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3.88 | 14 ratings | 2 reviews | 14% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 2018

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Greener Grass (5:28)
2. Swansong (3:59)
3. Drain (10:37)
4. Irked (9:39)
5. Good Day (3:42)
6. The End (9:44)
7. Time Out (4:54)
8. Speechless (5:04)
9. Slow Suite: II. Isolation (8:18)

Total Time 61:25

Line-up / Musicians

- Doug Rausch / vocals, piano, synth, keyboards, acoustic (3,5-7) & electric (4,5) guitars, composer, arranger & producer

- Gary Wehrkamp / guitar (1,3,5-8), bass (6,8)
- Ryan Valotta / guitar (2)
- Brendt Allman / guitar (4)
- Ryo Okumoto / keyboards, synth & organ (1)
- Brian Ashland / synth & programming (4)
- Joe Fine / bass
- Mark Zonder / drums (1)
- Steve Lerro / drums (2-8)
- Michael D Simon / orchestration & programming (1,3)
- David Ivory / programming & production (2)

Releases information

Artwork: Elisabetta Artusi

CD self-released (2018, US)

Digital album

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RAUSCH Book II ratings distribution

(14 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(14%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(36%)
Good, but non-essential (50%)
Collectors/fans only (0%)
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Review by kev rowland
4 stars Rausch the band is led by Doug Rausch (vocals, keyboards), and this is the second release (following on from the debut in 2010). The actual band line-up is completed by Joe Fine (bass), Gary Wehrkamp (guitar/bass) and Chris Ruffini (drums) while guests include Mark Zonder (Fates Warning), Ryo Okumoto (Spock's Beard) and guitarist Brendt Allman (Shadow Gallery) among others.

This is a bloody excellent album, one that I have enjoyed playing a great deal, yet I'm not sure if it is ever going to gain the kudos it deserves. Musically it has a lot in common with City Boy, Queen and 3rd Degree with plenty of piano-based soft melodic prog rockers which are real songs, that are stacked full of commercial riffs and great vocals. I've even found myself singing some of the songs from the album around the house, something that happens incredibly rarely. It doesn't seem to matter which track I am listening to, as whatever one that is, is definitely my favourite of the moment. This is a truly superb album which will appeal to lovers of all type of melodic music as they switch from bombastic rock to acoustic guitar into something more rocky then let piano take control and drive it all along. This truly is a wonderful album that makes me smile each and every time I play it, and isn't that sometimes all we need?

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4 stars Say this about Doug Rausch: he won't put out an album until he thinks it is just right. His first effort'entitled Rausch 'came out seven years after he graduated from Ithaca College. And his latest production, Book II, took eight years to reach public ears. And after a few listens, I'll say ... (read more)

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