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2.60 | 24 ratings | 4 reviews | 8% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 1998

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Ice Spirits (5:56)
2. Museum Dreams (6:55)
3. Two Shades of Grey (4:26)
4. Anyman's Tomorrow (8:20)
5. Bardanes (1:53)
6. Reason to Wonder (3:57)
7. Mesa Extrana (1:59)
8. Tiananman Square (11:52)
9. WellsBridge (11:12)
10. Caring (3:29)
11. Forests of Heaven (9:38)

Total Time: 66:57

Line-up / Musicians

- Al Lewis / vocals, drums, percussion, acoustic guitar
- John O'Hara / keyboards

- Kent Wells / acoustic guitar (4)
- Dave Fowler / bass (4)
- Lisa Boorse / violin (6)
- Dave Friedman / violin (6)
- Cheryl Blumenthal / viola (6)
- Lori Savage / cello (6)
- William Weber / bassoon (6)
- Mary Ann Kasko / oboe (6)
- Leo Schott / flute (6)

Releases information

Artwork: John O'Hara

CD LifeScape Records ‎- LSAL077CD (1998, US)

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ALASKA Alaska ratings distribution

(24 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(8%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(17%)
Good, but non-essential (50%)
Collectors/fans only (12%)
Poor. Only for completionists (12%)

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Review by b_olariu
3 stars Alaska is a band that incorporates in their music sounds and symphonic elements from Yes and Starcastle. Al Lewis is the voice and drumer of Starcastle so it's clear that this band is influenced by them. This is symphonic music with very nice passages, nice keyboard works through the album, but sometimes i think is to mellow. Anyway good effort by the band, some strong compositions are Museum Dreams ( great vocal harmonies) and the longest track from here Tiananman Square. All in all 3 stars album for me, still to some of you is a copy of Yes and Starcastle but to me is a good symphonic album that has some highlights here and there. Pleasent most of the time, good but non essential, for fans who listen Yes, Starcastle, Legacy.

Latest members reviews

2 stars Good band name; bad music. The references to YES and STARCASTLE is very evident. The album is keyboards driven to the extreme. Pompeous keyboards, that is. Some tasty guitars are included too, but keyboards is the main instrument here. The sound is also very American with clear references to ... (read more)

Report this review (#202837) | Posted by toroddfuglesteg | Sunday, February 15, 2009 | Review Permanlink

1 stars To me this does't sound like Yes or Tormato at all (See band biography). Tormato has loads of guitar and bass driving it. Alaska has almost no guitar and very weak drums and bass. The vocalist sounds like he is singing out of his range and even flat at times. Keyboards are what dominate this album ... (read more)

Report this review (#35905) | Posted by cmidkiff | Thursday, June 9, 2005 | Review Permanlink

3 stars The good news is that these musicians have made a credible effort to revisit the true spirit of Yes. They lay out some really interesting parts. Especially the longer epic songs climb to some degree of majesty. The politically relevant Tienanman Square is an astounding piece of labour. Its dev ... (read more)

Report this review (#637) | Posted by PROGCOM | Wednesday, February 16, 2005 | Review Permanlink

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