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4.02 | 55 ratings | 3 reviews | 33% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 2022

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. The Knight Returns (6:32)
2. Lost Demigods (5:20)
3. Wonderland (15:30)
4. The Past of Future Days (4:35)
5. Time Machine (12:22)
6. Disobey (7:02) *

Total Time 51:21

* Bonus track (not on LP edition) recorded live at RoSfest at the Majestic Theater, Gettysburg, PA, USA on May 8, 2016

Line-up / Musicians

- Joe Cairney / lead & backing vocals
- Mark Spalding / guitars
- Sam McCulloch / guitars
- Jim Johnston / keyboards, backing vocals
- John Fitzgerald / bass
- Bruce Levick / drums

Releases information

Artwork by Hew Montgomery, Steve Moffitt

Format: CD, Digital
September 23, 2022

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COMEDY OF ERRORS Time Machine ratings distribution

(55 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(33%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(31%)
Good, but non-essential (27%)
Collectors/fans only (9%)
Poor. Only for completionists (0%)

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Review by kev rowland
4 stars It was only when reviewing Comedy Of Errors most recent album, the excellent 'Threnody of a Dead Queen', that I realised I had missed out on the two prior to that one and given how the four I have heard since the reunion have all been superb I knew I had to rectify that immediately, if not sooner. 'Time Machine' was released in 2022, their fifth of recent years, containing five new songs (two of which are more than 12 minutes in length) plus a live recording of "Disobey" from their appearance at RosFest in 2016. I am convinced the only reason these guys are not more well- known or appreciated within the prog world is due to geography, as if they were from London as opposed to Glasgow they would surely be operating in a different stratosphere altogether. They continue to provide superb songs in a polished neo prog style which is quite unlike others, yet never lose sight of the need for guitars when the time is right, although they are quite happy to layer on the keyboards as well. As I write this the band are celebrating their 40th anniversary, and two of the founders are still there in Joe Cairney (vocals) and Jim Johnston (keyboards) while Mark Spalding (guitars) joined not long afterwards.

When the band are concentrating on instrumental passages, such as "The Past of Future Days" one wonders just why they bother with vocals as they can tell a complete musical tale without them, here bringing in some lush acoustic guitar and a feeling of classic Oldfield. However, start at the beginning with the Eighties Neo blast of "The Knight Returns" with crunching guitars and over the top keyboards and it is clear why they use vocals as in Joe they have one of the finest singers around, effortlessly rising above the powering music beneath. This one track is more than worth the price of entry alone, as anyone who loves Classic Neo Prog (yes, it's a thing) is going to have a massive smile on their face from beginning to end. I know I did, and the harpsichord sampler is wonderfully over the top and just right. I would have been more than happy with just the new songs, but the live take on "Disobey" is wonderful and was obviously their opening cut from the set as we get cheers as band members walk onto the stage during the keyboard introduction. Bear in mind that while many know this as the opening cut of their comeback album it was actually originally recorded all the way back in 1985! Their 3 CD set, 'Oh! The Innocence - The Early Years', is well worth tracking down.

Comedy of Errors continue to deliver wonderful music and all their albums are well worthy of investigation. This is wonderfully constructed music from a band who are still delivering the goods and anyone who enjoys Neo Prog with the rough edges smoothed away and polished to a high gloss finish with get a great deal from this.

Latest members reviews

5 stars The fifth studio album of Comedy of Errors, called Time Machine, is, just like in the Beethoven symphonies, their very best ... so far. Well, it's the first of their albums I am giving a rating of five stars out of five. Although the album is just 5 tracks long (plus a live bonus track version of th ... (read more)

Report this review (#2856547) | Posted by roelgrif | Monday, December 5, 2022 | Review Permanlink

4 stars Fifth album for the British quintet COMEDY OF ERRORS since their brilliant comeback in 2011 with "Disobey" which relaunched their career more than twenty years after a chaotic debut in the neo-progressive movement of the eighties, more precisely in 1984. am going to tell you their story again since ... (read more)

Report this review (#2843275) | Posted by KansasForEver | Saturday, October 1, 2022 | Review Permanlink

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