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Prog Folk

3.28 | 26 ratings

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Sean Trane
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Prog Folk
4 stars 4.5 stars really!!!

As usual James beat me to the review but this time by more than a year. For those not familiar with 70's Canadian prog , most of it comes from Quebec and apart from Toronto (Rush , Saga, FM ) that pretty well sums it up! Really? No! Actually coming from the werstern part of the country are two gems/pearls: Vancouver's The Collectors (two superb psych/prog albums in between Vanilla Fudge and the Moody Blues - I am lobbying for their inclusion in the Archives) and the this album album from Ptarmigan (also from British Columbia) .

This album has got a very undescribable feel of freedom and ethereal beauty all the way through the tracks and no other album comes close to this. Highly original, slightly shamanistic/mystic , very acoustic , hauntingly beautyfull (the perfect album to get in the mood with the partner), this is definitely of of those lost treasure/hidden gem from the 70's that makes life worthy when you discover this some 30 years later. There is also a very indefinite Amerindian feel to this music but not quite the same as you would find in Chilean group Los Jaivas. Loaded with flutes, and long cosmic/mystic chants, this album is to rank with Comus as tops in the Folk-Prog category.

Thank you James (I find your rating quite severe) , thank you ProgArchives, thank you Ptarmigan. Life is beautyfull .

Sean Trane | 4/5 |


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