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18 October 1951 (Wiltshire, England) - 16 January 2013

Nic Potter is probably best known for his time spent as the bassist for Prog band VAN DER GRAAF GENERATOR, as well as playing bass on many of Peter Hammill's solo albums. He also however has released quite a few solo albums himself, which feature heavily on synths, not to dissimilar to Berlin School. Some of his more notable solo releases include Mountain Music (1984), Self Contained (1987), and The Blue Zone (1990).

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2.00 | 2 ratings
Mountain Music
2.00 | 1 ratings
Sketches In Sound
2.00 | 1 ratings
Self Contained
2.95 | 2 ratings
The Blue Zone
3.00 | 1 ratings
New Europe - Rainbow Colours
0.00 | 0 ratings

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Live In Italy

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Dreams In View 81-87
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Mountain Music & Sketches In Sound

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 New Europe - Rainbow Colours by POTTER, NIC album cover Studio Album, 1992
3.00 | 1 ratings

New Europe - Rainbow Colours
Nic Potter Progressive Electronic

Review by admireArt
Prog Reviewer

— First review of this album —
3 stars It is kind of healthy for Nic Potter to have stayed away from his mothership band's musical language, he anyway held, as bass player, the invisible position.

Nic Potter's NEW EUROPE - RAINBOW COLOURS, 1992 has one of the most uncharacteristic track dispositions I know. First track lasts 4 minutes, second track 47, then back to 2 or 3 or 6 minutes tops for the remaining eight tracks.

Anyway, Nic "Mozart" Potter, as his nickname implied had a natural hunger for symphonic music. To Progressive electronic followers, the thrill consists in adding electronic noises in his "classical music" oriented compositions. Track 2, "New Europe", which is like an album itself, delivers to all extent the symphonic mode accompanied by some electronic touches just at the right time. As I found out in earlier releases, his musical language was just starting to bloom, therefore it still shows his personal influences and likings.

Some tracks , track one the most, show that he was highly impressed by the Dire Strait's 1985, "Brothers in Arms" album, I assume, and maybe to be more accurate in my wild guess, their live tour of the same.

Others are guitar or flute based, "New Age" kind of atmospheric compositions which hold among the rest a more personal musical language.

The kind of release which should not go unnoticed, yet it still is short of being essential according to PA's suggestions on rating.

PD-And believe it or not, all symphonic aspirations, although not that unique, never sound over the top, which adds up for their enjoyment.

***3.5 PA stars.

 The Blue Zone by POTTER, NIC album cover Studio Album, 1990
2.95 | 2 ratings

The Blue Zone
Nic Potter Progressive Electronic

Review by admireArt
Prog Reviewer

3 stars Nic Potter (1951/2013), should sound familiar to those acquainted with Van Der Graaf Generator. He was their bass player, as he also played alongside or inside with other musicians and musical projects. A sad loss but nevertheless quiet a fructiferous life.

Of those myriad of projects, his solo ones, are included in this Progressive/Electronic sub-genre.

I due to the same felt intrigued, because a die hard VDGG follower I am not.

As far as electronic goes, yes there is synth-pop/rock in his 2 first releases and yes an expected dosage of the then emerging "New Age" and "Fusion/World Music" musical stylings.

Anyway, once inside the works I got, I will start with his fourth release as registered here in PA, "The Blue Zone", 1990. Why I chose this one? Well nobody can play the Bassoon as it sounds here, at least not Nic.

Here is the list of the unwritten credits.

Bassoon / Lindsay Cooper (track: 5), Classical Guitar / Duncan Browne (tracks: 4, 5), Electric Guitar / Snowy White (track: 1), Guitar / Huw Lloyd-Langton (tracks: 3, 6), Peter Hammill (track: 2), Oboe / Catherine Milliken (tracks: 5), Percussion [Woodblock] / Guy Evans (track: 2), Saxophone / Malcolm 'Molly' Duncan (track: 6), Violin / Stuart Gordon (track: 5).

So as I was telling this is a party, not a guy playing with himself (no pun intended).

Ok, for starters, he has not the same knack for experimentation his mothership band held, in fact he was known as Nic "Mozart" Potter, this release shows why. More than once a symphonic mood emerges. Big structured, epic like sections arranged to its full extent, not exactly that original in their language but huge, as mini-"Mozartesques" playful figures tag along and that is only part of the show.

The Fusion/Latin styling was Nic's mode to translate his bass player's spiritual cadence and Santana's language seems to have made quiet an impression on him, therefore there are also this kind of "Sexy/Latin/Danceable" moods. Add up Vangelis and J.M. Jarre as close influences in his music writing.

All in all, some highly exciting, perfectly structured tracks, but not exactly a unique musical language which demands more listenings. Then again this album will fill expectations but then eventually could easily be forgotten. Best track "Blue Zone-3" the longest one, which adds 0.5 .

***3.5 PA stars.

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