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Ekseption

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3.84 | 44 ratings | 7 reviews | 18% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 1970

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Peace planet (3:32)
2. B 612 (4:08)
3. Morning rose (3:04)
4. Piece for symphonic and rock group in A minor (5:53)
a) Part one: Passacaglia
b) Part two: Painting
5. The lamplighter (3:01)
6. Bottle mind (2:45)
7. On sunday they will kill the world (3:26)
8. Another history (4:37)
9. Rondo (5:25)

Total Time: 35:51

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Line-up / Musicians

- Steve Allet / vocals
- Michel van Dijk / vocals (on 8)
- Rick van der Linden / piano, spinet, organ, mellotron
- Rein van den Broek / trumpet, flugelhorn
- Cor Dekker / bass guitar
- Dick Remelink / saxes
- Peter de Leeuwe / drums

Guest:
- Tony Vos / saxes

Releases information

LP Philips 6413007 (1970) / CD 3 Originals Universal 981 492-2 (2004)

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EKSEPTION 3 ratings distribution


3.84
(44 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(18%)
18%
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(52%)
52%
Good, but non-essential (20%)
20%
Collectors/fans only (5%)
5%
Poor. Only for completionists (5%)
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Review by Gatot
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4 stars This third album by Dutch jazz-rock and classical influenced band had confirmed their stand as solid band with inventive music compositions. The CD of this album is quite rare and I can only review this through my cassette collection that I purchased in the 70s. The album kicks off nicely with "Peace planet" (3:32), an instrumental piece with catchy organ like Procol Harum music style followed by fast tempo music where the organ solo is supported by tight bass lines and inventive clavinet. It's an energetic song that creates an uplifting mood. Drums are also excellent. But I salute the bass playing style of Cor Dekker, it's so powerful throughout the album.

The second track "B 612" (4:08) is a song with vocal (Steve Allet, who replaced previous lead singer in "Beggar Julia's Time Trip" album. This song has a great brass section combined beautifully with clavinet in jazz rock style. There is a nice trumpet solo at the end. The overall style reminds me to the music of Blood, Sweat, and Tears. "Morning rose" (3:04) starts with nice clavinet in slow tempo followed beautifully with vocal line. Clavinet provides great work at background. Right after first verse the organ enters brilliantly in Procol Harum style.

"Piece for symphonic and rock group in A minor" (5:53) comprises two movements: a) Part one: Passacaglia and b) Part two: Painting. Part One starts with an orchestra in ambient mood demonstrating clarinet solo. It's really a catchy opening in slow tempo. String section then takes lead in solo while the background music combines orchestra and timpani sound. On Part Two, the music then turns into fast tempo with dazzling drum, inventive bass lines, staccato trumpets and great organ. All instruments play in intertwining roles.

"The lamplighter" (3:01) is another instrumental piece with great organ at opening followed with trumpet solo while bass playing is obvious and tight, followed with great organ solo and then great church organ work. "Bottle mind" (2:45) is an instrumental music with fast tempo, staccato brass rock section which reminds me to Blood, Sweat & Tears music. The music interlude is wonderful with pulsating organ sound. "On sunday they will kill the world" (3:26), the opening part reminds me to Chicago 7's "Old Days". Vocal enters nicely. Music interlude is nice with great organ / piano work. Bass guitar is also great. "Another history" (4:37) has a great brass section backed by piano & dynamic bass lines followed wit trumpet solo backed with dazzling bass guitar work . Vocal line enters beautifully in low to medium register notes. After the first verse, organ gives a Procol Harum sound. It s really COOL!!

Overall, this is a VERY GOOD album by Ekseption and I think it deserves a four stars rating: an excellent addition to any prog music collection. For those who love jazz-rock, this is a MUST HAVE album that you should not miss. Keep on proggin' ..!

Peace on earth and mercy mild - GW

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Posted Thursday, January 10, 2008

Review by apps79
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Neo Prog Team
4 stars Once the Ekseption machine was switched on, it was really hard to be slowed down, even if the line-up changes were a frequent phenomenon for the band.Vocalist Michel van Dijk parted ways with Ekseption to taste a brief stint with Brainbox and later to join Alquin.He was replaced by Steve Allet (born as Coen Merkelbach).Also drummer Peter de Leeuwe returned behind the drum kit, replacing Dennis Whitebread, who went on to join Cargo under his real name of Dennis Witbraat.Even so van der Linden & co. recorded a third album for Phillips in 1970, simply entitled ''3'', another concept album around the story of Le Petit Prince.

Again the music is largely instrumental with strong Classical influences and van der Linden adapting moments from the timeless music of Bach, Rachmaninoff and Beethoven, mixing them cleverly with a fascinating Jazz/Horn Rock and obvious 60's psychedelic influences.Superb work on Hammond organ and harsichord with beautiful manipulations, offering both melodic and virtuosic themes, highlighted by the excellence of the background trumpets and saxes.Grandiose and pompous instrumental textures, that are pleasant to the ear and, even a bit dated, speak straight to the heart of the listener.New singer Steve Allet had a very JIM MORRISON-kind of singing style and in fact a couple of songs in the album do sound like a Classical version of THE DOORS with deep, psychedelic overtones, for example the fantastic ''On sunday they will kill the world''.For the most of its length the album is majestic with nice string sections, dreamy horn sounds and ethereal keyboards, while the songs are perfectly structured to deliver both magnificent melodies and more progessive colors, led by the complexity of Classical Music's fundamentals.Note that most of the lyrics were written by Dutch radio-presenter Will Luikinga.

Impressive combination of Classical and Jazz/Horn Rock in a highly adventurous album, full of pompous, very tight pieces and a deeply symphonic finesse.Another step towards perfection by this overlooked Prog band.Highly recommended.

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4 stars Peace planet A lovely faster version of Bach´s toccata & fugue g moll, or how it is called. The horns add a nice flavour to it. Good bass on this one, too. 5 stars B 612 Too heavy on the horn section and the vocaal sound too much Sinatraesque for my taste. Well, the instrumental breaks are f ... (read more)

Report this review (#132671) | Posted by Peto | Saturday, August 11, 2007 | Review Permanlink

3 stars I already recommended Beggar Julia's Time Trip as a good start to explore the music of Ekseption. Another good album is their third. This is another Ekseption album that features vocals. This time however you don't hear the voice of Michiel van Dijk, but they enlisted singer Steve Allett (his ... (read more)

Report this review (#75460) | Posted by Agemo | Wednesday, April 19, 2006 | Review Permanlink

5 stars REALLY: 4,66 That album! That masterpiece! "3" is one of the better disks of every time. If it finds the better moments in: "Peace Planet", "B612", "Morning Rose", "Piece For Symphonic And Rock group In A minor", "On Sunday They Will Kill The World" and "Rondo" and in the voice of Steve All ... (read more)

Report this review (#62361) | Posted by | Friday, December 30, 2005 | Review Permanlink

3 stars You have forgotten for a several time the classical music, and it's famous composers? Well, Bach and Beethoven are still alive, here, yes, in the prog rock music. I'm talking about Ekseption; somebody said van der Linden was a great Keith Emerson follower, ,maybe; this man is a 20th century m ... (read more)

Report this review (#35345) | Posted by | Sunday, June 05, 2005 | Review Permanlink

4 stars For the third album the story 'Le Petit Prince' of Saint Exupery was the source of inspiration. The opening track, 'Peace planet' was a big hitsingle, very remarkable for an all instrumental track based on a Badinerie written by Bach. Two of the songs on this album feature a singer, the rest i ... (read more)

Report this review (#32838) | Posted by | Saturday, September 25, 2004 | Review Permanlink

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