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3.06 | 16 ratings | 1 reviews | 6% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 1985

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Desparate for your love (6:37)
2. Allegro (3:34)
3. The land (3:19)
4. Peter's wedding (7:19)
5. The great balloon race (4:50)
6. The lady & the imp (5:39)
7. Caldando (4:34)
8. Roleystone (3:24)
9. Night sky (2:31)

Total Time: 41:47

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Line-up / Musicians

- Kevin Peek / guitars
- Steve Gray / keyboards
- Herbie Flowers / bass
- Tristan Fry / percussion

Guest Musicians:
- Ron Aspery / saxophones & flutes on "Peter's Wedding"
- Adrian Brett / pan pipes
- Lee Fothergill / guitars
- Tony Hymas / synthesiser & vocals on "Desperate For Your Love"
- Clare Torry / Vocals

Releases information

CS Columbia FMT-42052

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SKY The Great Balloon Race ratings distribution


3.06
(16 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(6%)
6%
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(25%)
25%
Good, but non-essential (44%)
44%
Collectors/fans only (25%)
25%
Poor. Only for completionists (0%)
0%

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Review by russellk
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3 stars Exit John Williams.

Without the classical guitar maestro, few expected SKY to soldier on. But they did, and I for one am glad. This album was a pleasant surprise: it moves away from SKY's increasingly irrelevant instrumental formula, incorporating new instruments (synthesiser, flute and pan pipes, for example), and some interesting songs. The opener, 'Desperate for your Love' is a lazy, slow-building number unlike anything else SKY did, with a spoken vocal, and they almost pull it off. The rest of the first side and much of the second is well-played but ultimately unmemorable.

The power of this record comes from two pieces: the achingly beautiful 'Caldando' and the following rocker 'Roleystone'. These pieces, along with the first and title track, could have formed the basis for a major departure for SKY, had they but shown the courage to completely abandon their tried and true formula.

You don't need this record, but if you see it lying around somewhere, dust it off and slap it on your turntable. It's worth an hour of your time.

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