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THE LEGENDARY PINK DOTS

Psychedelic/Space Rock • United Kingdom


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Founded in London, UK in 1980 - Still active as of 2019

1. Members throughout the band's career have been Edward Ka-Spel (vocals, keyboards) and Phil Knight (keyboards), with a shifting supporting cast over the years. The Dots' music is by turns melodic pop and exotic psychedelia, with classical influences, sampling, and relentlessly dark, violent, apocalyptic lyrics.

2. Among the best CD's are "The Maria Dimension", "Legendary Pink Dots" and "Chemical Playschool 10".

3. Highly recommended if you are into something 'modern psychedelic'. They were the first group in the 80's that I heard that had a psychedelic sound. A must!


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THE LEGENDARY PINK DOTS top albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.67 | 3 ratings
Only Dreaming
1981
4.00 | 2 ratings
Atomic Roses
1982
2.63 | 23 ratings
Brighter Now
1982
3.36 | 11 ratings
Basilisk
1983
3.32 | 22 ratings
Curse
1983
3.14 | 24 ratings
The Tower
1984
3.69 | 24 ratings
The Lovers
1984
3.78 | 29 ratings
Asylum
1985
4.00 | 16 ratings
Prayer For Aradia
1985
4.15 | 26 ratings
Island Of Jewels
1986
4.07 | 26 ratings
Any Day Now
1988
4.04 | 34 ratings
The Golden Age
1989
3.71 | 14 ratings
Four Days
1990
4.03 | 42 ratings
Crushed Velvet Apocalypse
1990
3.96 | 61 ratings
The Maria Dimension
1991
3.90 | 34 ratings
Shadow Weaver
1992
3.96 | 26 ratings
Malachai (Shadow Weaver Part2)
1993
3.55 | 32 ratings
9 Lives to Wonder
1994
3.74 | 22 ratings
From Here You'll Watch The World Go By
1995
4.00 | 22 ratings
Hallway Of The Gods
1997
3.68 | 22 ratings
Nemesis Online
1998
4.07 | 26 ratings
A Perfect Mystery
2000
3.41 | 20 ratings
All The Kings Horses
2002
3.78 | 18 ratings
All The King's Men
2002
4.06 | 17 ratings
Poppy Variations
2004
4.00 | 17 ratings
The Whispering Wall
2004
3.95 | 20 ratings
Your Children Placate You From Premature Graves
2006
4.17 | 12 ratings
Alchemical Playschool
2006
3.65 | 20 ratings
Plutonium Blonde
2008
4.00 | 20 ratings
Seconds Late for the Brighton Line
2010
3.33 | 9 ratings
Chemical Playschool 15
2012
3.27 | 11 ratings
The Gethsemane Option
2013
3.47 | 15 ratings
Taos Hum
2013
3.08 | 13 ratings
The Curse of Marie Antoinette
2013
3.88 | 8 ratings
Plutonium Live
2013
3.82 | 17 ratings
Dot to Dot
2014
4.26 | 15 ratings
10 To The Power Of 9
2014
3.42 | 12 ratings
Pages of Aquarius
2016
4.04 | 5 ratings
Angel In The Detail
2019
3.00 | 1 ratings
The Museum of Human Happiness
2022

THE LEGENDARY PINK DOTS Live Albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.75 | 8 ratings
Live At The Metro
1999
3.90 | 10 ratings
Farewell, Milky Way
2000
4.17 | 6 ratings
Code Noir
2013

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4.50 | 2 ratings
A Dream Is A Dream Is A Dream
2005

THE LEGENDARY PINK DOTS Boxset & Compilations (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

4.00 | 10 ratings
Chemical Playschool 3 + 4
1983
3.60 | 5 ratings
Stone Circles - A Legendary Pink Dots Anthology
1987
3.80 | 5 ratings
Traumstadt 1
1988
4.13 | 8 ratings
Greetings 9 + Premonition 11 (It's Raining In Heaven)
1989
4.58 | 12 ratings
Legendary Pink Box
1989
4.44 | 9 ratings
Chemical Playschool 8 + 9
1995
4.67 | 6 ratings
Canta Mientras Puedas
1996
3.50 | 6 ratings
Ancient Daze
1997
3.10 | 10 ratings
Under Triple Moons
1997
3.89 | 9 ratings
Stained Glass Soma Fountains
1997
4.00 | 8 ratings
Chemical Playschool 10
1997
4.80 | 5 ratings
Poi Poka Mozhesh
1999
4.00 | 3 ratings
A Guide To The Legendary Pink Dots Vol.1: The Best Ballads
2000
4.00 | 6 ratings
Kollabaris
2001
4.38 | 8 ratings
Chemical Playschool 11, 12 & 13
2001
3.63 | 8 ratings
Synesthesia
2002
3.50 | 4 ratings
El Kaleidoscopio Terminal
2002
0.00 | 0 ratings
Caciocavallo Reissue Collection
2002
4.00 | 4 ratings
I Did Not Inhale
2003
4.00 | 3 ratings
A Guide To The Legendary Pink Dots Vol.2: Psychedelic Classics And Rarities
2003
3.75 | 4 ratings
Crushed Mementos
2005
4.00 | 2 ratings
Come Out From The Shadows
2013
2.80 | 6 ratings
12 Steps Off The Path
2014

THE LEGENDARY PINK DOTS Official Singles, EPs, Fan Club & Promo (CD, EP/LP, MC, Digital Media Download)

3.57 | 7 ratings
Faces In The Fire
1984
3.67 | 3 ratings
Curious Guy
1986
4.00 | 3 ratings
Under Glass
1988
4.00 | 3 ratings
Princess Coldheart
1990
3.60 | 5 ratings
Remember Me This Way
1996
3.50 | 4 ratings
Sterre
1997
4.00 | 6 ratings
Pre-Milenial Single
1998
3.67 | 3 ratings
Singe Während Du Bist
2004
3.67 | 3 ratings
Legacy (25th Anniversary Single)
2006

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 The Museum of Human Happiness by LEGENDARY PINK DOTS, THE album cover Studio Album, 2022
3.00 | 1 ratings

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The Museum of Human Happiness
The Legendary Pink Dots Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by siLLy puPPy
Collaborator PSIKE, JR/F/Canterbury & Eclectic Teams

— First review of this album —
3 stars THE LEGENDARY PINK DOTS are more legendary than pink at this point in history having formed in 1980 and releasing well over 70 albums. After all this time the duo of Edward Ka-Spel (who has himself released over 60 solo albums) and Phil Knight aka The Silverman have conjured up one psychedelic trip after another and although quantity usually diminishes quality, these guys have amazingly produced one interesting journey to lysergia land after another. Having never found any crossover appeal, TLPD has earned a staunch cult following of which i have to admit am a proud member of!

What's always amazed me with this act is how consistently good each and every album is with only the occasional clunker finding its way into the stream of psychedelic sublimity and although this band is now making its way through its fourth decade, it seems there's no end in sight! While practically releasing at least one or more albums every single year, TLPD suffered the same fate as many by having to sit a couple years out while the world was in lockdown due to the pandemic. Instead of wallowing in self-pity that all the tours were cancelled and the members couldn't even play together in person, the use of the internet allowed them to focus on crafting their newest release THE MUSEUM OF HUMAN HAPPINESS which served as the sole album for 2022 however several holiday themed EPs did emerge as well.

Along with guitarist / bassist Erik Drost, TLPD had to ditch the idea of releasing the album in 2020 along with their 40th anniversary tour and instead focused on a cute little art project from the daughter of Ka-Spel titled "The Museum of Happiness." This unexpected uplifting glimmer of hope sunk in and everything about the album simply fell into place. Gotta love it when that happens! Another long album here with 12 tracks that race past the 66-minute mark. While TLPD's musical palette is firmly steeped in acid-tripping psychedelia on each and every release (including this one), these guys always find a way to make each release feel totally unique and once again that is the case with THE MUSEUM OF HUMAN HAPPINESS which features more standard pop constructs than usual although the band has been known to dabble in catchier pop based tunes. Well should i say pseudo-pop?

While the music of TLPD is usually focused on instrumental freakery with the vocals playing a subservient role, on this one the music is more dependent on the lyrics that actually make sense rather than recite crazy poetry of some sort. This album is also more guitar oriented than most almost flirting with post-punk at times without quite going there. More of a neo-psychedelia experience in the vein of 90s Flaming Lips but only occasionally as Ka-Spel and Silverman dish out a lot of their classic mopey psych rock as they have since the beginning as heard on "Postcards From Home" for example. Although the album is steeped in dark musical motifs as usual, there's something a bit more upbeat about THE MUSEUM OF HUMAN HAPPINESS. Probably due to the pandemic providing enough darkness and despair for everyone, the result of this album being recorded during that period probably unlocked some need for optimism.

The crazy thing about THE LEGENDARY PINK DOTS is that in some ways all their albums blur together like a hazy dream yet also showcase individualistic features that clearly keep them unique. The same is true with this one as there is plenty to latch your attention on and then again there's nothing to latch your attention on. The way the album flows throws your senses off which is one of the strongest attributes of TLPD. Everything is just off from "normal" music yet it comes off as easy to follow. When it comes down to it, THE MUSEUM OF HUMAN HAPPINESS is another strong release form the PINKSTERS but at the same time this one doesn't grab me like just about everything of their canon from the 1980s to 2000s. Some great individual tracks but ultimately i think it's the length of the album and a host of mediocre tracks that bog this one down for me. Not their best but decent.

 Kollabaris by LEGENDARY PINK DOTS, THE album cover Boxset/Compilation, 2001
4.00 | 6 ratings

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Kollabaris
The Legendary Pink Dots Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Mellotron Storm
Prog Reviewer

4 stars A really interesting idea to compile some of the best tracks that members of THE LEGENDARY PINK DOTS have performed on from other bands or solo artists over the years, mostly the 90's. We do get two previously unreleased LPD tracks here though but over half of this record is made up of THE TEAR GARDEN songs also all previously unreleased and my favourite songs on here by the way.

For the re-issue that I happen to have they decided for artistic merit to go from ten tracks to three tracks. For the sake of "the flow" apparently so the opening track is 31 minutes long and contains five songs. The last four songs are twelve minutes and combined into one track, the closer. The only stand alone song is "Super" by LPD and as it says in the liner notes this is "a hommage to the mighty NEU!" and deserved that stand alone treatment. It is a high energy, uptempo piece as you'd might imagine. We get single songs from ARTWORK, KAROLINEK, LYDIA TOMKIW and MIMIR.

"Bring The Rain" from ARTWORK is such a sad song with Ka-Spel, Hoornblower and Silverman contributing to this German band's song. The next one by KAROLINEK is a haunting soundscape before the next three THE TEAR GARDEN tracks worth 24 minutes to end track one(I know). The final track begins with LYDIA TOMKIW an American poet and song writer. She speaks the words as we get this spacey atmosphere. It was cool the first few times but this is my least favourite.

The MIMIR track "Catchy Tune" is a distant sounding, unstructured soundscape. Again THE TEAR GARDEN tracks are my favourites and I like how this compilation album is like an LPD record in that we get electronics, soundscape music, ballads, sad lyrics and so on. I rarely give 4 stars to these compilations recordings but this one is special and it fits right in with my LPD albums.

 Crushed Velvet Apocalypse by LEGENDARY PINK DOTS, THE album cover Studio Album, 1990
4.03 | 42 ratings

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Crushed Velvet Apocalypse
The Legendary Pink Dots Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Mellotron Storm
Prog Reviewer

4 stars One of the more popular albums by this band doesn't come without it's critics. It's like they wanted to experiment and try some different things that they hadn't done before and did it all here. It was recorded in the summer of 1989 and yet has none of that eighties sound that their 80's records had. I know, I know but this is different and while not being very cohesive as an album I view it as a collection of songs that just had to come out and this was the time. What an epic title and the album cover is amazing. You just had to own this one or their followup "The Maria Dimension" if you were a true Psychedelic fan back in the day. A great five piece band here with Pistoor being designated as the full time guitarist which would last one more album before his premature passing. He also adds sitar and bass and I just like his style. Lots of electronics and quite a bit of bass clarinet, sax and flute from Van Hoorn. I've never heard Ka-Spel sing like he does on here at times, even getting extreme. This really is an album where you hear things you will never hear again from this band.

What a start with the beautiful and sad "I Love You In Your Tragic Beauty" where an isolated man with mental health issues admires from afar a woman with issues herself. Acoustic guitar and vocals mostly. The last couple of minutes are interesting where it turns mostly instrumental with bass clarinet and some flute. Some energy on "Green Gang" and those shrill vocals singing on the chorus. Each song has more to it than you would think, lots of inventive material on here. "Hellsville" is another song where Ka-Spel lets it rip vocally on the chorus. Some rhyming there. A dark and experimental soundscape on "Hellowe'en. "The Safe Way" is a favourite with those steady beats and vocals standing out. Some oboe too after 2 1/2 minutes then it turns experimental with some big atmosphere. Vocals are experimental sounding as well. Just a crazy track.

"Just A Lifetime" is one of my all time favourite tracks by this band and my number one on this album. Almost 8 minutes and it just makes me feel good you know? Drums, bass, timpani as the vocals arrive. How good is this 4 minutes in when the vocals turn more passionate and there's backing vocals too. "Death Of Jack The Ripper" is a top three. That mournful cry "Jack is dead" over and over is so cool. But then so are the lyrics. Another top three is "Princess Coldheart" with it's brighter sound and light hearted ways. Catchy stuff. Some symphonic stuff happening here. "The Collector" is really interesting the way themes are repeated and the lyrics are humerous at times. Bass clarinet too.

A must for LPD fans of course but probably not a good place to start if you want to check out this great band.

 All The Kings Horses by LEGENDARY PINK DOTS, THE album cover Studio Album, 2002
3.41 | 20 ratings

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All The Kings Horses
The Legendary Pink Dots Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Mellotron Storm
Prog Reviewer

3 stars 3.5 stars. This album was released in 2002 along with it's companion record "All The King's Men" and these guys have released a lot of companion albums over the years. I really hate not giving 4 stars to this one but it is a step down from the previous album "A Perfect Mystery" as well as the future "Seconds Late For The Brighton Line" from 2010. This album feels unique to me sound-wise with less electronics and atmosphere and the focus is on slower songs with the vocals to match. Still I like that we get more sax, bass clarinet, flute, guitar, mandolin and violin being added to their sound. This just doesn't resonate with me like usual. Some of the lyrics reflect Ka-Spel's perspective on 9/11 at the time.

While the first three tracks aren't in my top three I need to comment on them. "The Unlikely Event" is about a guy on a plane that is about to crash and is interesting to say the least. A solemn piece with piano, percussion and vocals for the most part. Some synths later when the vocals step aside for good before 2 1/2 minutes. Lots of wind here. "The Way I Feel Today" is like a Syd Barrett tune. Playful with silly lyrics and twisted melodies. Sad lyrics though. "12th" is very sad and reminds me of "The Gunner's Dream" by PINK FLOYD. Two songs about reality that melt me.

My first top three is "Our Dominion" and I just like the lyrics and it's more upbeat and kind of fun. Flute and a horn as well. "It's The Real Thing" is about being a tourist in a land of tourist traps. Second top three is "A Bargain At twice The Price" opening with experimental choppy sounds then the guitar and electronics come out of that. I like this. Sax follows then vocals. Reminds me of the German band KONTRAST here. Dissonance 3 1/2 minutes in. The guitar is incredible, quite inventive late in the song. We get the poppy "Birdie" and the interesting "Lisa Goes Surfing" led by mandolin and bass clarinet. Silly singing. "Wax And Feathers" the closer is my final top three. The longest by far at 8 1/2 minutes although from 5 minutes on it's atmosphere and wind. Samples in this one as well along with vocals and sax.

Lots to like here but again I'm just not feeling it overall. "All The King's Men" has way more atmosphere but not the songs so most put the album I've reviewed slightly ahead of it but hey get both if you can because they belong together.

 Chemical Playschool 10 by LEGENDARY PINK DOTS, THE album cover Boxset/Compilation, 1997
4.00 | 8 ratings

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Chemical Playschool 10
The Legendary Pink Dots Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Mellotron Storm
Prog Reviewer

4 stars The "Chemical Playschool" series of albums are an outlet for the band to showcase their more creative and experimental side. After releasing their debut album in 1981 they released later that same year "Chemical Playschool !&2" and they have continued to do so releasing "Chemical Playschool 21+22" in 2021. The "Chemical Playschool" albums used to be sold to fans during whatever tour they were on then released officially after the tour was over. So this one was sold during the "Hallway Of The Gods" tour then released later in 1997. The music here consists of new and unreleased material from 1992 to 1997 so right up my alley. We even get an early version of "The Saucers Are Coming" from "Hallway Of The Gods" called "Saucers #1". I like on the back of the cd it says "Could this be the escape hatch from the Hallway". Yes it could.

Another very cool thing about this recording is the cover art which was done by a fan through a contest they had at the time. They thank 40 people in the "thankyous" who contributed and show a few of the runnerup pictures which are very cool indeed. It would have been a difficult choice. We're talking the mid nineties here so did they mail in their entries? I have a top five and that includes the last three tracks that average 8 minutes in length each. "Inside" track number two is one that I loved from the first listen. There's a CHICAGO vibe to the rhythm section here I think from "25 Or 6 To 4". Just so into this one with that spacey calm and the vocals come and go. I just like that groove man. "The Man With The Cut-Glass Heart" has these urgent sounds with synths over top. Vocals will replace the synths at first but the synths join the vocals fairly quickly. A mid-paced beauty.

"Saucers #1" is just one of those cool sci-fi tracks where Ka-Spel narrates telling the people "We do not have every thing under control! I repeat, we do not have every thing under control!" As he also gives other warnings and describes the sky as being silver as it's filled with saucers. "Premonition #19" is a soundscape of haunting music and atmosphere. Headphone music right here! The closer "Wonderdome" has it's share of humour and is quite experimental. At one point he's chewing out the "Alien bastards". The opener "Scarlet Wish" needs a mention for that interesting rhythm section with strummed guitar. Vocals and another layer of sound before 1 1/2 minutes. A melancholic piece that I quite enjoy. I have to mention "Little Romeo" for the guitar because the guitar just isn't a focus with this band but here it is.

Closer to 4.5 stars and one of the better "Chemical Playschool" releases. Love that 90's period from this band.

 Seconds Late for the Brighton Line by LEGENDARY PINK DOTS, THE album cover Studio Album, 2010
4.00 | 20 ratings

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Seconds Late for the Brighton Line
The Legendary Pink Dots Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Mellotron Storm
Prog Reviewer

4 stars They are a trio at this point with Ka-Spel and Silverman both playing keyboards, synths and electronics and Ed singing of course while Drost adds guitars and bass. This really is a top notch release by the band and I would put it in the "A Perfect Mystery" territory from 2000 this is that good. So much atmosphere with Ed and Silverman adding those layers of synths and electronics while as usual we get Ed's sophisticated lyrics to top it all off.

"Russian Roulette" is a top three track opening with the sounds of a train station then percussion and spacey synths take over as spoken words arrive. I really like how this song builds, really cool. We do get some instrumental breaks with atmosphere and beats. "God And Machines" is another top three because of the overwhelming atmosphere at times and the words are spoken and they will come and go. What a song! Final top three is another track with atmosphere galore and that's the 13 minute closer called "Ascension". It opens with piano and atmosphere and this is a long beautiful ride that can get haunting at times. Some percussion too but this is all about the atmosphere.

A couple of tracks just outside my top three would be "Leap Of Faith" for the inventive lyrics and it opens with experimental sounds before vocals and a full sound arrives around a minute in. Lots of atmosphere. It drifts on for some time late to end it. "Hauptbahnhof 20:10" is one I just like to hear for the vocals and words, it just resonates with me. Again plenty of atmosphere and intricate sounds while it opens with piano. "No Star Too Far" is an electronic piece with sequencers at mid-pace. Repetitive with some spoken words. "Radiation Day" would be the other standout track for the electronics, and the lyrics are over the top. Just a really interesting piece of music.

Easily 4 stars and starting the '10's off in style.

 9 Lives to Wonder by LEGENDARY PINK DOTS, THE album cover Studio Album, 1994
3.55 | 32 ratings

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9 Lives to Wonder
The Legendary Pink Dots Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Mellotron Storm
Prog Reviewer

3 stars This one is a bit of a head scratcher for me. I'm such a big fan of the music that this band put out in nineties, my favourite period by them but this is the exception. "9 Lives To Wonder" released in 1994 with the gorgeous cover art is just too mellow. By the time I get to track 5 or 6 I'm reaching for the eject button. Surprisingly slow going at times, sparse with Ka-Spel often talking or barely singing. Maybe subtle is the word for this music but there are exceptions. And it's a six piece! Ceven Cey from SKINNY PUPPY plays drums on five tracks while the guitarist plays drums on one and the bass player drums on three tunes. Cey and Ka-Spel are in THE TEAR GARDEN that some might be familiar with.

Picking a top two is easy but if I had to add a third it would be the opener "Madame Guillotine". Some energy on this one and the lyrics are dark. Kind of creepy when he repeats over and over "And we all fall down" as the organ and drums support. Five laid back songs follow and there is lots of variety then we get my second favourite "A Crack In Melancholy Time". Love when he cries over and over with passion "Count me out". A haunting ending. 'Nine Shades To The Circles" is my favourite and it's by far the longest at almost 10 1/2 minutes. Atmosphere and sounds that echo as experimental noises start to come and go. A cool sounding soundscape that requires headphones. A story is being told as well and it's all just so interesting.

I saw this on a few top ten lists by LPD fans but this one just isn't for me.

 A Perfect Mystery by LEGENDARY PINK DOTS, THE album cover Studio Album, 2000
4.07 | 26 ratings

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A Perfect Mystery
The Legendary Pink Dots Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Mellotron Storm
Prog Reviewer

4 stars One of the best albums from this band released in 2000 it continues in their 90's tradition. Having six members at this point certainly has a affect on the sound. So much going on. I found the more straight forward tracks to be a little more streamlined compared to the mid nineties stuff but thankfully we get lots of atmosphere and experimental material here. There are three tracks that make this album a must-have for LPD fans. The 8 minute opener "Lent", the 8 1/2 minute "Pain Bubbles" which is possibly the best song I've heard from these guys and the 13 minute closer "Godless" where Ka-Spel continues his inventive anti-God stuff. He really should be thanking God in the liner notes for all of the material he's inspired him with over these 40 years lol.

"Lent" can get spooky early on with that dark atmosphere then we get some percussion before 2 minutes followed by vocals. It gets more intense after 5 minutes when the vocals step aside. Sax over top here and so much going on, I mean this is headphone music. It turns spacey late to end it. "Pain Bubbles" just blows me away(haha). That urgent rhythm section that doesn't let up along with those vocal melodies and vocals that are contrasted just make this one of the best songs I've heard from this band. I just can't get enough. Then add that nasty guitar bit after 4 minutes when the vocals step aside. Nice! Sax replaces the guitar before 7 minutes to the end.

"Godless" is like a minute to minute description of being in a natural disaster and Ka-Spel cries to God "Were you ever there!" over and over screaming it. God says "When was the last time you talked to me?" Oh no I made that up sorry. But man so much atmosphere and it's haunting right away before the narration arrives. It's so intense late, so much atmosphere, pretty incredible. So along with these three amazing tracks we get some so so tunes like "When Lenny Meets Lorca" and the catchy "When I'm With You" a song about a relationship where he cries "Are you playing me?" over and over.

"Skeltzer Spleltzer" reminds me of THE RESIDENTS with the violin and sound. Love the bass clarinet on "Mood 159" before 3 minutes and the electronics that follow. The organ is really good too prior to this. The 7 minute "Blue" is probably my fourth favourite. I like how dark it is and the atmosphere dominates early. "Condition Green" like "When I'm With You" has that often repeated line and here its "I'll keep you alive". Check out the distorted organ on this one. So good!

Again this a must for LPD fans, a solid 4 stars.

 From Here You'll Watch The World Go By by LEGENDARY PINK DOTS, THE album cover Studio Album, 1995
3.74 | 22 ratings

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From Here You'll Watch The World Go By
The Legendary Pink Dots Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Mellotron Storm
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4 stars 4.5 stars. On the back cover it says "Recorded at Chez Niels and Pascale under a blazing sun by a dirty river." This is one of my favourite LPD albums released in 1995 and this one is a little different. Even the title of the album doesn't sound like a title they would use given all the album titles before it. And the music? Well first spin of song one had me scrambling for the cd case thinking I put in the wrong band. Nope! The sax and flute are more prominent but it was that warm sound and Edward singing these wordless melodies, stuff I hadn't heard from them before that had me scratching my head but thoroughly enjoying it at the same time. I understand there was some battles during these sessions among the band members so it would be interesting to know how that process went. Lots of variety as usual as they mix the experimental stuff with psychedelic tunes. This one just hits the spot. So much so that I have a top five to focus on.

The opener "Clockwise" that I've already commented on with that warm sound and those vocal melodies plus we get sax and plenty of atmosphere. A beautiful track. "Citadel" opens with what sounds like someone walking as percussion joins in along with synths and experimental sounds. Laid back vocals before a minute along with piano. It gets a little crazy around 5 1/2 minutes. "Velvet Resurrection" opens with this gorgeous atmosphere that expands and retracts. Sequencers kick in, percussion too. Drums after a minutes as we get this amazing sound. Edward then speaks his beliefs beginning each sentence with "I want to believe...".

"This One-Eyed Man Is King" opens with an interesting soundscape of atmosphere and more. Synths and a horn can be heard then it settles with vocals before 1 1/2 minutes almost whispering. Tempo picks up and man check out the vocals as he screams out those lyrics. Great track! Last top five is "Straight On 'Til Morning" the longest at over 8 1/2 minutes. The previous song I just commented on blends into this one as atmosphere continues. Powerful stuff and we can hear vocal outbursts that will come and go throughout along with percussion. Just a cool sounding tune. This one gets dark and haunting in fact this track is a slice of beautiful psychedelia.

A very consistent album for my tastes and again this band's body of work in the 90's is very impressive.

 Malachai (Shadow Weaver Part2) by LEGENDARY PINK DOTS, THE album cover Studio Album, 1993
3.96 | 26 ratings

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Malachai (Shadow Weaver Part2)
The Legendary Pink Dots Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Mellotron Storm
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4 stars Here's a band who released their first studio album back in 1981 and they just released their latest in 2022, well over 40 studio albums along with a mass of live and compilation records. So where do you start? For my tastes the sweet spot is 1990-1995 but in my wheel house would include the 90's to the early 00's. These guys ruled the 90's psychedelia airwaves and this particular release from 1993 is one of the reasons for that. Man their 90's stuff is where they get real inventive and experimental adding soundscape stuff and more. I actually thought of THE RESIDENTS a few times believe it or not.

Top five would include the opener "Joey The Canary" who cries "Is there still anybody out there!" I like that twisted guitar solo after 4 minutes. It begins with dark atmosphere and builds to a powerful sound with vocals joining in after 1 1/2 minutes. "Kingdom Of The Flies" is one I liked right away. Kind of folky with acoustic guitar, bass and vocals leading the way. A horn replaces the vocals for a while. It does turn dark and the vocals are haunting late. "Encore Une Fois" and Wildlife Estate" remind me of THE RESIDENTS. Third top five is "Pavane" opening with bass and keys before the atmosphere builds and the guitar joins in and echoes along with a horn. It's all so relaxed though. The sound of children can be heard after 3 minutes and it gets creepy late. Such a cool tune. Some of the craziest sax I've heard is on the almost 12 minute "Window Of The World". I mean I'm laughing when I hear this every time.

"We Bring The Day" is another top five and this one is 19 minutes long. Opening with a walking bass line we can hear things going on and people talking and this continues for some time as a beat joins in along with brief vibes. Violin takes the lead before 2 minutes as the sound builds. Blasting horns as the sound changes quickly. Dark is the word and atmospheric before 4 minutes but it brightens a minute later with strings and atmosphere. Child-like keys follow before 6 1/2 minutes as whimsical vocals join in with violin. A few moos along with other farm animals before 9 minutes then it's haunting and spacey before 11 1/2 minutes. A bass horn comes and goes then electronics later as it drones late. "Paris 4am" ends it and it's my final top five. Tons of atmosphere and a horn that solos and how about the snoring that ends it all. Hey it''s 4am it's time.

A very strong album and while this is part 2 to the "Shadow Weaver" album from the year before it doesn't take a back seat to it in fact I like this one better.

Thanks to hassebabo for the artist addition. and to Quinino for the last updates

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