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Founded in London, UK in 1973 - Hiatus from 2000-2006 - Still active as of 2018

British group THE ENID were formed around the founder/keyboardist Robert John GODFREY (BARCLAY JAMES HARVEST) and his fellow founder-members, guitarists Stephen STEWART and Francis LICKERISH in 1973. Almost like a combination of classical and rock, the band combined vast orchestral movements, exclusively classical instrumentation, rigourous construction completely well-written and romantic rock music led by composer Robert John GODFREY. For the most part the albums have some orchestrated sound, all created using the standard guitars, basses, keyboards and drums. THE ENID are probably the TOP of the symphonic tradition.

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The only band on the planet to have successfully fused rock based music with the power, dynamics and scale of symphonic classical music. They are the absolute masters of their art and their achievements over more than twenty years of creative work set them apart from everything else which calls itself progressive.

THE ENID - In the beginning Part I (1972 - 1980)
In 1969 Robert John GODFREY (RJG for short) became of BARCLAY JAMES HARVEST (BJH) and it was he who developed the orchestra and co-wrote some of the music for which BJH are now so famous. He remained with BJH until 1971. At the end of 1972 he recorded a solo album on the Charisma label "The Fall of Hyperion" showed the musical foundations on which his future music with THE ENID would be built on. In 1974 he became friends with Steve STEWART and together with others they found the highly individual and now very respected rock band known as THE ENID.

They released their first album in 1976. "In the Region of the Summer Stars" is one of those epic symphonic progressive rock albums for the seventies that are a must for every serious collector of progressive rock. Two years later the group followed that release with "Aerie Faerie Nonsense". Fans of the "heavier" or jazzier side of progressive rock might find this album somewhat too classical. However for all those who love to hear majestic with broad classical ovetones, this album is a MUST. The group's third album was called "Touch Me" and was released in 1979. Once again there is the return of an amount of response between various rock and classical modalities, though the classical features are much more prominent. The last album in the first part...
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THE ENID top albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.57 | 43 ratings
Robert John Godfrey: Fall Of Hyperion
1974
3.90 | 26 ratings
In the Region Of The Summer Stars
1976
4.71 | 23 ratings
Aerie Faerie Nonsense
1977
3.62 | 77 ratings
Touch Me
1979
3.90 | 65 ratings
Six Pieces
1980
3.72 | 47 ratings
Something Wicked This Way Comes
1983
3.62 | 106 ratings
Aerie Faerie Nonsense (1983)
1983
4.24 | 209 ratings
In the Region Of The Summer Stars (1984)
1984
3.37 | 41 ratings
The Spell
1985
3.13 | 34 ratings
Salome
1986
3.50 | 30 ratings
Godfrey & Stewart: The Seed And The Sower
1988
3.82 | 35 ratings
Tripping The Light Fantastic
1994
4.00 | 20 ratings
Sundialer
1995
3.93 | 49 ratings
White Goddess
1997
3.80 | 26 ratings
Arise And Shine
2009
3.69 | 37 ratings
Journey's End
2010
3.86 | 35 ratings
Risen
2011
3.34 | 16 ratings
Shining
2012
3.95 | 145 ratings
Invicta
2012
3.71 | 21 ratings
First Light
2014
3.07 | 30 ratings
The Bridge
2015
3.81 | 59 ratings
Dust
2016
2.94 | 16 ratings
Resurgency
2017

THE ENID Live Albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.63 | 20 ratings
The Enid - Live At Hammersmith (Volumes I & II)
1983
3.82 | 11 ratings
The Stand (1984)
1984
3.13 | 6 ratings
Liverpool Live
1986
3.42 | 14 ratings
Final Noise
1989
4.43 | 8 ratings
Live at Town Hall, Birmingham
2011
4.07 | 9 ratings
Live with The City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra & The Warickshire County Youth Choirs
2012

THE ENID Videos (DVD, Blu-ray, VHS etc)

3.33 | 6 ratings
Something Wicked This Way Comes
2004
4.00 | 4 ratings
Live at Hammersmith Odeon
2009
4.08 | 5 ratings
Live at Town Hall, Birmingham
2010
4.67 | 3 ratings
The Enid en Concert á Crescendo
2014
4.33 | 3 ratings
The Bridge Show, Live at Union Chapel
2015

THE ENID Boxset & Compilations (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

4.20 | 5 ratings
The Stand (1985)
1985
3.75 | 4 ratings
Lovers And Fools
1986
3.33 | 6 ratings
Anarchy On 45 (Complete Singles Collection)
1996
0.00 | 0 ratings
Healing Hearts
1996
3.00 | 2 ratings
An Alternative History Volume 1
1998
3.00 | 1 ratings
An Alternative History Volume 2
1998
0.00 | 0 ratings
An Alternative History Volume 3
1998
3.97 | 28 ratings
Tears Of The Sun
1999
2.67 | 3 ratings
Sheets Of Blue. An Anthology 1975 - 2004
2006

THE ENID Official Singles, EPs, Fan Club & Promo (CD, EP/LP, MC, Digital Media Download)

4.57 | 7 ratings
Fand
1985
3.67 | 3 ratings
Members One of Another
1996
4.33 | 3 ratings
Live at King George's Hall Blackburn 2010
2011

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 In the Region Of The Summer Stars by ENID, THE album cover Studio Album, 1976
3.90 | 26 ratings

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In the Region Of The Summer Stars
The Enid Symphonic Prog

Review by Warthur
Prog Reviewer

4 stars This is an album which inspires a lot of "Ifs" from me. If it had just been released a few years earlier... if the Enid and their mastermind Robert John Godfrey hadn't had such a turbulent career... if they hadn't been forced to re-record the album for CD reissue for ridiculous legal reasons... if any of these factors had been different, I wonder whether we'd regard the Enid as one of the top-flight prog bands of the 1970s. They might have had a shot, since they are one of a select group of bands - such as Genesis, Yes, King Crimson, or Gentle Giant - who could say that they carved out a style in the 1970s which was uniquely their own and could be instantly recognised as such.

Quite simply, no other band quite managed to bring together a combination of classical music techniques and styles, high-calibre technical proficiency and musicianship, and emotional breadth and depth as the Enid - and it's the emotional aspects of the music which are given priority. From the playfulness of the Fool, to the fear evoked by The Last Judgement or Death, to the warmth of The Lovers and The Sun, the compositions never fail to evoke an incredible depth of feeling that other bands of the time sometimes struggle to convey - and all without saying a word.

I highly recommend seeking out the original version of the album - I first heard the rerecording, which left me cold, but the original opened my eyes to what the Enid could do. Supposedly, Godfrey intends to do another rerecording, as part of a project to produce final, definitive editions of all the Enid albums; I'd be interested to hear how that turns out, though for now I will enjoy the 1975 version, vinyl hiss and all.

 In the Region Of The Summer Stars (1984) by ENID, THE album cover Studio Album, 1984
4.24 | 209 ratings

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In the Region Of The Summer Stars (1984)
The Enid Symphonic Prog

Review by Matti
Prog Reviewer

5 stars (Based on a book chapter.) The ENID was relatively a latecomer in symphonic prog, but in a sense the group represents the ultimate development of the genre. Hardly any other band with rock instruments has managed to sound so orchestral and classical. The frontman Robert John Godfrey had made orchestrations for Barclay James Harvest in the late sixties and early seventies. His solo debut Fall of Hyperion (recorded early in 1972 but released in 1974) already points at the style of The Enid, even though it's not instrumental; the classic poems of John Keats are sung by Christopher Lewis who has remained quite unknown.

The Enid was founded in 1974 by Godfrey and the guitarists Francis Lickerish and Stephen Stewart. Accompanied by a drummer, bassist and another keyboard player, they signed a deal with EMI and recorded their magnificent debut album In the Region of Summer Stars (released on February 1976). Just like the Steve Hackett solo debut The Voyage of Acolyte (1975) a couple of months earlier, the inspiration and the concept was taken from the Tarot pack. The partly re-recorded 1984 release has a slightly different track list. This newer version is much better available than the original.

The introductory 'Fool' starts with powerful piano chords. The watery sound effects and an ethereal trumpet pave way for more dynamic prog rock of 'The Tower of Babel'. However, both the detail-rich sound and the compositional style seem to be closer to (neo) romantic orchestral music than rock; the delicate and moody 'The Lost Ones' would almost pass for a slow movement of a piano concerto. On several tracks the synths are practically taking the place of strings, but for example electric guitar and drums are still easily recognized. On later Enid albums the technological development made it possible to take the (mock-) orchestral sound even further away from rock. In any case, as a strongly art music influenced prog album, In the Region of Summer Stars is a truly delicious work: romantic without being too sweet, and dynamic without being pretentious. A unique masterpiece.

 Aerie Faerie Nonsense by ENID, THE album cover Studio Album, 1977
4.71 | 23 ratings

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Aerie Faerie Nonsense
The Enid Symphonic Prog

Review by richardh
Prog Reviewer

5 stars Listening to this and In The Region Of The Summer Stars back to back I like this a lot more.The question being posed by other reviewers seems to be whether this is actually prog rock or a symphony.Does it matter if its good? Anyway there is definitely a drummer on the album so it comes under prog rock! At pretty much the same time this was released ELP were recording the brilliant symphonic prog track Pirates(from Works Volume One) with the L'Orchestra Du Paris so I'm comfortable this comes with the genre we are discussing.

BUT is it any good? Certainly is! I found this overall a much more satisfying listen than In The Region Of The Summer Stars. The composition is more complete to my ears with more thought given to the flow of the music.I also really enjoy the use of orchestra and classical instrumentation. I have a tiny classical collection so my knowledge of such things is a bit sketchy. However I do know this is beautifully written and conceived. It is mainly orchestrated but drums,synths and guitars do figure along the way.All done for the benefit of the music to my ears.Despite the grandiose themes the music never sounds bloated or overdone. The creative vision reigns supreme.

Masterpeice then? Yes why not. Music like this is so rare it should be treasured

 In the Region Of The Summer Stars by ENID, THE album cover Studio Album, 1976
3.90 | 26 ratings

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In the Region Of The Summer Stars
The Enid Symphonic Prog

Review by ProgShine
Collaborator Errors & Omissions Team

2 stars After reviewing all the new released The Enid albums I have a different idea about the band. Their latest album Invicta (2012) is really good. And was sad to hear about the Robert John Godfrey disease. But truth be told, In The Region Of The Summer Stars (1976), The Enid first album, is a 'love or hate' case. Probably because is soaked in Classical Music, and then we can see that was always the band intentions since the very beginning,

But, on the other hand, for some people, like myself, the 'too much classical music' feeling is bigger than the 'Prog Rock' feeling, and this kills my enjoyment. I like bands that do a crossover of sound in the Symphonic area. but I like the middle term, not just one side of the coin. And despite the fact that we have many nice moments in the album, the overall feeling is that something went wrong. Is way to orchestral for my taste.

I can see why so many 5 stars the album receives, but I just can't cope with them.

 In the Region Of The Summer Stars by ENID, THE album cover Studio Album, 1976
3.90 | 26 ratings

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In the Region Of The Summer Stars
The Enid Symphonic Prog

Review by aapatsos
Special Collaborator Prog Metal and Heavy Prog Teams

5 stars Not an album for everyone, not an album for any time, an artistic expression unlike many others. A sound so vivid and epic at the same time, conceived in these often rainy and gloomy parts of the world, though still expressing a melancholia and optimism at the same time, round about the region of the summer stars...

An unconventional soundtrack for summer and winter, the first album under the The Enid moniker bears more resemblance to the music of Ennio Morricone, rather than "typical" progressive rock of the 70's. Classical music re- invented? Possibly. In fact, listening through its (sadly, only) 39 minutes, sceneries and movie excerpts come in mind, via pompous orchestration, sliding guitar phrases, dreamy piano and flute parts. The mood shifts quite often from the epic/grandiose/scary (yes, that too) to total tranquility and back again to complete the dance of emotions. If I had to look for references in prog rock, then those would be early Genesis and Renaissance.

The "vintage" feeling is portrayed in "The Lovers" and "The Sun", the adventure in "Fool/The Falling Tower" and "The Devil" in haunting atmospheres, and the climax is reached (intentionally?) in the closing two compositions, unraveling the quality and inspiration behind this record.

Beware: I find myself listening to this on repeat for numerous times and the same effect might have on you. You have been warned.

5 (rainy) summer stars

 In the Region Of The Summer Stars by ENID, THE album cover Studio Album, 1976
3.90 | 26 ratings

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In the Region Of The Summer Stars
The Enid Symphonic Prog

Review by FragileKings
Prog Reviewer

4 stars First let me state that I am reviewing the 2012 remaster of the original 1976 album and not the 80's re-recording.

I am always excited to read about other symphonic rock bands of the 70s and when I read about the Enid in Stephen Lambe's book "Citizens of Hope and Glory: The Story of Progressive Rock" I was eager to give them a listen. After some sneak peeks (or sneaks listens) to samples of songs on Amazon, I ordered the album and I was not disappointed.

Most surprisingly is that while Yes and some other bands were recording rock music in a symphonic vein, the Enid appear to have been recording symphonic music in a rock vein. All tracks except for "The Lovers" (a piano solo) feature symphonic instruments with drums, bass, and electric guitar being just instruments in the symphony and not comprising a rock band that is playing with a symphony. For a debut album, the music is remarkably bold and complex. From the beginning, Robert Godfrey wanted this band to do things differently from other rock bands.

Aside from "The Lovers" which is beautiful but a little dull to me, the album is very enjoyable to listen to from start to finish. I normally have great impatience when listening to a new album as I want to find the songs I like the most and listen to them a lot. However, with "In the Region of the Summer Stars" I had a difficult time whittling down the number of songs to three or four favourites. I can now say that I enjoy "Fool / The Falling Tower", "The Devil", "The Last Judgement", and the title track best, but mention should go to "The Sun" and "Death, the Reaper" which I also enjoy.

This is not an album for everyone and I am surprised that I like it as much as I do. But this is one of those albums that really illustrate just how far progressive rock bands could go even in 1976 when prog is said to have been on its way out of fashion.

 Dust by ENID, THE album cover Studio Album, 2016
3.81 | 59 ratings

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Dust
The Enid Symphonic Prog

Review by Terakonin

5 stars Dust is the newest album by famed symphonic rock band The Enid, and the last in a trilogy consisting of Journey's End, Invicta, and this album. Immediately we can see that this is the strongest of the three albums. It is a melodramatic, sweeping, orchestral work that leaves the listener both satisfied and wanting more - the ideal feeling to get from an album. The tracks, though all made in the Enid's signature style and featuring the shockingly operatic vocals of Joe Payne, vary where it counts. From the overwhelmingly grand finale to Born in the Fire, to the dark introduction to 1000 Stars, to the funky beat and wailing chorus of Heavy Hearts, this is a fitting end to the trilogy and an album deserving of the highest rating. Five stars.
 Six Pieces by ENID, THE album cover Studio Album, 1980
3.90 | 65 ratings

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Six Pieces
The Enid Symphonic Prog

Review by fudgenuts64

4 stars Ah, The Enid. A group I still feel is so overlooked in the 70s prog realm that it pains me a bit. While still active today the lineup we're talking about here is long since gone, with the backbone being the always present Robert John Godfrey and guitarist Francis Lickerish, who would depart after this record was cut. I might also add the date for this record is not correct - it was released in 1979, probably near the tail end but I have not found a month or day.

Onto the review, though. This outing is certainly different from the past three records The Enid released. What we have are six pieces each written by one of the members. I'd love to know who wrote what, but anyhow, it works well, and each track feels different. Punch and Judy Man starts with a very ELP esque bombast that The Enid rarely showed after In The Region... but it works quite well, going quiet in it's middle part before going back to the rockier bit. We now fade into the beautiful Once She Was, a piece that definitely isn't rock, but is absolutely stunning with a great melody and perfect atmosphere. The Ring Master is a bit of a sprawl, doesn't go much of anywhere and it might fly right by you. Not bad, but not particular a standout track. Sanctus is a track ripe with keyboards, as always, but with some nice guitar flourishes here and there. Hall of Mirrors is a piece all about the atmosphere, and works well enough. I'll admit, the albums quiet bits borderline on sleepy time music. Not a bad record to fall asleep to. Mind you, that isn't a bad thing.

Finally, the last track, err, two? My pressing has "Intro" and "The Dreamer" as separate tracks but others seem to have it as one track. Either way, same music. It's a great somber piece, in line with a lot of the other songs on the record. As mentioned earlier, it's a very sleepy album. Perfect right before bed or falling asleep to. Great piano playing and atmosphere from Robert John Godfrey as is the case with many The Enid pieces. On the whole, I recommend this one to any symphonic prog fans looking for something on the lighter side. It's a very classically driven album, one that is best played at night, maybe with a glass of wine or two. Four stars easily.

 Something Wicked This Way Comes by ENID, THE album cover Studio Album, 1983
3.72 | 47 ratings

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Something Wicked This Way Comes
The Enid Symphonic Prog

Review by GruvanDahlman
Collaborator Heavy Prog Team

4 stars Finally I have sunk my teeth into the beast known as The Enid. I must confess that I have stayed away and in mind dismissed this band as being the equivalent to Enya, which obviously is misguided. I do not care for Enya and my subconscious led me to stray further and further from The Enid as time went by. I was wrong and fooled by my own doing.

When I decided to explore The Enid my Eyes (and ears) fell on this one. Loved and discarded, depending on who you'd ask, I could not do anything but be enthused. The cover was the first thing that grabbed me and the theme, the Cold War and nuclear bombs, the reason for me to go all in on this one.

Being a mere child when this album was released I do remember the times, the early 80's and the Power struggle between the West and the East. Two super Powers dominating the globe whilst I felt the chilling breeze from the threat of nuclear doom and gloom. So, I have become sort of obsessed with albums of this thematic kind. I am also obsessed with the novel "1984" and somehow it all comes together here, on "Something wicked this way comes".

It all starts rather eerily (in "Raindown") with sweeping, disharmonic sounds just prior to head into classical territory. And then the song continues with a ELO-ish, operatic, musical themed sound. It may sound strange, and it is, but it is gloriously brilliant. The synthesized, nigh on 20's sounding, "Jessica" leads into "And then there were none". Quite artificial in sound it is scary and happy at the same time. "Evensong" is like a somber march for a world troubled with nuclear threats. "Bright star" seems like an interlude to "Song for Europé", a brilliant piece of bombastic prog. I get the feeling a some intro to the Olympic games during this era and maybe one could view the politics at the time as a Sporting event, though deadly serious. The title track is the best piece on this albuw. Beautiful, melancholic, light, sinister and floating. I love this track.

While the album holds vocal contributions it is mainly instrumental. I tend to be wary of instrumental music, for reasons I cannot account for. However, this album balances perfectly between instrumental music and vocals.

All in all, one might say that this album very accurately describes the feeling of the early 80's. It is chilly, artificial and eerie but all in a good way. The warmth is there but the freezing winds of high politics makes it all the scarier and cold.

I think this is a brilliant album, well worth exploring if you are interested in The Enid or just want some great, classically infused, symphonic musical-ish progressive rock. It i really something. I happen to own the deluxe edition, which comes with a lot of bonus material, and do recommend you to t´get a hold of that one, if you can.

 Final Noise  by ENID, THE album cover Live, 1989
3.42 | 14 ratings

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Final Noise
The Enid Symphonic Prog

Review by TCat
Prog Reviewer

3 stars This album is a collection of highlights from a couple of sold out shows that were recorded in the London Dominion Theatre. It was released in 1989 and was to be the final concert of the partnership between Robert Godfrey (originally from Barclay James Harvest) and Stephen Stewart. There is quite a variety of symphonic music here and most of it is instrumental with a lot of flourish, but there are some vocal passages on here, which have a dramatic feel to them, more like from a play than from an opera. The music itself is a rock/classical fusion, but the classical elements are from the Romantic era specifically, so it is very emotional and dynamic.

There are a mix of symphonic and rock instruments, but the music tends to lean heavily towards the symphonic side of things. That is where it is consistently different from most classical fusion music, typically the sound in symphonic prog leans toward the rock sound. As such, it is a nice original sound, but it is accessible and easy to listen to. At times, it tends to sound dated, especially when the synths are heavy. The music is beautiful and does venture into some heavier guitar sounds a few times, but, is mostly orchestral sounding.

I have hear a few live albums by The Enid, and both times I have the complaint that they are not mixed very well in the softer passages and it can be hard to pick out a melody or theme thus making the songs sound under-developed. From the sound of the audience, especially at the end of the album, the performance is quite satisfying and it makes one wish they could see the concert. I would imagine it is quite a show. The mix doesn't suffer quite as badly as it does on "Live at the Hammersmith" and so it is better on this album. But there still are places that you wish you could hear the sounds clearer.

There are some places where the music just takes too long to develop also, and the music just kind of meanders along like on "Sheets of Blue" and "Chaldean Crossing". But other tracks are quite well done and exciting like "Jerusalem", "Childe Roland" and "Something Wicked This Way Comes". The inconsistency of the tracks and the music weakens the album. I don't know if that is always an issue with The Enid or not since I have only heard a few of their albums, but knowing that there are some good tracks here makes me want to explore their music some more. It is rather hard to find it though, so when I run across an album like this one, I have to take what I can get. Until then, I have to average this one out to a 3 star because half of the tracks are great and half are not.

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