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STEPHEN CAUDEL studied music at the City of Leeds College of Music where he was drawn towards the complexities of Symphonic Rock and the desire to fuse classical composition with Rock music. As a multi-instrumentalist CAUDEL draws comparison with Mike OLDFIELD and his first rock symphony "Wine Dark Sea" (based upon Homer's 'Odyssey') follows the tradition of one-man symphonic music that began with "Tubular Bells". Signed to the Coda Record label, "Wine Dark Sea" was released in 1986 under their New Age imprint and sponsored by London's Capitol Radio, the album was premiered London's Victoria Palace with the Wren Orchestra. CAUDEL toured with fellow label artists CLAIRE HAMILL and JOHN THEMIS to promote the album and has supported Phil MANZANERA at the Royal Festival Hall and Art GARFUNKLE at the Royal Albert Hall. While "Wine Dark Sea" is not in itself a New Age piece, its complexity and instrumentation mark it as a decidedly Rock composition, an extract of it was used extensively on Coda's Landscape TV channel through out the late 1980s and early 1990s.

Stephen CAUDEL's second album, "Bow Of Burning Gold" (1988) was a less complex and more New Age that featured simpler acoustic and classical guitar arrangements and is based upon the works of William Blake (the title coming from a line in Blake's hymn, "Jerusalem").

Since then he has worked as guest soloist on the "Hooked On Classics II" album and has produced themes for TV and advertising. He has also released an album with fellow guitarist Tim PANTING called "Scaramouche"

More recently CAUDEL has returned to Symphonic Rock as a solo artist with "The Earth in Turquoise", based on the life of King Arthur, released on his own Dark Sea Records label.

While Stephen CAUDEL may appear more suited to Symphonic Prog, his addition to Crossover Prog was felt more appropriate given the diversity of his music and obvious simularities to Mike OLDFIELD

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3.00 | 3 ratings

Wine Dark Sea
Stephen Caudel Crossover Prog

Review by apps79
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3 stars Overlooked British musician from Sheffield.Caudel was a fan of The Beatles and Jimi Hendrix as a little boy, but during his teenage years the passion for Classical Music and Jazz grew into him, while he came also in contact with 70's Classic Prog.Finalizing his studies in Leeds he moved to London, the city which became his ground for producing and recording his own music.His first personal offering was the 1986 instrumental album ''Wine Dark Sea'', already performed at the Victoria Palace Theatre, London and produced by Mike Oldfield's engineer Tom Newman.

It is hard to believe that a single person arranged and played alone these two excellent 20+ minutes symphonic suites contained in the album.On ''Wine Dark Sea Part 1: The Outward Journey'' Caudel shows his love for Classical guitar, mostly creating dreamy and romantic soundscapes full of emotion, reminding of GORDON GILTRAP's solo albums, and incorporating also inspiration by British Folk.The track though contains also some nice electric guitar leads and solos along with keyboard flashes, making this one a balanced composition of acoustic and electric music along the lines of MIKE OLDFIELD.The second composition ''Wine Dark Sea Part 2: The Return Journey'' has some more upbeat tunes, though starting again in a soft acoustic mood, soon to earn a very symphonic sound with light guitars and dominant synths.The same picture will follow, long, ethereal and relaxing soundscapes delivered by Caudel's guitar touch and the upcoming CAMEL-esque electric solo is definitely among the album's highlights.The track will close with Caudel's symphonic synthesizers and once more his Classical guitar crescendo.

A very nice album of imaginative Symphonic/Art Rock , lost somewhere among prog's hardest years.Great stuff if you like the music of MIKE OLDFIELD, STEVE HACKETT, ANTHONY PHILLIPS, MAURIZIO FABRIZIO or GOLDON GILTRAP...3.5 stars.

Thanks to dean for the artist addition.

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