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Underground Dutch Neo Prog band, which apparently had a short-lived career through the 90's, the starting five being Edu Arde on vocals and saxophone, Jan Pezie on keyboards and backing vocals, Rich Reinders on guitars, Bas de Vries on drums and Robert Dupre on bass.In 1994 they released independently the EP ''The circle'' with Esmira Klaster providing additional vocals on the title-track.The unusual use of saxophone in the Neo Prog style of the band was certainly pretty genuine.This EP opened the doors for a more professional recording with Five-O-One AM signing a contract with Music Is Intelligence and releasing the full-length album ''21st Century Dream'' in 1996.At the time de Vries and Dupre had been replaced by Rob Ekkelenkamp and B.J. Kramer respectively.Esmira Klaster was again among the participants along with saxophonist Heinz-Dieter Sauerborn and singer Andy Kopp.As with many bands of the era Five-O-One AM remained widely unknown to the public and it appears that they dissolved sometime in the 90's.

Interesting Neo Prog with flashy keyboards and great guitar work, recommended to anyone after NO NAME, MARILLION, COLLAGE and the likes.

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3.15 | 8 ratings
21st Century Dream

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3.09 | 4 ratings

The Circle

Review by apps79
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3 stars In the bottom of the list of 90's Neo Prog acts in terms of popularity, but this Dutch band had something interesting to offer.They started as 5:01 AM with Edu Arde on vocals/saxophone, Jan Pezie on keyboards/backing vocals, Rich Reinders on guitars, Bas de Vries on drums and Robert Dupre on bass and in 1994 they released the 5-track EP ''The circle'', recorded at the Poort Van Kleef Studios in February/March of the same year.Arde appears to be the lyricist of the band and Pezie the main composer.

Give some credit to this 5-piece for adding some cool sax lines among the typical characteristics of a Neo Prog band, which were the refined melodies, the Classical-influenced piano lines, the dreamy keyboard parts and the smooth electric guitars.Musically they sound somewhere between EGDON HEATH, PTS and CLIFFHANGER, passing through dramatic textures, atmospheric soundscapes and uptempo passages, having overall a pretty balanced sound, which includes some fine vocal performances.They could produce some very good lyrical parts, complementing the well-crafted musicianship, featuring dual executions on keyboards and piano, adding some symphonic elements, but keeping in general a pompous style similar to the Neo Prog bands of the period.Not very risky material to say the truth, but all tracks are at least decent with some nice instrumental tricks.The opening ''Journey'', which is the only instrumental track of the album, is representative of the 5:01 AM's talent, very diverse, with great guitar and keyboard parts and a beautiful sax solo by Arde.

Unknown and underground Neo Prog EP.Hard to find, but if you do, this is rewarding for its deep sense of melody and elaborate arrangements.Recommended.

 21st Century Dream by FIVE-O-ONE AM album cover Studio Album, 1996
3.15 | 8 ratings

21st Century Dream

Review by b_olariu
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3 stars 3,5 stars for sure

Five-O-One is an unknown dutch neo prog band releasing so far one album in 1996 named 21st Century Dream. I bought the labum from Musea records few month ago, knowing that I will listen to a good neo prg album and yet very unknown to larger public. Plesently surprised , specially by the voice of Edu Varde, very unique voice, his range and tone of voice is excellent for this kind of music, he is not another Fish or Gabriel clone, he has his own personality and it's obvious here on every piece. The guitarist Rich Reinders ( who is also the designer of the cover art of the CD) done a very good job here, specialy on piece The swing - great track that is a good ex how must sound a neo prog piece, superb guitar arrangements and fantastic vocal lines, the best track from the album no doubt. The keybords are ok, with good moments, not something spectacular but good on every piece. Not a weak moment here on this almost forgotten album, each tune has his own splendour and the band is sincer , a thing that I like a lot. The music is not boring, the band goes easy from more uptempo moments to more slower ones very easy, each musician knows to use the instrument very well. The arrangements are well developed and enough complex to please any serious progressive rock fan. 3.5 for this album, a solid one yet very unnoticed by many fans of progressive rock, specially the ones who are more towards neo prog. The band had a special sound and I can't think to a band that sounds alike, maybe, just maybe at some point to Ziff or Mindgames, but Five-O-One is more english in sound. A recommended album to be descovered or re discovered by much more listners.

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