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IN TIME (WITH COCO ROUSSEL)

Kit Watkins

 

Crossover Prog

3.70 | 7 ratings

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Dreamer of Pictures
4 stars I bought this CD direct from Kit Watkins, obtaining the original with the black & white cover, not long after it was released.

For Happy the Man fans, mostly this music is a treat, very much in the vein that HTM mined with such enthusiasm.

Forte was for years my very favorite song, rich and deep, with some minor key phrasings interspersed with bursts of major key sunlight.

Another favorite is Over the Andes, a song that veers between a monumental effort through a cold and endless environment and the incandescence of achieving a major goal. Those kids of contrasts are a hallmark of solid satisfying prog rock.

Bob's Tune starts with a truly enchanting high register keyboard solo, and at 1:44 segues into a far more intense rhythm section, very upbeat. Eventually the original melody recurs atop that choppy rhythm. It wraps up with a drum solo, including some tuned drums.

If you like the start of Bob's Tune, Pastel will probably suit your tastes too.

Do You Mind is a minor key gem, starting off with quiet questions and ending with very energetic and even forceful answers.

On my phone, in addition to Forte: everything except Sprites, In Time, Spiral March and Apres-MIDI. That's 9 out of 13 I carry around with me.

This CD and the Coco CD Reaching Beyond were pretty much the last of Kit's output that centered on prog rock. You can hear some of his later interests developing here, certain mechanical aharmonic tactics and even some ambient material. Ambient later became a big theme for Kit Watkins.

Full disclosure: I shot a lot of concert photos for the reunited HTM and for its successor, Oblivion Sun. You can seem some of those on their web sites.

It used to be that you could download this CD in MP3 format from Kit's site. As of the week I write this (Dec 22, 2015), the free downloads seem to be disabled.

Dreamer of Pictures | 4/5 |

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