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3.92 | 29 ratings | 4 reviews | 28% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 1998

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. A Prologue in Shadowland (2:40)
2. Master Magician (5:50)
3. Aesdal Theme I - The Pilgrim (2:10)
4. On Goes the Quest (4:50)
5. The Desert's Nightfall (2:34)
6. To the Black Tower of Zaal (5:21)
7. A Song for Scianthe (3:40)
8. Masilis (Jewel of the South) (3:22)
9. The Garden (5:00)
10. Exile from Yond Aeth (4:11)
11. Lessons of Iantha (2:24)
12. Hawait (5:03)
13. D'Anjal Unfolds (5:07)
14. Wons (3:22)
15. A Vols on the Loose (4:56)
16. Emaendor (6:56) :
- i. Emaendor Init
- ii. The Quest Goes On

Total Time 67:26

Line-up / Musicians

- Hein van den Brock / lead & backing vocals, acoustic guitars
- Chris van Hoogdalem / electric & acoustic guitars, backing vocals, voices
- W. J. Maryson / keyboards, voices
- Henny van Mourik / basses, backing vocals
- Rob Boshuijzen / drums & percussion

- Thijs van Leer / flutes
- Rosemarije Laurens / vocals

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MARYSON On Goes the Quest (Master Magician II) ratings distribution

(29 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(28%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(38%)
Good, but non-essential (24%)
Collectors/fans only (7%)
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MARYSON On Goes the Quest (Master Magician II) reviews

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Review by progrules
4 stars Ever heard an album that is for about 2/3 stunning and for 1/3 almost embarrassingly cheesy ? I'm afraid I have found one here. The stunning part is the concept (musically) as well as the instrumental handling. The cheesy aspects are the lyrics and the vocals. And then I mean both the vocals of W.J. Maryson and Rosemarije Laurens. They simple both can't execute the main aspect of singing and that is hold tune. Fortunately Rosemarije only sings in two songs but Maryson himself is the lead vocalist so there we have a bit of a problem. And it becomes immediately clear in second track Master Magician.

Right after this annoying "opener" (the actual opener is a short instrumental) we get a great example of the stunning part. Impressive keys by the same Mr. Maryson turn the feeling around for me and in fact these switches go on for the entire 68 minute release. Just as you think it's simply a poor effort by Dutch amateurs (caused by lyrics and vocals) you get tossed 180 degrees in opinion by marvelous instrumental contributions. Not just by Maryson with his excellent keyboardplay but also by a great Chris van Hoogdalem on guitar and as icing on the cake Dutch prog hero Thijs van Leer (Focus) with fantastic and enchanting flute passages.

So that leaves me doing a bit of maths for the overall rating. It's 2/3 * 4,5 (stars) added with 1/3 * 2,5 resulting in 3,83 which we can safely round up to 4 stars. Because the concept works very well despite the lyrics which well, let's say simply don't work for me. If you make lyrics about a magician you'd better do it as Rush did it in 1975 with The Necromancer. These lyrics are captivating and intriguing but the lyrics on this album sound a bit childish and therefore cheesy. But in the end the instrumental bits and pieces are so wonderful that this wins the internal battle/struggle for me and make me decide for the four stars. I'm curious what other Prog Reviewers would make of this one. Anybody ?

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3 stars Then reading 2 good review about this album, i decided to give it a try, but i disagre with the other members. The sound is very old to be in Neo prog....there is a lot of key flute, synth strings, piano and organ, but the way like is played is very very close to the Symphonic Prog rather that Ne ... (read more)

Report this review (#406616) | Posted by Aragon | Wednesday, February 23, 2011 | Review Permanlink

4 stars Initially I bought this on a recommendation that it was like Ayreon: Into The Electric Castle. Well, that is not really a fair comparison. This album is much less spacey and more song oriented. It is also not a real heavy album, but the album has grown better with each listen. WJ has put a terrif ... (read more)

Report this review (#98472) | Posted by lcat | Sunday, November 12, 2006 | Review Permanlink

5 stars Though already some years old, I bought this album a few weeks ago. It sounds like being done yesterday... The melodies are tremendous, keys and guitars are Spitzenklasse and the songs are brilliant. Why has this album never reached the status of "Classic"? Does anyone know whether there is more ... (read more)

Report this review (#4769) | Posted by | Tuesday, April 12, 2005 | Review Permanlink

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