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4 stars Second album by this often maligned American prog rock band lead by former REO Speedwagon vocalist Terry Luttrell. Their music is often maligned as nothing more than a YES clone, but actually the music isn't bad at all, as demonstrated on this album. I also think this is their best, which is better produced and more polished than their debut. They have that Yes sound even more perfected here, as demonstrated on songs like "Fountains", "Dawning of the Day", "True to the Light" and "Diamond Song (Deep is the Light)". Again, you got the ANDERSON-like vocals of Luttrell, with the YES-like vocals harmonies, and Wakeman-like keyboards from Herb Schildt. On "Diamond Song", there's a Hammond organ solo that sound like it came right off "Roundabout" and the acoustic guitar and Moog on "Portraits" sounds like it came off "And You and I".

If the album cover style looks familiar, the cover to "Fountains of Light" was done by Peter Lloyd, same guy who did some albums from KANSAS (specifically "Song For America", "Point of Know Return" and "Audio-Visions"), and JEFFERSON STARSHIP ("Dragon Fly"), so the cover to this one reminds me a cross between "Song For America, Dragon Fly" and "Point of Know Return".

Anyway, again, just like their debut, if you can't stand the idea of a band stealing the Yes sound, avoid, but if you're flatter by that idea, then get this album.

Proghead | 4/5 |


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