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3.89 | 64 ratings | 1 reviews | 25% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 2016

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Overture (1:46)
2. Harvest Moon (13:08)
3. Ennui (3:31)
4. Walpurgi Flame (20:15)
5. The Tower (2:56)
6. The Art of Ending a Revolution (14:44)

Total Time 56:20

Line-up / Musicians

- Kostas Konstantinidis / guitars, MiDi, ukulele, lead & backing vocals, composer
- Giorgos Theodoropoulos / keyboards
- Babis Prodromidis / saxophone, flute
- Alex Kiourntziadis / violin
- George Filopelou / electric & fretless basses
- Giorgos Mpaltas / drums, backing vocals

- Alexandra Sieti / vocals (4)
- Maria Mariadou / vocals (4)

Releases information

Artwork: Aristotelis Mavropoulos

FLAC download - (2016)

CD self-released (2017, Greece)

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MOTHER TURTLE II ratings distribution

(64 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(25%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(32%)
Good, but non-essential (25%)
Collectors/fans only (11%)
Poor. Only for completionists (6%)


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Review by BrufordFreak
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5 stars Incredible eclectic prog from Greece. Each time I find myself listening to this album I am blown away by A) how good it is, B) how familiar it is, C) how diverse the styles represented here are, and D) how much it sounds like some long-lost 'classic' from the 1970s--like a new release of a heretofore undiscovered BABYLON tape.

1. "Overture" (1:46) acoustic ditty introducing the epic that follows performed in a kind of Renaissance-style vocal herald la GENTLE GIANT. (9/10)

2. "Harvest Moon" (13:08) a song that sounds like it was left off a VAN DER GRAAF GENERATOR or KING CRIMSON album in the 1970s or perhaps a more recent DISCIPLINE/MATTHEW PARMENTER--only with a different vocalist. Great drumming, great keyboard work, great saxophone, great vocals, amazing ending! (10/10)

3. "Ennui" (3:31) a gentle yet insistent STYX/RUSH-like interlude between the album's twin towers. (8.5/10)

4. "Walpurgi Flame" (20:15) Like two songs in one: the first a eight-minute rendering of an amazing though long lost Zeuhl (GUAPO?) warm up, the second a contrasting gorgeous, hope-filled symphonic folk piece with female lead vocalists feeling similar to a CIRRUS BAY song (though it sounds more, in fact, like a song from Chile's AISLES' 2009 In Sudden Walks because of the incredible vocal melodies). Methinks the lyrics refer to the trouble a typical (or particular) Greek individual might have with his country (as well as his species') preoccupation with money and power when, at basic biological status, all are equal. My new favorite prog epic of the year 2016. (10/10)

5. "The Tower" (2:56) a beautiful and incredibly powerful tribute to the shock and confusion of the eye-witness observers of the destruction of New York City's Twin Towers on September 11, 2001. (10/10)

6. "The Art of Ending a Revolution" (14:44) is a decent if fairly bland and simple prog epic about the lesson humans are supposed to learn "the art of smiling while someone is stabbing your back," the art of practicing The Golden Rule, the art of patience with hope, the art of detachment. Nice electric guitar chord progressions, nice vocal, nice message, nice bass play, nice saxophone work--just a nice song. Nice. Like we're expected to be. Despite the chaos and corruption surrounding us. The best part of the song begins with the eery Twilight Zone-like synth over which David Strathairn reads Edward R. Murrow's famous anti-Eugene McCarthy speech from the 2005 film, Good Night, and Good Luck... and then the powerful final two minutes. (9/10)

This is one of the most brilliantly conceived and realized concept albums I've ever heard. I hope it gets the attention it deserves--both musically and moral-politically.

A true masterpiece of progressive rock music and an album that should be heard around the world--especially in times like these.

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