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ZOUNDWORKS

Symphonic Prog • Netherlands


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It was the year 1982, the firs Golden era of Symphonic had ended and Neo Prog was starting to take the Art Rock scenario by assault, but some musicians refused to leave the genre like Erik de Beer (Well known in Prog Archives for LIFE LINE PROJECT), who left the power-rock trio BRANCARD to form his own band ZOUNDWORKS where he plays all instruments well supported by Ankie Jansen in the vocals.

During the next ZOUNDWORKS releases three demos and in 1985 he leaves the project to form LIFE LINE PROJECT (LLP) in 1989. Since then, some tracks were performed by his new band and in 2014 with the participation of Ankie in one song and Marion Brinkman on another releases an album called 2014.

Only time will tell if Erik decides to keep this project alive or stay with LLP, but in the meanwhile we can enjoy a good album with 16 mostly instrumental tracks recorded without the use of midi or other computer support, to keep a fresh and pristine sound.

Iván Melgar-Morey::::Perú

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 2014 by ZOUNDWORKS album cover Studio Album, 2014
4.90 | 12 ratings

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Zoundworks Symphonic Prog

Review by PP(Patty)

5 stars After I listened to this album I was immediately in love with this music. I already knew the music of Erik de Beer with his Life Line Project and I have seen him play as a drummer, a guitarist, a keyboardist and a bass guitarist with several musical projects in Rotterdam and in our village, but this one hits the jackpot! On "2014" you get 16 tracks of happy and extremely passionate melodic symphonic rock compositions, all played by one man only. It should be heard to be believed, but all instruments are played equally well.

Beautiful symphonic guitar solos and great Moog & Hammond flights. Very dynamic drum parts and beautiful flute and acoustic guitar passages. I adored the sound of the Fender precision bass, both driving and melodic, made me immediately want to play the bass too!

"Interlude" sounds like the dreamed 70's symphonic instrumental with a beautiful flute part, a fantastic symphonic multi layered guitar part and some driving Moog flights. My favourite song is the romantic "Hot Summer Night Walk", a beautiful & dramatic symphonic theme played by the electric guitar, interrupted by a neat Moog whistle part and a great Rick van der Linden like harpsichord part.

There are only little vocal contributions on the album, but the cheery and somewhat naďve "Injustice", sung by Ankie Jansen and the beautiful "The Hole", sung by LLP-singer Marion Brinkman fit in with the album perfectly.

When the last sounds of "Last Flight" have died away, my first impulse is to play the album again!

PP (Patty)

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 2014 by ZOUNDWORKS album cover Studio Album, 2014
4.90 | 12 ratings

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Review by VintageST (Guy)

5 stars Incredible! This complete album has been played by one man only! Erik de Beer, who released with his Life Line Project some nine albums, is playing flute, all guitars, basses, keyboards, drums and a number of rare plucked instruments, like the ukulele, chitarrone, lute and mandolin.

If you listen to the dynamics and the power of the songs, you would never guess that you had to do with a one man band. The drums sound really great! It appears, that Erik has started most of the recordings, by playing the drums, without the use of midi or click-track. It is rare, that one musician has mastered all these different instruments so well.

Most of the album is instrumental and you get solid symphonic melodic rock compositions, filled to the brim with great guitar leads (a beautiful guitar sound), fantastic analogue keyboard parts, subtle flute parts and a huge bass guitar sound (throughout the album the bass parts are remarkable). Most compositions are up temp pieces, played over a very solid sounding rhythm section. Even the two acoustic pieces are as solid as a rock and show us Erik's virtuosity on all instruments. More introverted songs are "Ao Amanhecer Na Floresta" and the very beautiful "Hot Summer Night Walk" (a great symphonic guitar lead and a virtuoso baroque harpsichord part).

A short re-appearance is made by original 1983 Zoundworks singer Ankie Jansen in a cheerful short song "Injustice". A beautiful ballad is sung by Marion Brinkman in "The Hole", one of the most beautiful titles on the album. A sort of musical joke is provided with "Cantata" in which a complete choir, consisting of lots of Eriks and Marion, Mieke Meijer and Heleen Vos, is alternated with short Moog intermissions and a vituoso Mike Oldfield-like guitar solo, but maybe not everyone's cup of progressive tea.

I loved listening to this exuberant and cheerful music and I can advise it to those who love well- arranged and perfectly played melodic prog with a tad bit of folk influence.

VintageST

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 2014 by ZOUNDWORKS album cover Studio Album, 2014
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Review by Whistler

5 stars One of the most dynamic and passionate albums I listened to lately! At first I was held back a bit, because the longest title on "2014" only measured 4:19, but then the music started and I was immediately convinced! The first song "First Flight" shows us rightaway a very solid and dynamic rhythm section supporting a couple of acoustic rhythm guitars and then it's off. After a short Moog intro, a sparkling electric guitar takes the lead in a catchy solo flight over a great thythm section (so much liked both the drums and bass!) The middle section gives us a beautiful majestic theme, again played on the lead guitar and it's off again, shifting a couple of gears towards the end of the song with a reprise of the first theme.

The second composition "What's That Zound" starts with a true virtuoso tapping solo and then the rhythm section is off to support a simple but catchy theme played both on synth and lead guitar. The song is making clear, that this is going to be a true "happy" album with a feel good sound.

Speed is lowered in "Prelude To The Future" in which a beautifully recorded 12 string guitar plays the main theme, well supported by ivory keyboards and a beautiful fretless bass. "The Last War" is again a dynamic up tempo composition with beautiful layered guitar parts and some great tempo changes. Probably the best composition on the album is "Interlude" which opens with a subtle steel string guitar arpeggio, that is soon joined by a deep dark Moog bass and a simple but subtle flute melody, followed by a nostalgic wailing guitar lead, then the rhythm section speeds up, support some spicy virtuoso Mini Moog solo's. The song ends in the quiet of the return of the flute theme.

Analog keyboards are to be enjoyed in compositions like "Stressless" and "Zoundwork Shuffle" in which you are letterally buried under a true avalanche of Moog and Hammond solo's all cascading over each other. A beautiful contrast with all this electric violence is formed by the completely unplugged songs "Second Flight" (an unplugged version of First Flight) and the fantastic "Early Bird Waltz". Although acoustic, these songs are as dynamic as their electric counterparts. All sorts of plucked instruments, like mandolin, lute, ukulele and baroque guitar are alternated by flute duets, all supported by a dynamic throbbing rhythm section. The drumming is of excellent Quality and i so much liked the bass parts!

Most of the album is instrumental, but here are some vocal contributions by Ankie Jansen (who was actually the original Zoundworks singer back in 1983) and Marion Brinkman (leading voice with Life Line Project). Ankie is singing the funny and more poppy "Injustice" (a great voice!!), while Marion is beautifully singing "The Hole", one of the most introverted songs on the album.

The album concludes with a reprise of the First Flight theme in "Last Flight", this time highlighting the Mini Moog.

It is hard to believe that all instruments on "2014" are played by one man only. The sound on the album is so much alive! It appears that Zoundworks mastermind Erik de Beer has recorded all tracks without the use of midi or click-tracks, in order to preserve stronger dynamics and how well he succeeded. It's hard to believe also that one man is a master on so many different instruments. With "2014" Erik delivered a great symphonic achievement, that will probably please lots of lovers of dynamic melodic symphonic prog. A beautiful production, worth checking out!!

Whistler.

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