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Crossover Prog • United Kingdom


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Who the hell is Colin TENCH?

Known as the guitar player in CORVUS STONE but there is more!

I love music. I hate music by numbers. If there is one album I consider to be a template of how to do things, The BEATLES White Album would be it. Something I realized recently, is that I am not a fan of the genre we call Prog. If I list every piece of music I love, all of it falls in to that genre tho'!
There is a reason. Almost none of my favourite music was aimed at a prog market. It didn't exist!
Did GENESIS, ZAPPA, STEVEN WILSON, BEETHOVEN, PINK FLOYD design prog albums? Nope!
Neither will I ever want to.

The COLIN TENCH PROJECT is not a designer album. It is melodic, much of it instrumental music & almost classical in areas, then suddenly a bit mad for fun. The players and singers on the first album include Peter JONES (TIGER MOTH TALES & CAMEL), Petri LINDSTRÍM (CORVUS STONE), Phil NARO (DDRIVE & Julian LENNON), Vic TASSONE (UNIFIED PAST) plus many more. All of them very musical and skilled. I would say that my guitar playing is always flawed. Maybe that is the secret. In the mixing, I don't quantize or use any technology that will take the character out. I hate music made artificially loud, rarely buy it and certainly won't do that to music myself.

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 Hair In A G-String (Unfinished But Sweet) by TENCH PROJECT, COLIN album cover Studio Album, 2016
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Review by Mozart

5 stars I keep getting dragged back to this album. I do believe it's the best album for many years from anybody. If a single member of many different early progressive rock bands got together to see what happened, this might be the result. It is simply sublime. I see there are a few others who say the same in reviews, so I thought I would add my own. There is not one moment on here that I get bored or the feeling there is any pointless noodling going on. All of the vocals are brilliant and that rarely happens on any album. A perfect combinatoion of songs and pure music ranging from Beatles, Santana to Piano and almost classical pieces to classic guitar rock. Didn't this kind of record get banned 40 years ago? The Opening Part 1 draws you in and Part 4b blows you away as a finale. Great great music guys!
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Review by pawelm

5 stars I'm going to straight to the point. It is brilliant! Everytime Colin Tench is involved in something I got to have it. It is soooo refreshing to still be able to find music and musicians that have an ability to not take themselves 100% seriously. Except for the obvious talent for constructing "catchy" tunes Colin and Co. also are able to put in a huge chunk of humour. It shows that they are having fun making the album, which in turn makes it fun to listen to.

The album is very well paced and despite some of the compositions being quite lengthy, none of them overstay its welcome. Constant twists, loops and changes make you feel like you are on a crazy adventure that can lead you anywhere. That is something that i find difficult to find in most of modern music. That sense of discovery, surprise and excitement. This album has it by the loads.

Even though I enjoy the album and I would put it on some of the highest of my shelves I think there is still more where it came from. Can't wait for the next one, cause they just keep getting better and better. OH, and don't forget to sit through the wohle thing cause Part 4b Redux, although short, might be modern musics answer to Bethovens Opus 55: Symphony No. 3 in E-flat major ("Eroica") that we all have been waiting for!

Much love Pawel

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Review by Kati

5 stars Track Part 4B - Don't miss it! The title of the album is a take of Bach's Air on the G-String. While (Unfinished but sweet) is often described in classic music sheets unfinished suite. This album as a whole, one can't help but think of Alice Cooper's UNFINISHED SWEET musical landscape with explosion of colors taking you to Willy Wonka Chocolate Factory, to James bond sexy spy thriller, from the Beatles fun filled tunes and harmonies, to Nino Rota's latin musical scores, evolving to a dramatic opera with all the trimmings giving you Queen with Vangelis crescendos.

Hair In A G-String opens with Part 1 - The Opening - Stunning, stunning, song! Acoustic guitars, piano, keyboards, electric guitars lead in to "it's time to start the show, sit down, relax,...", Pete's voice sounds unbelievable, like Peter Gabriel with lyrics Bowie could have written. But the best part is yet to come. At 4.33mins Peter Jones saxophone 'OMG', you feel it starting right from your gut, an absolute stunner, reminiscent of Floyd's Dark Of The Moon.

Can't see any other way - Beautiful 70's feel good song, guitars play lead and response to Phil Naro's amazing 4 octave vocal range and harmonies. The bass guitar really shines here and Colin lead guitar at times sounds like a saxophone.

Part 2 - The Hairy Part - A track full of surprises - most endearing classical orchestration beginning, goes into full rock mode, changing to fluttering drumming and deep inhaling guitars, fast and rhythmic clever, 3mins into the track, ... "bang" Santana arrives... in big way... with a fantastic samba explosion.

The Mad Yeti - Romantic Spanish Acoustic song, fast and slow beautiful melodies.

And so today - Homage to Four Beloved Artists we sadly lost last year. Lyrics make special reference although not obvious to Sir George Martin (5th Beatle), Glenn Frey, Lemmy Kilmister and David Bowie... this song hits a nerve, emotionally grabbing, leaving lump in my throat, brings me easily to tears. Besides vocals, Pete plays clarinet with a touch of Genesis and the Waltz whereby the acoustic guitar, piano, violins and bass notes, all complement each other. Colin's small lead-break halfway through adds the right beautiful touch.

Part 3 - I'm Going Down - The first part of this song up to 2.17mins, orchestration, guitars hit every sensitive nerve, one feels, hangs on to every note. Then the song takes a Queen turn, May lead guitars kick in, at 2.38mins Pete vocals come in, soon turns into a darker Queen Opera, and back to melodic full orchestration of flowing fanfare 'fom fom fa fom fom fa' accordion to The Beatles Sergeant Pepper, the last part followed by Pink Floyd The Wall with my favorite ending Colin's guitars playing funky chucking notes like Nile Rodgers to describe it the best I can. N.B.: A secret backwards message at the end.

Lisa Waltzes Back In With No G-String - Gob smacking brilliant Waltz! Maestro Gordo orchestration is huge, Colin's guitars start a lead and response war, the horns, violins, bass and drums all join in to produce a marvelous explosion.

Lisa's Entrance Unplugged - Another big favorite, acoustic guitars, whistles and the flute performed by Ian, telling a Sicilian story with a touch of western, beautiful & touching like Nino Rota's The Godfather.

Something Old Something New Something Borrowed Something Screwed - Masterpiece - Exciting Instrumental song, great guitar tunes, beautiful lead breaks and magnificent crescendos.

La Palo Desperado - My favorite acoustic track on the album, Spanish Paso Doble and The Tango. Exciting full of flavor and raunchy with slower seductive bits. OlÚ ! And a slight pink panther tune.

A Beautiful Feeling - Phil Naro vocal harmonies take you back to the classic early 60's Frankie Valli and the 4 seasons, a song to be played anywhere, the soft samba rhythm, slide and lead guitars added by sweet percussion with shakers, easy to dance either alone or with a partner.

Dnieper Summer Day - a quirky fast acoustic guitar track, layers changing and overlapping each others. You cannot possibly sit still to that.

PART4-B - Favorite ending of an album, The Rat Pack Sinatra and Crosby with Zappa joining in. Very clever and funny, Peter Jones and Phil Naro duet with lead and response guitars joined by big band orchestration done just right. I have to highlight the comical middle section with Jay's drums adding to the whole band having fun.

PART4B Redux - This short piece, I envision Monty Python and the Holy Grail start of the movie, but this time they are Minions.

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Review by chiang

1 stars Listening to this album has been one of my very disappointing musical experiences of the year. There are many good reviews about it!! So I was expecting for something really great. I prepared myself for an hour of great sound, big arrangements and all I know is a big prog album. And then it came "Hair in a G string" and I knew why the complete name has the "(Unfinished but sweet)" commentary Oh, my boy, IT IS, "Unfinished but sweet"!!! I will ask Colin Tench. Please why didn't you finished them all, BEFORE releasing the whole bunch? To me a prog album is greatly polished. OK, you got some good tunes here, but you got to work a lot on them before get a "prog album" of this stuff. Colin Tench in a very good musician, he plays guitar virtuously, but that's not enough to me. In the end, to me this is but a bunch of pop songs (some with long soft intros): "sweet but unfinished". I can't rate it as a "prog album".
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Review by AtomicCrimsonRush
Special Collaborator Symphonic Team

5 stars Ed Sheehan once said "I can't tell you the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everyone" but that is not the case for Colin Tench Project (CTP). Rather than trying to please everyone the band take detours into a vast variety of musical styles and this culminates in an album with surprises around every corner on HAIR IN A G STRING (UNFINISHED BUT SWEET). There are Samba and Latin rhythms mixed with extended keyboard and lead breaks, sporadic passages of jumpy beats and dissonance merged in among beautiful pastoral ballads. One song might sound like The Beatles and then the next launches into a full blown progressive instrumental. This is the type of album that grows slowly on the listener. It's adorned in an attractive artistic cover and booklet illustrated by Sonia Mota always capturing life perfectly at the stroke of a brush.

The real highlights are found in the songs with lyrics so well sung by Peter Jones. However the instrumental tracks are musical ear candy especially the Hair in a G String segments. Tench is masterful on lead guitar making it soar and dive at every opportunity. He is joined by a plethora of musical geniuses each adding their own quirky intervention.

The album opens with a symphonic space suite sounding like Star Trek and as soon as we hear the chimes, a wonderful acoustic accompaniment vibrates into a romantic sonnet. The harp glissando signifies a new movement and the lead guitars layer across the soundscape. This is beauty in a musical format. The vocals implores us to throw off some clothes so we can begin. It sounds as theatrical as Peter Gabriel. Peter Jones has a sweet timber in his voice and it's magnified by the cacophony of sounds including a gorgeous sax sound. A great start to the album.

The next track proves that CTP are capable of radio friendly commercial excellence. They are not People pleasers: for such people take most criticism personally; and Feel an extraordinary fear of rejection. The lyrics of Can't See it any other Way speak of making decisions and not allowing one to surrender their lives to the opinions of others. I love that Beatles sound on the song; melodic and calm.

Furthermore people pleasers would find it hard to express their true feelings. CTP certainly know how to express themselves in musical terms. On the Hairy Part of the title track they begin to channel Santana especially the sound of the early years. I love this and how the band sound like they are partying. It's a sexy sound with a ton of tom tom and Latin rhythms.

The Mad Yeti is an acoustic piece beautifully played with a very relaxed feel. Though I would not have a chance of getting such a gorgeous sound from my old axe.

The Sad Brazilian is a masterpiece. The piano rings with a melancholy sound and an orchestral sunset hovers over the keys. The hyper relaxed atmosphere is a dreamscape of symphonic majesty. A colourama of dark and light augmented by Psycho strings and cinematic breadth. The loud guitar crashes through at the right moment. Absolutely deliriously brilliant.

And So Today I rediscovered from the film clip scattered on social media. The ballad is sung with heartfelt emotion by Peter Jones in a graveyard. It signifies the passing of musical legends such as Lemmy. A very emotional detour in the album.

I'm Going Down is the third segment of the title track. It's a multi tracked song that becomes an instrumental. This one veers into all sorts of directions from Gentle Giant madness to Pink Floyd to Captain Pugwash accordion then into Because by The Beatles. It's as if a musical shop exploded and the instruments took off by themselves to play their own private gig. It's surreal in places, backmasking at one point, and is the band in an experimental mood. When they're unleashed they are at their best. A ten minute mini epic and one of the highlights of the album - its goodity goodity good.

Another instrumental follows with Lisa Waltzes in with no G String. This Lisa has appeared on past Tench albums so it's a familiar thing. A lot of fun as we are treated to a cinematic waltz with a Tarantino western feel.

Lisa's Entrance Unplugged is a medieval Elizabethan melody. This is followed by Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Screwed, an instrumental that encompasses a variety of musical styles that are striking when you hear them. There's a tribute to The Wall era Pink Floyd, The Beatles, The Eagles, and others less obvious. Tench's lead guitar is wonderful on this track and the harmonies blend perfectly in.

We venture into Spain next as if Red Dwarf's Riviera Kid were about to make an appearance. This is followed by a song sounding as radio friendly as The Eagles Lying Eyes. It's actually a dang good song and well sung. I reckon Peter Jones would be a good lead singer for an Eagles tribute band.

Where to from here? An acoustic instrumental that is a glorified sped up version of Hotel California. But it's fun, short and I love the chord structure so I'll let them get away with it.

Part 4b opens with a nautical feel then really powerful lead guitar tones and a proggy song, with theatrical touches and extreme humour a bit like a Monty Python satire. It makes me laugh so I'm okay with the downright silliness. Where did these violins come from? Good question guys. The nonsense lyrics is a send up of the medium and why not? Zappa would approve. The Bathory death metal roar is killer but is soon ended with a Fishermans Friend. I'm not kidding. The odd time signature follows and the music spreads out into a nice piece. They still need to close off the show and impress the fans so it's time for some more arguments before a brilliant lead break with a Wah Wah pedal. It soars heavenly and launches into the stratosphere. I'm already sold by it all but then it takes me on a speed metal detour but it's damned too short. Back to the medium pace melody and duel lead break showcase. What a nutty and enjoyable romp.

The redux to follow is like Devo got hold of the album and added their own quirkiness.

Contentment doesn't come when we have everything we want but it comes When we want everything we have. TCTP absolutely nail every track on this album. We want to hear these tracks even though we don't realise it till the album is playing so we become content with it. Every time I put it on I am surprised at its diversity and how it manages to deliver so many pleasant musical experiences. It's a new approach to prog, ambitious and daring, but when it's played to perfection and with such passion it leaves little room for us to critique; on the contrary we can only sit back and bathe in the instrumental pool of delights.

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Review by Mitzieboo

5 stars Wow,The Colin Tench Project Hair in a G String ( unfinished but sweet) is my absolute favourite album of 2016. The musicality of the whole album, every track different yet the genius that is so obviously Colin Tench shines through every guitar chord. Can't see it any other way i think is very much influenced by the beatles ballads, then Part 4B has hints of the Beatles once again but in a completely different way, i hear i am a walrus in parts, the vocals by Peter Jones and Phil Naro are great. Lisa's entrance unplugged is a fantastic instrumental it makes me think of Robin Hood and Maid Marion. There's also a Spanish flavour to Dnieper Summer Day, another excellent piece. There is something on this Album for everyone. It's been so cleverly put together by someone who loves what he's doing and it comes through in his music. And so, Today and A Beautiful Feeling are truly beautiful songs, wonderful lyrics accompanied by an amazing musical arrangement. Anyone who listens to this album will be blown away, the name Colin Tench should be up there with the best, his music will put a smile on anyone's face, for many different very clever reasons. ...
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Review by cajapandora3

5 stars Colin Tench, that progressive rock artisan who has sufficient strength to season it with sounds distant to the genre, releases a forceful and elaborate work baptized from the beginning as a progressive music album. And it is not entirely false, but not true either. It is true that the structure presents itself to us as a concept of elaborate music, which is not missing, nor lacking, the progressive foundations that the British musician residing in a world of Vikings dominates in such a particular way; but it is also true that, despite being structured as a concept album, Colin's emotional and intimate element has slipped through at breakneck speed for a rich record of nuances that plummets, with that retro sound that only Colin seems to dominate, into an end product that not only pays homage to Pink Floyd or Genesis, but also to the Beatles or ELO, and to a large extent Santana, to name a few of the influences that feed Tench's musical soul. And it's that the exquisite set of progressive music of this incomplete but sweet 'Hair in a G-String' (note the irony referred to Bach), feeds itself, as interludes, on compositions as personal as the mastery of its composer. In this album, I repeat, we can attend a stage filled with an imagery of elaborate music, reminiscent of his other personal project, Corvus Stone, but we can also place ourselves before the naked soul of the artist full of references to the classics, to television tunes, to the Beatles, to Chicano sounds, to orchestral movements, to the intimacy of his life and his personal experience, definitely. A father and his son, neither more nor less. An excellent Music exercise, with capital letters, that wraps the listener from beginning to end and that has nothing to do with the cited project, in group format, which is Corvus Stone. We are facing the compositional crowning moment of an artisan whose craft is imagination and melody. We are facing the personal revelation of a musician who lives by and for the music and who does not care, at all, to undress metaphorically before a listener who will appreciate the enormous effort of a work born from the heart. A work cared for with great care and executed, apart from the huge cast of musicians whose talent is dispersed throughout this great album, with the delicacy, professionalism and energy of someone who knows what he wants. We are presencing, in a rationed but firm way, the consolidation of one of the musical and progressive pillars of the 21st century. Colin Tench is that friendly and effective mainstay of a genre that cries out for a regeneration that isn't lacking details and essences that enrich it once and for all. Colin Tench in the seventies would be a consecrated musician today, but the best of all is that we can be witnesses of this confirmation in these dangerous times for a progressive genre that, more and more, shows lack of emotion, technique and feeling. From the darkness of self-production and the underground emerges an increasingly powerful light that announces, like this 'Hair in a G-String', a new future full of hope, a horizon of events that will drag us towards the primitive and true condition of the progressive genre. Colin Tench is one of those flag bearers. The reason is simple: he is a musician with soul.
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Review by The Jester

5 stars For those who maybe don't know Colin Tench, I should say that he is a very talented and skilled musician, who is involved in various bands and projects, such as Corvus Stone for example. I knew Colin and his skillful guitar playing from his previous works with Corvus Stone, but this solo album came as a surprise to me. I have no intention to get into details for every song, because to be honest, 99% of the times I just put the CD and let it play. It is one of the best releases of 2016 without a doubt, and that is proven by the No.1 position at the Prog Archives albums chart with the best releases of 2016. As Colin told me a couple of days ago when we were talking on Skype, one of his most beloved bands is The Beatles, and that is something that is rather obvious throughout the album. One can find enough influences by The Beatles among a few other bands, like Pink Floyd for example. The song Can't See it any other way sounds like it was taken out of The White Album, and the small passage of ''Because'' at the start of Something new, Something old? makes me chill every time. There were many musicians that participated in the recordings, so further than Colin and the 6 musicians that worked on this album, there are also 16 more that helped as guests; playing a very big variety of instruments, like flute or violin for example. But further than each person's personal taste in music, the important thing is that Hair in a G-string is a well-structured album, with emphasis on the details. And you know what? All these simple and small details are making a big difference finally. Based on the 6-7 times that I listened to the album so far, these are my most beloved songs: Hair in a G-string Part.1, Can't See it any Other Way, The Sad Brazilian, And So Today, Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Screwed, and the fantastic Liza's Waltz with full orchestral arrangements, that is a bonus track. The album is available for download on the artists Bandcamp page, but further than that it will be available in CD near the end of November. Give yourselves a favour, and buy this really beautiful album! You will not regret it! Highly Recommended! My Rating would be: 4.5 out of 5.0 stars. P.S: Because I can't rate it with 4.5 stars, I will give 5.0, in order not to downgrade the very good ratings the album has so far. Thank you for reading this. :-)
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Review by GruvanDahlman
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5 stars I have been listening to Colin Tench's past works and I have always enjoyed it very much, even rewarding it with five stars. That is a testament to a young man's brilliance and ecclecticism, because that is his forte. Tench seems able to play any genre in a convincing way and ever evolving. In a progressive sense that is true strengths. When I learned that he was involved in a new venture I was intrigued and happy to review it. Since I loved Corvus Stone II so much I was fearful that I would not like this as much. I was proven wrong.

Let me tell you, the opening track is such a gentle piece and holds a spoken "Welcome to the show". This section of the song, with a soaring sax-solo is one of the most beautiful passages I have ever heard. Breathtaking. The next track is a very melodious one which brings Beatles to mind. And then it hits you, "Hair in a G-string part 2". Santana and latin fusion. It's a vivid celebration to music and creativity. Part 3 of this suite is a folky nod to the 70's, I think, and is great. Apart from the folky nod there is a fantastic section of free-form characcter, a powerful workout and a intriguing soundscapes. I love this song.

"Something old, something new?" is a track in sections with outstanding playing and a guitar that is unbelievable. The opening nod to The Beatles (copying the intro to "Because" is simply delicious.) And the we head into the Wild West on "La Palo desperado" before "Part 4 b" starts summoning all the pieces together in a magnificent epic and soaring fashion. And then there's the bonus track, "Liza's waltz" with full orchestra. Pompous and overblown and as such stunning.

Of all things I have heard from Colin Tench this is by far his most progressive work. He throws all and any into the pot making "Hair in a G-string" a collection of outstanding beauty and power, blending his hardrock tendencies with folky intricacy, progressive outbursts and expeditions to any part of the world, fusing all above with latin jazz-rock worthy of any and all of the greats. It's whimsical in just the right sense and that makes the music even more endearing.

It need to be said that though Tench is the mastermind he surrounds him with, just as he always do, outstanding brilliance in his entourage of fellow musicians. If I was the emperor of the world, which I'm clearly not, I would prompt for all to listen to this album. It is a crowning achievement of 2016 and I urge you to listen. Brilliance on a plate.

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Review by BrufordFreak
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4 stars Colin is feeling nostalgic!

1. "Hair in a G String (The Opening) Part 1" (6:25) is a very dramatic opening (an overture?) with quite theatric music supporting Peter Jones' eventual narration singing drawing us into the story (album). It's like the narration of the experience of writing and listening to a concept album 'show.' How self-aware is this writer/narrator/composer/performer! One of my three favorites from this album. (9/10)

2. "Can't See It Any Other Way" (4.36) a little in the countrified vein of the early EAGLES or GEORGE HARRISON/BEATLES-like tune. A well-recorded and -constructed homage to the music of the past but a little too over the top for me. (7/10)

3. "Hair in a G String (The Hairy Part) Part 2" (6.04) continues the "suite" theme that began with the album's opening song. This one feels very cinematic, like a lot of the Corvus Stone stuff. Very Spaghetti Western like (except for the drums--which are rather lame) with at least three distinct parts, the third of which is completely old-school SANTANA. (8/10)

4. "The Mad Yeti" (2:54) is a guitar instrumental with at least three or four tracks devoted to acoustic guitars. Not far from an Anthony Phillips piece. I like to imagine Colin sitting by a fire in the fireplace while recording each of these tracks. (8/10)

5. "The Sad Brazilian" (7:20) This happens to be one of my favorite songs on the album--as much for the wonderful use of orchestra and piano as for the wonderfully cinematic soundscapes painted herein. Even Colin's electric guitar flourishes are contained and restrained, yet they pack the perfect punch. (9/10)

6. "And So, Today" (4:12) is a beautiful tribute to four rock'n'roll greats that passed away in 2016. Great encrypted lyrics delivered with such beauty and respect from singer Pete Jones. Another of my three favorite songs here. (10/10)

7. "Hair in a G string (I'm Going Down) Part 3" (10.09) opens like a classic ROY BUCHANAN song, orchestra and all. Then, at 1:10 the guitar sound choice shifts into sustained overdrive to give it a more modern sound. At 2:25 there is a shift in mood to more Southern Rock--over which the theatric vocals of Pete Jones are delivered. The dreamy "feels so good" part at the five minute mark is pretty--as are the guitar and keyboard solos that follow. Accordion's presence gives the song a little beer hall feel. The song is starting to feel more PINK FLOYD/DAVID GILMOUR-esque here in the seventh and eighth minutes. Unfortunately, I find the premise that trimmed pubic hair is more desirable than the alternative to be a sad reflection of our paranoid, over-sanitized, youth-obsessed first world society. (9/10)

8. "Lisa Waltzes Back In With No G-String" (3:53) is a solid instrumental with another Spaghetti Western cinema feel to it--(this time especially the drums). (8/10)

9. "Lisa's Entrance Unplugged" (3:09) An oddly titled song for such a beautiful medieval folk song. One of my three favorites. (10/10)

10. "Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Screwed" (7:32) The title here refers to the many themes from old classic rock songs that Colin here borrows and varies, including the BEATLES-esque opening upon which the song is founded. (As I said in the opening to this review: "Colin is feeling nostalgic.") To my ears, it is the Eagles, Pink Floyd, and The Beatles that are most represented in the collection and juxtapositions of the riffs I hear. Quite probably Colin means this as another tribute to the recently deceased heroes of rock history. Colin puts on display some wonderfully emotional guitar and melodic wizardry in his expression of these familiar themes. (9/10)

11. "La Palo Desperado (5:54) is pure Spanish guitar play--as if King Henry VIII's court with his first wife, Isabella of Spain. Nice concert material--though perhaps a bit drawn out. (8/10)

12. "A Beautiful Feeling" (5:58) sounds like a hit crossover song from the mid-70s--could be from Glenn Campbell, Charley Rich, Leo Sayer, Ronnie Milsap, the early Eagles or even The Greatest American Hero or Grease. Actually a pretty good song! Let's get it some AM radio airplay. (9/10)

13. "Dnieper Summer Day (1:38) is a multiple acoustic guitar piece that though essentially Spanish in its feel, purports to have something to do with Russia--though it's really a variation on The Eagles' "Hotel California" chords and melodies. (8/10)

14. "Part 4b (7:56) is stable rock set up for a humorous vocal drama between musicians, composers, lyricists, and singers. They really do camp it up! IT sounds like it could come out of a music studio version of The Rocky Horror Picture Show. For the first three minutes it's quite fun, then it gets weird/silly in a Tim Burton-kind of way (despite Colin's excellent guitar soloing). Then, at 5:28 it threatens to become a heavy metal song, only it doesn't. The vocals disappear and Colin goes on doing his bluesy electric lead solos (in multiple channels/tracks). The orchestra joins in at the end in a kind of Quadrophenia kind of way as the narrator brings the comicopera to an end. Entertaining! (9/10)

15. "Part 4b Redux (0:23) is a brief dance hall version of the chords and comedy of the previous song.

There is so much nostalgia present in this album I wonder what Colin is going through (on a personal level). I appreciate his commitment to and reverence of these heroes and influences of his. Where Colin's music here lacks in comparison with his last Corvus Stone albums is in the up-front show of virtuosic flair in the electric guitar department. The man is an electric guitar god, so why not exploit it! I mean, there are only so many albums that one can put out in a lifetime (unless you're Buckethead, Sun Ra, John Zorn, or the Acid Mothers Tempe), so let's flaunt it! For posterity! One last thing: While I comprehend Colin's rather clever pun-manship with potty humour topics, I'm not necessarily a big fan: There's always a little too much implied misogyny (or male locker room attitude) involved for my comfort. Still, the man is nothing short of a genius! And a mega talented one, at that!

A 4.5 stars album; a near-masterpiece of progressive rock music--and a genius piece of music drawing on, but making all his own, the riffs and melodies of past masters.

Thanks to evolver for the artist addition.

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