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Psychedelic/Space Rock • Italy


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SENSATIONS' FIX was active from 1974-1977. The founding members include Italians FRANCO FALSINI on guitar and Richard Ursillo on bass (formerly of CAMPO DI MARTE), and American Keith Edwards on drums. The trio was based in Florence and produced and released their own albums, releasing three in 1974 (the promotional self-titled debut, "Fragments of Light" and "Portable Madness"). In 1976 keyboardist Stephen Head joined, and the group released "Finest Finger", which included more vocal parts, shorter songs, and more accessible sounds. The direction of the band continued toward a more commercial approach with subsequent releases. By 1979, the band, now known as SHERIFF and based in the United States, had been joined by second guitarist Frank Filfoyt, and bassist Gary Falwell had replaced Richard Ursillo. This incarnation was very short-lived, releasing one album and playing live only once, before the band broke up for good. The posthumous release "Antidote" contains unreleased recordings from the late 1970s.

Although Italian, the band is philosophically linked to the Krautrock movement, with almost entirely instrumental, groove-oriented atmospheric music. Bassist Gary Falwell, who played the version of SENSATIONS' FIX known as SHERIFF, describes the approach and technique of leader FRANCO FALSINI:

"Franco was unlike any guitarist I'd ever played with. He would not play--at all--anything other than what we would create. Once I asked him a question about a chord. Was he doing E Major or G Major. He said, 'I'll make this sound, you find the sound you like to go with it.' It was all about creating--stretching sounds and notes--not about chord structure so much." (From the band's Facebook site)

The first four albums are highly recommended to fans of Krautrock and to RPI fans with an adventurous sense. Also recommended is FALSINI's solo album/soundtrack, "Cold Nose," from 1975. [Todd Dudley]


(Sources: italianprog.com and the band's Facebook page)

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3.66 | 35 ratings
Fragments of Light
1974
4.08 | 39 ratings
Portable Madness
1974
2.93 | 9 ratings
Sensations' Fix
1974
3.73 | 21 ratings
Finest Finger
1976
3.14 | 12 ratings
Boxes Paradise
1977
3.83 | 3 ratings
Vision's Fugitives
1977
2.09 | 4 ratings
Sheriff
1979
1.23 | 4 ratings
Antidote
1989

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4.15 | 6 ratings
Flying Tapes
1978
4.00 | 4 ratings
Music Is Painting In the Air (1974 - 1977)
2012

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 Vision's Fugitives  by SENSATIONS' FIX album cover Studio Album, 1977
3.83 | 3 ratings

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Vision's Fugitives
Sensations' Fix Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Progfan97402

4 stars This album never had a review, and I've never seen a review for this album anywhere else, so here's my stab at it. Vision's Fugitive's was their only American release, released on the short-lived All Ears label (only four titles exist on this label, as far as I know, Chronicle's Like a Message From the Stars, this one, Far East Family Band's Tenkujin, and Jasun Martz's The Pillory). Unsurprisingly, much the music is not unlike the first half of Boxes Paradise, that is, vocal and guitar oriented with some synths, but nowhere as dominant as on earlier releases like Fragments of Light or Portable Madness. Drummer Keith Edwards seems to be now out of the picture, with Steve Head doing much of the drumming, although Marco Marchovecchio does provide drumming on "Barnhaus Effect No. 2" and "She's Gonna Grow On You". Keith Edwards is credited on the title track, but it was actually a track from Boxes Paradise, and reused on this album (this piece actually being a remake of stuff off Finest Finger, with vocals included). Much of this album is vocal/guitar dominated, with some nice synth work, as demonstrated on "Project Wishing Well", "Barnhaus Effect No. 2", "Fortune Teller", "She's Gonna Grow On You" and "Charlotte's Observer". There are a couple of pieces where Franco Falsini tries something different, like "Fleetwood Trip L-Track" where it consists of looped overlapping guitar, reminding one of Fripp & Eno (which is no surprise, given they had a big impact on Franco Falsini). Or "Chelsea Hotel (Room 625)" which has this sinister feel. It strangely reminds me of the synth intro of Aldo Nova's "Fantasy" (minus the helicopter sound), although that song did not appear until 1982, and I'm sure was more of a coincidence, as Aldo Nova's music was much closer to 1979-era Jefferson Starship ("Fantasy" rips off "Jane"), Loverboy, and other AOR acts of the time, and unlikely he heard of Sensations' Fix. Of course, as on previous Sensations' Fix albums since Finest Finger, you'll hear remakes of previously recorded material. One being the title track, which already appeared on Boxes Paradise, as mentioned earlier. "She's Gonna Grow On You" is a remake of "The Flu" off Boxes Paradise, the vocals are different (although the lyrics are the same), seems deeper, and the beat is different (as it was Marco Marcovecchio drumming here, rather than Keith Edwards as on the original). Plus you get a short snippet of Franco's solo album Cold Nose (Naso Freddo) (1975) at the end of "Fix a Drinking Fountain: Cold Nose Flashback". I noticed how this song reminds me of "Dark Side of Religion" which appeared recently on Music is Painting in the Air 1974-1977 in 2012, but with different lyrics. Similar guitar rhythm. I have seen this album described as having a more "American" sound than before, but it's not like they went all West Coast by trying to sound like The Eagles or Crosby, Stills & Nash, it sounds much like what Sensations' Fix been doing since Finest Finger. Maybe it was "Warped Notions of a Practical Joke", which had a bit of that acoustic blues feel to it that gave it a more "American" feel, but then when the synth solo kicks in, it's more typical Sensations' Fix.

I remembered back in 1998 being told that Vision's Fugitives is not one of their better albums. You know what? I very much find the album enjoyable. Certainly vocals are all over this album, except for a handful of cuts, but I've grown to love Franco Falsini's grasp of the English language (although he's lived in the States on and off since 1969). I have to say that in the 1970s Sensations' Fix was incapable of making a bad album. Sadly Vision's Fugitives can only be found on LP, so you'll end up having to fork the money for a copy (and since the time DJ Shadow started sampling their music, and the "kids" (those, I mean, around the ages 20-40, that is) have now discovered them, the original LPs, which were once fairly inexpensive, have now shot through the roof, this one included). This album certainly grew on me big time after several listens, and it's worth having.

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 Portable Madness  by SENSATIONS' FIX album cover Studio Album, 1974
4.08 | 39 ratings

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Portable Madness
Sensations' Fix Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by admireArt

3 stars Technical perfection VS studio time.

Sensations' Fix other 1974, vinyl album "Portable Madness", is more primal yet it has a more accomplished performance dexterity, in comparisson to their 1974 "Fragments of Light" record. But somehow, even though, the music sounds perfectly rehearsed and put up together, the feeling in general is too technical and more than once, heartless mechanical. To the point of going backwards and start sounding as if they were still playing a "studio run-through" (like the ones that appear as bonuses on today's "oldies" remastered cds). I mean, I do appreciate skilled musicianship, but not to the point of "pressured by studio time" (and money, I suppose) almost-perfect but "soulless" performances. The line between is too thin as to become and sound like a "music school's final test" presentation or mere "almost there" rehearsals .

As far as studio perfection, I myself will choose low-budget masterpieces over hi-tech garbage. But money is money, no one's concern, unless its yours. What saves the day are this record's highlights, which are evidently found on the last 4 and a half tracks, when the band had throughly "warmed up" and was more comfortable with the "studio situation" they were trapped into. Quiet undeserving for the "flowing-like" intention of the recording (no mute gaps between each song), because It takes them to much time, to really lift off. And their developing own- musical language, is also stuck in the same kind of mud. Too technical as if scared to miss the note, like "stage fright".

I do prefer "Fragments of Light" more experimental tone, less technical compositions and more heartfelt performances as a whole.

With less pretention in technical perfection (more studio-time,maybe) and a "whole lotta love", this could have sounded above my ***3 "flat" PA stars rating. Promising but not enough.

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 Fragments of Light  by SENSATIONS' FIX album cover Studio Album, 1974
3.66 | 35 ratings

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Fragments of Light
Sensations' Fix Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by admireArt

3 stars Austere, that is why it never "conquered" the BIG markets.

Austere, considering the "heights" of exoticness fellow musical contemporaries, were achieving or had achieved at the time. I could mention mine and you should have your personal favorites. I mean we are talking about the 70's, like it or not, Prog's "golden" break through era. Prior to this 1974 Sensations' Fix first work, as mentioned, are myriads of great prog albums, 1972 alone has at least 20.

Anyway, by austere I by no means, will describe "raw". By austere, in the case of this italian 70's prog band, I mean under-toned, or really unpretentious as far as technical pirouettes or soloing fireworks go. Their language has to do more with attractive songwriting that flows between straight to the bone simplicity and low- key beauty ( "Life Beyond the Darkness" track 10) , or masterfully performed electronic Prog/Folk ("Fragments of Light" track 1, "Music in Painting in the Air" track 3, "Do You Love Me" track 9 ), or perfectly woven synth/voice/electric guitar "electronics" ("Nuclear War in Your Brain" track 2, "Windopax and the Stone Sender" track 4, "Music without Gravity" track 8, "Telepathic Children" track 11 ), or experimental but pre-written songs like the strange, yet straight forward low-tone psychedelic "Space Energy Age" track 5, or "cosmic" electronics ("Metafel+Mafalac" track 6) or what seems to be a cover of a cover of an unwritten Jethro Tull song, quiet fun, even childish ("Space Closure", track 7). So, by austere I do not refer to one focus austere. Neither poor or unmasterful compositions and performances, I refer to unpretentiousness or maybe even better, the lack of commercial "intentions" or "ambitions" and its "comfortable" burdens, austere.

I suppose. Sensations' Fix "Fragments of Light" will be close or tagged to "psychedelic" Prog Rock. It complies with all the requisites, less the "stadium" like pretentions. More intimate,straight forward and "simple" in comparisson to those.

For me, ***3.5 "enough to catch my attention" PA stars. The rest is up to you!

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 Music Is Painting In the Air (1974 - 1977) by SENSATIONS' FIX album cover Boxset/Compilation, 2012
4.00 | 4 ratings

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Music Is Painting In the Air (1974 - 1977)
Sensations' Fix Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Mellotron Storm
Prog Reviewer

4 stars It's been pretty frustrating over the years if like me you are a SENSATIONS' FIX fan. Some of their albums have never been re-issued on cd while others have been re-issued only once or twice. Difficult music to track down for sure meaning most of my copies are either pirated or cdrs sadly. There was an Italian box set series from 2009 which included a four SENSATIONS' FIX albums(one in each of the first four volumes), but honestly the sound quality wasn't that great. So here we are with one of the best sounding recording I have ever heard. Band leader Franco Falsini always recorded and mixed their albums and owned the master tapes thankfully. He spent a year mixing these tracks and cleaning them up. These are all either alternate mixes of songs from their studio albums and Franco's solo record("Cold Nose"), or previously unreleased songs from their many recording sessions.

The tracks are not in any particular order other than this was the order in which Franco was inspired to place them. I like what he's done here as we get recurring themes and different parts of songs spread out instead of back to back. Everything flows beautifully. I'll focus on some of my favourite tracks over this two disc recording.

The first track from disc one that blew me away was "Leave My Chemistry" from "Portable Madness". A passionate track with the synths and drums leading the way. I love when the guitar comes in. It soars briefly after 3 minutes. The next one to tickle my fancy is "Grow On You" from "Boxes Paradise". It was called "The Flu" originally and is a vocal track that is quite catchy. The vocals bring STONE ROSES to mind. Check out the beautiful "Dark Side Of Religion" from the "Finest Finger" era which was previously unreleased. Spacey vocals in this one too. "Fragments Of Light" from "Fragments Of Light" era is simply gorgeous. This also was previously unreleased. Lastly from disc one we get an alternate version of "Map" from "Finest Finger". Just a great sounding tune with the guitar and drums leading the way.

Disc two favs begin with "Music Is Painting" from "Fragments Of Light". How good is this ! Love the sound of the guitar, just a great instrumental. "Cold Nose Story" from "Cold Nose" is so uplifting. It's a cosmic vocal track. "Slow Motion Movie" is interesting because it reminds me of early PINK FLOYD around the "Meddle" era. This is a previoulsy unreased track from the "Fragments Of Light" period. "Crossing Berlin" is not so surprisingly(given it's title) a very electronic sounding tune. Another previously unreleased tune from the "Vision's Fugitives" era. Lastly we get the haunting "Darkside 2" also previously unreleased from the "Finest Finger" period.

I love this style of music because it makes me feel so good. Congrats to Franco for his labour of love in preparing this stunning recording for his many fans. Thanks for the beautiful painting.

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 Portable Madness  by SENSATIONS' FIX album cover Studio Album, 1974
4.08 | 39 ratings

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Portable Madness
Sensations' Fix Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Aussie-Byrd-Brother
Special Collaborator Rock Progressivo Italiano Team

4 stars Italy's `Sensations' Fix' play on `Portable Madness' a hypnotic and dreamy blend of murky instrumental space rock that shares many similarities to several German artists such as Tangerine Dream, Eloy and the Ash Ra/Manuel Gottsching projects, as well as much of the Krautrock sound in general. Both sides of the album form a continuous piece of music that ebbs and flows with alien atmosphere and deep space mystery. It's an album you can easily drift off to, some parts float along in blissful serenity, others have an uneasy menace and tension.

Endless thick synths/keyboards cover the entire album, sometimes creating a disorientating Tangerine Dream-like electronic mood with repetitive and hypnotic sounds, other times dancing uptempo runs and grand themes. The chunky bass is not far from the classic 70's Eloy, even Hawkwind in a few brief moments. It punches through the hazy fog of the album all the time, mixed so loud and prominent, quite distorted and imposing. It brings a grooving quality to even the more aimless and plodding parts of the album, keeping it grounded and constantly exciting. The electric guitars swap from scuzzy dirty solos to chugging harder riffs, with occasional majestic themes and stoned soloing. The drumming/percussion leaves a huge impression on the album, one minute it's a rumbling avalanche of power, a maddening and aggressive rumble that bears down on the listener, the next it's got an almost tribal percussion sound, constantly building in urgency and drama.

There's several particular standout moments amongst the whole intoxicating work. Listen for the slightly off sounding guitar that creates a tense and disorientating mood in `Fullglast'! The dark `Leave My Chemistry Alone' has twin guitars playing alternate melodies, with thick glorious synths washing crystalline waves around the listener. It then shifts to haunted sinister stabbing keys like a nightmare before an uplifting Eloy-like theme in the last 30 seconds.

The final section `Relative Jump Into Water' is an unnerving droning piece with gentle wailing lonely synths over the top that's very draining and quietly reflective, a somber way to finish the album. Some people find electronic-based music like this piece totally empty and devoid of life, I find it truly human and full of emotion.

I think there's one or two spots on the album where the music is broken up with an out-of-place or abrupt transition that doesn't entirely work, but these are only brief, and the rest of the music is so consistently good. I much prefer this album to the previous `Fragments of Light', although I think I was a little too harsh in dismissing that one by paying too much attention to the vocals I disliked so much - now I'll have to go and dig that off the shelf again!

`Portable Madness' is a truly immersive space-rock experience, a beautiful, floating, repetitive, haunting and maddening album, sounding just as mind-blowing, inventive and emotional now almost 40 years after it's release. Highly recommended.

Four and a half stars.

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 Portable Madness  by SENSATIONS' FIX album cover Studio Album, 1974
4.08 | 39 ratings

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Portable Madness
Sensations' Fix Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by DamoXt7942
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5 stars "Portable Madness" was released in 1974 as the second album of SENSATIONS' FIX, and I easily guess this creation might have aroused a definite controversy both in Rock Progressivo Italiano and in psychedelic progressive rock scene, with their mysterious, heavy, symphonic psychedelia massively tinged with dry-fruity experimentalism like Krautrock, created with guitars, synthesizers, and drums - yes, a quite basic formation like other rock combo.

Their music structure and strategy (aka conspiracy against our mindscape) are pretty simple and steady. Richard's heavy and deep bass riffs, Franco's awesome synthesizer-based atmospheric radiation and ghostly guitar fuzz, and Keith's quietly explosive drumming rigidity ... they are not complex nor phantasmagoric like other progressive rock project indeed (especially Franco's synthesizer sounds are not only plain and smooth but also distorted and tolerant), but their continual threatening voltage in this work has never been experienced. This "progressive environment" veiling the whole album looks really as if searing pain like getting sunburn, or chilling coolness like touching ice. Sometimes we can yield ourselves to their momentary calmness or comfort, that might herald disquieting air blowing in the next moment. And there's enough evidence for such a drastic phenomenon here and there. Of course, we can hear polished delicacy maybe the three Italian had been drenched in by nature too all through.

Very amazing "Portable Madness" has been recorded and released about 40 years before, whilst even now this album always gives us gooseflesh and remarkable instability into our mind, just like a disquietude in the sleeve picture.Recommended for every progressive rock fan who gets a bit bored at contemporary space rock.

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 Antidote  by SENSATIONS' FIX album cover Studio Album, 1989
1.23 | 4 ratings

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Antidote
Sensations' Fix Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Music By Mail

1 stars Beware! I dare not use the word *album* for this unconsequent and erratic gathering of live pieces played by a "used to be a band", obviously for survival reasons, everything getting worse and worse for them! If you expect space rock, psychedelic or progressive rock, you will be as deeply disappointed as myself when I bought this CD back in 1989, just to find a meaningless collection of poor rock 'n' roll, even disco tracks, that have nothing to do with ANY of their previous albums!

Beware one more time! As it wasn't enough in itself, you will find this weirdo one more time marketed under a false presentation (a compilation of rare studio and live tracks of the band circa 1978-1980) on the label Mirumir (MIR 100701 LP) under the new title "Time to Decide". This is the exact reissue of Antidote, just with tracks presented in a different order, maybe to better mask the fraud; so, yes this is a plain reissue with nothing at all to attract you, except that you get it both on LP and CD to double your pain! Planned for release on September 19th 2012.

Time to decide? Yes, NO THANKS!

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 Boxes Paradise  by SENSATIONS' FIX album cover Studio Album, 1977
3.14 | 12 ratings

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Boxes Paradise
Sensations' Fix Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Mellotron Storm
Prog Reviewer

3 stars This is SENSATIONS" FIX fifth studio album and it sees the band going in more of a commercial direction although that Psychedelic vibe is still strong. There are vocals on every track which is unusual for them as they usually create instrumentals.

"The Flu" is catchy with vocals coming in before a minute. Not a big fan of the vocals in this more commercial setting but you better get used to them. "Faux Batard" is another catchy tune with the vocals and guitar standing out. "Boxes Paradise" is not as catchy but still has vocals until 2 1/2 minutes in to the end. Nice section. "Voices" is vocals a beat and guitar expressions.

"Mother's Day" is guitar, bass and drums early. The guitar reminds me of Hillage. Keyboards after 2 1/2 minutes. Vocals follow then an instrumental section comes in around 5 minutes. "Luna Slain" is more of the same really while "Visions Fugitives" offers up a good heavy undercurrent with vocals over top.

A good album that for me is a significant drop from their first four studio albums, but I know many who love this one.

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 Flying Tapes by SENSATIONS' FIX album cover Boxset/Compilation, 1978
4.15 | 6 ratings

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Flying Tapes
Sensations' Fix Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Mellotron Storm
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4 stars 4.5 stars. Man this is such a find and I have to thank Todd for making it happen. This is a compilation album that the band released in 1978 and they've re-worked the tracks so they do sound somewhat different from the originals. It's been interesting reading the opinions about this record as some feel the new versions aren't nearly as good as the originals and besides it's a compilation album so they rate it low, while others like myself are blown away at how good this sounds from top to bottom. If it wasn't a compilation album i'd give this 5 stars, that about sums up my feelings on this release.

"Fragments Of Light" is my favourite. This is really beyond words. The guitar tone playing over the beat is heaven. Synths come and go beautifully. "Music Is Painting In The Air" has a catchy beat as the guitar solos over top. Spacey synths come and go. Great sounding track. "Leave My Chemistry Alone" sounds so good to start with the guitar and drums building. So much tension like a MAHAVISHNU ORCHESTRA song. That flavour disappears quickly though. The drums are crisp throughout. "Strange About The Hands" is spacey with atmosphere to open. The guitar and drums come out of that mood. So good ! "Cold Nose Story" is actually a track from Franco Falsini's solo album. We get vocals for the first time in this spacey and dreamy soundscape. So much atmosphere.

"Boat Of Madness" is almost experimental to start with those synth sounds then the drums kick in with vocals. Synths lead when the vocals stop but they don't stay quiet for long. This rocks out pretty good late. Nice. "Fleetwood Trip L-Track" is a short hazy drugged out piece. "Warped Notions Of A Practical Joke" opens with intricate guitar then it kicks in hard before a minute. Strummed guitar before 2 1/2 minutes as the sound changes. Spacey synths too as the drums pound. "Faux Batard" is a catchy vocal track but it is psychedelic all the way. There's a tasteful guitar solo half way through.

A must for both SENSATIONS' FIX and Psychedelic music fans.

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 Sensations' Fix by SENSATIONS' FIX album cover Studio Album, 1974
2.93 | 9 ratings

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Sensations' Fix
Sensations' Fix Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Mellotron Storm
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3 stars SENSATIONS' FIX released three albums in 1974 but this particular one wasn't an official album release but rather a promo record. It wasn't released on cd until 2010 in a box set. The sound quality is okay but not as good as the other albums they've released. We get twelve short songs worth about 32 minutes. I must admit i've had a hard time with my rating for this one because I do really like it, but there is no question it's a step down from the other two albums released that year. So 3.5 stars it is.

This album really shows the band's fondness for electronics, and there are no vocals on this one. "Astride A Vibration" sounds really good and the guitar is so uplifting. Lots of synths too. "Cosmic Fuel" is very electronic sounding while "Muddy Candy" is back to the guitar, beat and synths. "Galactic Interference" is a short electronic piece while "Fall Of Sensations Of Earth" is spacey. "Dust Of Nothing" is a great sounding track that is spacey with guitar.

"Wave 243" is led by the guitar with a spacey backdrop. "Broad Mindedness" has some beautiful electric guitar melodies in it. "Concentric Circles" has spacey synths, a beat and more. "The Leaven Appeared In The Sky" is again guitar, synths and drums. "S.N.S.T.N. F.X." has some amazing guitar and percussion in it. "Verticle Motion" is a melancholic closer. Excellent finish to this one as well.

This would have made a great sampler to promote the band back in the day.

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