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UK outfit BUNCHAKEZE is among the bands that can trace their history back to another time and age. In this case the time machine takes us back to London in the early 80's, and a young, promising band called Odin of London. They had good material and dedication to their art, but as live opportunities dried up Odin disbanded. A band without a venues where they can perform their material to an audience is a tad disheartening after all.

Colin Tench (guitars, synthesisers, vocals), Gary Derrick (bass, pedals) and Cliff Deighton (drums) decided to form a new band, Bun Chakeze. They met a guy who was going to rebuild his studio and he offered them studio time in return for a lot of help with building work. A great opportunity for them. All 3 of them worked very hard for many weeks and earned enough time to record an album. They started recording, even while the building was still in progress. Towards the end of the recording sessions they were joined by Joey Lugassy (vocals), and in 1985 the album was completed. No labels showed an interest at the time though, and Bun Chakeze went into a hiatus of sorts. When a remixed version were sent out in 1992 without any more interest the band went into permanent hiatus. Almost.

Fast forward some 20 years, and some of the musicians from back then, a bit wiser, somewhat older and no longer depserately working towards getting a record deal, decide that they want to preserve their old musical legacy. And perhaps give it a shot as a band again, in a somewhat more relaxed manner. With a slight name change, now using the moniker BunChakeze, they decide to release the album themselves, and even if spread all over the world a decision is made to make another attempt at the music scene. The CD is released digitally in September 2010, and plans for a physical release made before the end of the year starts crystallizing. There's even plans of adding an extra member or two to the line-up. Time will have to tell what transpires next in the long history of this band.

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 Whose Dream? by BUNCHAKEZE album cover Studio Album, 2010
3.75 | 116 ratings

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Whose Dream?
BunChakeze Crossover Prog

Review by progrocks2112

4 stars BunChakeze'.Strange name indeed. Where to start? Well I guess Odin of London should be the 1st place. Considering 3 members of that sextet are now joined for this project. Colin Tench who happens to be part of the 'genius, weirdness and overall chaos of CORVUS STONE is the only one I really have any inkling about. Drummer Cliff Deighton and bassist Gary Derrick at this point round it out. This is 1985, btw. Close to the end of recording Joey Lugassy (vocals) joined the group. From the liner notes all these fellas have made their ways in life exceptionally well. This band was pretty much dead as record deals were not knocking on anyone's doors. So the tracks sat and sat until 2010 when it was released. Now comes the task of the music itself. 9 tracks and only one over 7 mins..Is this PROG? How dare a prog cd carry songs less then 7 minutes. I wont mention all the tracks as most reviews often do. I am not a reviewer, just a fan of good prog rock. A few tracks stand out more then others for me and some are somewhat difficult for me to listen to.this not being a bad thing just not my cup of tea. No one can truly like an entire cd,can they? Yes and no I assume. Anyway..THE DEAL.. one of the better tracks in which could be part of a demo from Pink Floyd's The Wall. Long Distance Runner, another fav of mine is quite possibly a Rush type track. Lyrically at the very least in my opinion. Wonder how geddy Lee himself would sound doing this track. Midnight Skies is probably the strongest track on the cd. Whose Dream is a very difficult song for me to listen to..its just to 'all over the place' for my liking. The Tilte track cioyuld have been about 5 mins longer for me. I love Colin Tench's work. I think he is an exciting addition to the prog world. He himself has said he is more melodic then prog..Bring over here Colin. The guy has talent beyond words and I expect good things from this gent. Ocerall I think the cd is 'dated' as it would be from 20 plus yrs ago but I also feel it fits nicely into todays market where long epic tracks rule the landscape. It's a 'light' prog cd and Even tho I am 2 yrs behind in this review I hope it will induce some further enthusiasms into relooking into this band. Again I am not a writer I don't know anything about what it takes to make a cd let alone give it the real justice it deserves in my words. Im simply a fan and like what I hear.. I rate this 4 stars

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 Whose Dream? by BUNCHAKEZE album cover Studio Album, 2010
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Review by Tim Correll

5 stars ' Tim Correll o Review of BunChakeze Whose Dream? Sound: Overall. After reading the liner notes I feel your pain brother! I was going through about the same thing at the same time! 1985 you must have recorded on 16 track and of course tape! Probably not in a million dollar studio either. For what you had available to you, I think the sound is excellent! Music: Overall. Reminiscent of early Genesis and Pink Floyd with a latin twist at times. Chord progression is out of this world, awesome! Well written lyrics. Overall mixed right on the money!! Musicianship: All players. Very diverse, all talented musicians. vocals are some of the best I have ever heard from a prog band. Everything tastefully written and played. Vocals: well written, well phrased, well sang and at times sounds a little like Peter Gabriel with Genesis, Steve Walsh and Geoff Tate in the lower register (which Geoff Tate is a vocal god to this day)! Great job on vocals. Joey and Colin both vocals are excellent! I would be very proud to have done this work!! Drums:Cliff Deighton. Sounds like Genesis Live Album, which still to this day is one of the best drum sounds ever! Just my opinion. Mix on drums is spot on!! Playing kind of reminiscent of Phill Collins and Neil Peart and Nick Mason! But even more diverse than these guys. Bass: Gary Derrick. Sound is rich and full of low end and punch the whole album. Another great mix. But I will say it again very diverse playing. Piano: sound excellent, mix excellent, playing excellent. Great job!! and great add!! Synthesizer: sound excellent, mix excellent, playing excellent. Alot of the sound is reminiscent of Pink Floyd, ELP & Genesis. And last but definately not least Guitar Mr. Tench AKA G.G. I'm a drummer and singer at heart, but I am also a guitar fanatic!! I like many guitar players some of which are Hackett, Livgren, Gilmore, DeMeola, Fripp & Belew and I heard all of them in your playing! Again totally blown away!! You are an extremely talented muscian. I am humbled and honored to know you! I love the way you blend the guitar in and out with vocals that is a true art that many people (listener & musician) miss! The acoustic guitar work something that no one does anymore very refreshing to hear! The only cons is the mix is not loud enough, the album is not long enough. The fact that you guys did not continue on is such a huge loss to the music world! I don't think I could write enough words to express what I feel for this album. It is much better than I expected, I was totally blown away by it!! You guys were behind the time and before the new prog scene. It's all about timing! And it is definately the time for a rebirth of this band.

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 Whose Dream? by BUNCHAKEZE album cover Studio Album, 2010
3.75 | 116 ratings

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BunChakeze Crossover Prog

Review by Eetu Pellonpää
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4 stars This album resembles a story, circling within a cycle between "Whose Dream?" theme, and flowing passionately forward as a logical musical concept. As the band started to create this material in the eighties, I think it is logical that flavors of that time are present in the sound philosophies on some level, maybe most strongly in compositional structures, delicate arrangement complexities and powerful feeling of the melodic forms, associating with some symphonic neo prog bands. However the instrumental sound style relates very strongly to older vintage analogue tones of heyday of progressive rock and psychedelic music, Thus the music has personal and interesting appearance, and fusions good elements from the past to more modern day concepts, doing something both innovative and familiar. Also the compositions are well considered, not focusing to only evident playing skills, but creation of solid album entity which is pleasant for the listener. Overall feeling is very emotional and delivering honest human presence forth, and long production time has ensured there are no filler tracks included, sonar tales flowing according fine quality line.

The album's intro carrying the group's name has loads of happy positive energies, and introduces quickly but in definite spectrum the stylistic palette and musical abilities of this group. The theme cycle and album title theme "Whose Dream?" has dreamy hopeful acoustic guitar and piano, painting really pretty and calm nocturnal ambiences. "Walk in Paradise" uses some vintage electronics, leading to waiting feeling, which are relieved by strong guitar maneuvers leading to more vividly altering compositional parts. The magical anticipation continues in "Handful of Rice", now with more concerned emotions prevailing. "Flight of The Phoenix" is one of my own favorites here, as I'm quite open to calm acoustic tunes, this one opening later with the driving of drums. "Midnight Skies" is a ballad with mighty guitar solo reminding bit Pink Floyd mid-70's days, and "Long-Distance Runner" returns to more emotional levels. "The Deal" creates tension dramatically to the conclusion of the album, where the "Whose Dream?" theme is treated in a more powerful instrumental manner.

I admit I have not listened extremely much to this kind of post-1970's symphonic-oriented progressive rock music, but one association I got from the overall sound as a Finnish listener was the group Ageness, maybe due the strong presence of feeling in the singing and also richness of musical content in slightly similar stylistic frames. From fine performers most memorable for me are the personal singer and skillful guitarist, and sympathetic keyboards reminding slightly Camel. Diversity of musical elements are merged as compact and smooth well working entity, and it is difficult to find reasons not for recommending this album for the fans of classic progressive rock music.

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Review by Conor Fynes
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4 stars 'Whose Dream?' - BunChakeze (8/10)

Here is an album with quite a unique story behind it. From the ashes of an early '80s rock group Odin of London, a handful of aspiring Brits decided to take their music in a new direction, akin to that of the classic prog rock scene that had since died down years before. Through ample determination and perseverance, the band that would call themselves BunChakeze finally started making sense of their ideas and music, finally finding an American singer by the name of Joey Lugassy to sing for them. Due to the lack of interest and energy in the prog scene during the 1980s, what transpired during those BunChakeze sessions in 1985 were kept under tight wraps- that is, until 2010. Having finally seen a revival of prog rock in more recent times, guitarist Colin Tench and company have seen fit to release their album to the public. An album that would no doubt be a cult classic to spark heated discussions among many prog afficionados now had it been released at the time of recording, BunChakeze's 'Whose Dream?' feels very much like a product of its time, but as fresh to public listeners as any other album released during the year, the album proves that such music of uncompromising integrity is indeed timeless.

Much like a fine wine, it feels as if 'Whose Dream?' has gently fermented with time. While many albums released during the earlier decades of progressive rock have now been subject to following decades of listening and critique, BunChakeze gets the charm of the 70's/80's symphonic prog scene without the familiarity, making the album a very unique case even simply based on that. Musically, we are granted a meticulous and warm stream of music that is short of an hour, delicately performed and composed. While the album and band have certainly crafted a successful possible classic out of this one however, BunChakeze's influences wear down heavily upon them.

A general criticism concerning prog is that the majority of it tends to emulate a few great artists who got their kicks out during the early '70s; Genesis, Yes, and Pink Floyd being chief among them. 'Whose Dream?' seems to take elements from these three bands (and others) and cut-and-paste different stylistic innovations of these bands into their own tapestry of music. Here, we can hear Joey Lugassy's strong (yet sometimes inconsistent) voice often sounding very close to that of Peter Gabriel's, Colin Tench's multiple guitar tones either taking a note from Hackett of Genesis, or David Gilmour of Floyd, for the lead solo sections. All of these is done very tastefully and skillfully by the band, but the fact that this sound would already be very familiar even as the 80's came about adds little to BunChakeze's credit.

Criticism of an original sound aside, the album is musically very strong; very close in structure and sound to Genesis' 'Foxtrot', and generally on par in terms of quality as well. Beginning and ending with a Spanish-tinged instrumental named after the band itself, these added parts gives the album a feeling of being a complete work, although they do feel like add-ons to the body of the work, as opposed to being an integral part of the album. Next is the title track 'Whose Dream', which is a beautiful and warm way to kick off the more complete songs, and capped off with a rocking solo from Tench.

Among the others, one of my two favourites from 'Whose Dream?' is the somewhat melancholy 'Handful Of Rice', which while taking a while to grow on me as a song, does tend to be one of the most complicated and effective compositions on the album. The other personal highlight is 'Long Distance Runner' which gets a surprisingly upbeat feeling going for it. Other tracks include 'Midnight Skies' where the bands tries their hand at storytelling through music, and 'The Deal,' which begs the Pink Floyd comparison, especially to that of 'The Wall' album.

Put simply, the album is generally very strong in its performance and writing. The production is organic, although flawed in sections as an inevitable result; at times, it feels as if the vocals are mixed too loudly over the rest of the music. Technical issues aside, 'Whose Dream?' seems to be an album that begs to be heard. After being a locked in a vault for many an unfulfilled year, 'Whose Dream?' is sure to appeal to the broader prog scene the new millennium enjoys as opposed to the '80s, and while one can certainly not expect a would-be revolution in the style, if it's solid, emotive, warm and organic symphonic progressive rock you're looking for; you'll find it here.

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 Whose Dream? by BUNCHAKEZE album cover Studio Album, 2010
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Review by Bonnek
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2 stars 1985 and a young band Bunchakeze can't get a record deal for an album of Kansas-inspired Prog rock. 2010 and times and tastes have changed, and with the internet as the ideal promotion tool these guys made quite a buzz for these demos that were not deemed fit for release in 1985.

The recording quality and playing are quite good generally, for demos at least. Most people will enjoy there's little 80s sounds here. Everything sounds clear and natural. The music resembles Kansas quite a bit but it's less AOR. Especially the vocals will sound familiar. The songwriting quality is rather average, certainly not measuring up to Kansas, with lots of half-finished ideas and few memorable tunes. Some tracks (Flight of the Phoenix, The Deal) betray a Wall-era Floyd influence, but they are of minor importance.

I could give a flattering 3 stars for the instrumental parts but the Kansas-y balladry style of the vocals are a turn-off for me. I can imagine Kansas fans read a lot more into this. Quite frankly, I wouldn't have given them a record deal neither.

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Review by Windhawk
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4 stars UK band BUNCHAKEZE was formed of the remnants of London-based outfit Odin back in the early 80's, and is one of numerous examples of bands active at that time which never got to release any material prior to folding. But as luck would have it, these guys actually recorded material, as they got free studio time in return for helping to build the studio in question. The record labels didn't find the material interesting though, and the band soon came to an end. But in 2010 their debut album appeared, some 25 years after it was made.

A few weak aspects aside this is a good album that should appeal to a wide audience. Prog purists will most likely sniff at this creation, but those merely looking for good music made in a progressive vein and who generally enjoy the gentler parts of the art rock universe should find plenty to enjoy here.

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Review by Hilly54billy

5 stars Bunchakeze

Jings! This is an album! Before you go on to say "Well, obviously it's an album", I say "It's not just a collection of songs, it's an album. It should be listened to as such, not just a collection of tracks. Once it gets going, it feels like it has been written as a whole work, a suite (which to my mind is how albums should be). That said, I'll make points about the individual tracks as they come up.

Another thing, you have to listen to the lyrics: none of this going for the whole sound and forget what's actually being said. Reason being that, for me, one of the joys of this album is how the "breaks" continue the emotional story of what is being sung by the excellent Joey Lugassy: they're not there purely to show off what a great guitarist Colin Tench is (though there's occasional touch of that - he's a lead guitarist after all!)

Other reviewers have referenced Pink Floyd. I'd buy that, but mainly on "Whose Dream part one" (except that, to my mind, BunChakeze are better players). On occasion, there are flavourings of Deep Purple and Van der Graaf generator (that's to my ears. It may not have been intended, even subconsciously), but fundamentally, they are their own band.

The album starts off with Bunchakeze, a chompy, cheeky, joyous opening, which sounds almost like an overture. Full of changes of feeling, excellent twin guitar sounds. This leads on to

"Whose Dream" The Floydish track. I would almost say this is the track which is the one which could be taken out of the albun as the single, were it not for the fact (or should that be opinion?) that it, lyrically, sets up the rest of the album.

"Walk in Paradise" Touch of the Deep Purple, interjections of Van der Graaf, with a fantastic instrumental break which, if anything, I would wish a tad longer (I can see that, live, it would be). Smashing bass work from Gary Derrick . Handfull of Rice/Flight of the Phoenix Great instrumental sections, the latter I wanted to go on an on at the end

Midnight Skies About the Indians (The American Indians) ? a terrifying middle break and lyrics which left me thinking ? My God, are we that close (temporally) to all of the stuff that happened to them?

Long distance runner This links to the last in the running theme. It starts with a jolly, cheeky, joyous chord sequence. And the break, like the others, carries the story on. Great work with a chanking ending which I wanted to go on and on!

The Deal Feels like a finish, but links, lyrically, to "Long distance runner" (There is stuff like this all over the album: things which hark back to other tracks: that's why you have t listen to it as an album) with a terrifying break????it's the end, but not quite

Bunchakeze Brings us back to what brought us in, an instrumental version of "Whose Dream", and back to Earth.

You may conclude from this that I'm mighty keen on this album, and you'd be right. In spite of the fact that all the players are probably on their bus passes by now, I'd like to see them live. This is a good album (my opinion only perhaps) with a lot to say. Lyrically, it's hopeful. Listen to it, again and again.

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Review by BrianDade

4 stars As a presenter of a prog show, I join various prog sites, and I'm always looking for new stuff to feature. Reverbnation introduced me to BunchaKeze, via an invitation to listen. I get a buzz out of stumbling across stuff myself..and I'm a bit jaundiced towards 'invitations', and tend to put them to one side, for future listening. On this occasion, I went straight to the page, and listened to 'Midnight Skies'. Hmm..bit of a Floyd thing going on, but quite interesting... let's listen again. Yes...there's something...give it another go... yep, like this..! I'm not proficient in describing musical composition, so I won't. Music either grabs me instantly, or there's enough on first hearing, to warrant further investigation. Definite echoes of classic 70's prog..but with a modern slant. At this time I wasn't aware of the album's history, or age... The next track I listened to was Flight of The Phoenix...then The Deal...three very different tracks..but still plenty in each to keep me interested. In fact, there's very little not to like, with this album. I appreciate that heavy promotion can often indicate an inferior product, and I often dismiss stuff for that reason. I'm glad I didn't, with this one..I'd've missed a very interesting album. If I'd've been sitting on something of this quality for 25 years, I'd be promoting pretty heavily too... So approach this with an open mind, allow for the fact that some reviews may have been from avid fans, and give this album a listen, more than once. It won't hurt, will only cost a bit of time, and you can walk away either aurally satisfied, or non-commital..either way, you'll have given the album a fair hearing.

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Review by snobb
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2 stars BunChakeze "Whose Dream?" is a strange release. Debut album,released 25 years after it was recorded. Release of the band which never had any other releases during all these 25 years. Album,containing demo-level compositions,still sounding very on the level of time they were recorded...

Nowadays ,on the wave of prog rock popularity, many of old bands just searching on their vaults for materials to be released as "legacy", many live bootlegs got their new life as official re-releases,etc. But even in that situation "Whose Dream" looks a bit strange: two versions of the same song,plus some openly raw compositions show there were not enough quality material even for only album on band's (?) shelves.

One of the reason I noticed this release at all was his brief rising up in PA Top list. Non- existing (and in fact almost never existed) band, released its old demos 25 years after they were recorded, their self-released album has not enough quality material to be completed, sound and mix quality both are on the level of 80-s,....., and so on, and so on.

It should be a serious reason, why this album was noticed and became so popular there on PA! I spent some hours searching in internet and realised that in fact there are no serious sources of information on this band/release at all. Wiki and serious blogs say us nothing, some small blogs are filled with some reviews, taken from Progarchives. At the same time there on PA bigger part of reviews are written possibly by band's friends and relatives and contains mostly advertising and 4-5* ratings. Still before I found this music for listening I was sure project manager(s) are very active business person(s).

Only now, when I got this release to listen, I was even pleasantly surprised. Usually when one see musicians hyperactivity trying to push their release (at any price), it often looks the product should be far not of the best quality. With this album I expected all possible worst variants. But in reality, even with all above mentioned problems, this album is not so bad! Music is really prog rock (ok, from the time it was recorded), there are some interesting tunes and compositions' ideas. For sure all this material sound more like demo and is hardly actual today, but at least almost all album is listen-able.

It's not easy to evaluate such release (with all that pushing up activities around it). I could hardly recommend this release even speaking purely about music because of semi-pro recording level and absolutely dated sound and material. But possibly there could be some fans searching for something ... vintage.

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Review by Bunfan

5 stars My best mate recently sent me a copy of this CD as a gift! Now I remember why he's my best mate! I liked the album from the first time I played it, but, the second time I played it I liked it a bit more and so it went on until now, a week or so later, I have given it a good solid workout and I must say it has grown on me to the point where I have trouble turning it off! The cover makes for interesting reading too with a fairly tongue-in-cheek account of the band and the album's history, along with all the lyrics.

The first track, BunChakeze is a very lively, but in my opinion too short, instrumental which grabs your attention immediately and shows off the abilities of the musicians. The singer's abilities are well represented in subsequent songs!

The second track, the album's title track, is a masterpiece with thought provoking lyrics, which showcases all members of the band. A very dynamic piece which starts off fairly softly and gets more aggressive as the mood builds.

Track three, Walk in Paradise, while completely different, seems to follow the same recipe of dynamics allowing all members of the band to shine through.

Track four, Handful of Rice is a song about children's hopes and dreams as they grow up, sometimes in disadvantaged circumstances, with the message that it's OK to dream, in fact, if you don't have a dream you may have nothing to strive for.......

Track five, Flight of the Phoenix is a song about sky diving and the range of emotions one might go through, from the embryonic dream to actually going through with it.

Track six, Midnight Skies is a song about the way the white man took away the red man's dream of freedom. Kind of sends chills up your spine this one!

Track seven, Long-Distance Runner is a song about aging and the importance of following your dreams in order to avoid regrets. Spotted a theme yet?

Track 8, The Deal starts off very reminiscent of Welcome to the machine. The absence of drums in this one provides a very eery, early Pink Floyd kind of sound.

Track 9, Whose Dream (reprise) is another instrumental which I think should go on for longer. The potential is there for a Genesis style big finish but, alas, it ends too soon.

In summary, this is a "must have" album. Considering it was put together in the 1980's on a shoe string budget, it is a quality piece of work. Sure, the keen ear may pick out a couple of small things but studio time is expensive and without the financial backing of huge record companies these guys have done an amazing job. They have proven they can play their instruments and write thought provoking songs which rival the best. Tempo changes, time signature changes, key changes, you name it, it's all in this album. I find it hard to pick influences on a song by song basis but overall I would have to say Genesis, Yes, Pink Floyd are all present but everything is combined to form a very unique sound. Every instrument is a feature, nothing is suppressed or placed in the background and the dynamics are almost Dire Straits style.

Listen to the words and it seems as though these guys are really into dreams and fantasy. Let's hope some live perfomances aren't just a dream!

Please be aware my comments and interpretations are mine alone and you are free to interpret the lyrics in your own way.

I commend this album to the Prog Rock enthusiast and leave you to immerse yourself in the music and lyrics of BunChakeze. Enjoy!

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