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Lands End


Psychedelic/Space Rock

3.13 | 14 ratings

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3 stars "Lands End" has rarely played live. This release is therefore interesting for their fans.

It was recorded during their appearances at Baja Prog in Mexicali (Mexico). This annual event is probably the more important prog conference in Latin America. These songs were recorded in 1996 and 1997.

The band have enjoyed these concerts and they jammed accordingly. Some songs are unreleased and some are rather transformed compared with its studio counterpart. So, it's almost an original work.

It's always a pleasure to listen to the emotional vocals from Jeff McFarland. He is so poignant at times ("The Revolution Like Saturn Devours Its." or in "Love Through The Winter & Blood In The..."). If ever you like their atmospheric and ambient music, there are big chances that this album will please you.

The band themselves recognize that this album is not perfect (mainly sound) especially in "Love Through the Winter." but nothing damaging IMO (some bizarre audience interventions though.). The relation with "Floyd" is of course even more obvious on this live album. When you listen to some early "Floyd" concerts, lots of influences can be noticed. This feeling is far to annoy me.

My favourite songs here is "Rain Age". Totally reminiscent of the Floydian atmosphere. Especially the keys which brings you straight into "SOYCD" but "Ashes" is really good as well. These guitar sounds are so marvellous and emotional. But since Neto is Brazilian, he is playing with his heart and soul ("el mago" as being introduced during the end of their show by the speaker).

The worse recording takes place during "The Last Word" which is a pity since it is one of my fave of the band. Sound is definitely not great here, to say the least. Vocals sounding very raw but the music is so beautiful that one would like to forgive the band for this.

Three stars.

ZowieZiggy | 3/5 |


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