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3.36 | 17 ratings | 2 reviews | 6% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 1993

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Fail Not Me (4:53)
2. Rock Child (4:53)
3. What Is Not Given Is Lost (3:56)
4. Tonight (4:48)
5. Dreams (Part I) (1:59)
6. Why Send A Man In To Do A Boy's Job (10:12)
7. Father And Son (5:33)
8. We Are Not Gentleman (5:32)
9. Focus Or Blinders? (6:12)
10. Mountains (5:51)
11. Mother Earth (5:44)
12. Hope, Love And Fear (1:58)
13. Reprisals (9:09)

Total Time: 70:40

Line-up / Musicians

- Tom Hook / vocals
- Russ Gross / guitar
- Tom May / guitar, keyboards, composer
- Joe Allen / keyboards
- Barry Spry / bass
- Rob Lee Leytham / drums

- Debbie Brown / vocals (1, 3, 9, 13)
- Stephen Lon Phillips / saxophone (5, 11)
- Doug Chandler / synth programming

Releases information

Artwork: Mario Baert

CD self-released (1993, US)

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ANCIENT VISION Focus Or Blinders ratings distribution

(17 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(6%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(41%)
Good, but non-essential (41%)
Collectors/fans only (12%)
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Review by erik neuteboom
3 stars In 1991 the USA progrock sextet Ancient Vision released their debut album entitled The Vision, three years later followed by this second CD. The magic-realistic cover art is done by Dutch artist Mario Baert. I know him from my work for Dutch SI Magazine where he already made interesting black and white paintings on the cover and his work was even compiled on a progrock calender! The 13 songs (running time at about 70 minutes) sound pleasant and melodic with a head and tail. The music is quite simply structured but worked out tastefully: dreamy with saxophone in Dreams, beautiful acoustic guitar and a wonderful organ solo in Father And Son and a fluent rhythm with strong soli on guitar and keyboards in We Are Not Gentlemen and Mountains. The raw undertone in the vocals add an emotional dimension to the songs like in What Is Not Given and the titletrack. In general the musical approach is song-oriented but in the long composition Why Send A Man In To Do A Boy's Job delivers lots of soli, especially the keyboards sound omnipresent. My rating for this CD: 3,5 stars.

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4 stars Ancient Vision originally formed around 1984\85. Tom May (group leader) had been writing music for quite some time when he decided to form a group to record. He felt that a band effort was more productive, as it offered other viewpoints on the arrangements and the production of the music. The ... (read more)

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