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CHIMPAN A was (at present) a one-off side project by Rob REED, keyboardist with Neo-Prog band MAGENTA with vocalist Steve BALSAMO (who also features on the Eric WOOLFSON's "Poe" musical), and guitarist Rob THOMPSON of the Welsh alt-folk/country-rock band, THE STORYS. Produced in 2006 their only album, the self-titled, "Chimpan A", features guest vocalists Christine BOOTH (MAGENTA), Sam BROWN (PINK FLOYD, David GILMOUR, solo), operatic soprano Sian COTHIE and London-based poet Tony DALLAS, to produce a pop-prog oriented fusion of PINK FLOYD, MASSIVE ATTACK, Mike OLDFIELD and John TAVENER.

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1.46 | 7 ratings

Chimpan A
Chimpan A Crossover Prog

Review by Chris S
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1 stars This album unfortunately does not flow coherently enough. At times bordering on avante-garde and yet other times simply trip hop. Yes vocally strong with some good windpipes in the voice division but overall the album fails to deliver a consistent thread and blows hot and cold too often to command tolerance. Borderline crossover entrance yet the theme parts alone are not enough to raise the bar. ' Sam's Song' is OK as is " You Move in Me' but Magenta and PF support vocalists have done much better before. Completionists will already have this album and I guess exposure to the material may stay, sadly, with completionists too. Not to say the musicianship is not good, but there is that ' been there, done that, worn the T-shirt' feel to the output.


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