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EKSEPTION is a Dutch band that was famous during the late sixties/early seventies for the way it combined themes from classical composers with contemporary rock and jazz in a blend of dominating, virtuoso keys and trumpet plus sax(es). The story of EKSEPTION as we know it begins when they won the first prize at the Loosdrecht Jazz Festival in 1968, and they were rewarded with a record contract with Philips. At the suggestion of Rick van der LINDEN, the band's keyboard player, they decided to record rock versions of Beethoven's "Fifth" and Khachaturian's "Sabre Dance". Although initially the single with "The Fifth" did not catch on, three months after it was released suddenly it began to sell like hotcakes, and the basis for the now famous EKSEPTION formula was established: a cocktail of classical music with (symphonic) rock and jazz. Following the success of the single, their first album was recorded, which contained a mix of covers, classical themes in a rock/jazz setting, and one song written by the band.

Rick van der LINDEN emerged as the band's artistic leader, and on their second album ("Beggar Julia's Timetrip") he was responsible for arranging and writing the music. Although EKSEPTION's first album was entirely instrumental, on the second as well as the third one, "Ekseption 3", a singer was included in the band (on "Julia Beggar's Timetrip" the singer was Michel van DIJK, who later joined the Dutch band ALQUIN, while on "Ekseption 3" Steve ALLET replaced Michel). The role of the singer was very limited on those albums, which featured only a couple of vocal songs, so after their third album the singer left the band, and EKSEPTION once again became an all instrumental band. The fourth album shows a band that had evolved into a tight symphonic rock ensemble, playing side by side with the ROYAL PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA in a performance of the centre piece of the album: "Piccadilly Sweet", a suite for orchestra and rock band written by Rick van der LINDEN. The next two albums show a matured band with their own distinct sound and their unique brand of music. However, after the album "Trinity" Rick van der LINDEN was forced to leave the band, and with Rick the musical identity of the band disappeared as well. Rick's successor in EKSEPTION, Hans Jansen, had a different musical background, leaning much more towards fusion music, and the albums made after Rick's departure clearly show the difference between the two keyboard players ("Bingo-bingo", "Min...
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EKSEPTION discography


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EKSEPTION top albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.33 | 44 ratings
Ekseption
1969
3.37 | 44 ratings
Beggar Julias Time Trip
1970
3.84 | 44 ratings
3
1970
3.71 | 41 ratings
00:04
1971
3.20 | 39 ratings
5
1972
4.04 | 29 ratings
Trinity
1973
3.68 | 19 ratings
Bingo
1974
3.00 | 12 ratings
Mindmirror
1975
3.07 | 10 ratings
Back To The Classics
1976
2.04 | 7 ratings
Ekseption '78
1978
2.74 | 6 ratings
Danse Macabre
1981
3.20 | 6 ratings
Ekseption '89
1989

EKSEPTION Live Albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

2.76 | 5 ratings
Live In Germany
2003

EKSEPTION Videos (DVD, Blu-ray, VHS etc)

3.50 | 2 ratings
The Story Of
2003

EKSEPTION Boxset & Compilations (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

2.60 | 7 ratings
Ekseptional Classics - The Best Of Ekseption
1973
4.91 | 3 ratings
Greatest Hits - Classics
1975
3.96 | 4 ratings
With Love From Ekseption
1977
3.53 | 12 ratings
Ekseption Plays Bach
1989
3.00 | 1 ratings
Greatest Hits
1990
3.30 | 6 ratings
The 5th
1998
3.23 | 4 ratings
Selected Ekseption
1999
2.63 | 4 ratings
Air
2001
3.00 | 1 ratings
The Best From Classic
2001
3.00 | 1 ratings
The Universal Master Collection
2003
4.03 | 17 ratings
3 Originals
2004
3.00 | 2 ratings
The Lost Last Live Concert Tapes
2009

EKSEPTION Official Singles, EPs, Fan Club & Promo (CD, EP/LP, MC, Digital Media Download)

0.00 | 0 ratings
Ekseption at ABC
1966
2.00 | 2 ratings
Talk About Tomorrow
1967
0.00 | 0 ratings
Laura
1968
4.00 | 2 ratings
Air
1969
0.00 | 0 ratings
Ritual Fire Dance
1969
4.00 | 1 ratings
The 5th
1969
0.00 | 0 ratings
Another history
1970
4.00 | 1 ratings
Adagio
1970
4.00 | 1 ratings
Italian Concerto
1970
0.00 | 0 ratings
Cantita
1971
0.00 | 0 ratings
Bank Ekseptional
1971
4.00 | 1 ratings
Ave Maria
1971
4.00 | 1 ratings
Peace Planet
1971
5.00 | 1 ratings
A La Turka
1972
3.00 | 1 ratings
My Son
1972
3.00 | 1 ratings
De Fietser
1974
3.05 | 2 ratings
Persian Market
1974
3.00 | 1 ratings
Sabre Dance
1981

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 00:04 by EKSEPTION album cover Studio Album, 1971
3.71 | 41 ratings

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00:04
Ekseption Eclectic Prog

Review by apps79
Special Collaborator Neo Prog Team

3 stars By 1971 singer Steve Allet had left Ekseption and from this point on the band would more or less switch to a fully instrumental sound.Leader Rick van der Linden would travel to London, UK and record ''Piccadilly sweet'' with the support of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at the Command Studios.Additional parts played by the rest of the band were recorded as long as the tapes were back to The Netherlands.The fourth album of Ekseption was titled ''00:04'', released in October 1971 on Phillips.

This was yet another convincing mix of Classical Rock with Jazz for Ekseption, side A features some of the sweetest melodies ever produced by the band, always highlighted by a deep Classical background and flavored with spicy, jazzy instrumentals, based on saxes, trumpet and horns.Van der Linden makes another memorable performance, especially lovely are his harsichord parts, but there is some incredible work on Hammond organ and piano to be found as well.The music alternates between a FOCUS-like symphonic grandieur and easy-listening Jazz/Horn Rock with some psychedelic and even Avant-Garde atmospheres thrown in for good measure.The second side is more of the same, ''Choral'' is absolutely great Symphonic/Jazz Rock, the only piece to feature some dramatic choirs, sitting next to the Classical melodies and the loose middle-part with the piano and the trumpet in forefront, ''Partita No. 2 in C Minor'' actually sounds like old LE ORME, with strong use of synths next to a psychedelic rhythm section, showered again by good sax and trumpet plays, but the real deal comes with the 13-min. ''Piccadilly sweet'', this piece is what for this album is known for in the first place.You can't expect something else than Classical-drenched music, often having a cinematic feeling, where Van der Linden is often lost in the storm of the backing orchestral instrumrnts.Closer to contemporary Classical Music than Prog Rock to say the truth, but this is another example of Van der Linden's top Classical education and composing ability.

There is maybe too much Lounge Jazz in here to place this among the peaks of Ekseption's discography.A bit uneven on the way with straight Classical and Jazz parts, but also containing some monumental symphonic movements.Recommended overall.

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 5 by EKSEPTION album cover Studio Album, 1972
3.20 | 39 ratings

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5
Ekseption Eclectic Prog

Review by DrömmarenAdrian

3 stars Time has gone since I reviewed "Trinity" and now it's time for Ekseption's fifht release with the name and number "5". The record was recorded 1972, three years after the debut record. I purchased it for a cheap amount on a second hand store and got a lot of nice minutes for this morning's work out. The musicians were Rick van der Linden (piano, organ, spinet and syntheziser), Rein van den Broek (trumpet, flugelhorn and trombone), Cor Dekker(bass guitar), Dick Remelink(saxes and flute) and Peter de Leeuwe(drums, percussion and 12 string guitar).

There are some ingrendients that make Ekseption unique. The use a lot of brass instruments - horns and they play often classical music in rock but quite near its original form. On this record I think it's the "classical" pieces that succeed. I like "A la turka" a Mozart piece, "Siciliano in G" a Bach piece and "Finale" a Beethoven thing the most(8/10). Besides classical music Ekseption here play their own form of jazz rock with roots in big band jazz and free jazz. "Midbar session" is such interesting jazz compossion with influences from here and there(7/10) and it's also the album's longest work. "For example/For sure" is another exemple of an eclectic and inspiring song(7/10).

Over all though is this record too modest to reach particular intriguing realms. This music doesn't contain uninteresting or bad notes though and the quality is high so it's definitely a record to relisten and reexamine. For me, according to my standards this is a strong three star record with a great average but with few highlights.

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 De Fietser by EKSEPTION album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 1974
3.00 | 1 ratings

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De Fietser
Ekseption Eclectic Prog

Review by Guillermo
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— First review of this album —
3 stars Both tracks from this single were recorded by the new line-up of the band which by 1974 included new keyboard player Hans Jansen replacing Rick van der Linden, and both tracks were taken from their album titled "Bingo", which showed in the cover an added little tag in the EKSEPTION`s logo which said "New Formula". And they were right, because without van der Linden the band changed their music style, becoming more a band with more Jazz-Rock and somewhat more heavy inluences, and these changes were more related to Hansen`s keyboard playing style and his use of the Fender Rhodes Piano, an instrument which was very popular among Jazz-Rock keyboard players in the mid seventies. He also is more a Jazz-Rock musician, I think. The band also added a guest guitar player (Hans Hollestelle) who appears on both sides of this single. The band did not have a guitar player since their first album from 1969. So, this single annonced several new things from the band to their fans. But these changes really affected very much their music style, becoming almost a new band, although some traces of their old musical style could be found.

"De Fietser" (translated by some websites as "The Cyclist") is a somewhat funny and commercial short song with some Classic and Prog Rock music influences with a good guitar by Hollestelle and good synthesiser playing by Hansen. The musical piece was composed and arranged by Jan Vennik.

"Sunny Revival" (composed by Hansen and Vennik) is a very typical mid seventies Jazz-Rock composition with some Prog Rock arrangements which has a very good Fender Rhodes Piano solo by Hansen plus some electric guitar playing by Hollestelle. The song also has some mid seventies Funky music influences. This musical piece could have been recorded very well by artists like Jeff Beck and Weather Report as it sounds very similar to the music they recorded during the mid-late seventies.

EKSEPTION as a band still had very good musicians. Unfortunately the change of one key member like van der Linden changed their musical style a lot and they really sounded by 1974 like another very different band. By 1976 EKSEPTION had split as a band and some of the former members formed a new Jazz-Rock band called SPIN. Maybe by 1974 EKSEPTION could have changed their name to SPIN. I don`t know why they carried on as EKSEPTION for other two albums ("Bingo" from 1974, and "Mindmirror" from 1975). Maybe they still had some contracts t which forced them to carry on as EKSEPTION.

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 Air by EKSEPTION album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 1969
4.00 | 2 ratings

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Air
Ekseption Eclectic Prog

Review by Guillermo
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4 stars This single, in its original Mono release in October 1969, had two very good musical pieces arranged by Ekseption (as is credited in the original single`s labels, although in some compilations the credit for both arrangements was for Rick van der Linden, the keyboards player of the band). With their very characteristic use of piano, organ, harpsichord and mellotron, "Air" (or also titled "Aria" in some compilations) is one of the best arrangements for a classical music theme that the band recorded, being this time a composition by J.S. Bach. The band really played very well most of the musical pieces that they recorded from Bach, and I think that he was one of their favourite composers because they recorded several arrangements of his compositions (this even happened after van der Linden left the band in 1973). "Air" has very good keyboard solos (piano and harpsichord) and in general all the members of the band played very well. With "Siciliano" (also from Bach but recorded in 1972) and "Ave Maria" (by Bach and Goundod and recorded in 1971) "Air" is one of my favourite musical arrangements from Ekseption. I don`t know if it was a hit in Holland and in Europe, but "Air" even was released in my country in a Mono E.P. in 1969 which also had "The Fiftth", "Sabre Dance" and "Ritual Fire Dance", all from their first album which maybe also was released then in my country (my late father only bought the E.P. then and maybe "The Fifth" was played in the radio in my country because he maybe listened to it then and later bought the E.P.).

"Concerto", in the B-side of the original single from 1969, at that time was only released as a B-side of this single, and it is also a very good arrangement from an excerpt fo Tchaikovsky`s first piano concerto which also includes some excerpts from other musical works by other composers. It even has a brief guitar solo. This musical piece was released in their second album titled "Beggar Julia`s Time Trip" in 1970, and due to the inclusion of a guitar solo one can think that it really was recorded with the line-up of their first album (which had two part-time guitarists who also played wind instruments) but was not released in their first and self-titled album from 1969.

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 Live In Germany by EKSEPTION album cover Live, 2003
2.76 | 5 ratings

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Live In Germany
Ekseption Eclectic Prog

Review by Guillermo
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3 stars This album was recorded live during two concerts in Germany in November 1993, and I don`t know if these concerts were part of a long or of a short tour, or only were two isolated reunion concerts. For these concerts, anyway, old members from the Ekseption of the seventies Rick van der Linden, Rein van der Broek and Dick Remelink were joined by other two very good musicians (Max Werner on drums and Frans Muys Van Der Moer on bass). The combination of these musicians while playing old musical pieces from Ekseption brought some differences in the musical playing, particularly in the case of drummer Werner, and some of the arrangements are a bit different. But also the use of more modern musical instruments, particularly in the use of then new keyboards, made the musical pieces sound a bit different. I have to say that I really expected a better live album, as other reviewers have said in this and in other websites. The recording and mixing is very good, but the playing of some of the musical pieces (particularly very clear in "Sabre Dance") has some mistakes. I don`t know if this happened because it was a long tour and they were tired, or maybe they didn`t have enough rehearsals, or maybe the concerts they recorded they were not in their best playing. But it was good to me to listen to these very good musicians playing these very good musical pieces in front of an audience, even with all the imperfections. And one can think that this album really wasn`t overdubbed in a studio. So, at least, it is an honest record in that respect. Not as bad as other reviewers consider it to be, but not as good as I expected it to be before listening to it and reading those reviews. Maybe one day their old record label (Philips) could release a live album recorded in the seventies with their best line-up (in my opinion): van der Linden, van der Broek, Remelink, plus Cor Dekker on bass and Peter de Leeuwe on drums. Unfortunately, now a reunion of this line-up is not possible anymore with the deaths of Dekker (in November 2005), van der Linden (in January 2006) and de Leeuwe (on February 4, 2014, as Ekseption / Rick van der Linden`s official website recently announced). So, this live album recorded in 1993, remains until now as the only live album that the band released. So, it is good for my taste anyway.

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 3 by EKSEPTION album cover Studio Album, 1970
3.84 | 44 ratings

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3
Ekseption Eclectic Prog

Review by apps79
Special Collaborator Neo Prog Team

4 stars Once the Ekseption machine was switched on, it was really hard to be slowed down, even if the line-up changes were a frequent phenomenon for the band.Vocalist Michel van Dijk parted ways with Ekseption to taste a brief stint with Brainbox and later to join Alquin.He was replaced by Steve Allet (born as Coen Merkelbach).Also drummer Peter de Leeuwe returned behind the drum kit, replacing Dennis Whitebread, who went on to join Cargo under his real name of Dennis Witbraat.Even so van der Linden & co. recorded a third album for Phillips in 1970, simply entitled ''3'', another concept album around the story of Le Petit Prince.

Again the music is largely instrumental with strong Classical influences and van der Linden adapting moments from the timeless music of Bach, Rachmaninoff and Beethoven, mixing them cleverly with a fascinating Jazz/Horn Rock and obvious 60's psychedelic influences.Superb work on Hammond organ and harsichord with beautiful manipulations, offering both melodic and virtuosic themes, highlighted by the excellence of the background trumpets and saxes.Grandiose and pompous instrumental textures, that are pleasant to the ear and, even a bit dated, speak straight to the heart of the listener.New singer Steve Allet had a very JIM MORRISON-kind of singing style and in fact a couple of songs in the album do sound like a Classical version of THE DOORS with deep, psychedelic overtones, for example the fantastic ''On sunday they will kill the world''.For the most of its length the album is majestic with nice string sections, dreamy horn sounds and ethereal keyboards, while the songs are perfectly structured to deliver both magnificent melodies and more progessive colors, led by the complexity of Classical Music's fundamentals.Note that most of the lyrics were written by Dutch radio-presenter Will Luikinga.

Impressive combination of Classical and Jazz/Horn Rock in a highly adventurous album, full of pompous, very tight pieces and a deeply symphonic finesse.Another step towards perfection by this overlooked Prog band.Highly recommended.

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 Persian Market by EKSEPTION album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 1974
3.05 | 2 ratings

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Persian Market
Ekseption Eclectic Prog

Review by Guillermo
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3 stars As there is not very much information in the web about Ekseption, it is not easy to know the exact release dates from some of their releases, but it seems that this single was released just before the release of their "Bingo" album in 1974, their first album which was recorded without keyboard player Rick van der Linden and with new keyboard player Hans Jansen. The change in keyboard player became a very important factor in the sound of the band, and they even released that album with a "New Formula" tag in their logo of their name in the cover. But this single shows those changes, as "Persian Market", only originally released in this single (but not on the "Bingo" album) and later in some compilation albums, is still a cover of a classical music piece composed by Ketelbey, but this time was not arranged by van der Linden, but by Jan Vennik, Rein van der Broek and Hans Jansen. It still has some similarities to the "old" sound of the band with van der Linden, and it still sounds like it was recorded with him.

In comparison, the B-side called "Bingo Bingo" (which was also released in the "Bingo" album and was composed by Hansen and Vennik) shows clearly the "New Formula" musical approach of the band, the new sound which consisted of Jazz-Rock and Progressive Rock influences, and the influence of the new keyboard player who used a Fender Rhodes Piano and a monophonic synthesiser in a way that van der Linden never used them. Despite the changes, the band still sounded very well but they were distancing from the original sound of the band on which van der Linden was a very important factor as main composer and arranger when he was in the band.

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 Talk About Tomorrow by EKSEPTION album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 1967
2.00 | 2 ratings

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Talk About Tomorrow
Ekseption Eclectic Prog

Review by Guillermo
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2 stars This a very rare single from Ekseption, and fortunately both sides of it can be found and listened to in youtube. I was very curious to listen to it, because this is a very early single from this band, recorded before the arrival of keyboard player Rick van der Linden to the band, and in musical style it is very different from the music which the band recorded and released with van der Linden when he became the main arranger and composer of the band. The musical style of both songs is more in the Soul and Rhythm and Blues styles, with a lead singer who sings more influenced by James Brown, Otis Redding, Sam and Dave and other artists like them.The musicians in Ekseption were all from the Netherlands, and listening to white musicians playing this kind of music is interesting, because they did it very well, even if the lead singer sings in the English language with a bit of a "foreign accent".Both songs are very similar in style, so there is not very much else that I can comment about them. The musicians in this line-up of the band were: Rein van der Broek (trumpet, and he was the only musician who seems to appear in every official recording done by this band), Rob Kruisman (saxophone) and Huib van Kampen (guitar, saxophone), both of them also appear on Ekseption`s first album from 1969, plus Hans Alta (bass) and Tim Griek (drums). There is a piano player in the songs plus some female backing vocalists, and I don`t know who was the male lead singer in the band, but the five members which I mentioned appear in the cover of the single with their names listed in their individual photos.

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 Trinity by EKSEPTION album cover Studio Album, 1973
4.04 | 29 ratings

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Trinity
Ekseption Eclectic Prog

Review by BORA

5 stars A long forgotten gem!

I am very pleased that someone has paid attention to this album - again. By my standards, "Trinity" is my fave album of this band. Partly because of lesser focus on interpretation of classical pieces, thus allowing for more expression of individual talent.

Some of you in my age group probably recall the numerous reader's polls in the '70's endlessly - and also pointlessly - debating as which keyboard player was the best. The contest usually centered around Emerson, Wakeman, Van der Linden and to a lesser extent, Vangelis. Classical interpretations were very fashionable then and Van der Linden's band Ekseption have received perhaps excessive recognition - for their excessive approach to that.,

Notwithstanding that they were fine musicians, the band got themselves seriously boxed in as more of interpreters as opposed to innovators. "Trinity" is that rare album that manages to redress that situation. Typically of the band, this is not an overly complex piece either, but allows for a bit more stretching out. There is even an excellent bass solo followed by a drum solo.

Altogether it achieves a fine balance and remains my most preferred release from this band. Highly recommended..

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 Trinity by EKSEPTION album cover Studio Album, 1973
4.04 | 29 ratings

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Trinity
Ekseption Eclectic Prog

Review by DrömmarenAdrian

5 stars Trinity is Ekseption's sixth album which was made in 1973 by this dutch group I would consider symphonic rather than eclectic. I am surprised this record isn't rated higher because of it's elegance. I really like their adoption of classic music and making it into their own style. On this record participate Rein van der Broek, Jan Vennik, Cor Dekker, Pieter Voogt and Rick van der Linden.

This starts strong with some Bach, a well known piece that does something new with this wonderful music. It's not only Bach goes rock, there is also great brass instruments and I enjoyed it immediately. The second track is another marvelous piece, some indian style but not real peruvian flutes, though very good och gives me happiness. This could have been film music. "Dreams" is a little jazzy track. "Romance" is a very classical and beautiful song that also becomes jazzy in the middle. "Improvisation" gives us a great bass solo and many innovative happenings. "Meddle" also sounds like Bach and "Flight of the bumble bee" is a tribute to Nikolaj Rimskij Korsakov who made the classical piece with the same name. Ekseption does is perfectly and they also give it their own touch with great saxophone for example. On the last track we meet a choir.

I would compare this record with Camel's The snow goose, a wonderful instrumental very melodical album. When I give stars to records I ask myself. Could this be better than it is now. And the aswer here is no. The only thing I missed was guitar, but not very much, it's perhaps beacuase I am so used to that I feel the lack. This is a perfect record I will play many times and I think Ekseption will be a favourite in the future. I have hard to understand why the group is classified eclectic prog when Emerson, Lake and Palmer is symphonic, I wouldn't have argued about the opposite. As a conclusion: a high recommended record, especially the tracks: "Toccata", "The Peruvian flute", "Romance", "Improvisation" and "The flight of the bumble bee".

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