Progarchives, the progressive rock ultimate discography

FANTASY

Symphonic Prog • United Kingdom


From Progarchives.com, the ultimate progressive rock music website

Fantasy picture
Fantasy biography
The story of this band started at the Chapel Farm, a farmhouse near Gravesend (Kent) were the band had their first rehearsals. It was the family home of singer Paul Petley, other musicians were Geoff Whitehorn (electric guitar), Paul Lawrence (acoustic guitar/vocals), David Metcalfe (keyboards), David Read (bass guitar) and Brian Chatham (drums), later replaced by John Webster. The lead guitar was by the promising Bob Vann but he died in a car accident, he was replaced by Pete James. The new line-up FANTASY sent a demo tape to the label Decca and changed their name in FIREQUEEN. But Polydor was also interested and they pursuaded the band to sign for them. Again the band decided to change their name, it became FANTASY, a name that fitted more to the style and flavour of the music. The debut album was called "Paint A Picture" and released in '73 (now on CD). Soon FANTASY belonged to the past, the tapes for a next album remained in the vaults of time.

Fortunately the label Audio Archives released these tapes as a CD called "Beyond The Beyond". This one is an absolute beauty and it contains nine very refined compositions with warm vocals and 12-string acoustic guitars, flowing and sensitive electric guitar and lots of Hammond organ and Mellotron. The highlight on this album is the track Alexandrie (almost 9 minutes) with the Mellotron in all its splendor: majestic eruptions and beautiful waves along a typical Sixties sounding organ. A MUST!

: : : Erik Neuteboom, The NETHERLANDS : : :
Fan & official Prog Archives collaborator

FANTASY Videos (YouTube and more)


Showing only random 3 | Search and add more videos to FANTASY

Buy FANTASY Music


Right Now on Ebay (logo)
CIARA-FANTASY RIDE (SNYS) CD NEW USD $6.70 Buy It Now
Here's Little Richard by Little Richard (Vinyl, Jan-2014, Fantasy) USD $6.00 [0 bids]
USD $14.40 Buy It Now
KANYE WEST my beautiful dark twisted fantasy (CD album) hip-hop USD $11.45 Buy It Now
STEFANO BOLLANI TRIO-BLACK AND TAN FANTASY-JAPAN SACD J76 USD $42.99 Buy It Now
AKINA NAKAMORI-FANTASY AKINA NAKAMORI THIRD-JAPAN LP Ltd/Ed I72 USD $38.99 Buy It Now
Beethoven: Symphony 9 / Ah Perfido / Choral Fantasy, , , Very Good USD $11.45 Buy It Now
OST Original Soundtrack Final Fantasy XIII by Masashi Hamauzu Japan USD $96.00 Buy It Now
Creedence Clearwater Revival Chronicle vol 1 Fantasy GOLD CD oop RARE USD $13.00 Buy It Now
Kenny Werner Trio - Form & Fantasy CD - Johannes Weidermueller Ari Hoenig USD $10.99 [0 bids]
Flesh For Fantasy: Liveat The Carrier Do (UK IMPORT) CD NEW USD $9.96 Buy It Now
Steptoe ?- Sureyoureright : Fantasy ?- D-210 disco electro Funk VG+ USD $15.00 Buy It Now
"BEST LOVED BAROQUE HITS" A FANTASY BROADCAST FOR YOU 1986 STEREO CASSETTE USD $1.59 [0 bids]
Creedence Clearwater Fantasy 655 Hey Tonight / Have You Ever Seen The Rain VG USD $2.50 [0 bids]
USD $3.50 Buy It Now
Creedence Clearwater Fantasy 665 Sweet Hitch Hiker / Door To Door VG [email protected]@K USD $2.95 [0 bids]
USD $3.95 Buy It Now
Leo Sayer-Here/Living in a Fantasy CD NEW USD $15.69 Buy It Now
CAREN ARMSTRONG From Now On 12" Fantasy Rec. D-155 US 1980 VG+ TEST PRESSING 02G USD $19.99 Buy It Now
TAKASHI OBARA-FANTASY WORLD-JAPAN CD E83 USD $23.99 Buy It Now
LP Stanley Turrentine Man With The Sad Face VIP6379 FANTASY US Vinyl USD $11.99 Buy It Now
LP Cal Tjader Live At The Funky Quarters LFP88048 FANTASY Japan Vinyl USD $22.99 Buy It Now
Grigory Ginzburg - Three Impromptu / Fantasy-Impromptu / Twelve Etudes /USSR/ LP USD $35.00 Buy It Now
DESZO RANKI - SCHUMANN fantasy, scenes d'enfants, arabesques BAM stereo LP EX+ USD $18.00 Buy It Now
LISZT totentanz, hungarian fantasy VANDERNOOT, CZIFFRA - EMI stereo LP EX++ USD $18.00 Buy It Now
HAMISH MILNE - REUBKE sonata LISZT-BUSONI fantasy & fugue L'OISEAU-LYRE LP NM USD $19.00 Buy It Now
ALEXANDER SLOBODYANIK - CHOPIN 24 etudes op.10 & 25, fantasy MELODIYA 2xLPs EX++ USD $56.00 Buy It Now
GEZA ANDA - SCHUMANN symphonic etudes op.13, fantasy op.17 DGG LP EX+ USD $19.00 Buy It Now
SAM JONES - Soul Society (CD, Riverside Records, Fantasy, 1992) Nat Adderley USD $17.99 Buy It Now 9m 25s
EMIKO SHIRATORI Final Fantasy IX: Melodies Of Life JAPAN CD KICS-811 2000 NEW USD $35.30 Buy It Now 13m 36s
FANTASY 762 Blackbyrds ?- Happy Music/Love So Fine VG/VG+ 7" 45 USD $0.99 Buy It Now 15m 31s
WBS49657 Leo Sayer ?- Living In A Fantasy/Only Foolin' NM/VG+ 7" 45 USD $3.01 Buy It Now 15m 32s
FANTASY 792 Side Effect ?- Keep That Same Old Feeling VG+/VG+ 7" EP USD $3.01 Buy It Now 15m 32s
Classical Fantasy - The Future CD 119/9 USD $9.73 Buy It Now 17m 14s
BAD COMPANY "ROCK 'N' ROLL FANTASY/CRAZY CIRCLES" 1979 SWAN SONG NM USD $10.00 Buy It Now 18m 6s
Bruch: Concertos No.1 / Scottish Fantasy / Vieuxtemps: Concerto No.5, , Good USD $6.99 Buy It Now 19m 34s
JOHN LENNON Double Fantasy LP VINYL 14 Track With Inner. (k99131). UK Geffen 1 USD $8.27 Buy It Now 26m 48s
FANTASY 3236 Red Vinyl MONO 1956 Elliot Lawrence SWINGING at STEEL PIER Al Cohn USD $9.87 [0 bids]
27m 28s
Bernard Herrmann - The Fantasy Film World Of Bernard Herrmann (NEW CD) USD $12.48 Buy It Now 27m 47s
Sword Songs Final Fantasy XI Battle Collections Japan Game Music CD NEW USD $32.99 Buy It Now 35m 37s
FANTASY 3261 Red Vinyl MONO 1958 Elliot Lawrence DREAM ON DANCE ON Al Cohn USD $9.87 [0 bids]
41m 25s
Still Fantasy by Jay Chou (CD) ????? - ??? USD $30.00 [0 bids]
USD $39.00 Buy It Now
44m 4s
BORIS SARBEK - HUNGARIAN FANTASY - RARE LP USD $12.21 Buy It Now 45m 47s
The Blackbyrds Greatest Hits Cd 1989 Fantasy Records USD $6.00 [0 bids]
46m 59s
GRANBLUE FANTASY Yozora no Shizuka Japan Game Music CD NEW USD $29.99 Buy It Now 49m 57s
FANTASY 8021 Blue Vinyl STEREO 1959 Elliot Lawrence FOR SWINGING DANCERS Al Cohn USD $10.12 [0 bids]
51m 4s
Billy Idol, Flesh for Fantasy ~ 1984 Chrysalis promo 45 +PS USD $3.77 Buy It Now 58m 52s
FANTASY 3290 Red Vinyl MONO 1959 Elliot Lawrence BIG BAND SOUND Gene Quill COHN USD $10.08 [0 bids]
1h
S655 LEONHARDT HARPSICHORD BACH FANTASY &FUGUE CAPRICCIO SUITE TELEFUNKEN STEREO USD $9.00 Buy It Now 1h 4m
KANYE WEST my beautiful dark twisted fantasy (CD album) hip-hop USD $11.11 Buy It Now 1h 5m
Mozart: Piano Concertos No 17/27 Fragment & Fantasy Sophie Mayuko Vetter CD NEW* USD $7.71 Buy It Now 1h 8m
ALP 1288 R/G- Jascha Heifetz: Korngold Violin Concerto/Bruch Scottish Fantasy LP USD $11.25 Buy It Now 1h 11m
Martin Ivanov-Fantasy Pieces Op. 12 (UK IMPORT) CD NEW USD $15.19 Buy It Now 1h 15m
DUKE ELLINGTON & ORHESTRA S/T 1984 FANTASY CLASSIC JAZZ SIS w Paul Gonsaloves USD $8.00 Buy It Now 1h 18m
PAMELA FRANK- Dvorák: Violin Concerto; Romance. Suk: Fantasy CD Mackerras USD $4.80 Buy It Now 1h 20m
Double Fantasy - John Lennon/Yoko Ono (Vinyl LP, 1st Pressing, 1980) USD $9.99 Buy It Now 1h 24m
ARIANA MULLARD LOVE IS A FANTASY - ULTRA RARE AUSTRALIAN CD NM SIGNED USD $23.34 Buy It Now 1h 29m
ELVIS Old Set of 4 Fantasy Banknotes,1970s. USD $5.74 Buy It Now 1h 31m
Joe Walsh - Analog Man Vinyl LP Fantasy 2012 NEW/SEALED The Eagles USD $21.54 Buy It Now 1h 31m
DURAN DURAN Old Set of 5 Fantasy Banknotes,1980s. USD $5.74 Buy It Now 1h 32m
FANTASY (GERMANY) - HIT AUF HIT IN THE MIX NEW CD USD $28.34 Buy It Now 1h 38m
EARTH WIND & FIRE/FANTASY JPN 06SP211 USD $9.00 Buy It Now 1h 39m
[CD] FINAL FANTASY XIII-2 Original Sound Track Plus NEW from Japan USD $34.40 Buy It Now 1h 47m
Chronicle, Vol. 1 by Creedence Clearwater Revival (CD, Oct-1990, Fantasy) USD $7.90 Buy It Now 1h 52m
Tchaikovsky Fantasy-Overture Classics Club X85 NM/VG USD $6.56 Buy It Now 2h 5m
Billy Idol-Flesh For Fantasy-U.K. Dj Promo 7" Record-Generation X USD $6.10 [0 bids]
2h 13m
Ciara : Fantasy Ride CD (2009) USD $3.29 Buy It Now 2h 23m
2LP Various Disco Fantasy 79 30AP1165 CBS SONY Japan Vinyl OBI USD $11.99 Buy It Now 2h 33m
LP Lester Bowies Brass Fantasy I Only Have Eyes For Y ECM1296 ECM Germany Vinyl USD $14.99 Buy It Now 2h 33m
Flights Of Fantasy - Sanfte Songs Zum Entspannen (2-Disc CD Set, 1991) USD $12.38 Buy It Now 2h 35m
[CD] Homatsumugen Kochojin - Granblue Fantasy - NEW from Japan USD $23.10 Buy It Now 2h 36m
[CD] Merry Love -GRANBLUE FANTASY- NEW from Japan USD $21.09 Buy It Now 2h 36m
JOHN LENNON DOUBLE FANTASY vinyl LP 1980 VGC USD $2.62 [0 bids]
2h 37m
aul Moravec - Moravec The Time Gallery Protean Fantasy Ariel Fantasy [CD] USD $12.07 Buy It Now 2h 38m
Carole King, Fantasy LP Textured sleeve, Ode Records USD $6.58 Buy It Now 2h 38m
DUKE ELLINGTON ORCHESTRA - CONTINUUM..FANTASY RECORDS..USA CASSETTE USD $11.82 Buy It Now 2h 39m
FINAL FANTASY soundtrack CD Spirits Within score L'ARC-EN -CIEL lara fabian OST USD $17.99 Buy It Now 2h 54m
TOKYO BLACK STAR-FANTASY LIVE 1999 (UK IMPORT) CD NEW USD $13.30 Buy It Now 3h 4m
Fryadlus-Pocket Fantasy (UK IMPORT) CD NEW USD $8.31 Buy It Now 3h 4m
Herrmann Bernard-Fantasy Film World Of Bern The (UK IMPORT) CD NEW USD $10.94 Buy It Now 3h 5m
Weber Clarinet Quintet Schumann Fantasy De Peyer / Melos Ensemble ASD 2374 LP USD $29.99 Buy It Now 3h 7m
FANTASY (GERMANY) - BONNIE & CLYDE * USED - VERY GOOD CD USD $15.11 Buy It Now 3h 17m
JOHN LENNON - DOUBLE FANTASY - ORIGINAL OZ LP RECORD USD $17.94 Buy It Now 3h 25m
Damien Rice - My Favourite Faded Fantasy (NEW CD) USD $16.76 Buy It Now 3h 28m
THE BEATLES POSTER PAGE . 1980 JOHN LENNON & YOKO RECORDING DOUBLE FANTASY . O13 USD $7.88 Buy It Now 3h 35m
John Lennon and Yoko Ono - Double Fantasy JAPAN LP with RED OBI and INSERTS USD $29.99 Buy It Now 3h 40m
JAPAN LP BONEY M OCEANS OF FANTASY P-10700A WARNER PIONEER OBI INSERT GATEFOLD USD $39.99 Buy It Now 3h 49m
Suk - Fantasy In G Minor - Fairy Tale - Fantastic Scherzo - Michael Ludwig (CD) USD $8.55 Buy It Now 3h 50m
Bruch Violin Concerto No1 Scottich fantasy cfp 40248 USD $3.95 [0 bids]
3h 50m
LIGHTNING RETURNS : FINAL FANTASY XIII Original Soundtrack CD SQEX-10392 JPN New USD $59.59 Buy It Now 4h 2m
Dancing Fantasy Soundscapes CD -- *Brand New Jewel Case!* USD $7.99 Buy It Now 4h 7m
Various Artists-Agia Napa - Fantasy Island (UK IMPORT) CD NEW USD $7.54 Buy It Now 4h 9m
russian fantasy - disk one - cd USD $14.49 Buy It Now 4h 21m
Kanye West - My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy (CD Used Like New) USD $8.78 Buy It Now 4h 31m
Shakedown - Fantasy (Vinyl) USD $18.40 Buy It Now 4h 31m
Itzhak Perlman - Beethoven: Triple Concerto And Choral Fantasy (NEW CD) USD $11.50 Buy It Now 4h 32m
TRAFFIC Shoot Out At The Fantasy Factory (8-Track Tape, 8XW 9323) USD $1.99 Buy It Now 4h 35m
Symphony No. 2/fantasy-overture Romeo and Juliet (Friedman) CD (1995) USD $3.99 Buy It Now 4h 36m
Final Fantasy XIII Original Soundtrack Limited Edition Soundtrack, Box set USD $62.99 Buy It Now 4h 37m
Carole King Fantasy cd USD $4.60 [0 bids]
4h 40m
FANTASY (GERMANY) - BONNIE & CLYDE * NEW CD USD $15.95 Buy It Now 4h 43m
TIGHT FIT - FANTASY ISLAND - PS - 80's - 7" VINYL USD $1.18 [0 bids]
4h 44m
Marin Alsop : Symphony No. 4, Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture (Alsop) CD USD $6.15 Buy It Now 4h 50m

More places to buy FANTASY music online Buy FANTASY & Prog Rock Digital Music online:

FANTASY discography


Ordered by release date | Showing ratings (top albums) | Help Progarchives.com to complete the discography and add albums

FANTASY top albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.33 | 98 ratings
Paint A Picture
1973
3.77 | 71 ratings
Beyond the Beyond plus...
1974
3.50 | 18 ratings
Vivariatum
1994

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

FANTASY Videos (DVD, Blu-ray, VHS etc)

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

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

FANTASY Reviews


Showing last 10 reviews only
 Paint A Picture by FANTASY album cover Studio Album, 1973
3.33 | 98 ratings

BUY
Paint A Picture
Fantasy Symphonic Prog

Review by stefro
Prog Reviewer

2 stars Another charter member of the early-seventies one-album prog club, this obscure British five-piece issued the album 'Paint A Picture' on the Decca imprint during 1973 despite both a late change of name(from 'Firequeen') and the tragic death of their original lead-guitarist. Unfortunately though, 'Paint A Picture' failed to catch the moment, and Fantasy subsequently disbanded despite having commenced sessions for a mooted follow-up and producing around half-an-album's worth of material that would only surface over two decades later. However, like many once-forgotten progressive groups, Fantasy's limited repertoire has been re-examined and reissued for the CD age, with 'Paint A Picture' gaining a small cult following in the process. Predictably, the oft- used tag 'Lost Classic' has been added to the equation, though in this instance it's a bit of a misleading description. Featuring an elegant symphonic touch and a whimsical selection of delicate, West Coast-tinged compositions, this is very much a pretty-yet-rather uninspiring experience that blends its collection of familiar ingredients without ever setting the pulse racing. From the earnest strains of the opening title-track to the colourless closer 'Silent Mime', 'Paint A Picture' proves a distinctly dour take on the Moody Blues/Procol Harum school of pop-laced progressive pop. However, that's not to say that the sounds of Fantasy won't appeal to those who enjoy the likes of 'To Our Children's Children's Children' or 'A Salty Dog', though fans of slightly harder and heavier material are advised to stay away. In conclusion then, 'Paint A Picture' is hardly awful, just very mediocre. STEFAN TURNER, STOKE NEWINGTON, 2012
 Paint A Picture by FANTASY album cover Studio Album, 1973
3.33 | 98 ratings

BUY
Paint A Picture
Fantasy Symphonic Prog

Review by Tarcisio Moura
Prog Reviewer

2 stars 2.5 stars, really. Another obscure album from an even more obscure band from the UK. Unlike their name suggests, the sound is not symphonic prog in the vein of Yes or Genesis (or another not so well known group with a fitting name, Starcastle). Fantasy plays what we can call song oriented prog that was quite already dated by the time their debut album made the shops. It was 1973, symphonic prog was at its peak and this band played basicly what was popular in the 60īs. Their sound reminds me a lot of Moody Blues and Barclay James Harvest. Unfortunatly nothing here is original or even in the same league as the aforementioned bands best works.

Iīm not saying that the music is bad. Not at all. First of all they are all very good musicians and they had a superb singer in the person of Paul Lawrence. The guy has a great voice. The instrumental parts are very well performed (with good use of the obligatory mellotron. although less than desired), and the production is excellent. There are several good cuts like the heavy MBīs influenced Politely Insane, Unfortunalty there are other not as interesting tracks too, boring even, but none is crap. The overall feeling is that the band was a late arrival in the pop-symphonic-psychedelic bandwagon of the late 60īs.

So, in the end, the feeling is pleasant, but nothing special ou memorable. However, if you like the aforementioned bands, you shold check this CD.

 Paint A Picture by FANTASY album cover Studio Album, 1973
3.33 | 98 ratings

BUY
Paint A Picture
Fantasy Symphonic Prog

Review by Warthur
Prog Reviewer

3 stars Whilst the top-tier prog bands had become rock aristocracy crafting baroque and finely crafted masterpieces by 1973, the somewhat more freewheeling spirit of the early prog scene - more plugged in to the counter-cultural underground and prog's psychedelic heritage, a little rougher around the edges as far as the production standards went, and a bit less hyped up about classical music - was being kept alive by Fantasy. Their debut album, Paint a Picture, reminds me at points of Pampered Menial by Pavlov's Dog with more accessible vocals (though, consequently, less distinctive vocals) and, at points, a greater influence from funk and other less traditional inspirations for symphonic prog.

Although I think its reputation has been artificially boosted by its long period of unavailability, it's still a charming enough album which fans of the sound of the early prog scene will find delightful. At the same time, you can see why it may have been overlooked at the time - the prog scene had already moved on from the more simplistic early incarnations of the genre that Fantasy harken back to, and there isn't anything here that is so groundbreakingly overwhelming as to point to a distinctive, fresh direction that is uniquely Fantasy.

 Paint A Picture by FANTASY album cover Studio Album, 1973
3.33 | 98 ratings

BUY
Paint A Picture
Fantasy Symphonic Prog

Review by 1967/ 1976

4 stars There are hundreds of bands who, for various reasons are not (or did not want to) go down in history. I'll explain better: Fantasy have produced an album in the style of Barclay James Harvest, The Moody Blues, Cressida, Genesis, Spring, Ekseption, Aphrodite's Child, Nirvana, Procol Harum... I.e. POP Prog, but it seems that they not have fired all the cartridges that were in the rifle. The band, in fact, did not have the promotion it deserved, because Polydor did not face adequate production. Listening to "Paint A Picture", however, I hear a beautiful album that not have the power of many other albums. Why do I say this? Because the compositions link the feeling but not present powerful to make a miracle. Certainly listening to Genesis hear music like that but you can breathe a different atmosphere: we perceive magic! Fantasy had probably made ​​an album as honest and good debut album, looking, then, to correct any errors in a second album. The production of "Paint A Picture" accentuates the lack of magic. In fact, the production is very clean. I would say that the production is too POP. Unfortunately I read this defect also with Barclay James Harvest, so I think it is a defect at the time was not seen as such. Technically, the songs are very simple, direct and engaging. The attempt to be personal builds a song like "Politely Insane", an excellent example of Spanish-Rock atmospheres acoustic Hard Rock, with great power and feeling. And also with good magic, thanks to brass and wha-wha effect of guitar (and of vocal parts). In contrast lies "Widow", with a good Folk Song with cello and piano, thoughtful and sad. It is striking, despite the concerns that I mentioned, as the songs are well written and played even better.

Ultimately, "Paint A Picture" is a great album if you like The Moody Blues, Barclay James Harvest, or Genesis: for you will certainly be a masterpiece. But it could be a better album without flaws that I have highlighted.

 Beyond the Beyond plus... by FANTASY album cover Studio Album, 1974
3.77 | 71 ratings

BUY
Beyond the Beyond plus...
Fantasy Symphonic Prog

Review by lukretio

4 stars Fantasy's second effort, Beyond the Beyond, was registered in 1974 but didn't see the light at the time and was only released in the early 90s. This is really unfortunate as this album is such a decisive improvement over their debut album "Paint a Picture" that could have represented a real turning point for the band.

Most of the songs included in Beyond the Beyond are of very high quality, and really show Fantasy at their best: solid rhythm section, beautiful vocal melodies and excellent keyboards and guitar arrangements, with David Metcalfe's mellotron and Hammond shining all through and Peter James' guitar being much more convincing than on the debut album. Beyond the Beyond also scores higher in originality and 'progressiveness' than its predecessor.

The highlight of the album is the 9+mins Alanderie, a beautiful blend of outstanding organ and mellotron work, great vocals parts (at times neo-gothic and aggressive, at times very melodic), excellent rhythm section with some great electric guitar work (at times sounding metal), all embellished by eastern and psychedelic influences.

Also worth of mention are the title track Beyond the Beyond (a tasteful rocker with some excellent keyboards work), the acoustic Reality (beautifully melodic song dominated by 12 strings acoustic guitar and voice), Afterthought (Peter James' guitar shines here, with a convincing guitar solo at about 3mins, and also great Hammond arrangements) and the Wyattian Church Clock. The other songs are less original and turn out to be somewhat less convincing, although still enjoyable (especially Winter Rose and Just a Dream).

Overall, a really good album with great prog songs. Not to be missed.

 Paint A Picture by FANTASY album cover Studio Album, 1973
3.33 | 98 ratings

BUY
Paint A Picture
Fantasy Symphonic Prog

Review by lukretio

3 stars Fantasy's Paint a Picture is an album you will enjoy at first listening. Very song-oriented melodic prog rock with decent keyboard arrangements (mostly mellotron and hammond), decent guitar work, good texture and very good vocals. The main problem with this album is that it won't grow on you beyond that, no matter how many times you'll listen to it. Partly this is because of Fantasy's plain songwriting which if on the one hand creates very listenable songs, on the other hand it takes away depth from their music. Partly, this is because of the general lack of originality in Fantasy's music (especially considering this is a 1973 album).

Overall, this is still a good album, and I very much enjoy listening to songs such as Paint a picture (average song driven by vocal harmonies over a texture of acoustic guitar and Hammond), Circus (beautifully played all through, with well crafted dynamics, a decent guitar solo about 2mins into the song and great vocals), Politely Insane (Fantasy almost turning hard prog with this little uptempo gem), or The Widow (short sad song with acoustic guitar, cello and piano forming a nice background for the vocals melody). The second half of the album is much more ordinary than the first half, and at parts it gets quite boring (e.g., Thank Christ, Gnome Song).

3 stars, well deserved.

 Paint A Picture by FANTASY album cover Studio Album, 1973
3.33 | 98 ratings

BUY
Paint A Picture
Fantasy Symphonic Prog

Review by Mellotron Storm
Prog Reviewer

3 stars I've heard people say that if you like SPRING you will like this band. Not as much mellotron on this debut by FANTASY when comparing them to SPRING but the focus is on the vocals (lyrics) and they are well done. Every member helps in the vocal department by the way. There's a couple of songs on this album that really do it for me.

"Paint A Picture" opens with soft vocals and organ, then a fuller sound comes in before a minute. Guitar before 3 minutes when the vocals stop. It settles right down with organ to end it. "Circus" is one of those songs I was talking about that just does it for me. It's kind of catchy and vocal-led early as the organ pulses. Guitar around 2 minutes after the vocals have stopped. Great sound when the vocals return after 3 1/2 minutes. Nice organ 5 minutes in followed by guitar.

"The Award" is my favourite tune on here. The vocals almost quiver and we get some vocal melodies too. It moves me for some reason. "Politely Insane" opens with strummed guitar then it kicks in quickly with vocals. "Widow" opens with melancholic guitar as reserved vocals join in. Piano and what sounds like violin too. "Icy River" has a good intro then it settles when the laid back vocals come in and the organ floats. "Thank Christ" slowly builds as strummed guitar and vocal melodies join in. Vocals after a minute. Mellotron in this one too. Nice guitar late. "Young Man's Fortune" kicks in quickly. I like the guitar before 3 minutes. "Gnome Song" is mellow with fragile vocals then mellotron. Drums after a minute. The tempo picks up with guitar. "Silent Mine" opens with organ and drums as reserved vocals join in. A drifting track really.

A good album with some really good songs. 3.5 stars.

 Paint A Picture by FANTASY album cover Studio Album, 1973
3.33 | 98 ratings

BUY
Paint A Picture
Fantasy Symphonic Prog

Review by apps79
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

3 stars Another UK outfit with a style close the likes of early 70's British Prog bands.Formed in 1970 in Kent as ''Chapel Farm'',the original line-up consisted of Paul Lawrence, David Read, David Metcalfe, Bob Vann and Brian Catham.Unfortunately Vann was killed in a car accident and Catham got off the board soon after,but the rest of the band decided to carry on with Peter James on guitars and Jon Webster on drums (both coming from a band called ''Joy''),along with a new name ''Firequeen''.Focusing on original material they were finally signed by Polydor on a three-year contract and released their first album ''Paint a picture'' (original title was ''Virgin on the ridiculuous''),after they were offended to change their name.

A rather unknown and much sought-after album in the past,''Paint a picture'' pays a tribute to the albums which established the early-70's UK Progressive sound,next to the likes of BARCLAY JAMES HARVEST and, mostly in this case,CRESSIDA.That means that this is carefully-performed well-orchestrated rock music with Pop-Psychedelic elements, but also delicate guitar playing,symph-like keyboards and a heavy amount of vocal arrangements.Similarities with CRESSIDA are undeniable.So,FANTASY deliver mainly song- based tracks with clear and sensitive vocals and tried to mix the British Psychedelic sound with a somewhat Orchestral Rock approach,obviously based on the strong use of keyboards,mainly Hammond organ and mellotron.The album is rather soft and flows nice and easy from track to track,additionally it contains some very good and memorable moments.However, while CRESSIDA belong to the early British Prog movement entering the 70's,FANTASY presented the same thing three years later,when progressive rock had already worn better-sounding clothes.

Totally unoriginal yet undoubtfully pleasant and enjoyable,''Paint a picture'' speaks to fans of the afore-mentioned prog pioneers,along with early CARAVAN or even GENESIS.Recommended.

 Beyond the Beyond plus... by FANTASY album cover Studio Album, 1974
3.77 | 71 ratings

BUY
Beyond the Beyond plus...
Fantasy Symphonic Prog

Review by Tarcisio Moura
Prog Reviewer

3 stars Curious album, thatīs the best sway to describe Fantasyīs second album. I found it purely by chance and, judging by the bandīs name, I thought it would be something in the vein of Yes or Genesis. Not really. They are quite eclectic and interesting, sounding way too modern for the time: Beyond The Beyond doesnīt seem to be coming from 1974 at all. The production is excellent, very clear and balanced.

After repeated listenings Icanīt make up my mind if I really like it or not. It seems the band was on their way for something big, but the songwriting was still underdeveloped somehow. Not bad at all, but still it feels like they were in the right path but had not reached its aim yet. The better exemple of that are probably the longer tracks: Afterthought is very promising and strong, while the much more symphonic Alanderie with its eastern influences shows the band was not really ready for such undertaking. Well, thatīs just my opinion. The title track is also very nice.

Of course the musicanship is very good, with all the band members doing their parts very skillfully. I liked the keyboards parts a lot, with some inventive use of mellotron and organ. The guitar solos are also well done. The singer has a nice voice. The bonus tracks show the band in a more heavy prog mode, but again the music is very good even if they were not as well produced as the official ones. (and three of them have a differnet, more aggressive singer).

It is very hard to rate such an album. This is good music alright, but not really symphonic. It makes yu wonder how far this group would have gone if they had the chance to hone their obvious talents. For this one: something between 2,5 and 3 stars.

 Beyond the Beyond plus... by FANTASY album cover Studio Album, 1974
3.77 | 71 ratings

BUY
Beyond the Beyond plus...
Fantasy Symphonic Prog

Review by Marty McFly
Special Collaborator Errors and Omissions Team

4 stars One of these bands where you can really enjoy symphonic melodicity. Not so pandering, the strength of this record lies elsewhere (I'm aware that it's in fact 90's release, but from current point of view, I take this as it is. First part of this albums being mostly soft symphonic rock, but not soft as weak, more like tender (and beautiful), I really felt like giving best mark here, but then came second half of this record and with it, something like heavy prog, which brings it down a little bit. But I remember, something like "epic", Afterthought improves whole feeling. So I hesitate again. And that it's 1974 instead of 1971/2 ? Well, I take this as that they matured. From current point of view it doesn't matter so much, now it's golden age of prog & -||- (the same).

5(-), well, some heavy parts are way too heavy and keyboards can sound annoying, but after all, they're just bonus tracks, aren't they ?

Thanks to ProgLucky for the artist addition. and to NotAProghead for the last updates

Copyright Prog Archives, All rights reserved. | Legal Notice | Privacy Policy | Advertise | RSS + syndications

Other sites in the MAC network: JazzMusicArchives.com — jazz music reviews and archives | MetalMusicArchives.com — metal music reviews and archives