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3.41 | 68 ratings | 9 reviews | 12% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 1970

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Ouverture (3:22)
2. Prologue (2:21)
3. Julia (2:21)
4. Flying power (0:31)
5. Adagio (3:45)
6. Space I (0:44)
7. Italian concerto (4:59)
8. Concerto (3:52)
9. Space II (0:26)
10. Pop giant (3:54)
11. Space III (0:22)
12. Feelings (3:09)
13. Epilogue (0:57)
14. Finale (3:55) :
- (a) Music for mind
- (b) Theme Julia

Total Time: 34:38

Line-up / Musicians

- Michel Van Dijk / vocals, percussion
- Rick van der Linden / piano, Hammond, pipe organ, Mellotron, spinet, xylophone, percussion, composer (excl. 5-8) & arranger
- Dick Remelink / tenor & soprano saxophones, flute
- Rein van den Broek / trumpets, flugelhorn
- Cor Dekker / bass guitar
- Dennis Whitbread / drums, timpani

- Linda Van Dyck / vocals (2,13)
- Tony Vos / alto & soprano saxes, percussion, noises, electronic Fx, producer
- Erik Van Lier / trombone, tuba
- Jan Schuurman / electronic Fx
- Gerard Beckers / electronic Fx, mixing

Releases information

LP Philips ‎- 861 821 LCY (1970, Netherlands)

CD Pasodisc ‎- PD 890077 (2000, Brazil)
CD Mercury ‎- 273 872-1 (2010, Netherlands)

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EKSEPTION Beggar Julia's Time Trip ratings distribution

(68 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(12%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(35%)
Good, but non-essential (43%)
Collectors/fans only (9%)
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Review by Gatot
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3 stars The success of debut album had made Rick van der Linden became the band's official leader. On the band's second album "Beggar Julia's Time Trip" he was the main writer, composer and arranger of the band. While on first album was pure instrumental piece, starting from this second album (followed later with the third) the band had included singer Michel van Dijk. It's actually obvious that Ekseption is by definition is an instrumental band because the characteristic of their music sounds better with no vocal.

It was quite interesting to me that this album was basically a concept album about a beggar named Julia who traveled through the passage of time from hundred years ago until recent days. It's quite interesting also with the narration throughout the album by Linda van Dijk. "Overture" opens the album with flute-work followed nicely by van der Linden's organ sounds. Through "Adagio" and "Italian concerto" Rick van der Linded demonstrates excellent organ work. "Concerto" is also another excellent track with excellent guitar work.

Overall, this is not something masterpiece but it's very good especially with the fact that this was an attempt to a concept album which I thought that it was first started with Genesis "The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway". Keep on proggin' ..!

Peace on earth and mercy mild - GW

Review by apps79
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3 stars Born out of the ashes of a band named ''Incrowd'', EKSEPTION were fronted by gifted musician Rick Van Der Linden and won the first prize at the Loosdrecht Jazz Festival to lead them to an eponymous debut filled with interpretetions of classical pieces in 1969.''Beggar Julia's time trip'' followed in 1970 with original material and a concept around a beggar,who travels through time.An essential approach to classical and jazz music,the album is characterized by the trully amazing and sensintive playing of Van Der Linden on piano,xylophone and mellotron,close to the likes of classical composers.On the other hand the classical approach is accompanied by brass instruments like trumpet,trombone and saxes to fill the album with an intense jazzy feeling.One of the few EKSEPTION albums featuring a (quite good) vocalist,''Beggar Julia's time trip'' is a very good example of classical early-70's prog rock with strong jazz doses.
Review by Guillermo
4 stars For this, their second album, the band had some changes in the line-up: both Rob Kruisman (saxophones, flute, guitar, vocals) and Huib van Kampen (guitar, Tenor saxophone) left the band, being replaced by Dick Remelink ( saxes, flute). Drummer Peter de Leeuwe also left the band (but returned for their next album), being replaced by Dennis Whitbread. Also the band had a lead singer called Michel van Dijk, plus some guest appearances from Tony Vos (saxes, tonytone, electronic effects, and also the main producer of some of their albums), Linda van Dyck ( voice on "Prologue" & "Epilogue"), and Eric van Lier (trombone, tuba), who also was going to participate in their '00.04' album from 1971.

This album is really a concept album about a beggar named Julia who does a time trip through several centuries (more or less as I understood the concept). The main composer in the original musical pieces in this album is keyboard player Rick van der Linden, with some collaborations with lyrics from singer Michel van Dijk, who really only sings in two songs ('Juila' and 'Pop Giant'), and from Linda van Dyck who does some narration. There are some sections in the album which really are done with electronic sound effects and their function is more to work as links to other musical pieces. These electronic sound effects make this album sound a bit influenced by psychedelia, and they really sound like 'experiments' maybe done with Moogs or with other electronic devices.

As in every album by the band, there are several arrangements done to Classical Music pieces (Albinoni`s 'Adagio', J.S. Bach`s 'Italian Concerto', and Tchaikovsky`s 'Concerto'). The appearance of an electric guitar solo in 'Concerto' and its previous appearance as the B-side of the 'Air' single in 1969 makes me think that 'Concerto' was really recorded for their first album, but was finally released in their second album. Of these Classical Music pieces I prefer more 'Adagio' and 'Concerto'. There are also some brief appearances from other uncredited Classical Music pieces in some parts of the album, like some bars from Rachmaninoff`s First Piano Concerto and a bit from J.S Bach`s 'Sicilano in G', a musical piece which the band was going to record in a full arrangement for their 'Ekseption 5' album from 1972.

This is maybe their first attempt for a full Prog album, having a conceptual story, and with each musical piece being linked one after the other without interruptions (other to the natural end of the Side One in the old LP version). The Jazz, Rock, Classical and Pop influences are very present, and maybe in this second album the band sounds more 'mature', more 'serious', and with maybe having less inclinations to appear in the radio, even if they still released some singles.

Review by ALotOfBottle
3 stars Ekseption produced some very interesting material in the early 70's. Their style is somewhat reminiscent of The Nice - full of rock adaptations of classical music of the romantic, classical, and baroque periods. Therefore, do not expect any very sophisticated melodies, rhythms or harmonies - this is pure European tidyness. This record in particular is a great showcase of what these Dutch prog-rockers were able to do. Ekseption consisted of drums, bass, organ, and a horn section - sax and trumpet. This line-up gave them great versatility, which you can hear on this record. "Beggar Julia's Time Trip" is a beautifully twisted mix of classical baroque music, dry, up-beat rock tempos, and excellent, authentic bebop passages, featuring great instrumental abilities from all of the band members. "Italian Concerto" also perfectly presents that and is in my opinion the highlight of the album. You can forgive not the best recording quality and that "dry" factor in the mix. Rick Van Linden is an excellent keyboard player, whose abilities should be put among the greatest - Keith Emerson, Rick Wakeman, Tony Banks, Dave Stewart or Jon Lord. All of the band members present a great technical know-how and classical training. The record, however, as fun as it is to listen to, has not aged gracefully, sounding very dated, cheesy, and, at times, even commercial. 3 stars is a good rating. It is still recommended!

Latest members reviews

3 stars The second album of this band is a concept album. Overture, prologue, spoken narrations and music. Concept album, in short. Ekseption was a band with a huge affection for Johan Sebastian Bach. Even on this album, their have their noses firmly stucked up in the back of him. I don't think it is ... (read more)

Report this review (#478772) | Posted by toroddfuglesteg | Friday, July 8, 2011 | Review Permanlink

2 stars The second album. Ouverture Sounds medieval, with flute and almost could be Focus with Akkerman replaced by a horn section. The track becomes more dramatic with the fine organ playing and pulsating bass. 5 stars Prologue Ow, a female narrator throughout all the track. 0 stars Julia ... (read more)

Report this review (#132631) | Posted by Peto | Saturday, August 11, 2007 | Review Permanlink

4 stars Ekseption is best known for their, at times quirky, reworkings of the classics. What most people forget is that the also wrote great jazz influenced prog and that they made at least two good albums. This album is one of them. On this album, their second, they were joined by singer Michiel van ... (read more)

Report this review (#75459) | Posted by Agemo | Wednesday, April 19, 2006 | Review Permanlink

5 stars REALLY: 4,53 "Beggar Julias Time Trip" is another masterpiece. If "Adagio", "Italian Concerto" and "Concerto" are classic music, is necessary to say that the insert of "Space" is pure psychedelic music. I do not know you, but I do not succeed to do less to excite myself every time that the ... (read more)

Report this review (#62351) | Posted by | Friday, December 30, 2005 | Review Permanlink

4 stars Although Ekseption was essentially an instrumental band, this album as well as the third album features a singer, even though a lot of the compositions are instrumental. Beggar Julia's Timetrip is based on a story of a man who travels through time in a spaceship and observes the great composer ... (read more)

Report this review (#32837) | Posted by | Saturday, September 25, 2004 | Review Permanlink

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