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The Long Hello


Eclectic Prog

2.75 | 17 ratings

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2 stars Range change

Only one year after the second Long Hello album came this third instalment in the series. Once again it is totally different from the previous one with David Jackson now taking up a leadership role. This is basically a Jackson solo album, which is hard to miss given photo of him on the sleeve with some of his favourite instruments and his name being written out in large letters while "The Long Hello Volume Three" is in smaller letters. Even though Guy Evans is still involved it is not clear why they continued the Long Hello moniker for this album at all.

While the first two Long Hello albums were entirely instrumental, several tracks on this one features vocals. Most of the vocals are done by Jakko Jakszyk, later of 21st Century Schizoid Band and King Crimson. Tracks with Jakszyk on vocals like Sogni d'Oro and The Honing of Homer work very well. Jakszyk also contributes some nice Allan Holdsworth- like guitar. I do not know who sings on Dr. Mop (is it Jackson himself perhaps?), but it works considerably less well. Peter Hammill is credited for playing keyboards, but he does not sing. Hugh Banton is not involved.

Awful drum machines ruin tracks like May Day, May Day and Range Change which sound like leftovers from Volume Two. Volume Three is definitely a better album, but it lacks cohesion, and despite some good moments it is not a strong album overall.

SouthSideoftheSky | 2/5 |


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