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ALAN REED

Crossover Prog • United Kingdom


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UK composer, vocalist and instrumentalist Alan REED is based in Glasgow, Scotland. And while he has contributed to a great deal of recordings over the years, he's best known for his appearances on productions by Abel Ganz, Caamora, Neo, Parzival's Eye and Strangers on a Train. But more than anything else Reed wil be remembered for his lengthy tenure in UK band Pallas, a relationship that ended in less than ideal circumstances in 2011.

Since then Reed have worked at establishing a solo career, and following some initial single track releases and the EP "Dancing With Ghosts" 2012 saw him make his proper solo debut in October with "First in a Field of One".

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3.47 | 26 ratings
First In A Field Of One
2012

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Live in Liverpool
2013

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Begin Again (Acoustic)
2011
2.05 | 3 ratings
Dancing With Ghosts
2011
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That's Life
2012

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 First In A Field Of One by REED, ALAN album cover Studio Album, 2012
3.47 | 26 ratings

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First In A Field Of One
Alan Reed Crossover Prog

Review by kev rowland
Special Collaborator Crossover Team

3 stars Alan first came to my attention when he started singing with Pallas, and then on the Strangers on a Train projects so I then worked backwards to discover his work with Abel Ganz and have always been impressed with his skills as a vocalist. Now, I'm not nearly as in touch with the UK prog scene these days as I used to be (I live on the other side of the world; that's my excuse and I'm sticking to it) but I was somewhat surprised to hear that he was no longer with Pallas, as his work with them was always of the highest quality. However, that is all in the past and now we have his first full-length solo album which see him reunited with keyboard player Mike Stobbie. Others taking part are Scott Higham (drums, percussion), Jeff Green (guitars), Kalle Wallner (guitars) and Christina Booth from Magenta on additional vocals.

It did take me quite a while to get into this album, not because it wasn't any good but rather because I wasn't quite sure what to expect but I was pretty sure that this wasn't it. In many ways this is a very laid back album with quite a folky element, almost as if Clannad have gained a male lead singer who has some prog influences combined with some Mike Oldfield. Alan is singing as well as ever, and this album is all about his vocals and being at the fore. It isn't nearly as complex or symphonic as I would have liked and possibly that is why it feels more of an opportunity missed than one taken.

"Teardrops In The Rain" is a great song that captures all that is good about the album, but is spoiled somewhat by an annoying drum pattern that I could have done without. Alan is one of the finest singers around, but while this is an enjoyable album I would much rather hear him belting out with a full prog rock band behind him.

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 First In A Field Of One by REED, ALAN album cover Studio Album, 2012
3.47 | 26 ratings

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First In A Field Of One
Alan Reed Crossover Prog

Review by sussexbowler

3 stars I know of Alan Reed from Pallas, and I'd be the first to admit that I'm not his greatest fan. However, people were saying nice things about the album, so I thought I'd give it a go.

To be fair, I always expected a lack of musicianship to restrict the scope of Alan's ideas, but given the performances, this would be an unfair assessment.

If Alan had done a solo album, away from Pallas, then 'First in a field of one' is probably what it would have sounded like. Not as full-bodied as the real thing, but there are similarities.

The album starts off brightly, and there's a gorgeous bass pedal bit in 'Never too late'. But thereafter, and probably up until the pretentious 'Supper's ready' bit in the last track (The usual suspects), the interest wanes. Unsurprisingly, there's a hint of Celtic flavour in some of the music.

It's competent, but it's not a 'deep' listen. I admire Alan's 'get up and go' to even make the album, and it does suggest that he added good things to his former band.

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 Dancing With Ghosts by REED, ALAN album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 2011
2.05 | 3 ratings

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Dancing With Ghosts
Alan Reed Crossover Prog

Review by SouthSideoftheSky
Special Collaborator Symphonic Team

2 stars Sanctuary (The Return)

Dancing With Ghosts is a five track EP that was Alan Reed's first solo release (after being sacked by Pallas, the band he had fronted since the 80's). It features acoustic versions of songs from throughout Reed's career, including songs he originally recorded with Pallas, Abel Ganz, and on his own. Sanctuary (The Return) originally appeared on 1986's The Wedge (the first Pallas album featuring Reed). This version is shorther and obviously simpler in its instrumentation. Who's to Blame? is another Pallas track, originally from the excellent The Cross And The Crucible from 2001. Next up is Kean On The Job from Abel Ganz 1984 debut album Gratuitous Flash. The final two tracks are solo numbers that later were re-recorded for Reed's full-length debut First In A Field Of One released this year (2012). Begin Again was substantially re-worked for that album, and this earlier stripped-down acoustic version sounds very simple by comparison. But it is an excellent song.

Taken for what it is, this acoustic EP is a pleasant listen, but almost per definition it is a release only for fans and collectors. (First In A Field Of One, on the other hand, is highly recommended!)

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 First In A Field Of One by REED, ALAN album cover Studio Album, 2012
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First In A Field Of One
Alan Reed Crossover Prog

Review by SouthSideoftheSky
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4 stars He began again. And what a beginning!

Alan Reed is best known for fronting the classic Neo-Prog band Pallas for many years and also working with Abel Ganz. First In A Field Of One is Reed's first full-length venture out on his own. And it is a surprisingly successful one. In addition to providing his very own distinctive voice, Reed also plays electric and acoustic guitars, bass and some other instruments. The keyboards are handled by another ex-Pallas member in Mike Stobbie, and the drums are played by Scott Higham (who recently reinvigorated Pendragon). A few additional guests are credited including Christina Booth of Magenta fame, who provides some backing vocals. This line-up is thus a kind of minor "super group".

The album starts on a very strong note with the stirring Begin Again. The song indeed reeks of a new beginning for Reed after he was so rudely dismissed from Pallas (what a mistake they made!). Within the first 20 seconds of the song we already get to hear acoustic guitar, piano, bass, organ, synthesizers, and bagpipes (uncredited). Then Reed enters with a strong vocal melody rooted in Folk and Neo-Prog. The folky feel lasts throughout most of the album which relies on a strong acoustic base, with lead guitars and keyboards playing on top. In contrast to the often dark and hard-edged music of Pallas, First In A Field Of One is sometimes rather bright and uplifting, and more organic. But full of substance.

Reed is an excellent vocalist with a unique voice, and this might be his strongest vocal performance yet. He sounds passionate and inspired throughout. The first five songs are all of a very high standard. Unfortunately, the quality drops somewhat towards end with the closer The Usual Suspects being something of a real stinker. But this sole embarrassment is not enough to taint an otherwise very strong album.

Highly recommended!

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