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Jakko M. Jakszyk


Canterbury Scene

3.65 | 44 ratings

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Mellotron Storm
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3 stars Jakko is perhaps best know among Prog fans for his involvement with 21ST CENTURTY SCHIZOID BAND, although he did play on THE TANGENT's "Not As Good As The Book". Then again Jakko has played guitar and sung on a lot of albums over the years. This solo work is a double album with the first disc being songs about his life, while the shorter (around 35 minutes) second disc are covers of songs that were the soundtrack to his life. His three favourite bands were SOFT MACHINE, HENRY COW and KING CRIMSON so we get covers of songs from those bands on dic two. We get a who's who of UK Prog musicians helping him out including Fripp, Hopper, Harrison (Gavin), Giles, MacDonald, Wallace, Brooks (Clive), Collins (Mel), Stewart (Dave) etc. As Snobb mentions in his review this isn't really Canterbury music but rather a collection of songs where the lyrics take the spotlight. Not that there isn't some outstanding instrumental music here because there is, it's just that the lyrics take precedent. So it's a hit and miss recording for me.

I'm so impressed with some of this while at other times the opposite is true.The packaging and liner notes are very well done, very detailed.This album has garnered a lot of critical acclaim and i'm glad I own it, but for now 3 stars is all I can muster. I have to mention as well that there is quite a bit of mellotron on this disc along with many other instruments. Oh yeah I have to mention that PORCUPINE TREE's Richard Barbieri's wife Suzanne adds some vocals on one track. Remember she did the same on "Up The Downstair" way back when.

Mellotron Storm | 3/5 |


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