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THE NEW GROVE PROJECT

Symphonic Prog • Sweden


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Recorded in Switzerland with Roine Stolt (FLOWER KINGS) on guitar and Par Lindh (PLP) on keys. "Fool's Journey" is a folowup to the NGP's Demos a 1994 limited release (300 copies) of Hjertqvist's music written in 1984. Hjertqvist formed up some band lineups to re-do this music and this recording is a band of stars - Roine Stolt (The FLOWER KINGS), Pär Lindh (Pär Lindh Project) and Jode Leigh (England).

A concept album, it tells a cheerfully apocalyptic story of "A Fool's Journey" to another planet. The music lacks the edge of some progressive rock, but makes up for it with a sunny melodicism derived in part from vintage GENESIS. An interesting project that will surely evolve in the future.

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Demos (NGP)
1994
2.84 | 11 ratings
Fool's Journey
1997
2.57 | 7 ratings
Brill
2005

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 Fool's Journey  by NEW GROVE PROJECT, THE album cover Studio Album, 1997
2.84 | 11 ratings

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Fool's Journey
The New Grove Project Symphonic Prog

Review by apps79
Special Collaborator Neo Prog Team

3 stars The New Grove Project (English translation of Nya Lund) was the name used by the duo of Per Sundbom (keyboards) and Ingemar Hjertqvist (vocals), who recorded some demo tracks back in 1984.Ingemar got married and moved to Switzerland and eventually these recordings saw the light in 1994 as ''Demo's'', issued in the limited sum of 300 copies.Ingemar tried to gather a band to re-record these tracks, but he was never happy with the result.Finally in mid-90's he was helped by Roine Stolt on guitars, Par Lindh on keyboards, ex-England drummer Jode Leigh and bassist Andre Schornoz and 5 out of the 7 tracks made it to the album ''Fool's journey'' along with another two tracks, released on Hjertqvist's own label New Grove Music in 1996.

The sound of the past Swedish duo was quite daring for mid-80's, as the album has a typical Symphonic Rock flavor, deriving influences from the sound of KAIPA, GENESIS or AUTUMN BREEZE along with artists like PAR LINDH (not a surprise of course) or BO HANSSON.Grandiose at moments, softer and more melodic at the opening and closing parts of the arrangements, ''Fool's journey'' has this evident vintage sense to guarantee a nice old-school listening.The keyboard work of Lindh is excellent with plenty of Mellotron throughout along with strong organ parts and bombastic synths.The guitars of Stolt are lovely and easily recognizable with all these bluesy riffing and melodic hooks, not unlike what he was playing with THE FLOWER KINGS or recent KAIPA around the time.There is some fine balance between instrumental blow-outs and mellow vocal parts, with Hjertqvist having a sensitive yet far from outstanding voice, and even a greater one between delicate symphonic flourishes and more complicated passages.However the album is not that original, hence there is a bit of deja-vu feeling by the end of the listening, as if you have heard every track in a previous album before.

Some very decent Symphonic Rock moments can be heard in ''Fool's journey'', a nice work of retro-sounding Progressive Rock with a couple of great guest stars.Do not expect monumental arrangements, but everything in here is certainly well-played with a few instrumental highlights here and there.Overall recommended.

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 Brill by NEW GROVE PROJECT, THE album cover Studio Album, 2005
2.57 | 7 ratings

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The New Grove Project Symphonic Prog

Review by barp

4 stars It seems to me that the star ratings on this album have been a little harsh to say the least - especially for a CD which contains such a wealth of excellent playing. Admittedly the vocals are not particularly strong - but to these ears not at all offensive and emminently prefferable to the wealth of growling on offer from so many bands currently. They are accented English, but that's not something I find especially distracting to listen to. Musically the New Groove Project offers some excellent compositions that are both classical and folk influenced - using a refreshing mix of acoustic instrumentation alongside the standard electric fare. The music doesn't fit quite into any of the standard sub-genres used on PA - in fact it reminds me very much of the blissfully non-formulaic music that characterised so much of the adventurous spirit of the seventies era of prog...without sounding like a clone of any the groups from that time. For the instrumental passages alone I would suggest this is would be a valuable addition to the prog collection of anyone who enjoys indiviual symphonic compositons, tinged with the customary Scandanavian hint of melancholy and infused with acoustic sensitivity.

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 Fool's Journey  by NEW GROVE PROJECT, THE album cover Studio Album, 1997
2.84 | 11 ratings

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Fool's Journey
The New Grove Project Symphonic Prog

Review by Mellotron Storm
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2 stars Certainly on paper this looks like a can't miss album. Roine Stolt, Par Lindh and ENGLAND's drummer Jode Leigh are part of this band. Interesting that the songs here were recorded by vocalist Ingemar Hjertqvist and keyboardist Per Sundbom back in 1984. Some 300 copies were made and really this was all but forgotten about as they both got married and Ingemar moved to Switzerland. Fast forward to 1993 and Ingemar put a band together to perform these songs but after two years the band was dissolved.Then it all came together as Roine Stolt wanted in, and hearing this news Per wanted back in, then all these other guests wanted to be part of this project too. By the way i've never seen Roine with such long hair. This is a concept album.

"Prelude" opens with atmosphere before vocals and strummed guitar arrive. Not a fan of the vocals here. Piano and bass join in too. It kicks in with guitar at 2 minutes. It stays pretty mellow and the vocals return around 3 1/2 minutes. "My Uncle" is more uptempo and there's lots of mellotron from Par. Nice chunky bass here too. It does settle when the vocals arrive. Again they are weak. Contrasts between mellow and the more powerful sections continue. Great sound 4 1/2 minutes in but it's brief. "Where Am I Going From Here" has some nice bass early as the almost spoken vocals join in. Mellotron as it gets fuller. Man this really comes off as poor Neo- Prog sadly.

"Decision" is atmospheric and spacey for the first 1 1/2 minutes. Then a beat arrives with guitar and other sounds. Vocals after 2 minutes as it settles with organ. The tempo picks up some. An instrumental section late to end it isn't bad. "Fool's Journey" is an instrumental and a pretty good one. Laid back guitar and fat bass early on. It gets fuller 2 minutes in as the guitar makes some noise and the organ joins in. "Anguish" is darker with mellotron and organ to start. It picks up with guitar and drums fairly quickly though. Bass too. Vocals a minute in. I like the guitar and bass but again the vocals aren't the best. "The Ladder" opens with atmosphere as the spacey winds blow. It changes and the vocals arrive after 1 1/2 minutes. It stays at a mid-paced tempo the rest of the way. The focus is on the vocals.

For collectors only in my opinion.

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 Brill by NEW GROVE PROJECT, THE album cover Studio Album, 2005
2.57 | 7 ratings

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The New Grove Project Symphonic Prog

Review by erik neuteboom
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2 stars I just listened to this album and I agree with the previous review. This album contains lot of good and exciting musical ideas and the use of instruments is varied, from the folky instruments like a dulcimer to the bombastic keyboards like the Mellotron, Moog and Hammond. But the vocals sound far from mature: an obvious accent and they lack emotion and power. Incredible that such a good band with so many skillfull musicians decide to make use of two lead vocalists that fail to reach a decent level!


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 Fool's Journey  by NEW GROVE PROJECT, THE album cover Studio Album, 1997
2.84 | 11 ratings

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The New Grove Project Symphonic Prog

Review by Dan Yaron

3 stars The New Grove Project is a band that consists of Par Lindh and other members, including ones from The Flower Kings. However, the music doesn't sound like TFK. It sounds totally different, even though it has a singer which is a bit irritating, but not so irritating as the one of TFK. Therefore, this album gets only 3 stars. Apart from the vocals when they disappear the music is actually symphonic, and it's played well like all the good symphonic prog bands that we know from the seventies. The members of this band share good playing skills. In short, this a combination of old school stuff with modern vocals gimmics which i am not in favour of.

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 Brill by NEW GROVE PROJECT, THE album cover Studio Album, 2005
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The New Grove Project Symphonic Prog

Review by pasqualegiroto

2 stars I bought this CD because I liked Fool's Journey and Brill is not a bad CD at all. The music is very well played and there are plenty of great passages. The performances by Par Lindh and Hasse Bruniusson are superb all round. However, the BIG problem with Brill is the guest vocalist John BoBo Bollenberg. He should stay away from the microphone for the health of our ears.

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Fool's Journey
The New Grove Project Symphonic Prog

Review by loserboy
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3 stars Magical album with some real personality and fantastic musicianship featuring guests, Jode Leigh (Ex-ENGLAND) on the drums, PAR LINDH on the keyboards (Mellotron, Hammond, church organ.) and Roine Stolt on the acoustic and electric guitars. Songs featured on this album date back to 1984 when both Ingemar Hjertqvist and Per Sundbom they originally crafted these tunes which have now been re-recorded with this new band. Lead vocals are handled by lead singer Ingemar Hjertqvist who sings effortlessly in English with great conviction and control. "Fool's Journey" is a wild contrast of styles and influences ranging from dark symphonic moments to lighter and almost animated melodies. Try to almost imagine a cross of the TALKING HEADS and The FLOWER KINGS and your starting to get the idea. Along the way we are treated to some great lead guitar solos and massive keyboard passages with great bass and drum interplay. This album was recorded in PAR LINDH's Crimsonic Studio and offers great sound reproduction with solid speaker distinction. Warning this is highly clever music and once you hear this record you likely will need to buy it! Now you have been warned!

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