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Symphonic Prog

3.30 | 54 ratings

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Sean Trane
Special Collaborator
Prog Folk
3 stars 3,5 stars really!!!!

Ache's sound is still very derivative of the early Purple and Nice (the duo of Lord-Blackmore and Emerson-O'List) and can resemble also Beggar's Opera Act 1 album. No long epics like on the first album , this one provides a good proto-prog and shorter songs (up to 9 mins still) with many highlights such as Equatorial Rain , Invasion (multi-movement piece) and Shadow Of The Gipsy. Unfotunately , tha album is a bit ruined by two sub-par tracks : Sweet Jolly Joyce and the title track.

All in all , this album is inferior to the debut , because they fail to capitalize on a good start by not developping their own sound and personality. I want for proof the Beatles cover of We Can Work It Out , excellently done but vastly copied on the MK I Deep Purple version on 68's Taliesyn album. If they do better the Purple version , it is only marginally so but also show how much they were hung up on imitating Lord and Blackmore sound.

Those first 2 albums are available on 2 on1 deal and this is an excellent value both for the wallet but for the ears.

Ache will break up after this album , reforming in 76 for a further two album, the first one a concept.

Sean Trane | 3/5 |


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