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Tarcisio Moura
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4 stars This was Pendragonīs first officiail release, an EP with four tracks. I was quite surprised to find it so good for such a new band. Ok, it lacks the sophistication of their 90īs material of course, but if you look closer itīs easy to see that all the basic elements that made Pendragon one of the best prog bands to emerge from the so called neo prog movement are right here: the Gilmour/Hackett influenced guitar lines, the fine symphonic keyboards (although it would take a little over than an year for Clive Nolan to take over those duties), excellent rhythm section. And, sure, Nick Barrettīs unique voice, love it or hate it.

The title track is quite heavy on parts and show the groupīs versatility since the early days. Victims of Life is a more familiar synphonic prog track, being mostly isntrumental and showing off clearly Genesis influences. Dark Summer Days on the other hand is quite different, with its jazzy guitar, slightly bossa nova rhythm, dreamy keys and fine melody. The last track is the isntrumental Exclibur, where the Steve hackett influence comes to the fore again. Very nice!! Production was only average, but the energy and passion of the performances were so strong they overcome such small detail.

Like Marillion Market Square Heroes EP, Fly High Fall Far proved once and for all that progressive music was far from dead. In fact, a whole new generation of prog artists would show that not only the style was alive and well but they had a lot of new sounds to offer. Small wonder Pendragon is still making fine and relevant music almost 30 years after they appeared. They were truly special from the get go.

Tarcisio Moura | 4/5 |


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