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Boxset/Compilation, released in 1998

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Midnight Running (7:45)
2. Sister Bluebird (7:48)
3. Paintbox (8:38)
4. Ghosts (8:02)
5. The Voyager (12:16)
6. Dark Summer's Day (5:32)
7. Total Recall (7:01)
8. The Black Knight (Previously Unreleased) (10:25)

Total Time: 67:57

Line-up / Musicians

- Nick Barrett / vocals, guitars
- Rik Carter / keyboards
- Peter Gee / basses, guitars, bass pedals
- Nigel Harris / drums, percussion

Releases information

CD Outer Music/Pangea OM-2011 (1998)

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PENDRAGON 1984-96 Overture ratings distribution

(9 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(11%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(44%)
Good, but non-essential (22%)
Collectors/fans only (22%)
Poor. Only for completionists (0%)

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Review by ZowieZiggy
2 stars In those Pendragon-less studio albums, the band released numerous compilations as well as some live recordings. Several of these compilations will have different titles but the same tracklist. It is the case of this one that can be found under the name "Overture" (dedicated to the US market - according to their web-site), A História (probably dedicated to the Latin- American market - but that's my guess) and finally "The Round Table" (for the European one - again my guess).

Pendragon will unfortunately repeat the same mistakes as for their previous one "The History" : several numbers could bearely been associated with their best work (" And We'll Go Hunting Deer" and "Total Recall" for example).

On this one, not only will Pendragon repeat some numbers already available on "The history" like "Total Recall", "The Voyager" (a great number from their album "The World", but they have so many that I can't really understand this repetition), as well as "The Black Night" (even if this version is slightly different but I think it has already been released on their "Once Upon... Volume Two" work. So, again redundancy here.

Songs as "Midnight Running" (a very good Pendragon song, by the way), "Sister Bluebird" (sounding as "Sister Jane" from Tai Phong) and "Dark Summer's Day" (somewhat childish) were available on EP's ("As Good as Gold" for the first one, "Fallen Dreams and Angels" for the second and the very old "Fly High Fall Far" for the latter).

They probably made their entry here only because of their relative rarity which might be a good idea to make it available to fans who could not get hold of these EP's (sales argument I guess). But even if those tracks are good, there were plenty of songs on the great "Masquerade" album (which is only represented by "Paintbox") to fit here.

Finally, "Ghosts" is really not the best choice from "The Window Of Life" so you can easily understand that this compilation can hardly be recommended. Again, I can only say to stick to one of their great trilogy album (preferably "Masquerade") if you would like to discover this good band.

Two stars.

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