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Studio Album, released in 2002

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Notes from the Past - Part I (3:09)
2. Night-Bike-Ride (on Lilac Street) (3:28)
3. Mirrors of Yesterday (6:17)
4. Leaving the Horizon (14:10)
5. In the Space of a Twinkle (3:27)
6. Folke's Final Decision (4:03)
7. The Name Belongs to You (13:46)
8. Second Journey Inside the Green Glass (5:55)
9. A Road in My Mind (7:17)
10. Morganism (10:33)
11. Notes from the Past - Part II (6:58)

Total Time 79:03

Line-up / Musicians

- Patrik Lundström / lead & backing vocals
- Roine Stolt / electric & acoustic guitars
- Hans Lundin / piano, Hammond, Mellotron, synth, vocals (4,11), producer
- Jonas Reingold / bass
- Morgan Ågren / drums

- Aleena Gibson / vocals (9)
- Tove Törn Lundin / voice (5)
- Lennart Lind / trombone (10)
- Lars Lindsjö / saxophone (10)
- Tage Rolander / trumpet (10)

Releases information

Artwork: Per Nordin

CD Inside Out Music ‎- IOMCD 097 (2002, Europe)

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Review by loserboy
4 stars When I heard the news that KAIPA were going to release a album in the 2000's I must admit I was a bit shocked. KAIPA's early albums are amongst the best from Scandanavia with the recent addition being now included in this impressive discography. KAIPA derived a very jazz oriented symphonic rock and I must say that "Notes From The Past" really carries more of a FLOWER KINGS feel than KAIPA in a lot of ways and this is not a bad thing ! From the original line-up only Hans Lundin (keyboards) and Roine STOLT (guitars) remain with the addition of Morgan Agren (drums) and Patrik Lundstrom with the magical voice (boy can this guy sing!). Musically this is emotionally enriched album with some wicked performing with standout drumming, wild keyboards (lots of mellotron) and wicked driving lead guitar.
Review by lor68
3 stars Well this reunion seems a joke!! Don't get me wrong, the present work is pretty good and well arranged too, but this time Roine Stolt and Hans Lundin, original members of Kaipa,have performed a kind of emulation, concerning the recent stuff by Flower Kings, instead of looking for a more personal way, to be runned by Kaipa...Jonas Reingold on bass guitar and, interesting situation, Patrik Lundström from Ritual as a vocalist, are simply remarkable guests, but their contribution to this "Notes from the past" is not so much me this work could be essential for the collectors of the whole production of Stolt only.As a matter of fact the present issue seems to be planned by Stolt and Lundin alone, probably with a noble purpose:get more of new fans and let the old ones be attracted by this new project (I don't know whether it's a true personal concept by Stoilte or not, but it never minds...).So at the end there's nothing new on the edge of this new attempt by Roine: He's trying to give lushness to the old stuff by Kaipa also in the next years ; check this album out, at least, as you could give it a chance!!
Review by Muzikman
5 stars Roine STOLT has made his way to success with his group The FLOWER KINGS over the past few years and folks like me never had the pleasure of listening to Roine play in his pre- FLOWER KINGS days. In the 70's Kaipa released several albums bringing attention to the young guitarist from Sweden. With the release of their sixth album since 1975, "Notes From The Past" reunites Roine STOTLT and Hans Lundin (keyboards). It looks as though they have not missed a step since they parted ways over twenty years ago. This music is yet another testament to the flexibility and talent of STOLT as a lead guitar player. Side projects such as this are nothing new for STOLT; he is also the lead guitar man for the super group TRANSATLANTIC. This outstanding album also features Patrik Lundström (of RITUAL) on lead vocals, Morgan Agren (ZAPPA, MATS & MORGAN) on the drum kit, and Jonas Reingold (The FLOWER KINGS) on bass.

The CD showcases a wonderful cross section of genres intermingled amongst progressive rock, jazz, and jazz-rock fusion. The vocals are equal to the task as Lundstrom, Lundin, and an angelic voiced woman named Aleena share the duties. Great music that leaves you wanting for more with each listen is the most memorable. I found it all to be infectious and powerful just like The FLOWER KINGS' music. Make sure you listen to this more than once before formulating any opinion, there is a lot to take in and process. This CD is highly recommended for anyone that appreciates progressive rock. Old and new fans alike will find this to be an exceptionally pleasing note from the past. Once again Inside Out Music comes out with a quality release right on the cutting edge of prog-rock. This one is a real keeper; make sure you do not pass it up.

Review by hdfisch
4 stars Edited 09/27/05!

This was the first KAIPA-album I listened to at all some two years ago or so and before I knew any album of THE FLOWER KINGS. I actually never heard their name before I bought it, but I listened a few samples and they convinced me completely that it's a great album. And after I received it, it just blew me away how stunningly good the music is. Somehow I just felt transferred 30 years backwards into past ---- well NOTES FROM THE PAST that's its title------of course it's fully RETRO, you can't call it PROGRESSIVE anymore nowadays, but I don't care what it is, it's just GREAT music. Anyway the whole argueing and discussing about what is Prog or not, I really give a damn sh... on it, what is important is that the music is not boring for oneself even after repeated listenings. And moreover I believe that if rock music really would have been going on progressing the last 30 years, that there would almost be anything left enjoyable at least for folks like me, maybe some strange sci-fi computer sounds. Actually I can't write anything else about the music on this album, it's just great music as coming right directly from the 70's with the difference that the recording quality is top-notch and on the level of 21st century. If you're into that old stuff, you should have this piece in your shelf! Released a few decades earlier it could clearly be considered as a masterpiece in progressive rock, still I'd would give it 4 1/2 stars!!

Review by Gatot
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
4 stars I've just got this album quite recently - about a month ago, I think - but it has become my personal favorite since the first time I listened to it. I've been spinning the CD more than five times in its entirety and everytime I listened to it, it always cheered me. I said to myself :"Hmm. this is the kind of music that satisfies my needs ". KAIPA's music is not something new for me as I have been familiar with other albums: "Keyholder" and "Mindrevolutions". This album is pretty similar in style with "Keyholder" but it's way different with "Mindrevolutions". Well, I guess the latter represent their major shift in musical concept and direction.

The master minds of this album are Hans Lundin (keyboard) and The Flower King's Roine Stolt (vocal, guitar). The music is a culmination of these two individuals' creativity. The result is a very rewarding music that should be in the agenda of prog lovers listening pleasure. I especially enjoy how intertwining melodies and solos presented between keyboard and guitar, strengthened with an excellent voice line by Stolt / Lundström and dynamic bass lines by The Flower King's Jonas Reingold.

The album kicks off with soft and ambient keyboard sounds of "Notes from the past - part I" (3:09) followed with nice voice line and howling guitar sounds augmented with long sustain keyboard notes. It's a brilliant intro which sets the atmospheric nature of the whole album. What follows is a bit complex instrumental composition "Night-bike-ride (on Lilac Street)" (3:28) combining the dynamic sounds of keyboard and guitar in relatively fast tempo music ala The Flower Kings. The guitar work is truly excellent, enriched with keyboard effects. The music flows beautifully and it's rewarding. The tagline melody becomes the melody of the whole album. I really enjoy this track.

Under "Mirrors of yesterday" (6:17) the band brings back the vocal line into the music while maintaining the ambient nuance. An excellent vocal line intro. "I'm searching for the blue sky ." lyrical part is melodic and memorable especially when it's followed with single layer keyboard solo. Interesting musical composition. "In the space of a twinkle" (3:27) title really represents the music: spacey with female narration, flows beautifully with long sustain keyboard sounds. What is a combination of slow rock and blues music with an excellent combination of keyboard and guitar sounds. At the end of the track the music turns out to be an upbeat instrumental piece "Folke's final decision (4:03)". It's really great.

"The name belongs to you" (13:46) I can consider as an epic with a catchy melody during intro, using soft keyboard solo followed with great lyrical entrance "There is a light ." . oh what a wonderful entry! The strength of this epic is in the combination of neat composition, catchy melody and wonderful solos featuring guitar and keyboard. Oh yes . I love the intertwining sounds of guitar and keyboard right after the first lyrical verse during opening. The music is very The Flower Kings - even a bit better, I think. It's so dynamic and powerful - truly satisfies my expectation of what good prog music is all about.

I personally value this album really high as the music stands out firmly as an excellent prog music with tight composition, powerful song writing and excellent overall performance. I don't see any lacking with respect to composition, songwriting or performance. However, I would rather put this album under four star rating - an excellent addition to any prog music collection - with a personal tendency to opt it as a five star album. Let time allows me to upgrade the rating in the near future. I highly recommend you to own this album. Keep on proggin' .!

Peace on earth and mercy mild - GW

Review by chessman
4 stars This was the first album Kaipa released after Hans Lundin and Roine Stolt reformed the band. And it's a superb effort! The musicians assembled here are of the highest calibre. Jonas Reingold on bass needs no introduction, and Morgan Ahgren on drums has also worked with many of the best. Patrick Lundstrom has a very distinctive voice, very theatrical, and can put you in mind of Freddie Mercury, not so much in sounding like him, but in the way he phrases the words and notes. Aleena only sings lead on one song here, but she does a good job, though she surpasses herself on the following album, Keyholder. The song vary here, from superb, powerful instrumentals like 'Night Bike Ride (On Lilac Street) and 'Folke's Final Decision', to the more experimental instrumental 'Morganism' with its almost jazzy, uptempo feel, through two very melodic epics, 'Leaving The Horizon' and 'The Name Belongs To You', both of which are packed with wonderful keyboard and guitar work. The more straightforward 'Mirrors Of Yesterday' balances out Aleena's spot on the ballad 'A Road In My Mind'. There is another instrumental, the keyboard heavy 'Second Journey Inside The Green Glass', which is wonderful, whilst one of the most atmospheric tracks here is the shorter but haunting 'In The Space Of A Twinkle' with lyrics spoken by Hans's daughter, Tove. Her clear, strong voice, speaking in English with a slight Swedish accent, only adds to the other wordliness of the song. Also, Roine's guitar is impressive here. And bookending these songs are the first and last tracks, 'Notes From The Past' parts 1 & 2. Both are lovely, slower pieces, with great guitar from Roine, and restrained but effective keyboard work from Hans. Lundstrom sounds particularly close to Freddie Mercury on these two. This is a great album, almost as good as the next one, the brilliant 'Keyholder'. The artwork too is superb, and the whole package is delightful. There are echoes of TFK here, of course, as might be expected with both Roine and Jonas present. Ironically, there isn't much resembling the old Kaipa from the seventies. But the material here is strong, fresh, melodic, and well worth adding to your collection. The Swedes are giving us Brits a good run for our money in the 'prog Kings' stakes. And I, for one, welcome the competition! A solid four stars.
Review by Tarcisio Moura
4 stars Kaipa´s Notes From The Past is one of the best prog CDs I bought in the new millenium. It has a refreshing quality that reminds me a lot of the Flower King´s Retropolis and Back In The World Of Adventure. Of course the band is different, - even if includes TFK´s Roine Stolt and the ever present Jonas Reingold - but the quality is as high. Hans Lundin is an exceptinal songwriter and player, knowing quite well how to mix technique with sensitiveness. Songs like Mirros Of yesterday, Folke´s Final Decision and A Road In My Mind all have that kind of simple inspiration that is missing from the Flower Kings later work. All musicians are in fine form and definitly the vocals are very well done. The more you hear, the more you like and find something extra, as on any great progressive album.

A nice surprise, highly addictive music. If you´re into symphonic prog music, specially the swedish style of prog, you must hear this CD. 4,5 stars.

Review by ZowieZiggy
4 stars Some twenty-four years after having left "Kaipa", here is Roine again!

Actually, this is not truly a "Kaipa" reunion since only the duo Stolt-Lundin is represented. I have to say that it is pleasant to see both men working again together. IMHHO, "Kaipa" work after Roine's departure were average ("Händer") to poor ("Nattdjurstid") and this come back could be a good sign.

As soon as one listens to the title track (part one), which opens this album, TFK's influence is noticeable. But, originally "Kaipa"s style (at least in "Solo") was heralding what would later become TFK. The loop has been looped.

This album is 100% in the symphonic vein and it is true to say that Roine's mark is much more important here that during the early releases of the band (but he was so young at the time.).

One is projected during the whole length of this album (which clocks at almost eighty minutes, another TFK habit) into a beautiful world of melodies, fine guitar breaks of course and superb keyboards sounds of all kinds. At times, it is a real enchantment ("Leaving The Horizon") even if the similarity with TFK is annoying.

Vocals are real touching for most of the time and "Mirrors Of Yesterday" is a perfect example to illustrate this. The instrumental break (first the keys followed by some extraordinary and so melodic guitar) is just great. Another highlight of this very good album so far.

Even some short pieces ("In The Space Of A Twinkle" or "Folke's Final Decision") although not memorable, have their own merit (mostly thanks to the guitar work to be honest). But we're in for epics, aren't we?

So, let's get to "The Name Belongs To You", the second of its kind on this album. I have to say that "Leaving The Horizon" worked better on me. This one is too much jam / jazz-oriented to my ears. The guitar is wilder and not as polished: the whole sounds rather chaotic. It seems more to be a showcase for Roine. But too much is too much.

The beautiful vocals from Aleena (who will be the lead singer on their next album) are truly splendid. She brings "A Road In My Mind" to a high level, really. A wonderful and melodic song. Which is all the contrary of the long and dull "Organism". Ten minutes of a noisy and jazzy jam that leads nowhere, even if the finale is more atmospheric. Press next.

This fine album ends as it has started. "Notes From The Past" (part two) is just as pleasant as the intro. Melody, atmosphere...

In all, this is a very good album. I could have missed "Organism", for sure. But even so I rate this one with four stars. Symphonic prog lovers should appreciate this album but the relation with TFK's work is quite strong.

Review by UMUR
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
4 stars Notes From The Past is the 7th full-length studio album by Swedish symphonic progressive rock act Kaipa and the first album since Stockholm Symphonie (1993). The band was very active in the seventies but had longer periods of inactivety in the eighties and nineties. This album marks the return to a more regular release rate. The only remaining member from the original lineup are main composer and keyboard player Hans Lundin. Roine Stolt ( The Flower Kings, Transatlantic...etc), who was also an original member of the band, only appears here as a guest guitarist as far as I understand. The other main players on the album are bassist Jonas Reingold ( The Flower Kings, Karmakanic) and drummer Morgan Ågren ( Mats/Morgan Band, Fredrik Thordendal's Special Defects, Zappsteetoot, Frank Zappa, Dweezil Zappa, Fläskkvartetten, Glen Hughes...etc). Ritual vocalist Patrik Lundström handles the male vocals while the sparse female vocal sections are handled by Aleena and Tove Törn Lundin.

The music on the album is keyboard driven symphonic progressive rock. There are some fantasy/ folky elements in the music too as well as jazz rock/ fusion elements. The music is mostly intrumental but there are vocal sections in some songs. Most are handled by Ritual vocalist Patrik Lundström. He is a strong vocalist with a distinct sounding voice. I can´t claim to be much of a fan of his voice though but that´s purely a question of personal taste and has got nothing to do with the quality of his performance. The female singing are also of high quality. The lyrics are a bit cringe worthy to be honest and I must admit that allthough I enjoy the variation that vocal parts, on an otherwist pre- dominantly instrumental album, gives, I enjoy the instrumental parts a lot more. I´m probably getting of on the wrong foot here by pointing out the negatives but we´ll get to the positives later on. And don´t worry there are lots of positives to be mentioned. So while we are at the negatives I have to mention the 79:07 minutes long playing time. That is way too long IMO and I´m sure the album would have been even more powerful if it had been a bit more compact. So finally on to the positives. First of all the playing on Notes From The Past is outstanding. I initially purchased the album because it was mentioned on the cover that Roine Stolt was playing on the album and I was in a Flower Kings phase at the time where I simply purchased anything Roine Stolt was involved in. I had never heard about Kaipa before though. Well as it turns out Roine Stolt actually delivers one of his more subtle performances. Listening to Notes From The Past it becomes very clear that Kaipa is Hans Lundin´s baby. He is simply everywhere on this album. Great vintage keyboards and kind of joyfull and positive notes and atmospheres throughout. The jazz rock/ fusion element in the music is created by the rythm section. Bassist Jonas Reingold probably don´t need much introduction in prog circles but as always he delivers a stunning performance. The most important player on this album in terms of giving me a great listening experience is master drummer Morgan Ågren. He is such an incredibly skilled and powerful drummer. I´m at a loss for words really.

In terms of influences in the music The Flower Kings obviously comes to mind but I´ll add Änglagård to those influences as well because of the folky element in the music. A song like Leaving the Horizon is a good example of the Änglagård influence but then Änglagård might be influenced by the early Kaipa releases for all I know ( I haven´t listened to anything from Kaipa pre-Notes From The Past yet). While I find the album to be a bit too long there are no sub par songs on the album. The quality is high throughout and songs like the above mentioned Leaving the Horizon and the intrumental and fusion influenced Morganism are just some of the highlights on the album.

The production is warm, well sounding and professional. I´ve had Notes From The Past for just about as long as it´s been released, but the album has never been a favorite of mine and if I have to be honest it has spend the last couple of years in my dusty basement. Fortunately I opted to give the album one more chance and write this review because after eight years I guess my tastes have changed a bit because now I really enjoy Notes From The Past. It´s like I just needed some time to absorb the music to appreciate it. But maybe it´s got something to do with the positive vibe on this album. I´m usually more interested in music that oozes bleak melancholy or features sheer aggression but this album has neither. This is in every way a pleasant, warm and positive album and while I´m not a sucker for those this one works well for me. So this has been a great surprise for me and Notes From The Past certainly deserves a 4 star rating.

Review by Evolver
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Crossover & JR/F/Canterbury Teams
4 stars Kaipa made a strong comeback in 2002, with only two original members left, keyboardist Hans Lundin and guitarist Roine Stolt. Stolt brought along bassist Jonas Reingold from The Flower Kings, who, along with new drummer Agren, give this band a rhythm section as good as any band out there. lead singer Patrik Lundström adds a new dimension as well. His voice often sounds like Freddie Mercury, and sometimes like a less-shrill James LaBrie. A female vocalist does a nice job, but at times her accent gets a bit weird ("the road is winding" sounds like "the road is whiny").

Standout tracks are many on this one, but I greatly enjoy Night-Bike-Ride (on Lilac Street) , Leaving the horizon, The Name Belongs To You, the buzzsaw rocker Second Journey Inside The Green Glass, and the funky fusiony Morganism.

This is an excellent start to what has been the best period of this band's career.

4.5 stars.

Review by Mellotron Storm
3 stars This was the big comeback album for KAIPA released in 2002. Roine Stolt returns (after 24 years) and the original keyboardist Hans Lundin returns but they are the only two original members to make an appearance.The rest of the band are listed as guests but that will change on the next record "Keyholder" where they will be seen as officially part of the band. By the way "Keyholder" (with the same lineup as here) is for my tastes a stronger album than this one."Notes From The Past" really sounds like a lost FLOWER KINGS album only instead of Roine singing we have Patrik from RITUAL doing the honours. Reingold (FLOWER KINGS) is on bass and Mats Agren (MATS / MORGAN) is on drums. Also add female vocalist Aleena.

"Notes From The Past-Part I" is fairly dreamy with vocals and some soaring guitar. "Night Bike Ride (On Lilac Street)" really sounds like a FLOWER KINGS song. Some nice chunky bass with organ and guitar standing out. A good instrumental. "Mirrors Of Yesterday" is mellow with vocals. Piano before 1 1/2 minutes.Vocals stop after 2 minutes as an instrumental section takes over.Vocals return after 5 minutes as it settles. "Leaving The Horizon" opens with sampled mellotron as the music start to build slowly. It settles with flute-like sounds and mellotron before building again.Violin-like sounds before 4 minutes as it settles some.The song continues to build and settle the rest of the way. "In The Space Of A Twinkle" is mellow as spoken female words come in. It does get fuller. "Folke's Final Decision" kicks in right away.This is catchy.

"The Name Belongs To You" is mellow as vocals arrive before a minute. It changes as the guitar and bass lead after 2 1/2 minutes. Mellotron too. Keyboards start to lead. A calm 6 minutes in then the vocals return. It kicks in again. Mellotron then vocals before 10 minutes. A lazy guitar solo follows then the vocals return. "Second Journey Inside The Green Grass" opens with mellotron.It starts to build then it picks up after a minute. It settles back then sounds start to pulsate. Organ and guitar join in. More mellotron 5 minutes in. "A Road In My Mind" is where Aleena sings. She sings so well but i'm not a fan of her voice. "Morganism" is a great sounding instrumental where everyone shines bright. So impressive. "Notes From The Past-Part II" is like the intro track really as the album ends like it began.

At 79 minutes this is a long one, but if your a FLOWER KINGS fan I think you'll enjoy it.

Review by apps79
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
3 stars In 1979 Stolt left Kaipa due to musical differences with the rest of the band.Which were these differences remained to be seen in the next album ''Haender'' (1980 with Max Ahman on guitar) and later on ''Nattdjurstid'' (1982, with Pelle Anderson on drums in the place of Ingemar Bergman), Kaipa now played an uninteresting blend of Pop and Rock.The band then was put on ice with Hans Lundin releasing some solo albums in the 80's, while Roine Stolt revamped his career in the 90's as a solo artist and founder of The Flower Kings.In 2000 Lundin and Stolt decided to recollect the ashes of Kaipa and reformed the band with Ritual's Patrik Lundström on vocals, The Flower Kings' bassist Jonas Reingold and drummer Morgan Agren.With the help of female singer Aleena and with each member recording its parts individually ''Notes from the past'' was a triumphant 2002 comeback for the Swedish legends on InsideOut.

With a strong return to their progressive roots and soundwise revisiting the echoes they established themselves back in the second half of the 70's, Kaipa proposed an elaborate Symphonic Rock with long tracks, interesting melodies, flawless instrumental executions and melodramatic, sentimental lyrics, which should have been a pure pleasure back in the day.With Lundin dusting out his Mellotron and Hammond organ and adding the synthesizer in his armour and Stolt already in full shape due to his stint with THE FLOWER KINGS, the album is a trully enjoyable listening of retro-styled Prog Rock, featuring mellow Mellotron waves and more dominant organ passages, surrounded by a talented Stolt and his always emotional guitar playing.Of course some of these stylings were already borrowed by Stolt some years back, when he was musically reborn through THE FLOWER KINGS and Kaipa now sound a bit similar to the new legends of Prog Rock.Lundstrom's vocals are not bad at all, they are just too sweet for surrounding Kaipa's epic music style and lush, symphonic orchestrations, but the combination of his voice with the impressive musicianship, the symphonic underlines and the sometimes complex time signatures works well for most of the time.The production is superb, nothing with the old dusty sound of the 70's, and a correct step for the band, which tried to succesfully blend the old and modern days of Prog Rock.Some of the melodies are simply stunning and the arrangements are mostly great, retaining some colors from Swedish Folklore in the electric tunes.

The first of a mass of second-era Kaipa albums.Nice Symphonic Rock with old-school vibes, plenty of Mellotron and organ and some grandiose yet melodious musicianship.Strongly recommended...3.5 stars.

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2 stars This record was a disppointment som I'm writing this review in affect. I liked Kaipa's old production and have listened to some newer stuff but am surprised how somebody can do so boring and soulless music. This record is too long, the haft had been enough because I don't like this songs. The ... (read more)

Report this review (#953198) | Posted by DrömmarenAdrian | Friday, May 3, 2013 | Review Permanlink

4 stars 8/10 What comeback. Wow, what a comeback! Kaipa was absent from the progressive music scene for twenty years, but they are back with a new formation, which left only Roine Stolt and Hans Ludin of the original members. What we have here is a band with a sound very different from before, but ... (read more)

Report this review (#760652) | Posted by voliveira | Wednesday, May 30, 2012 | Review Permanlink

4 stars Does not contain the, in my opinion, the usual instrumental noodling/jamming that too often appears to happen when Ronnie Stolt is in not kept in check/left in charge, in certain Flower Kings recordings, the first Transatlantic cd etc. The vocals and instrumental passages are blended together ... (read more)

Report this review (#221346) | Posted by SMSM | Monday, June 15, 2009 | Review Permanlink

4 stars This album was quite refreshing for me when it came out. I was deep in my Flower Kings fandom and grabbing up any side projects they put out (still most cases now, I like the side projects better). This was a different sound than the Kings at the time, since all the material was writ ... (read more)

Report this review (#105357) | Posted by | Wednesday, January 3, 2007 | Review Permanlink

3 stars Tonight, prog fans are gonna party like it's 1969. Or maybe 1972. Because Kaipa's new "Notes From The Past" album has remarkably authentic, retro art-rock undercurrents to it. Without being bloated, self-congratulatory, or pointlessly nostalgic, it captures the foundational spirit of progressive ... (read more)

Report this review (#4109) | Posted by | Thursday, July 8, 2004 | Review Permanlink

4 stars Great album by one of the most interesting prog bands nowadays, with an old taste of oldprog school but played in our days, fantastic compositions and musicianship, listen "keyholder" too, which is also fantastic. Roine Stolt becomes again a musical living myth ... (read more)

Report this review (#4107) | Posted by | Wednesday, March 24, 2004 | Review Permanlink

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