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Cirkus Wild Dogs - Definitive and Official Bootleg album cover
3.74 | 45 ratings | 5 reviews | 22% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 2017

Songs / Tracks Listing

CD 1: "Dog 1" (72:55)
1. Dalhousie's Walk (19:11)
2. Falling the Tree (9:22)
3. Limbo (9:18)
4. Johnny Got His Gun (6:42)
5. Hang Over (2:54)
6. Pastance (4:52)
7. The Nightwatch (6:43)
8. Dead End (13:53)

CD 2: "Dog 2" (66:59)
9. Wild Dogs (7:18)
10. Growing Seeds (10:25)
11. What Remains (9:16)
12. Sanctus (11:21)
13. Harlequins (11:46)
14. The Redeemer (11:59)
15. Broken Promises (4:54)

Total Time 139:54

Line-up / Musicians

- C. Lucas Proulx / lead & backing vocals
- Serge Doucet / guitars
- Alain Proulx / bass, keyboards, drums, percussion, lead & backing vocals, composer, production & mixing

Releases information

Note: Tracks #5 & 6 partly composed by "Loam Tales", a prog band of late 70's in which Alain and Serge first contributed.

Artwork: Isabelle Matte

2CD self-released (2017, Canada)

Digital album

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CIRKUS Wild Dogs - Definitive and Official Bootleg ratings distribution

(45 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(22%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(38%)
Good, but non-essential (22%)
Collectors/fans only (13%)
Poor. Only for completionists (4%)

CIRKUS Wild Dogs - Definitive and Official Bootleg reviews

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Review by Warthur
3 stars Though if I had to guess I'd say Cirkus took their name from the King Crimson song of the same name, their debut album isn't especially Crimsony - I'd say it more resembles Genesis-esque material with perhaps a pinch of some of the cheesier neo-prog bands like Galadriel or Pendragon. It's a product of home recording, and whilst in some respects the sound quality is pretty good there are points where the mix gets rather muddled - the vocals are, frankly, not the group's strong point at the best of time, but there are points where they get entirely confused and obscured due to insufficient separation from the instruments, for instance.

It's not terrible, and in some ways it's admirable that their ambitions outstrip their resources to this extent - it means that should they get a shot with more polished studio equipment they might be able to produce something superior. At the same time, two hours and 20 minutes of this stuff is outright excessive; had they trimmed this to the absolute top 40 minutes or so of music, it'd be fresher for it.

Review by BrufordFreak
COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
3 stars 135 minutes of music constructed and sounding like the quirky, moodshifting way that early GENESIS did with the poor sound quality similar to that of from Genesis to Revelation, Trespass, or BABYLON's 1979 self-titled album . . . or worse. There are some GREAT ideas here but all are either poorly or incompletely developed and embellished and are rendered horribly unto reproducible sound. The vocals are interesting for their delicacy and artistic stylings yet the singing is highly fragile, often strained and missing notes off-key. Once again, I am astounded at the music fellow listeners will give five stars. Were this music finished (polished), engineered and produced to professional standards this might be a four or 4.5 star album but, as is, this is no better than a 2.5 or three star album.

Songs worth repeated listenings: the 80s techno-aided title song, 9. "Wild Dogs" (7:17) (8.5/10; 12. "Sanctus" (11:22) (8.5/10); 15. "Broken Promesses" (4:53) (8/10) and, for its choral section, 13. "Harlequins" (11:45) (8/10).

The only people I would recommend trying this album out would be people who really miss the very early music of FAMILY, GENESIS, BABYLON, and their imitators. I'd recommend bands like early MARILLION, CITIZEN CAIN, THE WATCH, CLEARLIGHT, or even THE WAITING ROOM before I'd recommend anyone going here.

2.5 stars, no more.

Latest members reviews

5 stars With so many albums coming out, it's like wandering in your favorite confectionery asking yourself which one to chose. CIRKUS is the easy pick if what you are looking for is a mixt of the 70's taste combines with complex flavors changing all along! War, quest for redemption, inner fight & pea ... (read more)

Report this review (#1865815) | Posted by Sorceress | Wednesday, January 10, 2018 | Review Permanlink

5 stars 92/100.... Back in the 1970's halcyon prog years, I remember as a schoolboy greeted on the first day of 6th grade by a taciturn Pink Floyd teacher ordering our class to write an essay on, "How did I spend my summer?" You may wonder, "What's that got to do with Wild Dogs?" Well, upon emerging my ... (read more)

Report this review (#1824276) | Posted by omphaloskepsis | Friday, November 17, 2017 | Review Permanlink

5 stars There's so much to say about Wild Dogs, the first album for the Canadian band Cirkus. For a debut album, to go with a double CD of 2 hours and 20 min of music was definitely gorgeous. Nevertheless, you won't feel the whole thing long at any moment. Cirkus explores a so wide range of textures t ... (read more)

Report this review (#1816797) | Posted by Voodoo | Friday, October 27, 2017 | Review Permanlink

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