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KHAN's bio reads like a who's who of former and future celebs from EGG, GONG, HATFIELD & THE NORTH and NATIONAL HEALTH. The initial line-up of this early 70's Canterbury outfit consisted of keyboard player Dave Stewart, guitarist Steve Hillage, bassist Nick Greenwood and drummer Pip Pyle. Before recording their one and only album, Pyle moved on to GONG and was replaced by Eric Peachy (ex-DR. K'S BLUES BAND). The group disbanded after the release of the album in 1972.

"Space Shanty" is made up of six ambitious tracks composed almost entirely by Hillage. All four musicians are in fine form but the album is particularly dominated by Hillage's spacey/bluesy guitar and Stewart's effervescent Hammond play. Although much of the material is based on a repetitive verse/chorus/verse cycle and has recurrent musical themes, the band frequently breaks out into extended instrumental freak outs, either soloing or engaging in formidable guitar/organ interplay. This album is a fine sample of early Canterbury/bluesy space rock.

A must-have for Canterbury fans, and not merely for its historical value.

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Note an album called "Who never rests" by Khan has no connection with this band.

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Space Shanty
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 Space Shanty by KHAN album cover Studio Album, 1972
4.28 | 445 ratings

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Space Shanty
Khan Canterbury Scene

Review by Matti
Collaborator Neo-Prog Team

4 stars Steve Hillage is unarguably THE guitarist in the Canterbury scene, and among the most gifted ones in the whole prog history. After making the Arzachel album with his fellows from EGG, Hillage returned to his studies at Kent University, Canterbury. In April 1971 he formed KHAN, which at first featured drummer Pip Pyle, bassist Nick Greenwood and keyboardist Dick Henningham. Caravan's manager Terry King got them a record deal, but before the sessions began, Pyle was replaced by Eric Peachey and Henningham's departure was replaced at the last minute by none other than Dave Stewart (of Egg and numerous, at the time future Canterbury bands), one of Hillage's old playing mates.

Space Shanty gives some foretaste of Hillage's later work as the GONG guitarist and a solo artist. Especially the echoey guitar sound - for example in the title track which is loaded with heavy psychedelia - was to become his trademark. The album is tight prog rock. Several tempo changes, soli and variations in the dynamics work brilliantly on long tracks such as 'Mixed Up Man of the Mountain' and 'Driving to Amsterdam'. Hendrix-influenced guitar is the central element in this melodic and lively prog. On one moment it may sound a bit like Genesis, on the next moment like Camel, and on the next one... Well, it's better to say that Khan had a full-blown style of their own. On the Canterbury scene it represents its rockier side, and also slightly more vocal-oriented than Canterbury on the average.

Stewart's organ and electric piano are best heard on the calmer track 'Stranded'. The album fully deserves the classic status. During the summer and autumn after the release, Khan toured with an unstable line-up and practiced for new material (some of which was to appear on Hillage's solo debut Fish Rising, 1975), but the band came to its end in October when Hillage joined briefly Kevin Ayers' band. From then on he continued his colourful career as the Gong member.

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Khan Canterbury Scene

Review by VOTOMS

5 stars REVIEW N' 200 - Khan: Space Shanty (featuring Steve Hillage and Dave Stewart).

Ready for a space adventure? So... Don't forget your towel!

Khan's only shot is the treasure of the Canterbury scene. Flawless. A perfect album, filled with everything that I ever wanted: SCI-FI theme, a cover art that seems to be the ruins of the Space Battleship Yamato, progressive tracks, organ and guitar amazing interplay, Canterbury Jazz + a little bit of psychedelia, cool lyricis, space pirates, a bearded manly drummer, catchy bass lines... Everybody needs a Space Shanty's copy. The latest CD version includes two bonus tracks and a very interesting booklet, featuring the story of the band and members, curiosities from the Canterbury scene and funny comics. It's symphonic. It's heavy. It's an essential album for any classic rock or progressive collector. Unfortunattely, Khan had a short lifetime, and a short time to record their songs, so you will find a lot of trippy, jams, and Canterbury fusion passages, but no fillers. I think I already said: Space Shanty is perfect!

The title track, Space Shanty (Inc. The Cobalt Sequence and March of The Sine Squadrons) start as a mix of ELP and Deep Purple, following jazzy chords and riffs, connecting the heavy rock with the smooth, beautiful feeling which is a trademark from the Canterbury tunes. Steve Hillage and Dave Steward playing together sounds like soul mates. The track development really works, passing through many different sections, and some of them, makes me feel like a space pirate tripping around the seven corners of the universe. The electronic experience of the keys and organ sometimes fits perfectly with any space crusade for me. The solo times, full of reverb/delay, work as a key unlocking an early unknown door into the deepest side of my mind. I can clearly feel the drums and bass echoing inside of my body. But, that's not enough, the next track brings me back to outer space, I just felt like I have been there before, a distant illusionary nostalgia...

... This is called Stranded (Effervescent Psychonovelty No. 5). A beautiful melody. Leaving the earth behind, I can feel the lull of the space. When the vocal part begins, you will notice that great bass riff. That's Nick Greenwood. He came from the final incarnation of The Crazy World of Arthur Brown. The chorus is brilliant, harmonious and I love it. Good chills! The smooth jazz touch with that gorgeous keyboard playing hits the right nerve, provoking a pleasent listen, everytime. You will find some notes within the album pack, saying: "Our very special thanks to DAVE STEWART who fitted in our sessions in between heavy commitments with his band EGG". I have to agree, that is an admirable effort, for sure. Stranded is the meaning of Canterbury style. A good job at Hillage's solo, living up to his nickname, the "hippie from outer space". He was very influenced by musicians like John Coltrane and Jimi Hendrix, but his way of thinking and feeling music makes him one of the best and unique guitarists of the entire psychedelic rock scene. The instrumental variations are great passages. Hillage's voice is just the way it should be. It fits the music like your favorite socks in your feet during the coldest night of winter. I like when the whole band are singing together too. Some bands and duets are not able to do this in a pleasent way. The ending atmosphere of the track rides to the next step of this awesome album. The Space Shanty moves on, accelerating and reaching the third track.

The last track of the first side. Mixed Up Man Of The Mountains. The song begins with an atmospheric background and Hillage's catchy vocal line. The song suddenly explodes with a heavy psych guitar riff, and goes on. Catchy drum/bass. My interpretation for the lyrics are multiple. It could be a follow up for the previous track. It could be just about flying. Maybe about freedom, or even suicide. I don't know, but that's a pretty hot track. The random section after the phrase "But soon as I am here I have to go" is strangely fine. I like that guitar solo accompanied by the 'vocal solo' (or the vocals accompanied by the guitar?). A trippy song, and a perfect ending for Space Shanty's first side.

The second part of the Space Shanty's journey through the universe and beyond start with Driving To Amsterdam, a song initially insane. The Canterbury jazz fusion intro is highly special for me. It's time for Dave Stewart to shine! This guy knows how to work and move your feeling to the right place. Steve Hillage proves to be a blues master with his riffs, solos and improvisations. The musical friendship of Steve and Dave is far beyond expectations! Driving to Amsterdam has a soulful songwriting and performance. It's the B Side track equivalent for Stranded (A Side), and the longer track from the album.

Stargazers intro sounds like the Canterbury intro for Tarkus. Freak as hell. It's outstanding. Steve Hillage dissonant and schizophrenic solo in the middle of the opening is sorely inspired. The whole album was filled with unexpected moments, and this track has a list of good moments, during only five minutes and a half! Maybe the most adventurous song from the Space Shanty timeline, here is where you will put your foot down on moon! It is the most happier song from their repertoire too. This song brings me the sensation of find the unexplored. The symphonic organ and the melodic chant are summoning the unknown before my eyes through my ears! Can you believe it? Just open your mind, listen to the track and see.

So, the last song of the original recording: Hollow Stone (Escape of The Space Pirates). This is the properly ending track, with an ending atmosphere, playing riffs ending passages that makes you think "hey, this is the ending theme". Almost there. The band returns to the calm and quiet stream, and if you have been enjoying the whole album, you will probably like this track like any other one. So profound. The final minutes are full of technological noises and experiments, and you will clearly imagine that Steve Hillage's solo like Steve Hillage's waving goodbye, and jumping inside his Space Shanty calling for a hot burrito after traveling the whole space hungry and playing prog for you guys.

The bonus tracks works pretty good, and sounds like a continuation of the album. Break The Chains rules. Wonderful surprises are waiting for you. Long live KHANnterbury!

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Khan Canterbury Scene

Review by Mr. Mustard

4 stars If there was ever an album that completely epitomized a one hit wonder, than this would be it. The first and only release from Canterbury Scene band Khan works off the ever distinguishable sound of the genre while retaining its own unique flair. Like most Canterbury Scene bands, the sound is graced with tons of keyboards and jazzy and melodic moments a like. Therefore, fans of the genre, especially Caravan, will find no surprises here. In fact, dare I say that this album is better than anything Caravan has ever done, including the magnificent 'In the Land of Gray and Pink.' Perhaps it is the album's superior focus on melody, in addition to some very atmospheric passages and heavier edge which make this quite the listening excursion. Case in point is the song 'Stranded,' a seemingly simple, yet melodically powerful song.

Besides this, the album truly doesn't have any real standout, if only for the strength of every song on the album, making this a very solid and consistent listen from beginning to end. Each track is a small adventure, as the structures are diverse, but don't meander too much to lose excitement.

Space Shanty, simply said, is a must have for Canterbury fans, and general proggers alike. The balance between melody, intensity, and atmosphere is hard to achieve, but these guys nail it.

8/10

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Khan Canterbury Scene

Review by GruvanDahlman
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5 stars There is something quite untouchable about vintage british prog. Something that the genre from every other part of the world can't touch, no matter how good it is. I believe that all countries and continents possess a certain tone, some notes unique for just that particular origin. I love prog, whatever their origin but for me it is british prog that strikes the best chord and I believe it to be so by way of three reasons. Firstly I came to love prog through King Crimson and that set the blueprint for everything else. Secondly, I adore all things british and third there is that tone, that chord or sound that just makes me shiver with delight.

Khan's only album epitomizes everything I love about prog in general, not just british (though I am delighted that it is). The album is a perfect mix of accessibility, complexity, melody, strange chord progressions, beauty, anger, mellowness, joy and every other emotion known to man. All this is coupled with divine inspiration and hard rock, amidst all the jazzy, classical elements held within. The gentleness, by the way, is of a certain kind only found in prog, I believe. How to explain that to someone not initiated? I guess you have to take my word for it or listen to some of the music. Simple as that.

The title track kicks in with a blast and is a tremendous piece of multilayered prog. The next track, Stranded, is so beautiful and has to be one of the best follow-up songs on an album ever. I love it! The following tracks, I won't review every track in any detail, are simply outstanding and brilliant. The blasts of distorted guitar, alongside stabs of organ and powerful rhythm section, intermediated by flowing, gentle episodes and discords are simply out of this world. The genius behind this album is flawless and it is a shame they did not record another record, though (as I have been told) Hillage's first solo album Fish rising (another slab of brilliance) contains songs intended for Khan's second offering.

The song Hollow stone holds a special magic. I believe ther is an old magical hollow stone in Cornwall (?) and I see it before me, though only visited in books. The lyrics paint images making me tremble with delight. Actually, all the songs hold a special magic. The album is magical. The cover, Hillage's guitar, Stewart's trademark organ and the great rhythm section, the songs, the ambiance, the vocals, the everything spells magical brilliance.

Though at first reluctant giving the album five stars I am now compelled to do just that. It is an amazing record worthy every praise and hallelujah there is.

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Khan Canterbury Scene

Review by IneitaBongtoke

5 stars I haven't stopped listening to this album everyday since i discovered it through this website. In fact, I wish to extend my gratitude to this website for making music like this accessible to the public.

I must admit I'm a little biased towards Steve Hillage. Something about his hippie-esque sound/lyrics with the roaring passion of his guitar solos sets me off. And I personally find this album to be the best of his work. The beginning track opens up like any other heavy 70's rock anthem, but quickly travels through several voices that I have yet to hear in much music. Just as you'd expect a simple turn around or a simple I-IV-V progression (basic chord progression) the music takes a turn and just extends the phrase, channeling through Key changes and fantastic resolution. In other words, I love the way this man writes his music. Maybe I don't know exactly what I'm talking about when it comes to the technical aspect of this music, but what I do know is that your ears are treated to a great symphony of beautiful guitars, pianos, and vocals. The sound of this album alternates between heavy, "badass" riffs that reflect the heavy arena rock that was so prevalent at that time; but the music just goes so much further displaying an array of different voices stretching between somber and passionate to eclectic and upbeat. A good example of this is Space Shanty: a strong riff based intro that leads into a very moving keyboard line echoed by the guitar. The Vocals make great additions to the already melodic heavy instrumentals, making every instrument in this ensemble equally important. Not to mention, the cover for this album is just so cool. It's really like a nice cherry on top of a banana split.

I would personally recommend this album to EVERYONE....but if I had to be unbiased about it, anyone who is interested in King Crimson, Yes, Cream, Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple, Caravan, or really anything that has strong emphasis on that "70's sound". I can't get enough of it. 10/10

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 Space Shanty by KHAN album cover Studio Album, 1972
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Space Shanty
Khan Canterbury Scene

Review by stefro
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4 stars Owner of a pretty impressive ouevre, British guitarist Steve Hillage has really worked his way up over the last forty-or-so years. From obscure psych-group member to mid-level guitar star and modern dance 'n' trance innovator, it seems there is very little Hillage hasn't done, his colourful career taking in stints with his own formative outfits Arzachel and Khan, a lengthier spell with Anglo-French prog-psych purveyors Gong, a highly- successful solo spell and a surprise sonic reboot as 1990's trance pioneers System 7. Most will remember him for his time either with Gong or for his series of excellent solo records from the mid-seventies, albums such as 'You', 'Fish Rising' and 'L', though thanks to the ever-growing reissue market, many are now discovering his early work with Khan. A blink-and-you'll-miss-em' Canterbury-styled outfit who recorded just the one record during 1972, Khan featured Hillage, Nick Greenwood(bass), Eric Peachy(drums) and Canterbury- scene stalwart Dave Stewart(keyboards). Their sole album, 'Space Shanty', was recently remastered for the first time by the excellent Esoteric Recordings imprint, and it has since become a firm favourite amongst the progressive rock crowd, sailing into the esteemed ProgArchives.com top 100 albums list. And rightly so. A scintillating mixture of Gong-style psychedelia and Caravan-edged Canterbury prog, 'Space Shanty' is a wonderful album filled a plethora of swirling instrumental moments and topped off with a collection of top-notch technical displays. Very different from the raw and rough-edged psychedelic sound of Hillage's previous outfit Arzachel, this is a much cleaner-sounding album that also features a highly-symphonic edge. The mixture of differing progressive elements allows the musicians to really stretch out on pieces such as the electric nine- minute psychedelic marathon 'Driving To Amsterdam' and the lysergic flavoured 'Mixed Up Man Of The Mountains'. As a result, you have a genuine Hillage career highlight that should more than please his legion of fans, whilst also appealing to lovers of all things Canterbury-styled. However, although the album's excellence is of course down to the group, the real heroes here are the guys at Esoteric who cleaned-up this superb album for it's 21st century retooling. Why it failed during it's own time is a genuine mystery; second time round its proving a real hit. Great stuff.

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 Space Shanty by KHAN album cover Studio Album, 1972
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Space Shanty
Khan Canterbury Scene

Review by Epignosis
Special Collaborator Eclectic Prog Team

4 stars Space Shanty, the sole album of Khan, featuring Gong's Steve Hillage and Egg's Dave Stewart, is a refreshingly consistent record loaded with dreamlike psychedelic vibes, spasmodic jazz leanings, and symphonic splendor. Musically, it is quite similar to Kansas. This album is excellent all around and shows the more symphonic side of the Canterbury scene.

'Space Shanty' Opening with a cacophony, the song quickly takes a Led Zeppelin approach to rock and roll, with vocals over drums followed by a heavy riff. However, the lead guitar and organ tradeoffs over the wandering bass and engaged drumming is the highlight of this piece. Steve Hillage and Dave Stewart are monsters, but so are their companions, who are offering creative rhythms throughout underneath psychedelic mayhem. Eventually Hillage bursts through with a fiery guitar solo over a jazzy upbeat backdrop, soon leaving the rest behind in a delayed dual guitar bit over disembodied vocals. Later, Stewart picks up with a bit of sprightly organ before those tradeoffs return. This is an exciting beginning to a great album.

'Stranded' Lightening up, this has a beautiful acoustic guitar paired with distant synthesizer and the best vocal melody on the album. As it picks up, it has an organ-led Camel feel. It grabs a heavy rock riff abruptly to introduce an organ lead. The fuzzy and acoustic guitars coming through left and right channels work well over the rhythm that reminds me of 'The Pinnacle' by Kansas or King Crimson's Lizard. The ending is rather mystical, leading into the next piece.

'Mixed Up Man of the Mountains' The light guitar and organ lie underneath the vibrato-laden lead singer, but soon give way to rocking lead guitar. The singing soon becomes awash in underwater cloudiness. It leads into something similar to Camel, with vocalizations, semi-clean guitar, keyboards, excellent bass, faithful drums, and plenty of rhythmic creativity. In some ways, it favors passages from Gentle Giant's Acquiring the Taste. Over a relatively simplistic rock rhythm, Hillage provides a very fetching guitar solo.

'Driving to Amsterdam' Jazzy yet accessible, this track opens with nearly clean guitar runs and supporting organ. The song possesses an excellent vocal melody that weaves between dreaminess and uplifting determination. There are several complex musical passages woven together.

'Stargazers' The fifth song is very Styx-like, quite dramatic and somewhat pop. Hillage's lead guitar is all over the place on top of the velvety backdrop. Stewart's organ solo is so thin sounding it could almost be an electric guitar.

'Hollow Stone' This final number has a wash of mysterious guitar and organ. The vocal performance is moving and serves the music extremely well- quite similar in style to Steve Walsh of Kansas. The bass underneath the organ solo is remarkable itself, floating all over the fretboard. The end of the album spirals out of control in spirited psychedelic passion.

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 Space Shanty by KHAN album cover Studio Album, 1972
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Space Shanty
Khan Canterbury Scene

Review by ibnacio

5 stars It's a shame some fine artistic projects don't get to come into being a reality on which to start a career. Khan seems to have been one of these.

Anyway, due to the fact that Steve Hillage's career was erratic at the time he was beginning and that he used to combine his academic studies and his musical vocation, it is no surprise that one has to look for his oeuvre under a variaty of banners: Uriel, Arzachel, Khan, Gong... until he established his own one with another masterpiece: 'Fish Rising'.

What a mighty musician and guitar player Steve Hillage is you can easily discover in this masterpiece. His compositions are among the best in progressive rock. Their strength and power develop with the support of a tighter than ever band, intended as first as a power trio but, with the addition of David Stewart's keyboards and marimbas, results in a perfect quartet that works as a precision mechanism.

All but one pieces are Hillage's compositions and you notice that instantly when 'Mixed up Man of the Mountains', written both by Hillage and bass guitar player Nich Greenwood, plays. But, guys, one has to have a rest now and then even in the middle of paradise because going from climax to climax can get unbearable sometimes.

The Esoteric Records reedition comes with two extra songs: a novelty in 'Break the Chains', also written in colabloration, and an shorter version of the mentioned 'Mixed up...' which only add extra time duration for the Cd to be fuller.

One cannot deny the influence that the Mahavishnu Orchestra, mainly, and particularly John MacLaughlin, exerted on Steve Hillage's music but this only means that good masters use to have good teachers or previous influence masters, as Michelangelo used to have his Donatello or Beethoven, his Franz J. Haydn.

Five stars for the cohesion, perfection, quality of improvisation and soloing and for its uniqueness.

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Space Shanty
Khan Canterbury Scene

Review by stewe

5 stars I'm usually able to give 5 stars only to those albums lasting in my head for long time, bringing memorable impressions and experience, wake the need inside of me to re-play them again - to return to beautiful abstract world they create and where you can escape into. This piece is one of them, which works on emotional level that much.

However spectacular technical side and sound produciton - it is the base for such impression. Another substances are inspriation, creativity and disctinctivness. It is unlike anything, unique entity. There are elements and obivous reminiscences of other canterbury counterparts, jazz/fusion, symphonic prog, space rock, with melodic approach, almost pop sensibility. In the right mood it will cause constant shivers on your spine.

Vintage signature sounds of Hillage's guitar and Stewart's arsenal of keyboards, mainly organ and electric piano never sounded better. Harmonies of Hillage and Greenwood are childish and naive, but in the music context extraordinarily beautiful. Album is experimental but still very tight (on the contrary to Hillage's solo works). Overall combination and constellation form such amazing trippy chemistry.

It's music for shiny days of your life, which makes them unforgettable. Give it a chance, soak its unique raw psychedelic atmosphere, give yourself a favor and start the journey.

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Space Shanty
Khan Canterbury Scene

Review by AtomicCrimsonRush
Special Collaborator Symphonic Team

5 stars Khan's sole album is a mesmirising journey into spacey escapism.

My ears have been gloriously blessed with some of the finest musicianship from some of the finest musicians. Nick Greenwood on bass, vocals, the incomparable spacey Steve Hillage on guitars, vocals, Eric Peachy on drums, and the keyboard wizardry of Dave Stewart on Hammond organ, piano, skyceleste, and marimbas. From the opening title track the album delivers a feast of powerful vocals, lengthy Hammond finesse and scorching lead guitar work. The spacey content is reflected in the lyrics, "flow in its river of light and you'll see, that you have found what you've been searching."

The Canterbury influences are prevalent, especially on the next track, 'Stranded', with escapist lyrics; "we escaped to the city, lying on a deserted beach, out of reach, I could see you much clearer as we strode by the shore, all the peace all around us, seemed impossibly pure". The magical organ solo that follows is a shimmering virtuoso performance accompanied by riffing guitar work and a psychedelic fuzzed lead solo.

'Mixed Up Man Of The Mountains' begins with quiet guitar tones and builds to the Canterbury feel, with loud guitar and organ. Greenwood's bass is relentless and this one is filled with lyrics of the secrets of the mountain man. There is a pronounced time sig shift leading to a fast lead break with golden Hammond arpeggios played Adante over jazz percussion metrics. The lead guitar of Hillage is excellent broken only by some whimsical multilayered vocal intonations. Side one of this album is all killer, no filler.

Side two begins with a riffing guitar lick on 'Driving To Amsterdam'. It sounds a bit like Caravan or Hatfield and the North for a while. The guitars and organ keep a tight rhythm. The balladic quality is prominent with gentler vocals; "can it be that there's so many, that have been through this whole scene before, staring at the ground, I found myself in you, our weary faces smiling with the energy that's left." The harmonies are quite effective. Eventually the song launches into a jamming bluesy rock feel with twin lead guitar embellishments. The Hammond gains pace and some speed key fingering adds to the atmosphere of tension until the jazz improve ending.

'Stargazers' has a quirky time sig a bit like 'Tarkus' at first and then locks into a Canterbury sounding verse; "don't you think you can surely make it now, you don't need anyone to tell you how, king and queen, an extra gene". The lead break following is a solid psych sound and there is a very odd time sig that comes next with organ and improvised style lead. There is an identical verse and then a lengthy break with high pitched organ and fret melting lead guitar work played to perfection.

'Hollow Stone' begins with dreamy organ and soft vocals; "hollow stone, all alone, back a thousand years, and you know there is no answer, they can give you, for the words are there for them to choose, as you fall into space from your lonely shelf, you raise your hand and gaze in wonder." After these types of lyrics a sparkling electric piano leads. More spacey lyrical verses follow until we enter into a grinding distorted fuzzy guitar riff. The sound reverberates from left to right speaker. There is a freak out of chaotic Hammond and guitar, bass and drums that fades into the final section alternating from left to right ear and finally slowing and speeding back to a echoed note.

Overall this album is a sensational musical triumph and sadly a one off. But how many bands can produce music like this, to perfection capturing such incredible atmospheres? This may well be the lighting in a bottle so many bands are searching for. Khan found it and never were able to return to this. For the listeners they have left behind this indelible mark on prog history and it is a pleasurable experience.

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