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3.91 | 23 ratings | 4 reviews | 9% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 1986

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. The wedding guests of Monsignor Peronne (8:28)
2. Short change to the counting house (6:44)
3. Daughter of moonstone (7:25)
4. Trap door (8:10)
5. Tsarion (9:47)
6. Incognito (4:46)
7. Suction 8 (13:45)

Total Time: 59:37

Line-up / Musicians

- Neil Allies / guitar
- Jez Ford / keyboards
- Fran Hallard / vocals
- Mark Hampton / bass
- Oliver Page / flute
- Stephen Page / drums

Releases information

CD MSI/Ugum UGU 00190

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EDGE Suction 8 ratings distribution

(23 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(9%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(57%)
Good, but non-essential (30%)
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Review by silvertree
4 stars Very interesting British progressive rock with a jazzy (but rocky) "edge". This band has nothing in common with the neo-prog movement back in the eighties. Female vocals by Fran Hallard are great as well as subtle flute playing. The music is quite raw and sometimes dark. The quality of the recording is not the best aspect of the album but who cares with music that good !
Review by apps79
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4 stars Mid-80's had to be maybe the worst period for progressive rock.UK, among a few other countries,kept producing some imaginative and decent music though.EDGE is one of this cases,a band that survived around mid- to late-80's and released two highly acclaimed albums.The first one entitled ''Suction 8'' was released in 1986 on MSI,a label with specialty on Neo Progressive Rock.

STYLE: While having obvious influences from the typical 80's British Prog sound,EDGE surrounded these sounds with heavy fusion doses with an even slight Canterbury touch.With a female singer (Frances Pearless aka Fran Hallard) on the front,the band delivers an energetic Neo/Symphonic style,often surprisingly paused by dynamic breaks with the flute player playing a permanent role.Frances sounds a lot like Tracy Hitchings,but her voice is more balanced and less theatrical.The guitar work ranges from melodic stuff to Crimson-esque riffs,often covered with flute sounds.Bass and drum work are very stable and consistent and have a sound closer to the typical 80's UK prog than any other instrument.Keyboard work is varied with plenty of inspired solos and haunting atmospheric passages.Definitely a very personal approach!

SOUNDS LIKE/INFLUENCES: Due to the female vocals,I would say imagine the most complex QUASAR/LANDMARQ parts blended with soft GENESIS,Canterbury-like flute playing and some mid-70's KING CRIMSON complexity.

PLUS: One of the most unique sounding albums ever!Superb female vocals,awesome and adventuruous interplays and one of the most rich-sounding albums of the period.Flute playing is among the best to be heard in the league.Keyboard work is also magnificent,producing a lot of changing themes.

MINUS: I guess this would have been even better if it wasn't of the familiar 80's sound production.More specific,some opening notes with keys and bass or a few guitar parts sound totally out of place.

WILL APPEAL TO: any serious music fan of this site,from the neo prog follower to the most demanding proghead.

CONCLUSION/RATING: It is prooved that 80's hadn't space only for Neo Prog music and EDGE are an excellent example.While having all these elements to be categorized as Neo Prog,this band kept the level of their musicianship even higher than some of the 70's big names.For anyone into intricate,challenging and original music,this is a must-have.4 solid stars!

Latest members reviews

4 stars FIrst comment: I'm sad to inform that this great accomplishment didn't earn a good quality recording. On the other hand, the flute and the vocals were almost always recorded a little better. And also the drums, most of the time. As these are the highlights of this work, the sound technician at l ... (read more)

Report this review (#2986058) | Posted by arymenezes | Friday, January 26, 2024 | Review Permanlink

4 stars This band Edge were really a unique experience because they crossed so many progressive boundaries. Overall the musical content is eerily dark and so haunting in nature, especially as the vocals by Fran Hallard are seductive and emotionally charged, while the flute playing by Oliver Page serv ... (read more)

Report this review (#33283) | Posted by | Tuesday, February 22, 2005 | Review Permanlink

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