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Beggars Opera


Symphonic Prog

3.36 | 151 ratings

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3 stars Just got the CD last month during DISCUS Live Verso at Gedung Kesenian Jakarta, May 19, 2005 - from a collector, with relatively expensive price for a used CD. Never mind, as long as I get the treasure of seventies band. I first knew the band last year from their album "Water of Change" through a loan from my progmate here. "Pathfinder" delivers a classic rock music with some prog touch. Most of the structure and compositions are simple and pretty straight forward with some inventive organ work. For me, it's good having this collection of classic band.

"Hobo" opens the album with a simple structure. What makes this track sounds prog is the organ solo that is very nice and inventive in nature. "MacArthur Park" which is Jim Webb's classic is performed nicely with clavinet work and excellent vocal delivery ranging from low to high register notes. "The Witch" is a rockier track with simple guitar riffs and excellent keyboard / organ work. "Pathfinder" starts off with drum solo followed with lead guitar work reminiscent of Uriah Heep's Mick Box. The guitar style has characterized the song and made it a bit similar with Uriah Heep music. "From Shark to Haggies" starts beautifully with keyboard and operatic vocal line augmented with drum high hat sounds. The vocal travels up nicely augmented with excellent guitar work. It's my favorite track of this album. I really love the powerful vocal here! "Stretcher" begins with a very nice piano solo work that reminds me to Refugee (of Patrick Moraz). When the music flows with a blues-based influence, the guitar solo brings the music into an uplifting mood. It's a wonderful guitar work. It's an instrumental track with good composition that brings you to the seventies nuance, really! "Madame Doubtfree" is an opera-like song with energetic voice line - powerful voice! Rhythm-wise this song is similar with the music of our local band in the seventies (I don't know which one release the album first): Barongs Band.

Overall, it's a good classic rock music with prog touch.

Progressively yours, GW

Gatot | 3/5 |


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