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The Enid

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4.60 | 51 ratings | 3 reviews | 57% 5 stars

Essential: a masterpiece of
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Studio Album, released in 1977

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Prelude (0:58)
2. Mayday Galliard (6:44)
3. Ondine (3:47)
4. Childe Roland (7:09)
5. Fand I (11:46)
6. Fand II (5:42)

Total time 36:06

Line-up / Musicians

- Stephen Stewart / guitars, percussion
- Francis Lickerish / guitars, bass, flute
- Robert John Godfrey / keyboards, arrangements
- Charlie Elston / keyboards
- Terry Pack / bass
- Dave Storey / drums, percussion

Releases information

Artwork: Peter Shepherd

LP EMI International ‎- INS 3012 (1977, UK)
LP Madfish Records ‎- SMALP1018 (2014, Europe)

CD Operation Seraphim ‎- EWCD17 (2010, UK) Transferred to digital by Christian Curtis

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THE ENID Aerie Faerie Nonsense ratings distribution

(51 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(57%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(29%)
Good, but non-essential (8%)
Collectors/fans only (0%)
Poor. Only for completionists (6%)

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Review by richardh
5 stars Listening to this and In The Region Of The Summer Stars back to back I like this a lot more.The question being posed by other reviewers seems to be whether this is actually prog rock or a symphony.Does it matter if its good? Anyway there is definitely a drummer on the album so it comes under prog rock! At pretty much the same time this was released ELP were recording the brilliant symphonic prog track Pirates(from Works Volume One) with the L'Orchestra Du Paris so I'm comfortable this comes with the genre we are discussing.

BUT is it any good? Certainly is! I found this overall a much more satisfying listen than In The Region Of The Summer Stars. The composition is more complete to my ears with more thought given to the flow of the music.I also really enjoy the use of orchestra and classical instrumentation. I have a tiny classical collection so my knowledge of such things is a bit sketchy. However I do know this is beautifully written and conceived. It is mainly orchestrated but drums,synths and guitars do figure along the way.All done for the benefit of the music to my ears.Despite the grandiose themes the music never sounds bloated or overdone. The creative vision reigns supreme.

Masterpeice then? Yes why not. Music like this is so rare it should be treasured

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5 stars The ENID ? AERIE FAERIE NONSENSE (1977) Aerie Faerie Nonsense is The Enid's second album. With the genius of Robert John Godfrey's Classical and Symphonic touches, The Enid paved a new path for themselves by blending late (Wagner, Mahler, Sibelius, Elgar, Grieg, Beethoven) from Late Romantic Musi ... (read more)

Report this review (#2577579) | Posted by Mspy1 | Thursday, July 8, 2021 | Review Permanlink

5 stars What? As of 2020 only 39 ratings and one review for this absolutely essential progressive rock album from the heart of the seventies? On their debut, In the Region of the Summer Stars, The Enid charted out a new path for symphonic rock, rooted in late-19th century romantic symphonic music. I ... (read more)

Report this review (#2442750) | Posted by kurtrongey | Sunday, August 30, 2020 | Review Permanlink

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