MENU
Progarchives, the progressive rock ultimate discography
Progarchives, the progressive rock ultimate discography

WINTER

Neo-Prog • United Kingdom


From Progarchives.com, the ultimate progressive rock music website

Winter picture
Winter biography
Originally from Newtownards, Northern Ireland WINTER was formed in 1988. Johnny Lennie (vocals) was the central member, with Rab Beggs (guitars), Phil Murray (keyboards), Rick Loyer (bass) and John Murphy (drums, percussion) joining him to record the mini-LP "Across The Circle's Edge", self-released in 1990.

Some time after this release Beggs and Murphy left the band, replaced by Andy Ryan (guitar) and Tim Wilson (drums).

SI Music signed the band in 1992, re-releasing a remixed and remastered edition of "Across The Circle's Edge" on CD. The band disappeared out of sight shortly after.


WHY IS THIS BAND LISTED AT PROGARCHIVES:
Northern Irish band WINTER explored a GENESIS-influenced variety of melodic neo progressive rock in a manner quite similar to MARILLION. The style fits the parameters set for neo progressive, and the band's addition to the database was approved by the Neo Progressive team.

Olav Martin BjÝrnsen

Winter official website

WINTER MP3, Free Download (music stream)


Open extended player in a new pop-up window | Random Playlist (50) | How to submit new MP3s
No MP3/Stream available for this artist.
Collaborate with Progarchives.com, learn how to submit new MP3s.

WINTER forum topics / tours, shows & news


WINTER forum topics Create a topic now
WINTER tours, shows & news Post an entries now

WINTER Videos (YouTube and more)


Showing only random 3 | Show all WINTER videos (4) | Search and add more videos to WINTER

Buy WINTER Music


Right Now on Ebay (logo)
George Winston Winter Into Spring Vintage Windham Hill LP USD $11.99 Buy It Now
Johnny Winter (2) Cassette Tape Lot USD $4.99 Buy It Now
ROSEGARDEN Winter Wind Danish 45PS 1985 Post Punk HUB Records USD $18.75 Buy It Now
THE MELACHRINO ORCHESTRA Winter Wonderland UK EP 45 Single 1954 USD $8.59 Buy It Now
Winter's Tale: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack USD $24.99 Buy It Now
Winter Poem USD $8.85 Buy It Now
Suzanne Vaartstra-See Amid the Winter`s Snow CD NEW USD $14.28 Buy It Now
78rpm LARRY BRENNAN & WINTER GARDENS DANCE in valley of the moon / old spinning USD $26.53 Buy It Now
Winter Bliss: A New Age Christmas by Various Artists (CD, Sep-2003, Alliance Ent USD $4.99 Buy It Now
GARY THOMAS The Kold Kage Winter 919 049-2 JMT Edition VOLUME #49/81 RE 2004 CD USD $9.99 Buy It Now
WINTER WONDERLAND 15 CHRISTMAS CONTEMPORARY FAVORITES 1998 SONY NEW SEALED USD $3.99 Buy It Now
George Winston : Winter Into Spring CD (1992) USD $3.69 Buy It Now
Autographed signed CD THE RAMSKI'S Ramskis Lost In Your Eyes Winter Wonderland USD $23.98 Buy It Now
NORMAN ROCKWELL-WINTER WONDERLAND 2005 ST.CLAIR CD USD $6.99 Buy It Now
johnny dankworth-string of camels/winter wail 1961 green columbia 45 USD $13.25 Buy It Now
Johnny Winter - Raisin Cain [New CD] USD $17.88 Buy It Now
A Winter's Solstice, Vol. 5 by Various Artists - CD, Nov-1995, Windham Hill USD $0.99 [0 bids]
Chris Garneau - Winter Games [New CD] UK - Import USD $13.26 Buy It Now
Jazz for Winter's Eve by Doug Robinson; Peter Erskine; Dave Carpenter; Bob Shepp USD $24.89 Buy It Now
Johnny Winter - Live Bootleg Series Vol.13 (CD) - Hard Rockin' Blues/Rock U.S.A. USD $28.18 Buy It Now
Johnny Winter - Live Bootleg Series Vol.13 (CD) - Hard Rockin' Blues/Rock U.S.A. USD $23.77 Buy It Now
Winter Song by John Tesh CD, 1993 Teshmusic GTS Records Very Good USD $10.00 Buy It Now
BOMB THE BASS 7" vinyl record WINTER IN JULY USD $4.50 Buy It Now
New: Peggo and Paul: Winter's Light Audio CD USD $9.00 Buy It Now
Velimor ?- ?? ????? ????! / ???? Label: Stellar Winter Records ?- silence 19 CD USD $12.59 Buy It Now
THE DEEP DARK WOODS - WINTER HOURS [DIGIPAK] NEW CD USD $15.10 Buy It Now
JOHN BARRY THE LION IN WINTER LP FILM SOUNDTRACK 1968 USD $1.31 [0 bids]
Tom Howard - Bamboo in Winter - New 1991 Soundtrack Cassette Tape! USD $4.99 Buy It Now
In Ya Ear Winter 1996 Sampler PROMO CD Black GOODIE MOB, MYSTIKAL Tony Rich BMG USD $15.00 Buy It Now
Humperdinck, Engelbert - Winter World Of Love/Take My Heart (45,1969) USD $2.00 Buy It Now
New: WINTER OF APOKALYPSE: Solitary Winter Night Audio CD USD $11.75 Buy It Now
Winter into Spring by George Winston Cassette Tape, 1990, Windham VG! #CT40 USD $5.60 Buy It Now
ALISON MOYET - WINTER TOUR 1986 PROGRAMME USD $3.98 [1 bids]
LP: Johann Pachelbel Helmut Winter Harmonia Mundi USD $10.12 Buy It Now
LADY ANTEBELLUM New CD On This Winter's Night Holly Jolly Christmas Silver Bells USD $7.80 Buy It Now
Amorphis ?- Elegy / Black Winter Day ULTRA RARE COLLECTOR'S CD! FREE SHIPPING! USD $17.00 Buy It Now
And Winter Came USD $5.99 Buy It Now
BILL MEDLEY 45 " Peace Brother Peace / Winter Won't Come .. " MGM Canada 1968' USD $3.90 Buy It Now
Johnny Mercer Winter Wonderland - A Gal In Calico Capitol 78RPM Record USD $4.00 [0 bids]
USD $15.00 Buy It Now
Morning Music & Midnight Music - Bennett / Winter / Reynish (CD Used Like New) USD $8.31 Buy It Now
JOHNNY WINTER-LIVE-JAPAN CD BONUS TRACK Ltd/Ed B63 USD $12.50 Buy It Now
John K Samson SEALED CD ALBUM Winter Wheat USD $9.80 Buy It Now
NSYNC UK CD The Winter Album Justin Timberlake Merry Christmas The First Noel USD $7.02 Buy It Now
JOHNNY WINTER: s/t (1st) orig 1969 Columbia CS-9826 "360 Sound" Stereo LP VG+ USD $13.00 Buy It Now
Various Artists - Best of Black Winter Party 2013 / Various [New CD] Germany - I USD $8.80 Buy It Now
Matt Pond Pa - Winter Lives [Vinyl New] USD $17.91 Buy It Now
Seahaven - Winter Forever [New Vinyl] USD $18.66 Buy It Now
JOHNNY WINTER-RAISIN` CAIN VINYL NEW USD $23.47 Buy It Now
WINTER,EDGAR-LIVE AT THE GALAXY CD NEW USD $14.17 Buy It Now
Dan Desnoyers, Winter Session 2016. CD BRAND NEW,CANADA EDITION. MusicaMonette USD $13.27 Buy It Now
Sad Clown Bad Winter #11 - Atmosphere (CD Used Very Good) Explicit Version USD $6.59 Buy It Now
Isacc Hayes 45 Winter Snow / The Mistletoe & Me - Enterprise M- USD $2.56 Buy It Now
Dead in the Heart of Winter by Suffering (CD, Aug-2013) USD $10.00 Buy It Now
New: Octavia Sperati: Winter Enclosure CD Audio CD USD $11.96 Buy It Now
Enya - And Winter Came [LP] 2017 vinyl LP USD $23.00 Buy It Now
Winter World of Love/John Holt/Micron Music Limited USD $6.99 [0 bids]
DAVID ESSEX SPECIAL SET "You're in my Heart"/ "Winter's Tale" ESSEX 22 USD $1.31 [0 bids]
Winter Wonderland USD $10.25 Buy It Now 22s
Nothin' But the Blues - Johnny Winter Early US DADC Pressing NRMT Condition USD $9.99 Buy It Now 29s
Edgar Winter with Rick Derringer- US blues psych Japanese mini lp cd USD $19.99 Buy It Now 3m 40s
FORGOTTEN WINTER - Origem Da InexistÍncia (CD, 2013) Black Metal/Ambient, NEW USD $4.79 Buy It Now 4m 27s
Johnny Winter-Saints & Sinners US blues psych Japanese mini lp cd USD $19.99 Buy It Now 4m 36s
Forest Silence ?- Philosophy Of Winter Candlelight Candle137 CD USD $53.04 Buy It Now 5m 9s
SIMON & GARFUNKEL Hazy Winter LTD MUSIC FRAMED DISPLAY! USD $66.25 Buy It Now 10m 34s
MUMFORD & SONS Winter Winds LTD Nod MUSIC CD FRAMED DISPLAY+EXPRESS GLOBAL SHIP! USD $66.25 Buy It Now 13m 56s
Jackie Leven - Haunted Year (Winter, 2009) USD $17.23 [0 bids]
16m 23s
Rivers and Tides (Working with Time) by Fred Frith (CD, Jul-2003, Winter USD $11.35 Buy It Now 17m 38s
Blue Skies by Cassandra Wilson (CD, Jan-2013, Winter & Winter) USD $13.12 Buy It Now 17m 40s
Goin' Home by Bob Stewart (Tuba) (CD, Feb-2003, Winter & Winter) USD $13.79 Buy It Now 17m 45s
In Tokio by Paul Motian (CD, Feb-2004, Winter & Winter) USD $14.19 Buy It Now 17m 48s
Katie Melua - In Winter (Special Edition) [Vinyl + Live in Berlin CD] - Double USD $29.22 Buy It Now 17m 49s
Third Degree by Johnny Winter (CD, 1986, Alligator Records) USD $11.21 Buy It Now 17m 54s
Borknagar-Winter Thrice (UK IMPORT) CD NEW USD $14.49 Buy It Now 18m 5s
Katie Melua - In Winter - LP Vinyl - New USD $24.63 Buy It Now 18m 6s
Raisin' Cain by Johnny Winter (CD, May-2015, Wounded Bird) USD $8.87 Buy It Now 18m 12s
PAUL WINTER - Anthems - CD - Import - Like New / Mint Condition USD $13.49 Buy It Now 18m 19s
John K. Samson - Winter Wheat - Double LP Vinyl - New USD $24.40 Buy It Now 18m 19s
Seahaven - Winter Forever - LP Vinyl - New USD $21.39 Buy It Now 18m 20s
Woods of Ypres - Against the Seasons - Cold Winter Songs from the Dead Summe USD $19.85 Buy It Now 18m 32s
Katie Melua - In Winter (Limited Edition) - CD - New USD $18.58 Buy It Now 18m 41s
Enya - And Winter Came - CD - New USD $17.06 Buy It Now 18m 45s
Katie Melua - In Winter - CD - New USD $17.06 Buy It Now 18m 54s
John K. Samson - Winter Wheat - CD - New USD $17.06 Buy It Now 19m
Woods of Ypres - Against the Seasons - Cold Winter Songs from the Dead Summer USD $14.88 Buy It Now 19m 24s
Halford 3 - Winter Songs - CD - New USD $14.88 Buy It Now 19m 28s
Katie Melua - In Winter (Special Edition) [2CD] - Double CD - New USD $16.37 Buy It Now 19m 30s
Seahaven - Winter Forever - CD - New USD $14.88 Buy It Now 19m 38s
SEALED 8-Track JOHNNY WINTER Early Times blues rock USD $9.98 Buy It Now 19m 39s
Geoff Gascoyne-Winter Wonderland (UK IMPORT) CD NEW USD $12.09 Buy It Now 19m 57s
NEW CHRISTMAS HOLIDAY DISNEY WINTER WONDERLAND 2010 MUSIC CD LYRICS AND POSTER USD $6.50 Buy It Now 20m 40s
Kronos Quartet: Requiem For A Dream - Summer/Fall/Winter CD USD $20.41 Buy It Now 21m 59s
PAUL McCANDLESS Morning Sun Adventures With Oboe NEW CD 2017 Paul Winter Consort USD $4.99 Buy It Now 25m 25s
JOHNNY WINTER-CAPTURED LIVE!-JAPAN CD Ltd/Ed B63 USD $12.50 Buy It Now 25m 40s
Edgar Winter - The Definitive Collection [New CD] USD $20.12 Buy It Now 25m 56s
MACK BAILEY, Sings The Songs of Miriam Therese Winter - Brand New USD $14.99 Buy It Now 26m 48s
The Edgar Winter Group Sealed Classic Reissue LP 1974 USD $12.00 Buy It Now 27m 3s
Edgar Winter - The Definitive Collection [New CD] USD $19.99 Buy It Now 27m 35s
JOHNNY WINTER-S/T-JAPAN CD BONUS TRACK Ltd/Ed B63 USD $12.50 Buy It Now 28m 18s
Borknagar: Winter Thrice - Limited Edition CD 2016 Bonus Track CM USA Digipak USD $11.95 Buy It Now 28m 48s
Johnny Winter - Second Winter [Vinyl New] USD $34.20 Buy It Now 29m 16s

More places to buy WINTER music online Buy WINTER & Prog Rock Digital Music online:
WINTER has no upcoming shows, according to LAST.FM syndicated events and shows feed

WINTER discography


Ordered by release date | Showing ratings (top albums) | Help Progarchives.com to complete the discography and add albums

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

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

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

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

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

3.49 | 16 ratings
Across The Circle's Edge
1990
0.00 | 0 ratings
Marching Out of Time
1993
3.00 | 1 ratings
Across The Circle's Edge (Beyond 2012)
2012

WINTER Reviews


Showing last 10 reviews only
 Across The Circle's Edge by WINTER album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 1990
3.49 | 16 ratings

BUY
Across The Circle's Edge
Winter Neo-Prog

Review by apps79
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

3 stars This was an Irish group from Newtownards, found in 1987 by Johnny Lennie on vocals (also responsible for Winter's lyrics), Andy Ryan on guitar, Richard Loyer on bass, Tim Wilson on drums with Phil Murray helping out on keyboard parts.They recorded a self-titled demo cassette in 1988, before heading for the ''Across the circle's edge'' vinyl EP.This was recorded at Level One Studios in their hometown, originally released in 1990 and re-released two years later on CD by the Dutch label SI.

At a time when IQ had turned to Prog-Pop and Marillion somewhat struggled to find a particular style for their new singer Steve Hogarth, Winter played old-fashioned, underground and rough Neo Prog in the vein of COMEDY OF ERRORS, TWELFTH NIGHT and TRILOGY.Despite the obvious influences from the best British acts of the 80's, there is definitely some RUSH vibes in their music, which is a bit more raw than the more symphonic-oriented first steps of IQ.Well-composed, dynamic and energetic, this EP should be a favorite of anyone after the style.Attacking, edgy guitrar leads and solos, flashy keyboard lines and a gifted singer, who becomes theatrical when needed.There are also some beautiful, lyrical moments in the album in the vein of early MARILLION, passing through atmospheric textures with melody and deep emotions becoming the group's priorities.But its bulk is characterized by impressive guitar work, supported by well-played, angular synthesizers and a dash of orchestral colors in the process.The balance between instrumental and vocal parts is kept at a good level and the compositions are led by the passion of the music and the singer.

One track of the album, ''Close your eyes'', was included in the SI ''Progressive & Melodic Rock Vol. 1'' compilation from 1993, while Winter released also a 2-track demo around the same time, before fading in shadows.

Released in 1990 but sounding more like an early-80's album, ''Across the circle's edge'' presents the emphatic, rough side of Neo Prog, respecting the principles set up by RUSH and GENESIS in the 70's.Warmly recommended.

 Across The Circle's Edge by WINTER album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 1990
3.49 | 16 ratings

BUY
Across The Circle's Edge
Winter Neo-Prog

Review by SouthSideoftheSky
Special Collaborator Symphonic Team

3 stars Technocrazy

Winter is an obscure Neo-Prog band from Northern Ireland that was formed in 1987 and disbanded already in 1991 after only one official release. Across The Circle's Edge - which according to the band's official website is an EP, but according to Prog Archives is a full length studio album - was released on vinyl in 1990 and then two years later on CD. Additional keyboard parts have since been added to the recordings, but as I have never heard the original releases, I cannot say with certainty if this was an improvement or not, but I strongly suspect it was. All six tracks can now be streamed for free on the band's website and the same website states that the album will be available for download on iTunes shortly. It remains unclear if there are any plans for the band to get back together, but it is fair to say that if it wasn't for the Internet people like me would never have heard of the band. It is all thanks to "technocracy", maybe?

The just over 30 minutes of good music featured on Across The Circle's Edge is very much rooted in the sound of the (early) 80's British Neo-Prog scene. While the very good vocals are certainly more than a bit Fish-like (but also reminding me of Ric Ocasek of the American New Wave band The Cars, for some reason!), the overall sound reminds me more of Pallas (especially The Sentinel) than of Marillion. The music is dark, theatrical, "futuristic" (from the perspective of the 1980's, at least) and occasionally almost metallic, but at the same time strongly melodic and even slightly poppy at times. The song Toybox reminds strongly of the Australian Neo-Prog band Aragon's excellent Rocking Horse piece (the song even contains the words 'rocking horse').

The production is not perfect (neither was Pallas' The Sentinel), but the songs are all good and engaging and the instruments and vocals sound very good. Across The Circle's Edge is a promising and enjoying recording and it would indeed have been interesting to hear more from this unknown band. One idea would perhaps be to re-record these old songs and add another handful of new songs to create a proper full length album according to today's requirements of running length and production? In an age where lots of old bands unexpectedly resurface, nothing can be deemed an impossibility anymore I guess.

Certainly a worthy listen for any Neo-Prog fan

 Across The Circle's Edge by WINTER album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 1990
3.49 | 16 ratings

BUY
Across The Circle's Edge
Winter Neo-Prog

Review by Viv Aldi

4 stars totally agree with Krugers comments on Circles Edge . He obviously knows his stuff in relation to the REAL story behind both Winter, and the recording of the original vinyl album and the subsequent re- master in. Holland. All the material was produced and recorded by Beggs, Lennie, Loyer, Murphy and Murray. Musical credits on the CD cover are incorrect.

Couple of factoids about the band/album

Rab Beggs has been most heavily influenced by Gary Moore, and stills plays in Belfast to this day Close your eyes and Winter received airplay on Tommy Vance's friday night rockshow The drumming on Toybox is straight through and was done on the first take ! Jonnie Lennie is a huge Pavarotti fan

 Across The Circle's Edge by WINTER album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 1990
3.49 | 16 ratings

BUY
Across The Circle's Edge
Winter Neo-Prog

Review by kruger

4 stars WINTER now has a web site - http://www.winteronline.co.uk

By way of putting the record straight! As a close friend of the band, back in the 1990s - let me tell you the REAL story of Irish rock band - WINTER.

The music you hear in this excellent CD is infact simply a re-master of the original E.P. Vinyl RECORD that was recorded in Ireland in 1991. Infact it was the original band members who played every note on this E.P. [and hence the CD].

John Lennie - Vocals Rab Beggs - Guitars Phil Murray - keyboards/piano Rick Loyer - Bass John Murphy - Drums

ALL SONGS were written and owned by the orginal WINTER line up.

Unfortunately the original line up broke up before the CD version of the E.P. was re-mastered in Holland and the CD was credited with new members on there but they had NO PART whatsoever in recording the songs you hear on the CD -- it is all recorded by the original WINTER line up.

So ACROSS THE CIRCLE'S EDGE has quite a colourful history. The CD itself suffered from the fact that the guys had run out of money to mix it properly so in essence there are quite a lot of Phil Murray's keyboard work [and original keyboard sounds] and Rab Beggs guitar work missing from the final mix -- all due to time constraints in the studio. Rick Loyer had a brilliant bass line intro to Toybox that was cut back to a fade in for the track Winter for example. the irony is, that the intial cassette version of these songs, recorded as a guide line for the E.P. Vinyl recording is actually BETTER than the final CD -- simply because it contained all the missing elements mentioned above.

The Blazing guitar playing - referred to in one of the earlier reviews - WAS NOT the work of Andy Ryan at all, but the genius of RAB BEGGS, the original guitarist. The same goes for the awesoome drumming - it is entirely the work of the brilliant JOHN MURPHY. Unfortunately after the band split - neither Beggs or Murphy got credited with the playing on the CD -- which was a terrible shame -- Phil Murray played all keyboards despite having left the band prior to the CD release.

Winter certainly were a superb band and could and should have secured a recording contract at the time. One of the finest Irish live band's of the past 20 years actually.

 Across The Circle's Edge by WINTER album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 1990
3.49 | 16 ratings

BUY
Across The Circle's Edge
Winter Neo-Prog

Review by Mellotron Storm
Prog Reviewer

3 stars WINTER are a MARILLION influenced band with an excellent guitarist who recalls Alex Lifeson at times. These guys are from Belfast, Northern Ireland and you can hear the accent in the singers voice. Please read Kruger's review in regards to the lineup controversy.

"Technocracy" opens with a cool guitar melody as drums come in and build. Vocals are next. They are strong and on the deeper side. Keys come and go. Amazing Lifeson-like guitar solo after 2 1/2 minutes. Great uptempo opener. "The Betrayal Of Reason" sounds like an eighties tune because of the vocal style and synths. This is my least favourite track, although it ends really well thanks to the guitar work of Rabb Beggs. "Close Your Eyes" is very much MARILLION influenced. After an uptempo intro with prominant drums and synths, the song settles right down with vocals, synths, and acoustic guitar. When it calms down it sounds so good. The album title is a line in the chorus. Some grinding guitar after 3 minutes turns into a killer solo. The tempo picks up before 4 minutes. Some theatrical vocals later. The best song so far.

"Evengate" is a short ballad of piano and fragile vocals. Quite touching actually. "Toybox" is almost 9 minutes long and is my favourite song on here. After a short atmospheric intro, pounding drums and a full sound arrive a minute in. Some strong vocals in this uptempo, catchy track. It calms down like in the intro 4 minutes in with FISH-like vocals. The song is building before 5 minutes. It calms back down a minute later. Check out the blazing guitar solo to follow. I always find it kind of cool when a band names a song after themselves. "Winter" is the only instrumental track on the album, and it's one of the better songs on here. After a tasteful intro we get a full sound including soaring guitar before a minute. Some more lightspeed playing by Beggs on guitar that simply goes on and on as drums pound away. Just an incredible display of guitar work.

If your a Neo-Prog fan try to track this one down. A solid 3 stars. I'm surprised this is their only recording, these guys were really good.

 Across The Circle's Edge by WINTER album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 1990
3.49 | 16 ratings

BUY
Across The Circle's Edge
Winter Neo-Prog

Review by kev rowland
Special Collaborator Crossover Prog Team

5 stars This is a review of the latest version of the EP, with the additional keyboards

In 1987, Winter came together as a band in Newtownards, Co. Down, with Johnny Lennie (vocals & lyrics), Rab Beggs (electric/acoustic guitars), Phil Murray (keyboards/additional vocals), Rick Loyer (bass guitar) and John Murphy (drums/percussion). They released this EP on vinyl on their own label in 1990, but what may not be known by many is that it was always just intended to be a demo (because of that there are occasional little timing issues or blips in there in one of 2 places) and the idea was that by using this they would be able to secure a recording deal and then record a complete album. During 1991, having not secured a recording deal, the band decided to attempt a tour of Holland rather than record new material. Murray and Murphy felt that the band should concentrate on writing and recording more songs, as the best means of securing a deal, so they decided to leave. Rab Beggs did tour with Winter in Holland but left after a few gigs and later formed rock groups Mr. Jinx and Native Sun with Phil Murray.

A new version of Winter, still with Loyer and Lennie, formed a new version of the band in London and the EP was remastered and released on CD by SI Music, and to this day is still an album I play regularly. Then, one day when I was perusing the web I discovered that Phil Murray had added keyboard parts that were missing from the original recording, and was making the EP available again. Of course I was soon in touch, and I am now listening to the 'new' version. I have to confess and say that it is almost impossible for me to write anything constructive about this. I saw the later line-up in concert three times, and right from the first I was blown away by the sheer onstage presence of Johnny combined with some of the most wonderful and powerful neo-prog I ever had the pleasure to witness. "Toybox" is just one of the greatest prog epics never to have been heard by many, and I wish for the day when someone discovers this lost gem and restores it to it's rightful place as one of the top in the prog canon. I know this album so very well indeed, that initially I found Phil's keyboards quite jarring as they weren't what I was used to, but the more I played this the more I fell in love with what he had done to the music. Bear in mind he hasn't actually added anything, but rather has replaced something that was missing from something that was never expected to be the finished article.

Many of the 'lost' bands of the Nineties have had their music reissued on CD, and I can only hope that the same fate befalls Winter as to my mind they were a band that had incredible potential and really should have been known by many more progheads. Maybe Phil would consider getting this pressed alongside the tracks that appeared on singles and tapes (it was the Nineties after all), or maybe adding some live recordings?

Sheer quality from start to finish, it is now possible to stream this from the website so if you are at all intrigued as to why I am creating so much fuss why not visit www.winteronline.co.uk and listen for yourself.

 Across The Circle's Edge by WINTER album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 1990
3.49 | 16 ratings

BUY
Across The Circle's Edge
Winter Neo-Prog

Review by erik neuteboom
Prog Reviewer

3 stars This CD is nostalgia for me! In the early Nineties I started to work for the Dutch progrock paper SI Magazine. The owner founded the label SI Music that had (too) strong connections with SI Magazine, eventually this led to their downfall. One of the pros of working for SI Magazine was the fact that you got every SI Music release for free. Those releases were not always my cup of tea (understatement for 'crap'!) but this release still belongs to one of my favorite ones. The six strong compositions (running time 30.23) have obvious echoes from mid-Rush and early Marillion but the dynamics and variety are great, the singer has powerful and expression, the keyboards are tasteful and the guitarist delivers a killer-tribute to Alex Lifeson with many spectacular soli!

Check out E-Bay for this small gem if you don't have a problem with exciting Marillion/Rush wannabees.



Thanks to Ivan_Melgar_M for the artist addition. and to toroddfuglesteg for the last updates

Copyright Prog Archives, All rights reserved. | Legal Notice | Privacy Policy | Advertise | RSS + syndications

Other sites in the MAC network: JazzMusicArchives.com — jazz music reviews and archives | MetalMusicArchives.com — metal music reviews and archives