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BLUE SHIFT

Symphonic Prog • United States


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Influenced by Yes and Genesis but other bands come to mind when listening to them, such as Supertramp in terms of vocals and ELP in terms of the keyboards. They are, however more in the vain of the current American prog bands such as Spock's Beard. You get therefore an interesting mix of old and new prog. It is also a mix of different symphonic bands, for instance those mentioned above. They differ from the "Old Masters" in that they compose more succinct and shorter songs, but not less complex.

The vocals evoke Jon Anderson of Yes (and at times those of Supertramp, as said above).
The guitar, while reminiscent of say, Peter Banks, is evidently keeping up with current trend of technical guitar playing. The keyboards bring to mind the Yes sound and ELP virtuosity. For those into new bands playing in the vain of old prog but keeping a modern touch to it, this may be something to dig into.

Their album, Not The Future I Ordered, was released on Musea. It features a cover of Immigrant Song by Led Zeppelin.

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3.34 | 16 ratings
Not the Future I Ordered
1997

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 Not the Future I Ordered by BLUE SHIFT album cover Studio Album, 1997
3.34 | 16 ratings

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Review by barp

4 stars I think the dichotomy in ratings rather sums up how this band will inevitably divide listeners. If you approach the CD with a positive attitude towards a band that is very heavily influenced by classic progressive bands - and Yes in particular - the chances are you'll thoroughly enjoy the experience. Apart from occassionally being struck by just how close to Yes some of this CD sounds, I don't find the similarities too distracting. The guitar playing certainly echoes Steve Howe almost uncannily at times and the keyboards use a wide array of vintage sounds that will seem strikingly familiar to anyone familiar with Yes' classic albums, but the playing is superb throughout and the compositions interesting enough to hold this listener's attention.

For anyone who can listen without the 'Yessities' irritating them I thoroughly recommend seeking this CD out...if you are in any doubt though I would probably suggest you would be well advised to give Blue Shift a miss. A possible benchmark to use might be how you feel about Yes' Drama :-)

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Review by ZowieZiggy
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2 stars FIND THE INTRUDER.

This US band is yet another ''Yes'' clone (this country has produced many). I tend to be less indulgent with this type of work than some five years ago but let's see...

This album is almost nothing else than a tribute to this great band (well, except the intruder of course). The album opens on a high note to be honest: ''Wide Awake And Dreaming'' is a very pleasant YesSong: you'll get it all here! Some acoustic guitar intro, Wakeman keys, speedy electric guitar, Jon Anderson on vocals of course, a complex structure i tutti quanti.

If the whole album is made on the same mould, I have to say that we could have had a fine work to discuss about.

The harder title track, seriously leans on ELP for the intro up to the moment during which Jon comes back on the lead. Hectic beat, fine musicianship (I quite like their drummer here) and above average song writing for this type of band.

''Rome'' is a different story: it is a romantic ballad like the original model has produced a few. But don't expect a jewel melody a la ''Wonderous Stories''. This song builds up nicely into some bombastic extravaganza of keys and guitar, but the closing is definitely a parody. Still, not too bad so far.

As far as I'm concerned, from ''Walking On Air'' onwards, the album has no further value. Short and straight-forward pop songs with a YesColour and that's it. From average (at best) to poor. Even the closing track '' Flintridge'' which returns to a longer format is not able to capture my attention.

Now, a few words about the intruder. ''Immigrant Song'' is also featured on this album. Robert & Jon on the same album! What a miracle. Even if the singer in charge of those two roles (Anderson & Plant) is not doing a bad job, it is sufficient to say that these two different styles (which I like both that's not the problem) doesn't fit very well while they are sitting side by side.

Two stars.

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Review by WindKun

5 stars Awesome mixture of 70's and 80's style YES, mixed with some minor prog metal influences.

All the songs are very mellow and the vocals are very soothing and well done (a very jon anderson styled approach), and the bass grooves remind me of Geddy Lee. It's a good mixture of influences making it somthing completley of its own, its a trippy chill album.

Check out the track "Rome", its personally my favorite on the disc and a perfect representation of the style of music on the cd.

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Review by thepods

4 stars I think it is very unfair to knock them so harshly just because of the obvious intentional similarities to Yes or ELP etc. As an album it may be a bit uneven with not every track hitting a grand slam but it is worth the price of admission for the song 'Rome' alone. The other standout cut is the opener 'wide Awake and Dreaming' and then the title track coming in third. The main reason I think this record deserves a listen before passing judgement is that melodic songs like 'Rome' just don't grow on trees. I'd rather have one 'Rome' than ten of what most other current prog bands are cranking out.

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Review by eugene

2 stars Very mediocre 80's Yes-like progish hard rock band - with touches of prog metal and prog pop as well. The singer sounds very much like Jon Anderson with the keyboardist having a bit of an Emerson feel. The songs are written and played well though. This is kind of an average copy band. There are elements of prog metal on a couple songs and some Supertramp / Genesis (post-Gabriel era) sounding elements as well. If you love Yes 80s output, you probably will love this album, but I rather listen to Yes still. Also they play "Immigrant Song" of Led Zeppelin quite poorly. So, all in all, nothing impressive.

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Review by dalt99

4 stars Great 80's Yes-like hard prog from these Americans - with touches of prog metal and prog pop done very well. The singer and guitarist sound very much like Jon Anderson/Geddy Lee and Steve Howe respectively with the keyboardist having a bit of an Emerson/Wakeman feel. The songs are well written and played. Don't fear though, this is NOT a copy band. There are elements of prog metal on a couple songs and some Supertramp/Genesis sounding elements as well. The first three songs are as good as you can get for modern hard prog. If you love Yes and like their 80s output as well as the 70's music, you will love this album. Don't miss it! Highly recommended!

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