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Studio Album, released in 1995

Songs / Tracks Listing

Flute Pages Revisited by Flute, Oboe & Band

1. House of the Kings (Akkerman) - FOCUS (2:24)
2. Talybont (Shulman, Shulman, Minnear) - GENTLE GIANT (1:50)
3. Impressioni di settembre (Mussida, Mogol, Pagani) - PFM (3:35)
4. Hands of the Priestess (Hackett) - STEVE HACKETT (4:48)
5. Souni (Carletti, Contini) - I NOMADI (2:40)
6. Anthem (Gladwyn) - AMAZING BLONDEL (2:41)
7. Umanamente uomo: il sogno (Battisti, Mogol) - L. BATTISTI (4:12)
8. R.I.P .(Nocenzi, Di Giacomo) - BANCO (5:00)
9. Caravan Song (Batt) - MIKE BATT (3:26)
10. Birdmand, the Reflection (McDonald) - MCDONALD & GILES (2:45)
11. Non so fingere (Giordanino, Cavagliato) - ZAUBER (4:10)
12. Bourrée (J.S. Bach) - JETHRO TULL (3:41)
13. For absent Friends (Poziakov, Cavagliato) - CLARION (2:10)
14. Nimbleness (Giordanino) - MYROS (3:11)

Total time 46:39

Line-up / Musicians

- Gianni Cristiani / flutes, ottavino
- Barbara Bonelli / oboe, English horn

With ZAUBER members:
- Massimo Cavagliato / drums, drums programming (2), metalophone
- Mauro Cavagliato / bass, classic guitar
- Oscar Giordanino / keyboards, percussions programming

- Leo Fiore / vocals (3, 8)
- Liliana Bodini / vocals (9, 11)
- Davide Rossotto / electric guitar (11)
- Silvio Ferrero / keyboards (6), sequencer (6)
- Manuela Mortara / voices (6)

Releases information

CD Mellow Records MMP 289 (1995)

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Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(20%)
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Review by kenethlevine
3 stars Named after its title track, itself a BACH piece but better known in these pages as a JETHRO TULL classic, this sophomore effort by Clarion contains mostly covers of esteemed progressive rock tunes, but otherwise the flute-dominated pastoral quality of the first album remains intact, even solidified. I confess I do not know all of the source works, but will do my best to give my general impression, providing comparisons where available.

While versions of FOCUS' sprightly "House of the King", and GENTLE GIANT's "Talybont" are both well crafted, the vocal performance by Leo Fiore on PFM's "Impressioni di settembre" is noteworthy because it more approximates FRANCO BATTIATO's version than anything. Here synthesizers play a more central role although the flute does cavort just below the surface. "Suoni" is a sweet flute tune originally from NOMADI that leads into the lovely rendition of AMAZING BLONDEL's "Anthem", featuring female vocals, that expands upon the original in its meter, sometimes bordering on a laissez faire sort of reggae. Fiore is back for a spirited version of BANCO's R.I.P. MIKE BATT's "Caravan song" is given a renaissance-style treatment thanks to Lilliana Bodini's voice and some plucked classical guitar. While I do have the eponymous MCDONALD AND GILES album I don't recall anything quite so well formed as "Birdman, the Reflection", which includes a mellotronic instrument of some type and supporting drums all to a vaguely dissonant flute tune.

As with the debut album, sameness creeps in with somewhat less appealing numbers later on the disk, and "Hand of the Priestess", "Umanamente uomo: il sogno", "Non son fingere", and even Clarion's own "For Absent Friends" are lacking a certain enthusiasm to carry the somewhat dour melodies. The same cannot be said for the excellent closer "Nimbleness", orginally by MYROS, in which lively flutes and oboes ring out the album in grand style.

Mostly pleasant to be sure, "Bourree" solidifies CLARION as easy listening "prog" in the broadest sense, and certainly betrays their musical influences to be familial. This is an album for a mood, an occasional distraction rather than a staple.

Review by ZowieZiggy
3 stars This album features several well known prog songs from prog giants all over Europe.

Indeed ''Bouree'' from Tull is featured. But my fave from them all is the PFM one ''Impressioni Di Settembre''. At least the vocals conveys these emotions that the Italian genre holds so many. I can't say the same about their version of ''House Of The Kings'' (from the Dutch masters ''Focus'').

Another great moment from this work is a faithful rendition of ''Hands Of The Priestess'' from Steve Hackett's masterpiece ''Voyage Of The Acolyte''. So, if you are in the mood of listening to some sort of a tribute album, why not spend some time with this one.

For sure, it holds nothing revolutionary. This is a tranquil record which is fine on a Sunday afternoon. Who wouldn't like to hear the fine Banco song ''R.I.P.''? Indeed!

Not bad a record, but I'm not quite sure it was all necessary.Three stars because it holds some of the must have of prog music.

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