vocals (7)
- Benny Hendel / vocals (5)

Releases information

Headline 2001, HDL 506

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THE ASHQELON QUILT The Event ratings distribution

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Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(13%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(52%)
Good, but non-essential (30%)
Collectors/fans only (4%)
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THE ASHQELON QUILT The Event reviews

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Review by Steve Hegede
4 stars ASHQELON QUILT are a young 3-piece prog band from Israel, and "The Event" is their debut CD. The band's music mixes mostly British-prog influences with psychedelic-laced vocals (in English). They also enjoy to add Celtic and Middle Eastern influences to their compositions, and I also hear neo-prog sounds every once in a while.

If I was to come up with a good description of this band's sound I would say that if you took JETHRO TULL's lighter medieval/Celtic moments, mixed in Syd BARRET-like vocals, including female vocals, then you would get something similar to ASHQELON QUILT. The lyrical style recalls the late-60s psychedelic rock scene, and have a naive quality that might not appeal to hardcore prog fans. Out of the 9 tracks on the CD, the first six, and the last track, are high-quality. The other two tracks feel more like filler.

Overall, I would recommend "The Event" to fans of bands like YOKE SHIRE, RAISON DE PLUS, BREAD, LOVE AND DREAMS, and JETHRO TULL's newer music.

Review by Marty McFly
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Errors and Omissions Team
4 stars Now we are talking about prog rock, aren't we ? Even this first, "One By One" track, despite its short lenght has a lot of prog to offer. This guitar sound after he sings "...once" is wonderful.

As first reviewer pointed, this is nice debut. But as of 2009, this 2001 album stayed as only album by this artist. Which is sad, because it's good one. I found just two bad things about it. Just a minor flaw, the album cover, which is also good one at once. I hate bugs and there is a one. It ruins all this beauty. But that's just my problem, therefore I declare this artwork as good. Second one is worse thing. Drums, I just feel there should be someone living, not just drum machine. This prevents me from giving five stars. But it's better 4, you can call it 4+.

Songs are beautiful and innovative. Israel offered not so many artists to deplete their culture resources. There are also some instruments unknown to me, but they helps for sure. Woman vocals are very good and male are good, maybe standart (in a good way of this word).

Songs are very, very melodic. Which I can appreciate a lot, when joined together with prog side of the music. Just 47 minutes of great prog rock. I mean that I feel like I want more of this great music. Maybe I can take this rating to five stars

Well, after some listening, "The Coin" is song which persuades me the most to give 5 rating. It's also oriental flavour which overwhelms everyone involved in listening this. Violin, which is sometimes present is also good deal. "The Well" decided, I'm giving 5.

Review by apps79
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
3 stars Israeli group from Jerusalem, formed sometime in the 90's by brothers and multi-instrumentalists Orj Hendel (guitars, mandolin, percussion, vocals) and Shachar Hendel (keyboards, drum programming, lead vocals).In 1999 they appeared for the first time in the tribute album ''To Canterbury and beyond'', covering Matching Mole's ''Dedicated to you but you weren't listening''.Shortly after female singer/flutist Sharon Rinat and the trio records their debut album ''The event'' with a few guests on vocals, flute and violin (the last played by Corinne Schlomovitch, who also contributed in the tribute album).The album was originally released in England in 2001 on the Headline label.

The Ashqelon Quilt had something new to propose and this fact alone made their attempts pretty exciting, even if their debut is not flawless.They blended the Orchestral Pop structures of THE BEATLES with the Symphonic/Folk Rock of GENTLE GIANT and RENAISSANCE, while they occasionally meet the more classic stylings of GENESIS and CAMEL.Their music contains elements from Classical, Folk, Pop and even Jazz, offered through fragile, refined arrangements with sensitive and ultra-clean vocals but also some impressive musicianship, which bursts from light, poppy vocal orientations to grandiose symphonic arrangements and folky interludes.The atmosphere is pretty soft and laid-back for the most of the album's length, led by an array of keyboards, the use of violin and flutes and the decent drum programming, supported by the good vocal arrangements.More pompous ideas of course are also present, especially when synthesizers and electric guitars are introduced.Their style becomes at this point very symphonic with CAMEL resemblances and tight links to 90's Italian Prog groups such as SITHONIA or MALIBRAN.The modern era of keyboards meets often the archaic sound of flutes and percussion, delivering imaginative and pretty original music.All vocals come in English apart from the narration of ''Introduction to the event'', which is delivered in Hebrew.

According to an interview of the trio, a new album was on its way with an expected date in 2003/2004 and the Hendel brothers were trying to gather a tight crew for live gigs, but for unknown reasons their name dissapeared from the map.Shachar Hendel remained involved with music, having also his own bandcamp page.

Very good mix of old-styled Symphonic Rock with Pop and Folk.Melodic and rich music with a few impressive cuts.Warmly recommended.

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