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NICK BARRETT & CLIVE NOLAN

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Nick Barrett & Clive Nolan biography
Since a long time Nick Barret and Clive Nolan are both members from known neo-progressive rock band Pendragon. After the release of the LP The Jewel (1985), Nick called his old friend Clive Nolan who was now living in Egham, Surrey to see if they could stay with him whilst doing the rounds of the record companies. Clive Nolan and Nick had been friends since the age of 4 when they started school together. Although Nick was aware that Clive played keyboards he also thought he would be too busy with other commitments so hadn't asked Clive about joining Pendragon. On one of the trips to London they sat up talking, and Nick asked Clive if he knew of any keyboard players... "I'll do it!!!" said Clive, and so at last a line up that would endure the sometimes still turbulent road that would follow! Nicholas "Nick" John James Barrett Date of birth: 8th June 1961. First got into music: when he was about four year old. His mum used to play Beethoven all the time and always had Radio 2 on playing the Beatles, Andy Williams, etc. First record bought: er.. he didn't buy them, just borrowed his sisters, but the first single he ever bought was probably either "Metal Guru" by T. Rex or "10538 Overture" by the Electric Light Orchestra. Most influential album: Pink Floyd "Dark Side Of The Moon" blew him away and still does. Favourite Pendragon song: "Green Eyed Angel" [Not Of This World]. Clive Ashley Nolan Date of birth: 30th June 1961. First got into music: his parents were music teachers, so he started playing piano at the age of three, then violin at the age of eight, the went on to get a music degree at University. First record bought: "Danse Macabre" by Saint-Saens, which is a symphonic poem, part of a collection of music which I bought when I was eight. Most influential album: "Seconds Out" by Genesis was the album that made me want to be in a rock band. Favourite Pendragon song: "2AM" [Kowtow] and "We'll Go Hunting Deer" [The World]. The Barrett/ Nolan acoustic live Dvd is now here and copies are available from the store. It's an acoustic DVD filmed by a TV crew in Theatre Wyspianskiego in Katowice, Poland in June 2005. The show was as a support slot to Gordon Haskill, [great jazz guy!] so you'll understand why most of the audience look like something from a Tory Party conference! The quality is great and for just a 2 piece band shows off some pretty nifty camera work and a wide spectrum of material. The whole thing is recorded for all regions, on...read more

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A Rush Of Adrenalin
2005

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 A Rush Of Adrenalin by BARRETT & CLIVE NOLAN, NICK album cover DVD/Video, 2005
3.93 | 8 ratings

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A Rush Of Adrenalin
Nick Barrett & Clive Nolan Neo-Prog

Review by Cold Deep

5 stars This is one (the only acoustic concert) of my favourite live albums of ever. I'm so fortunate to have the dvd+cd version!

In this album, are present some songs extracted from profilic Nolan and Barrett's careers. The tracklist contains, for the greater part, Pendragon's songs, where the two artists have played together, and the others are all Nolan's project comprised Strangers n a Train and the collaborations with Oliver Wakeman. All the songs, in this version, are so emotionals and capture from the first listening, songs like Paintbox, Mindgames, Nostradamus and The Black Knight seem born for being played only with acoustic guitar and keyboard. The concert's video is very good, optimal recordings accompany the music.

I agree what Roman said in his review "Maybe not a masterpiece of prog, but a masterpiece of acoustic concerts", absolutely an acoustic masterpiece

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 A Rush Of Adrenalin by BARRETT & CLIVE NOLAN, NICK album cover DVD/Video, 2005
3.93 | 8 ratings

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Nick Barrett & Clive Nolan Neo-Prog

Review by Wilcey

5 stars A Rush of Adrenaline DVD, I was amazed by this dvd, not usually a lover of music videos, when I put this on for the first tiime I found myself mesmerised, it captured me in a way that does not usually happen with music dvd's. The production quality is absoloutely superb, it's sharp and interesting, and never leaves you feeling "yeah yeah, next please!" which you do tend to get from live videos. I found it interesting to see the performance of Nick Barrett & Clive Nolan without the plugged in big sounds of the bands that they are usually play with. Far from feeling that something was lacking due to the absence of the band, this video shows that something extra, something magical was present. The first live perfromance of Two Roads (from Pendragon's 2005 album BELIEVE) was a treat, especially for those of us counting down the days until the Pendragon tour this spring! The live performance, shot in Poland as a support act to Gordon Haskill (K.C.) covers material from Pendragon, Arena, and from the various side projects of Clive Nolan, and spans 21 years of recorded material! For fans of barrett / Nolan work, and for folk who havn't met with them yet, this is a great DVD, and for those of you who maybe unsure, there are 2 free downloadable video tracks on the Pendragon website.......... go check it out for yourselves! www.pendragon.mu

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 A Rush Of Adrenalin by BARRETT & CLIVE NOLAN, NICK album cover DVD/Video, 2005
3.93 | 8 ratings

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Nick Barrett & Clive Nolan Neo-Prog

Review by erik neuteboom
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3 stars Writing the biography in order to add this duo to this site, I discovered that Clive Nolan his parents were both music teachers, he started to learn piano at the age of 3, tp play viloin on the age of 8 and Clive even got a muscial degree, impressive! And I have always loved to listen to Nick Barrett because of his wonderful, often moving guitar play so I was very curious to this DVD from these two neo-progrock veterans. Nick Barrett & Clive Nolan play 15 compositions from the several bands they were or are involved with: Pendragon (10), Arena (1), Shadowland (2), Strangers On A Train (1) and the own song intitled Shadows Of Fate. From the very first moment on this DVD I was delighted about the chemistry between the wonderful acoustic guitar from Barrett and the keyboard piano from Nolan and they are so enthousiastic and driven, a big hand for this duo! I have to admit that I am not really into the music from Arena, Shadowland and Strangers On A Train, to me it sounds a bit too polished. But I love to listen to Pendragon, on this DVD I was carried away by outstanding renditions of Alaska and The Black Night featuring splendid, sometimes Spanish inpsired acoustic guitar runs and sparkling piano work, very compelling and musicially well arranged and performed! I wonder how many progheads will be pleased with the acoustic guitar - and piano music from Barrett and Nolan for the whole 85 minutes, for me it was sometimes a bit too much but this duo has delivered a pleasant DVD with some amazing work, interesting to check out.



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