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EASTER ISLAND was originally formed in 1973 by guitarist Mark Miceli. They were easily one of the best US prog bands to have recorded during the 1970's. The music places emphasis on excellent mini-moog and Mellotron work as well as guitar, like most prog bands from the mid-'70s seemed to do. Their original and progressive music has its roots in the compositional techniques of KING CRIMSON, YES, and ELP.

Musically their new opus recalls latter-day KING CRIMSON mixed with heavy doses of world music (in the rhythms) and some modern rock sounds, too. Maybe a little GENESIS creeps in here or there, but the majority of this album really recalls no one in particular. If you want good songwriting and original arrangements done in a fresh way, this is for you. If you want a retro 70s sound, buy their first album!

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2.96 | 16 ratings
Now and Then
1979
2.09 | 6 ratings
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1999

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 Mother Sun by EASTER ISLAND album cover Studio Album, 1999
2.09 | 6 ratings

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Review by maryes

2 stars If you (as me) liked so much of EASTER ISLAND first album "Now and Them", I must say, this one is a complete deception ! Why ? Because none or few moments in "Mother Sun" are capable to remind the elements that make me give 5 stars to the first album (review #238863 ,| Saturday, September 12, 2009 ). One simple audition from the 2 albums and you understand that I say... How can you compare tracks as for example: Track 2 "Face To Face", Track 5 " Winds Of Time" or track 9 "The Alchemist's Suite: Resurrection" ( from Now and Then )with their marvelous instrumental arrangements, alternating rhythm and a mix of several progressive rock styles, in counterpoint with tracks such , Track 3 " Mother Sun" with 7:54 min of the same rhythm, track 1 " Waiting For The Moment " with some guitar distortions of doubtful taste and the most crucial sin in "Mother Sun"... all the tracks are very similar one each other a fact that generates a melancholic audition? For this reasons my rate is only 2 stars !!!

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 Now and Then by EASTER ISLAND album cover Studio Album, 1979
2.96 | 16 ratings

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Review by ClemofNazareth
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2 stars The only reason I was interested in this band at all is because visiting Easter Island is on my list of things I want to do before I get so old I can't make the trip. The wife and I have evenly seriously discussed ? next summer might be the time we finally make the plunge!

Anyway this band and album have nothing to do with the island except for the moai drawings on the cover. This is a digital remix of the original 300 copy limited edition (probably vanity) recording from 1979. Band founder Mark Miceli digitally remixed that record and released it under the obscure Make Make label with BMI distribution in 1991. the original album is re-presented in it's entirety along with an introductory and almost completely synthesized tune ("Wanderer's Lament") that appears to feature only Miceli; and the closing title track which was recorded at the same time (presumably 1991), again by Miceli.

This does qualify as progressive, symphonic rock music given the mildly classical leanings of most of the arrangements as well as liberal use of moog and Mellotron. That said, there's nothing particularly original here, and nearly every track call to mind several prog gods of the early and mid-seventies, who undoubtedly influenced Miceli and friends.

For example, "Genius of the Dance" borrows unabashedly from Yes circa 1974-75, and "Solar Sailor" could have been included on Kansas' 'Vinyl Confessions' album without anyone batting an eyelash. "Winds of Time" sounds like a warm-up track for 'Tales From Topographic Oceans', and the four-part "Alchemist's Suite" takes the form of too many ELP compositions to count, but with a touch of Klaatu just to make things really weird. Finally, "Face to Face" reminds me an awful lot of the later Salem Hill (who themselves owe a debt to Yes, ELP and Kansas) and the two 1991 add-on Miceli tracks, which frankly are the best- sounding on the album, both come off as Alan Parsons-like studio wizardry.

And the point must be made that these guys are not in the same talent league of any of those bands I just mentioned, as evidenced by the comparatively simple and derivative keyboard passages as well as the sub-par vocals, particularly the falsetto singing on 'Ressurection', the last stanza of the Alchemist's Suite and something that sounds like Jon Anderson on a bad-throat day.

Mark Miceli seems to have made a career of art and music if his website is any indication, and more power to him I say. This is a decent album, but not spectacular and not a lost classic by any stretch. Miceli seems more than anything to have been a victim of unfortunate timing; the original version of this album released in 1979 when the backlash against the dinosaurs of prog was so strong he wouldn't have stood a chance even if with a major-label distribution deal. And the reissue in 1991 was a few years too early to catch the resurgent wave of nostalgic prog interest. So in the end the CD version of this album faded into the same obscurity of its LP ancestor. Mildly recommended as a curiosity to serious symphonic prog fans with deep pockets, but otherwise not much more than a high two stars out of five on the prog rating scale.

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 Now and Then by EASTER ISLAND album cover Studio Album, 1979
2.96 | 16 ratings

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Review by Mellotron Storm
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3 stars EASTER ISLAND were a talented American band from the seventies. Originally only 300 copies of this album were released making it quite the collectors item. It was re-issued on cd in 1991 with bonus tracks. This is now out of print making it a difficult recording to track down. I was reminded of YES a lot especially with the guitar playing.There's lots of synths and mellotron.Two different vocalists here and the one guy I find very annoying.

"Wanderer's Lament" is the opening instrumental that's kind of experimental then spacey after 2 minutes. Mellotron late. "Face To Face" kicks in right away and I like the drumming. The vocals before a minute are truly cringe worthy. He sounds like a Motown singer or something. Nice bass 3 minutes in. "Genius Of The Dance" is pastoral with reserved vocals. It picks up a minute in then turns much fuller as drums and mellotron dominate. The tempo then picks up with vocals. Themes are repeated.

"Solar Sailor" is laid back with mellotron and vocals standing out. Good tune. Lots of synths after 3 minutes. The guitar reminds me of Howe here. "Winds Of Time" is uptempo with lots of keyboards. It settles after 2 1/2 minutes with piano. Kicks back in as contrasts continue. Vocals come in for the first time after 5 1/2 minutes. "The Alchemist's Suite" is divided into 4 parts. "Prelude" is a great intro with intricate sounds. "Life Celebration" opens with vocals and light keys (harpichord ?). It picks up. Some bottom end after 3 minutes, guitar follows. "Telesterion" opens with tribal-like drumming. Mellotron and synths help out. It also has an Eastern vibe. "Resurrection" has lots of synths and the vocals come in fairly quickly. Not a fan of this one.

Worth 3 stars but the vocals can be difficult to take at times.

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 Now and Then by EASTER ISLAND album cover Studio Album, 1979
2.96 | 16 ratings

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Review by maryes

5 stars Another terribly underestimate North-American band !

Maybe due the influence of the British prog masters, like Yes, E,L & Palmer, Genesis, Gentle Giant and others.

Easter Island bring to us in their wonderfull music a lesson of a mix symnphonic/hard and space prog !!! The themes are develop make a not obvious management of this influences and in some moments is completely different to the music created by the bands above mentionned. Like in the track 8- which starts with one type of ritual drums, or the track 5 where the initials 6 minutes are completely instrumental !!!

In addition, the musicians are fantastic and the quality of the recording is very good !!!

For all this reasons my rate is 5 stars

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 Now and Then by EASTER ISLAND album cover Studio Album, 1979
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Review by ZNR

4 stars "Nowandthen" is the CD reissue of one of the most symphonic albums ever recorded by an American progressive rock group. Ranking, by most people's estimation, right up there with other great releases by Cathedral, Lift & Pentwater (to name but three), Easter Island's opus is rightly called a masterpiece of American progressive rock. Nimble synth and guitar lines, fat Rickenbacher bass, and beautiful mellotron passages plus Hammond & Yamaha CP70 electric grand (a brand new instrument at the time) give it that classic symphonic progressive sound. The great thing about this album is that, although you can point to their influences as being Yes, King Crimson & ELP, in very few places does the music actually sound like the things it is influenced by. There is a piece that has a very ELP-ish slant but keyboardist Ray Vogel actually managed to put his own little stamp on it so that you don't really find yourself cringing as when listening to a Triumvirat record! They were listening to those groups and were very influenced by them but they were also hearing alot of fusion at the time, too. The most audible influence from that camp would surely be "Apocalypse"/"Visions of the Emerald Beyond"-era Mahavishnu Orchestra. This influence is perhaps most evident in the track "Summerland" with its fluid guitar lines & busy drumming.

Another thing that made Easter Island stand out from their contemporaries, and even from their mentors, was the lead singer Rick Bartlett. Rick was attending the University of Louisville School of Music at the time studying opera! His classical training is most evident on the track "The Alchemist's Suite" where he shows off his impressive three octave range! Then, being the only African-American member of the band, Rick also brought along a little bit of his interest in funk music. This influence can be seen, if one is looking for it, in the track "Life Celebration".

This album has everything a prog fan could want. Beautiful melodies & themes, lush symphonic arrangements (with lots of mellotron),keyboard pyro-technics ala Emerson & Wakeman, nimble and inventive guitar parts, strong and distinctive singing and a tight rhythm section built on Rickenbacher bass & fluid, agile drumming. Highly recommended!

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 Mother Sun by EASTER ISLAND album cover Studio Album, 1999
2.09 | 6 ratings

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Review by ZNR

4 stars Well, the previous reviewer certainly has an interesting perspective on this little gem but it would be impossible to put his comments into perspective without knowing what he enjoys or what he thinks is worthwhile. Suffice to say that I differ with him on several key points. First the songwriting on this release, while not the best songcraft you'll ever hear, is well thought-out and frequently even catchy. While the music does owe some to 80s King Crimson and possibly even Yes, the suggestion that this is poor songwriting is just way off the mark. As far as being "prog" well maybe that's the problem. No this doesn't sound like the sort of thing that prog fans typically are drawn to at least from a sonic viewpoint. No mellotrons, Hammonds, etc. No standard guitar sounds even. And yes the drums are electronic (gasp!). But the conceptual ideas are progressive. And they were striving for a kind of a 'new' sound that wasn't built on the old sonics but derives from the laptop culture that was emerging at the time. Some of the treated vocals foreshadowed things that were still years from emerging in mainstream pop music. And as for the songwriting, I think any songwriter worth his efforts would have been proud to have written "DrawDown", "Burning Bridges" or "Life Goes On". There are hints at Fripp & Co. but also of Anthony Phillips, Sting, David Byrne and Jon Anderson. Is this a "prog" album in the classic sense of the word? No. But it is an interesting and frequently uplifting album of well-crafted songs that don't push the flap of the envelope open by any means but they do tug at the corners! Now there is one point that I find myself in agreement with the previous reviewer about and that is that the sound of this disc is somewhat thin and lacking in bass frequencies. Having seen them perform these songs live twice I can tell you that this was probably intentional as the live sound also concentrated on the upper frequencies almost to the exclusion of the bottom end. And I think this was a mistake that gives the music a thin and brittle quality rather than the fragility that I suppose they were going for. Having said all of that I do recommend the disc for anyone interested in the intersection of prog rock, electronica, world music rhythms and modern songwriting. For fans of more traditional 'prog' music I would refer you to their 70s album "Nowandthen".

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 Now and Then by EASTER ISLAND album cover Studio Album, 1979
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Review by kenethlevine
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2 stars Now here is an American band that actually sounds British for the most part, but unfortunately more like a parody of all their idols, especially Yes, Genesis, and ELP with a bit of KC thrown in. The band knows how to play riffs and little keyboard runs borrowed liberally from the above, but hasn't much skill in songwriting, composing or arranging. It's not clear when they actually prepared the material for this album, but by 1979 it would have been a non starter even if the band had more prowess in all these departments, but this is no long lost classic.

Nonetheless, Now and Then does contain some worthwhile moments, especially in the opener Wanderer's Lament, containing ethereal mellotron flutes (since regular flutes are not named in the credits),. By far the highlight is the "Telesterion" part of the "Alchemist's Suite", dominated by Park Crain's hypnotic synthesizer pedals and percussion. "The Life Celebration" and "Solar Sailor" contain some of the better Yes-like vocals as well as a cool dose of mellotron and moogs. But beyond that, Now and Then doesn't and didn't contain enough to sustain us now or then. 2.5 stars rounded down.

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Review by Ootsandnoots

3 stars The first couple of tracks are great, but then there's a big decline in quality. One of those super-obscure albums that probably got more attention from 1990 to now than it did in its first decade of existence. Some nice mellotron parts.

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Review by progaeopteryx
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1 stars I recall reading reviews of Easter Island's 1979 release Now and Then often giving it praise and later hearing they reformed (with only one original member) and released a new title in 1999 called Mother Sun. Unfortunately, I read only one review (can't remember where, but it certainly wasn't here) which also praised Mother Sun. After listening to Mother Sun, I realized that I had been duped. Either I read a review that had a promotional bias (i.e. "gotta get rid of this crap") or the reviewer had spent one too many hours in the back of a cement mixer. In either case, the lesson is to read more than one review and I'd advise you to do the same with this review, especially if you live in a cement mixer.

Musically Mother Sun is a mix of the worst of early Enchant, the worst of Billy Sherwood, and the worst of neo-proggers Galahad, with a touch of 1980's King Crimson. I can't think of a worst combination of sounds. Vocalists Mark Miceli and Richard Streander combine for a nasal-approach, like Roine Stolt wearing a muzzle and having a handful of marbles in his mouth. The drums are often too high in the mix, very electronic, and very annoying. The mix seems to have way too much treble, the bass is almost absent in the mix, and the melodies are simply terrible. About the only song of any hope of surviving a listen the whole way through is the title song. This song contains some Yes-like harmonies, but musically it sounds like something off of Jon Anderson's In the City of Angels.

Ten songs of this! More than 48 minutes of this mind-numbing experience! My eyes were rolling so much that they popped out of their sockets and hid under the sofa in terror. A very poor performance that I could not possibly recommend even to fans of this group. If you are brave enough to listen to this, I would recommend having some aspirin or your favorite pain reliever in close proximity. You'll need it. One star.

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Review by lor68
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3 stars A classic issue in the late seventies, featuring two US vocalists such as Rick Bartlett and Mark Miceli, by a derivative band-YES like- with hints of such a simphonic style by ELP in their lightest vein, and their use of accessible melodies too. Well their recent come back ("Mother Sun" is the title of their new album) in the course of year 2000, is a bit disappointing, being too much technological and emulating also the CRIMSONian sound of the eighties. Instead the present "Now and Then" is recommended, even though it is not a masterpiece...

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