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Mandalaband - Mandalaband II - The Eye of Wendor: Prophecies CD (album) cover




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3.33 | 53 ratings

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4 stars The 70s was, of course, the era of the big concept album. This one stands up very well, in my opinion. BJH's and 10cc's engineer, Dave Rohl (now a noted Egyptologist), was the brainchild behind this album, which utilized the talents of members of both those bands, as well as special guests Maddy Prior (Steeleye Span), Justin Hayward and Paul Young of Sad Cafe. Hayward also sang on Jeff Wayne's "The War of the Worlds", so he must have had a soft spot for these projects. There is a fantasy story running through the album, although it's not that clear or interesting, but fortunately the music is good enough that you don't need to bother following it. The music style is grandiose pop prog, the sort of thing that Moody Blues, Camel or Barclay James Harvest fans will really go for, including swelling strings, swooning melodies and choral vocals. There are some beautiful songs on here, particularly "Dawn of a New Day", sung by Hayward, which is an all-time fave of mine, and "Like the Wind", which features Prior at her most dramatic. I consider this album an unqualified success, not an all-time classic but a very enjoyable record of bright, hopeful music.
Heptade | 4/5 |


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