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3.51 | 17 ratings | 2 reviews | 24% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 1990

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Resonance (5:30)
2. Golden Space (16:57)
3. Raga Kanda (15:29)
4. AHT Variant (15:09)
5. Ancient Gates / Starless Skylines (16:49)

Total time 69:54

Line-up / Musicians

- Tony Hill / guitar
- Dave Tomlin / violin (1-4), bass (2-4), keyboards (5)
- Drachen Theaker / drums

- Sushi Krishnamurthi / vocals (2,5)
- Peter Pavli / bass (1)

Releases information

CD World Wide Records ‎- SPM-WWR-CD-0007 (1990, Germany)

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HIGH TIDE Ancient Gates ratings distribution

(17 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(24%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(29%)
Good, but non-essential (35%)
Collectors/fans only (0%)
Poor. Only for completionists (12%)

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Review by Sean Trane
4 stars As I mentioned in other High Tide reviews , the SPM label releases are of doubtful origins (they are legit releases but the recording sesssion dates are blured on puropse as to exploit a maximum of releases) , but out of the seven records released over a two years span , this is obviously the most worthy of interest.

We have here one of the better example of Indian classical music influences integrated into rock. I mean by this that most rock groups investigating Indian music actually try to emulate the music by taking on the endemic/specific instruments and play out Indian music. Embryo, Quintessence and so many more end up making Indian music made by Caucasians which generally sounds awkward to my ears but also to most Indians. Not so in this case. This is a High Tide album with it's definitive sound and their usual instruments but clearly the Indian music plays an inportant role especially in Hill's guitar solos as the band is outon a typical raga beat, but we stay in the rock realm although there is a fair bit of improv. There is a superb Indian singer Sushi Krishnamurthi on two tracks and this also does wonder to add up flavor to the music.

Peter Pavli only appears on the first track (Resonance) which is clearly out of context from the rest of the album. The rest of the tracks are all 15 min+ of great improv raga! A real joy to listen and for once the recording quality is real , although still not perfect! One of the best example (if not the best) of integration of Indian music into ROCK music.

Review by Marty McFly
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3 stars Little bit less interesting than their first two albums, more into psychedelic and jamming business, than all these sharp rough guitars with sound like razor's edge.

This is more like Krautrock, or at least have some similarities (hypnotic, long music that don't have certain [and sure] melody, but still is interesting), even woman (Raga-like) vocals. And all these other Indo attributes. But I'm not so sure if this is either my cup of tea and also if it's really that good to rate it with 4 stars.

3(+), no it is not, there's too little of potential in this. It's listenable, pleasant (for these drunk coming home), but not to enjoyable, as it's very, very repetitive.

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