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The CALIFORNIA GUITAR TRIO story begins in England at one of Robert Fripp's Guitar Craft Courses in 1987 when three students, Bert Lams (Belgium), Hideyo Moriya and Paul Richards (USA) meet for the first time. After completing the course, they join ROBERT FRIPP'S LEAGUE OF CRAFTY GUITARISTS trough a long tour. The three young musicians want to keep together and join in 1991 in the city of Los Angeles to form THE CALIFORNIA GUITAR TRIO. Their style is absolutely unique and probably only compared with "THE GUITAR TRIO" (John Mc'Laughlin, Al DiMeola and Paco de Lucia).

The objective of the band was not only to create complex compositions but also to arrange and recreate classic or Baroque music and even to cover the Californian surf tunes. Along their career they have opened KING CRIMSON concerts and other talented musicians as John Mc'Laughlin, David Sylvian, Tito Puente, The FLOWER KINGS and many more.

They sign with the Fripp/Crimson label Discipline Global Mobile, and in 1993 release "The Yamanashi Blues" an incredible debut album that literally covers various genres like pop, classic, surf music and jazz with extreme quality. In 1995 they release "Invitation" an album that includes more original compositions plus incredible covers as "The Good, The Bad and The Ugly (Ennio Morricone for a spaghetti western with the same name) and Bach's essential "Toccata and Fugue in D Minor".

After almost three years of tours around the world they release their best selling album "Pathways" which includes compositions by Bach, Beethoven and Stan Funicelli among others, including the notorious "Classical Gas" by Mason Williams.

CALIFORNIA GUITAR TRIO has 4 live albums "An Opening Act - On tour with King Crimson" in 1999, "Rocks the West in 2000", Monday Night in San Francisco with Tony Levin in 2000 and "Live at the Key Club" with former King Crimson members Pat Mastelotto and Tony Levin in 2001. After almost ten years with Discipline in 2002 they sign with InsideOut label and release another acclaimed album CG3+2 again with Mastelotto and Levin. In December of the same year "Christmas music" is released, with relative success among the fans.

To celebrate the first ten years the band releases a compilation named "The First Decade" with some of their best tracks, one of the few albums of this kind worth to buy. 2004 finds a new release of CGT named "Whitewater" produced by Tony Levin who will be touring with the band, album that I haven...
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3.05 | 12 ratings
Yamanishi Blues
1993
3.92 | 15 ratings
Invitation
1995
3.81 | 13 ratings
Pathways
1998
2.31 | 10 ratings
A Christmas Album
2001
3.63 | 35 ratings
CG3 + 2
2002
3.12 | 16 ratings
Whitewater
2004
3.15 | 8 ratings
Echoes
2008
3.60 | 5 ratings
Andromeda
2010

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3.40 | 5 ratings
An Opening Act: On Tour With King Crimson
1999
3.05 | 2 ratings
Monday Night In San Francisco
2000
3.66 | 12 ratings
Rocks the West
2000
4.08 | 3 ratings
Live at the Key Club
2001

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3.77 | 18 ratings
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 The First Decade  by CALIFORNIA GUITAR TRIO album cover Boxset/Compilation, 2003
3.77 | 18 ratings

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The First Decade
California Guitar Trio Crossover Prog

Review by kev rowland
Special Collaborator Crossover Team

4 stars Not surprising, given the title of the CD, this is a compilation album culled from the first five studio albums of CGT. Also not surprising is that there are three of them, all playing acoustic guitar: the fact that only one of them is even American (and he doesn't come from California) doesn't seem to matter too much. Bert Lams, Hiedyo Moriya and Paul Richards met in 1987 when attending one of Robert Fripp's guitar seminars, and toured as part of his League Of Crafty Guitarists before forming their own band in 1990. Although they are sometimes joined by other musicians (most notably Tony Levin and Pat Mastelotto), it is as a pure trio that their music is best heard.

Having seen them recently I was astonished, as were the rest of the audience, at just how well these guys can play. This album goes some way to showing that as it is incredible what three guitars can sound like in the hands of masters. The music varies between folky through to classical and music that is extremely technical. It is an album best dipped in and out of as it isn't hard for attention to wonder, just because there is only so much music of this type that one can take in at once. It does take a lot of concentration to get the most of, and it doesn't work as background music either so the listener has to be prepared to spend some time on this, but there is no doubt that these guys can play.

Originally appeared in Feedback #78, Feb 04

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 CG3 + 2  by CALIFORNIA GUITAR TRIO album cover Studio Album, 2002
3.63 | 35 ratings

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CG3 + 2
California Guitar Trio Crossover Prog

Review by kev rowland
Special Collaborator Crossover Team

4 stars Needless to say, these guys aren't actually from California at all, and in fact only one of them is American! They first met at one of Robert Fripp's guitar seminars in 1987 and then toured as part of Fripp's League Of Crafty Guitarists until in 1990 they decided to form their own group. 1991 saw them all living in Los Angeles and they had taken the above name. They soon signed with Fripp's Discipline Global Mobile label and toured extensively, often with King Crimson. This album finds them now signed to Inside Out, and was recorded with Tony Levin on stick/bass and King Crimson drummer Pat Mastelotto.

This album is a long way removed from any guitar histrionics album that I have come across and in many ways is closer to The Guitar Orchestra, who I reviewed some years ago. It displays a mastery of many differing styles of music from staccato and quick, to pieces such as "Swampy Space" which sounds just as the name implies. One interesting number is their cover version of Yes' "Heart Of The Sunrise" which manages to sound respectfully close to the original yet at the same time quite different.

This is an album that will only appeal to a small number as it does require concentrated listening to get the most out of it, but by moving onto Inside Out CGT should find themselves reaching a wider audience. For those who want to hear music played by extremely accomplished musicians.

Originally appeared in Feedback #70, Oct 02

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 CG3 + 2  by CALIFORNIA GUITAR TRIO album cover Studio Album, 2002
3.63 | 35 ratings

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CG3 + 2
California Guitar Trio Crossover Prog

Review by Mellotron Storm
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3 stars My biggest issue with this band is that we get three guys all playing acoustic guitars for the most part.Thankfully this one is different as we get Tony Levin guesting on bass and Pat Mastelotto on drums. And this is more electric sounding too making it the best thing that i've heard from this band.

"Melrose Avenue" features those intricate guitar melodies and an Eastern flavour to boot as the drums help out. "Skyline" reminds me of THE TEA PARTY at times. Strummed guitar comes and goes as does those intricate guitar lines. "Dancing Anne" is catchy with acoustic guitars. Synths too after 2 minutes. "Heart Of The Sunrise" is by far the best track because it is a YES cover of course. I miss Anderson's vocals though. "Hanagasa" is again led by a beat as we get intricate guitars. "Zandoko-Bushi" opens with another YES tribute before it changes to a sixties vibe. Interesting.It turns heavy late. "Blockhead" has this tribal-like drumming then it settles with guitars leading. Drums are back as guitars continue.

"Dance Of Maya" is a top three because it's more electric and dynamic. Although I don't like that it changes 3 minutes in regardless of the impressive drum work. "Swampy Place" is bluesy and acoustic. "Swampy Return" has a beat with intricate guitars. "Train To Lamy" has a heavy guitar intro. Nice. It then settles but it's still heavy. Unfortunately it changes 2 minutes in to a country flavour.Yikes. "Eve" is a beautiful song. "What I Am" has these spoken woords as intricate guitars and drums join in. Synths after 5 minutes. "The Chase" opens with atmosphere and a beat. It's heavier after a minute. It then turns lighter after 3 minutes.Some cool guitar expressions 6 1/2 minutes in then it turns haunting. Finally they change things up. I would love to hear them play more music like this but hey it's not their style.

3.5 stars.

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 Whitewater by CALIFORNIA GUITAR TRIO album cover Studio Album, 2004
3.12 | 16 ratings

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Whitewater
California Guitar Trio Crossover Prog

Review by Mellotron Storm
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3 stars Well I get the "Guitar Trio" part of the band name but where did California come from ? Three guitarists who are from different parts of the world including Japan, Belgium and USA (Utah).

This is actually better than I thought it would be. I mean we've got three guys playing these intricate guitar melodies and strumming away but no bass, drums or keyboards. It works though but let's face it it does seem a little one dimensional. Beautiful stuff though for the most part. In the liner notes there's a menue called "Whitewater Menue" and each dish is a song title and a description of what that meal is. Kind of weird considereing it has nothing to do with the music but it's fun I suppose. This album comes 10 years after the debut so they are seasoned pros here and everything is very well done.Tony Levin produced it.

A good album but nothing more in my opinion.

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 Invitation by CALIFORNIA GUITAR TRIO album cover Studio Album, 1995
3.92 | 15 ratings

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Invitation
California Guitar Trio Crossover Prog

Review by Rune2000
Special Collaborator Prog Metal Team

3 stars Invitation continues the style that was initially set on the band's debut album Yamanishi Blues but this time with even more enthusiasm and added improvements to the band's general direction.

Even though the first section of the album opening track Train To Lamy Suite (Parts 1-3) features some electric guitar arrangements, the band soon returns to their more familiar setting of contemporary and classic acoustic guitar music. Just like it's predecessor, the music on Invitation is very soothing and some listeners might surely question the collective's progressive rock merits. There is a definite spirit of prog in this music but you'll have to look beyond the initial sounds of soft acoustic music in order to uncover it. Observe how these compositions unfold themselves, like the very subtle intro section of Fratres which brings a totally new aura to the minimalistic style of Arvo Pärt's original work. Or how about the unique new take on the main theme from The Good The Bad And The Ugly by Ennio Morricone?

It's clear that California Guitar Trio have found a way to keep my interest with their music for longer time spans than what they achieved on their debut album, but just like with any collection of unrelated compositions this release is still far from perfect. Some compositions work nicely in their new arrangements while others, like the well known instrumental Apache, written by Jerry Lordan, just sounds very generic to my ears and I hesitate to see anything special in this performance. I'm also not that fond of the short Train To Lamy interludes since they don't really add anything worth a while to my overall experience of this album.

There's really no denying that when this album works, it works almost on every level. Unfortunately I still find this album laking in some of the most basic fields like the ability to unite the different compositions, that are offered on this album, into a complete experience that would make me feel like I've just experienced something extraordinary Invitation is a good record but I'll leave it at that.

***** star songs: Fratres (6:28)

**** star songs: Train To Lamy Suite (Parts 1-3) (4:23) Punta Patri (4:19) Toccata And Fugue In D Minor (7:51) Above The Clouds (5:30) Prelude Circulation (2:44) The Good The Bad And The Ugly (2:36)

*** star songs: Train To Lamy Part 4 (0:27) Apache (3:00) Train To Lamy Part 5 (2:04) Train To Lamy Part 3 (Reprise) (1:24)

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 Yamanishi Blues by CALIFORNIA GUITAR TRIO album cover Studio Album, 1993
3.05 | 12 ratings

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Yamanishi Blues
California Guitar Trio Crossover Prog

Review by Rune2000
Special Collaborator Prog Metal Team

3 stars I've had the first two California Guitar Trio records in my collection for quite some time but they haven't been played for a few years. I guess that I can dust them off and give them another go...

Yamanishi Blues is a completely acoustic recording featuring the three band members playing their guitars off each other while trying to play their renditions of everything from contemporary to classical music. The music has a very high comfort level to it which means that this acoustic guitar music can pretty much be enjoyed by everyone upon the initial encounter. Unfortunately this is ultimately one of the main problems with this music since it's not really the type of material that rewards its listeners upon revisits. The material lacks any sort of coherence between the different pieces and the album ultimately becomes less than the sum of the individual highlights.

The most memorable compositions for me here are the more contemporary pieces like Walk, Don't Run and Pipeline. They are short, quirky and give me an impression that the trio was having a great deal of fun while recording them. Another notable track is the album-closing Kan-Non Power. This composition has been an important part of Robert Fripp's String Quintet repertoire and this particular take manages to uphold the spirit and energy of the performances with Robert Fripp.

The record flows pretty smoothly until the final forth of it where it stumbles a bit with a 12 minute take on Johann Sebastian Bach's Ciaccona. This is where the band's main weakness is revealed, namely the inability to maintain the intensity in their work for more than a couple of minutes at the time. This performance lacks the energy and passion that the trio had depicted to this point and singe-handedly drops the quality of this album a notch.

Yamanishi Blues is an easy-going release that should appeal to most acoustic guitar enthusiasts even though there isn't that much that distinguishes California Guitar Trio from any of the other artists performing in this field. They definitely have the instrumental skill to keep me interested but the lack of coherence ultimately makes this album merely a good, but non-essential release.

***** star songs: Walk, Don't Run (1:57) Pipeline (1:53) Kan-Non Power (3:21)

**** star songs: Yamanishi Blues (2:21) Melrose Avenue (2:06) Corrente (1:27) Rice Car (5:00) Beeline (1:15) Chromatic Fugue In D Minor (4:34) Tenor Madness (1:26) Sleepwalk (2:17) Carnival (1:42) Prelude In C Minor (1:44) Blockhead (2:12)

*** star songs: Ciaccona (11:37)

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 Monday Night In San Francisco by CALIFORNIA GUITAR TRIO album cover Live, 2000
3.05 | 2 ratings

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Monday Night In San Francisco
California Guitar Trio Crossover Prog

Review by ProgressiveAttic
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3 stars

The California Guitar Trio (CGT) is comprised by Bert Lams, Hideyo Moriya and Paul Richards, all former members of Robert Fripp's League of Crafty Guitarists and therefore students of this highly respected guitar player on prog, rock and general music circles. So what we can expect from this effort is highly skilled guitar playing and with the addition of one of the most acclaimed bass/stick players in prog, Tony Levin (King Crimson, Peter Gabriel, Liquid Tension Experiment, etc.), the expectations are higher. I can tell you wont be disappointed.

The set-list of this live recording includes a wide ranges of styles including classical, prog, classic rock, Venezuelan waltz and even surf. I have to say that every single piece played here is highly enjoyable even if you are not a prog fan (excluding the King Crimson covers).

To present my favorite tracks of this long track list I'll divide them into three categories: originals, covers and classical interpretations. The original CGT pieces that I enjoyed the most are Pathways, Waters Of Eden and Belle all very interesting and amusing, showing the impressive skills of the trio (+ Levin), the quality of music that can be produced by such a basic instrumentation (3 acoustic guitars and a bass) and the exceptional compositional abilities of Fripp's students (the teacher deserves some credit, don't you think?). Another thing that deserves mention are the improvisational pieces, which are simply outstanding.

The performance was dominated by acoustic re-workings and renditions of other artists' pieces. The main band being covered here is King Crimson (although, I don't know if considering these renditions covers since Tony Levin is involved...) with classics from Discipline such as the title track and Elephant Talk (which featured the only vocals in the album, provided very aptly by Tony Levin) , both given justice with innovative and very different acoustic versions, highly recommended to Crimson fans. Still in the King Crimson vein, the band masterfully performed Blockhead originally written for the Robert Fripp String Quintet which isn't really a cover since the trio where part of the original project. One of the most interesting covers of the evening was Mahavishnu Orchestra's Dance Of Maya in which this electric fusion classic was turned acoustic, producing a highly enjoyable new sound. The final re-working of the show is Queen's classic Bohemian Rhapsody performed in an acoustic fashion in such a way that there were no vocals needed (although the crowd started to sing...) and this seems to be one of the pieces the audience enjoyed the most.

The classical interpretations covered a small fraction of the performance, nonetheless they represent one of the most pleasant parts of this album. I am a Venezuelan and listening to this masters of the guitar playing a Venezuelan waltz was really amazing, since Venezuelan guitar waltzes are beautiful, grand and very enjoyable but highly underrated. The other classical performance is a breath-taking interpretation of the last movement of Beethoven's Symphony No 9, what can I say about this one? simply beautiful! One last track that deserves being mentioned is CGT's rendition of jazz standard Caravan which is as great and well performed as the best performance of this classic.

Added to the music, we have fun narrations by the band and a very enthusiastic audience, which makes this a very pleasant listening experience. The concert was, probably, a 5 star experience. On the other hand, this live recording because of the low quality of the performance, the intervention of the audience in some musical sections (particularly during Bohemian Rhapsody) and, to a lesser extent, some filler tracks (such as Misrilou, which are fun but add nothing to the music), is a 3 star album.

Total: 3.46

This album is worth getting because of the excellent musical performance, although some external elements reduce its quality.... I would've loved to be at this CGT concert.

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 Whitewater by CALIFORNIA GUITAR TRIO album cover Studio Album, 2004
3.12 | 16 ratings

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Whitewater
California Guitar Trio Crossover Prog

Review by snobb
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

3 stars Very comfortable and pleasant acoustic guitars trio's album. They all learned guitar playing from Robert Fripp, so you can easily hear there his playing techniques school. But common sound there is not so radical or experimental, more contemporary music.

Musicians play excellent, compositions are different enough to save you from being bored. Sound is successfully balanced between innovative and comfortable. You can imagine them as modernized and more polished version of DiMeola/McLaughlin/De Lucia great acoustic guitar trio. Without sharpness and expression.

Really good acoustic guitar music (sometimes sounding as electric one). Could be recommended for fans of safe, more comfortable side of Fripp/Trey Gunn sound as well for acoustic guitar music lovers.

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 A Christmas Album by CALIFORNIA GUITAR TRIO album cover Studio Album, 2001
2.31 | 10 ratings

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A Christmas Album
California Guitar Trio Crossover Prog

Review by aapatsos
Special Collaborator Prog Metal and Heavy Prog Teams

2 stars I had only heard of samples and scarce tracks from CGT before picking up this ''Christmas Album'', the fourth studio release of the band, on a local CD shop for just 2 euros (!). Based on what I have experienced from the band so far, this album follows a quite different approach. Ten Christmas Songs is actually what you are getting - nothing more and nothing less. As expected, the music is focused on a - solely - guitar interpretation of these famous Christmas tunes.

Nevertheless, the tracks are delivered with reasonable enthusiasm by the band, played with virtuosity while the double and triple guitars are ''filling'' the sound adequately. Soloing is apparent, but not abundant, just enough for the purpose of the album. To my ears, the band retains the ''magic of Christmas'' feeling and the melodies are performed relatively simply with a few balanced touches of improvisation. My personal favourites from this compilation of songs are the Carol of the bells (has been performed by Savatage brilliantly in the past), Greensleeves and God rest ye merry gentlemen.

Acoustic guitar is almost the exclusive instrument, with the successful addition of slide guitars and the ''required'' bells here and there. The mood of the album is generally melancholic, apart from a few exemptions (e.g. Jingle Bells). There is absolutely nothing wrong with this release and the performance of the musicians is at high standards. However, you might find yourself enjoying the album on one occasion, and getting bored on another. It is an album that makes a perfect listen if you are in the ''correct'' Christmas mood. There is no resemblance to progressive music whatsoever but this does not mean that a prog fan will not enjoy it. I have not regretted spending a couple of euros for this pleasant and somewhat nostalgic release.

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 Echoes by CALIFORNIA GUITAR TRIO album cover Studio Album, 2008
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Echoes
California Guitar Trio Crossover Prog

Review by Easy Livin
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator / Retired Admin

3 stars Meddling with the classics

Released in 2008, "Echoes" is the California Guitar Trio's seventh studio album (including a Christmas collection in 2001), the multi-national line up remaining yet again as Bert Lams, Hideyo Moriya and Paul Richards. A good number of guests are brought in to support these King Crimson prodigies on a track by track basis, filling out the sound; the most notable is probably Tony Levin on bass.

Unlike previous releases, this is not an album of original material, but of cover versions of a wide array of music from the rock world, plus the odd classical number. The sound is still very much in line with what has gone before, with dextrous playing of predominantly acoustic guitars being the sole item on the menu. Three brief pieces open the album, each featuring said acoustic guitars. "Music For a Found Harmonium" is the best of these, the frantic pace of the track being reminiscent of some of Fairport Convention's great jigs. "Unmei" mixes parts of Beethoven's 5th Symphony ("Roll over Beethoven") with a traditional gypsy type tune.

It is though when we get to the cover of Pink Floyd's "Echoes" that we get into the meat of the album. The familiar pings open the track, and the Gilmouresque lead guitar is present and correct too. The vocal melody though is played on acoustic guitar, the overall atmosphere being less heavy, more new age. The track runs to about half the length of the original, but this is through abbreviation of the various segments, rather than omission. The addition of theremin, played by Pamelia Kurstin, is as welcome as it is unexpected. All credit to CGT for taking on a piece which is one of Pink Floyd's signatures. Although the original remains the definitive statement, this version is well worth hearing.

No sooner has "Echoes" ended, but we are straight into the opening segment of Mike Oldfield's "Tubular bells". The rendition here is even more faithful to the original, perhaps because this time the instruments used are pretty much identical. This interpretation runs to around 8 minutes, drawing in several sections from Part 1.

We return to the classics for Beethoven's "Pastorale" a more orthodox CGT number which sounds good despite appearing between three far more familiar pieces. For me, the cover of Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody" is a disappointment. A predominantly vocal song such as this is simply reduced to muzak when covered instrumentally. This version reminds me of the classical rock versions recorded by the London Symphony Orchestra and that ilk which were popular about 20 years ago. There is no question that GCT perform the piece with great skill and craft, it just seems to be to be a bad choice of song.

"And I know" also breaches new territory, as it includes vocals by Bonnie 'Prince' Billy. At first, it sounds as if the song has been misnamed and is actually Neil Young's "Harvest moon", since the shuffling acoustic guitar melody is almost identical. The song, which was originally recorded by Swiss Krautrock band Krokodil on their 1972 album "Getting Up For The Morning", is a pleasantly relaxed affair, the vocals working reasonably well. The same cannot be said for those on the closing cover of Lynrrd Skynyrd's "Freebird". Here the light reggae arrangement(!) combines with a rather uninspired vocal to sound like a late night drunken indulgence. Thankfully, when we get to the legendary guitar solo, the gloves come off and we get a full blown, 100 miles an hour lead guitar work out, ending the album on a definite high.

"Echoes" is an album of contrasts. The covers of tracks such as "Echoes" are highly effective, while others such as "Bohemian rhapsody" should have been left alone. There is no question that these are three highly talented individuals, and that this is an album of great quality. Overall it is a worthwhile exercise, but I do retain some reservations along the way.

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