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In the wake of the 60's, a Folk revival started on both sides of the Atlantic, and got quickly linked with a protest movement, not always, but often linked to more left-wing tendencies, which did not sit well with the authorities. BOB DYLAN, JOAN BAEZ, WOODY GUTHRIE, JOHN DENVER, BUFFY STE-MARIE, but also the FARINA couple Richard and Mimi for the US and SHIRLEY COLLINS and EWAN McCOLL (mentor of BERT JANSCH, JOHN RENBOURN ) for the UK and HUGUES AUFRAY in France. In Quebec, there was the "Chansoniers" phenomenon among which CLAUDE LEVEILLE and FELIX LECLERC were the most popular, waking up the sleepy "Belle Province" and stand up for itself from the English rule. The English part of Canada also brought up JONI MITCHELL, LEONARD COHEN (although he was from Montreal) and NEIL YOUNG.

As DYLAN turned electric with his Highway 61 Revisited album, much to the dislike of purists who yelled for treason, Folk Rock was born, opening the floodgates for younger artists to turn on the electricity. As DYLAN soon abandoned to style to create Country Rock with his next album, his British equivalent Scotsman DONOVAN stayed true to Folk Rock. In the US, THE BYRDS were the main promoters of the style by now, culminating with the superb "Eight Miles High" track with a lengthy (for the times) guitar solo of almost one minute. But countless other bands on the west coast, such as LOVE, JEFFERSON AIRPLANE (and later its spin-off HOT TUNA), GRATEFUL DEAD, QUICKSILVER MESSENGER SERVICE, PEARLS BEFORE SWINE, and TIM BUCKLEY all started in the folk rock realm. Even San Fran's SANTANA with its Latino traditional music and, on the east coast, NY's THE LOVING SPOONFUL had folk roots. Notwithstanding the immense popularity of SIMON & GARFUNKEL and their delicious harmonies, Folk Rock was appealing only to the rock public as the older generations turned their backs in folkies.

In the UK, following on their countrymen DONOVAN, many Scotsmen were very influent in exploring new grounds for folk rock: INCREDIBLE STRING BAND (led by Scots Palmer and Williamson) with their two highly influential albums "5000 Layers Or The Spirit Of The Onion" & "The Hangman's Beautiful Daughter" and THE PENTANGLE (led by other Scots Renbourn, Jansch and McShee and their superb bassist Danny Thompson) and its incredible fusion of folk, blues and jazz style were very instrumental in developing the style to the same extent as FAIRPORT CONVENTION and THE STRAWBS who by that time were still more conventional US "west-coast folk rock". The single artistes in folk rock became known as Folk Troubadours were also numerous and often presented a more progressive side of folk: AL STEWART, NICK DRAKE, ROY HARPER, TYRANOSAURUS REX (actually a duo of Steven Took and Marc Bolan) , JOHN MARTYN etc.

However, the real angular album that will lead to further change of Folk Rock is FAIRPORT CONVENTION's "Liege & Lief" album, that proved to be highly influential for another generation of groups: this album concentrated into electrifying seminal English traditional folk and retained that quaint Englishness taste. It is interesting to see that both leaders of FAIRPORT quit the band after this success to go their respective way: Sandy Denny to a solo folk songwriting career and Ashley Hutchings to a very traditional folk rock. By this time, most connoisseur were talking of Acid Folk, Psych Folk, and Progressive Folk, all having limited differences and no particularly drawn-out limits or boundaries, but all relying on experimental or groundbreaking adventures and good musicianship but not necessarily of an acoustic nature.

Groups like THE THIRD EAR BAND and QUINTESSENCE relied on eastern Indian music influences and, sometimes, medieval tones. Other groups like the weird COMUS, THE TREES, SPIROGYRA, FOREST, the superb JAN DUKES DE GREY (all listed in the ProgArchives) but also TRADER HORNE, TUDOR LODGE, FOTHERINGAY, MAGNA CARTA, TIR NA NOG (all of whom could also be in the ProgArchives) were out to break new ground but with less commercial success as their predecessor. By 1972, all of the glorious precursors bands were selling fewer records and had problems renewing themselves and a newer generation of groups was relying in a more Celtic jigs or really traditional sounds. Such as HORSLIPS, DANDO SHAFT, STEELEYE SPAN, AMAZING BLONDEL, ALBION DANCE BAND and SPRIGUNS OF TOLGUS. Although JETHRO TULL had some definitive folk roots right from the start, their only albums that can be regarded as Prog Folk are 77's Songs From The Woods and 78's Heavy Horses. Ian Anderson (another Scots) was very keen in acoustical traditional songs. Some Folk Troubadours such as TIM BUCKLEY and JOHN MARTYN started turning records more and more axed towards fusing jazz and folk (a bit in what THE PENTANGLE were doing) , others became more and more electric and they started to be referred to as Singer Songwriters especially those with country rock influences.

In Germany, HOELDERLIN (and their fantastic debut album), EMTIDI, OUGENWEIDE, CAROL OF HARVEST, WITTHEUSER & WESTRUPP were exploring German folk while KALACAKRA , SILOAH and EMBRYO were indulging with Indian music. In South America, most notably in Chile, LOS JAIVAS (very bent upon Andean Indian music) and EL CONGRESSO (more Spanish-Latino folklore) were using folk in their rock, so much that some press talked about them referring it with the hateful term Inca Rock. In Quebec, the progressive movement exploded with the cultural identity and the Chansoniers tradition and this was carried out with LES SEGUIN and HARMONIUM and so many more. In France, many groups were out for folk rock such as RIBEIRO ALPS, TANGERINE, and ASGARD. In Spain, Flamenco playing a dominant role as well as Basque folk, TRIANA, ITOIZ and HAIZEA were the head of the movement once the Franco regime fell apart after his death.


There is also a very important medieval music influences dimension in some groups as the term Medieval Folk was also mentioned for a while but apparently dropped by musicologists. Among the UK groups are obviously GRYPHON, GENTLE GIANT and THIRD EAR BAND, in France: MALICORNE and RIPAILLE and in Scandinavia: ALGARNAS TRADGARD and FOLQUE.


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4.64 | 2279 ratings
THICK AS A BRICK
Jethro Tull
4.32 | 1737 ratings
AQUALUNG
Jethro Tull
4.16 | 952 ratings
SONGS FROM THE WOOD
Jethro Tull
4.21 | 225 ratings
ALTURAS DE MACCHU PICCHU
Jaivas, Los
4.12 | 431 ratings
RED QUEEN TO GRYPHON THREE
Gryphon
4.12 | 391 ratings
FIRST UTTERANCE
Comus
4.15 | 227 ratings
GRAVE NEW WORLD
Strawbs
4.23 | 92 ratings
EZEKIEL
Itoiz
4.13 | 214 ratings
HERO AND HEROINE
Strawbs
4.17 | 131 ratings
ST. RADIGUNDS
Spirogyra
4.34 | 49 ratings
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Eden
4.09 | 235 ratings
THE HAZARDS OF LOVE
Decemberists, The
4.12 | 160 ratings
MICE AND RATS IN THE LOFT
Jan Dukes De Grey
4.03 | 834 ratings
STAND UP
Jethro Tull
4.01 | 990 ratings
A PASSION PLAY
Jethro Tull
3.99 | 781 ratings
HEAVY HORSES
Jethro Tull
4.10 | 108 ratings
HÖLDERLINS TRAUM
Hoelderlin
4.11 | 89 ratings
BELLS, BOOTS AND SHAMBLES
Spirogyra
3.97 | 790 ratings
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Jethro Tull
4.09 | 83 ratings
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 Unicorn by TYRANNOSAURUS REX (NOT T. REX) album cover Studio Album, 1969
3.44 | 19 ratings

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Unicorn
Tyrannosaurus Rex (not T. Rex) Prog Folk

Review by friso
Prog Reviewer

4 stars Tyrannosaurus Rex - Unicorn (1969)

Before Marc Bolan began the glam-rock outfit 'T Rex' he made a couple of psychedelic folk records, this one being the most famous. Bolan proves to be a great songwriter, though most of our attention is sucked up by the bizarre vocal performance of Bolan. His strange-sounding, blurry and shaky vocal performance style is unique, but also a bit too omni-present. Every note is sung with vibrato, most vocal lines are dubbed and the effect is perhaps a bit too psychedelic. I do think he must have influence later psychedelic folk singers like Roger Wooton of Comus.

Behind the layer of bizarre vocals the beautiful melodies are plentiful and the songs are quite original. Sometimes I can't help to think the album also has something 'French' to it - whatever that may mean. The amount of great ideas is not a problem, but mixing them into well finished songs is a different thing - though some might argue the unpredictability adds to the psychedelic effect of the album. The sound of the album is great with the volume up high, but somehow the dreamy sound remains a bit confusing. Another psychedelic trick on the listener? The addition of a short spoken-word fairy tale on side two has no function at all. Still, the amount of great melodies keeps adding up and almost every song has some catchy part that may light up in your mind days later.

Conclusion. There aren't that many psychedelic folk records and I think this record can become a favorite if given the time to ripe. It is crazy and damn catchy. I'm giving it the warm three-and-a- halve stars because of its originality.

 Space Hymns by RAMASES album cover Studio Album, 1971
2.87 | 30 ratings

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Space Hymns
Ramases Prog Folk

Review by friso
Prog Reviewer

3 stars Rameses - Space Hymns (1971)

Together with Alphataurus this vinyl reprint has perhaps the most inpressive artwork in my collection. When folded out you get to see a spaceship that was part of a big church in a romantic scene. But what's the music about?

Psychedelic folk songs with some space-influences and many repetive vocal parts, sometimes a bit like chanting. The first and the last track have some progressive rock leanings. The lyrics are actually the weak point, though some lines are catchy like the slightly freakish "What to say to the Earth people?". I actually like the concept of finding some catchy psychedelic/folky phrase and giving it some time to settle in. I like it when atmospheres aren't ruined by needless interventions, like so often happens in progressive rock music. Some people mention the weaker tracks, but I myself only dislike the second track 'Hello Mister' which is a bit too simple and repetitive. Other songs like the often critisized like 'Balloon' and 'Jesus Come Back' I really liked, the latter reminds me a bit of Pearls Before Swine. The recording and soundeffects are really good.

Conclusion. Well let's be honest, how many psychedelic folk records with space rock influences are there? Just give it try! It's not hard to digest. Three stars, add a star if you like to listen to rare music.

 Parallelograms by PERHACS, LINDA album cover Studio Album, 1970
4.00 | 6 ratings

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Parallelograms
Linda Perhacs Prog Folk

Review by friso
Prog Reviewer

4 stars Linda Perhacs - Parralellograms (1970)

In the age of internet obscurities come to be rediscovered, like this sole record of Linda Perhacs from the beginning of the seventies. Here listed in the progressive folk section, I would discribe it as mellow songwriters folk with mild psychedelic influences on some tracks. More then an early seventies record I would call it a light sixties recording.

A clear authentic female voice, an acoustic guitar, songs in which the silence is a main instrument and some arrangements with rhythm and wind sections. It doesn't matter how loud you play this, it's still intimate and soothing. All songs sound interesting and original, but the performance is the thing that stands out. Somehow Linda Perhacs is really out there, full of soul and love.

The recording showcases a minimal approach and everything has a function. Even some vocal dubs are used with a distinctive effect in mind, not just to fill up the space. My vinyl-reptrint on Kapp sound allright, but I can imagine a better remaster being done.

Conclusion. If you like that late sixties soulful intimate folk sound this is a real flawless gem. For progressive folk look elsewhere, I'm actually a bit surprised this record can be found on progarchives. Well then, four stars. This will possibly become a personal favorite.

 Homo Erraticus by ANDERSON, IAN album cover Studio Album, 2014
3.62 | 134 ratings

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Homo Erraticus
Ian Anderson Prog Folk

Review by Neu!mann
Prog Reviewer

3 stars No one can say Ian Anderson isn't ambitious. But the author of "Thick as a Brick" and "A Passion Play" may have chewed off more than he (or we) can swallow with his latest project: a three-part, fifteen-song chronicle of humankind in Britain, beginning nine millennia ago and charting a sporadic path to an uncertain near-future circa AD 2044. The epic scope would have challenged even the most determined Progressive Rocker, without even considering the concept behind the concept: an over-elaborate fictional back-story involving Anderson's old doppelgänger Gerald Bostock.

It's reassuring to see him embracing his inner-Progger so warmly, albeit almost to the point of suffocation. It can take longer to digest the contents of the CD booklet, with its copious lyrics and tongue-in-cheek essays, than to sit through the CD itself: a sure sign of thematic overkill. The music itself might almost have been an afterthought, all of it typically well-played and lavishly produced but hardly distinctive or even memorable, and like his recent "Brick" sequel entirely too lyric-driven, without a lot of melodic hooks to grab hold of.

On his web site it's referred to as a "Jethro Tull album (in all but name)": strictly sales talk for susceptible fans. It's true that Tull has always (or at least since 1969) been Anderson's vehicle, but at its best the band was also a genuine group, with distinctive personalities among the many players. What's missing here is the synergy of a true ensemble. The new quintet is certainly competent but, unlike classic Tull, completely anonymous, despite all the cosmetic similarities. Why hire young talent if the end result is only a watered-down facsimile of bygone days?

At the age of 67 Anderson isn't ready to settle into his dotage yet, and more power to him. But I wish the Tull CEO would stop resurrecting the Bostock persona, although I understand his intuitive reasoning: it's a link to his more lucrative musical youth. In the early 1970's Anderson was celebrating the virtues of Living in the Past, and it's nice to hear he hasn't completely changed his tune more than forty years later. Progressive Rock needs all the champions it can get these days, but perhaps it's time for him to leave the past alone and start looking forward again.

 Thick As A Brick by JETHRO TULL album cover Studio Album, 1972
4.64 | 2279 ratings

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Thick As A Brick
Jethro Tull Prog Folk

Review by Jordan677778

5 stars This is my first experience with Jethro Tull since hearing the track "Aqualung" long ago. I previously was not aware he produced such masterful pieces of work. This song/album represents absolute creativity and beauty in songwriting. The song takes unexpected twists and turns, yet flows nicely; interlaces previously used pieces later on in a different context; and explores the bounds of how far you can take a "single song". Bravo to Ian Anderson, and to all who were involved in producing it. I've had about a dozen listens through it by now (one month since I first discovered it), and I'm sure I'll probably listen to it another hundred at least. I've read the song (or maybe it's just the lyrics) are satirical, however the song does not come across this way to me. Just a well written epic.

This review is purely about this music, not the lyrics. While I do care about "vocals" - as in the persons voice, and how they manipulate it - I don't particularly care as much about lyrics (in any type of music.)

 Ikaro by AALTO album cover Studio Album, 2014
3.78 | 9 ratings

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Ikaro
Aalto Prog Folk

Review by BrufordFreak

4 stars Prog Folk coming out of Finland. The blending of what sounds like Arabian and Indian instruments with the gut-stringed instruments and shamanic voices native to Finland, plus Didgeridoo, banjo, a kind of zither/autoharp, reed instruments, and "Tibetan" or "Tuvan" (or Sami? or some other Siberian tribe's) vocal overtone singing make this more of a blending of ancient and sacred intercontinental indigenous traditions. Coming from North America, I am biased in that I think I am hearing First American rhythms and vocals, too--especially songs like the album's opener, "Ikaro" (8:12) (8/10). The second song, "Vapathaja" (7:30) (9/10) presents with a jazzy Eastern European/klezmer sound. Sultry female lead vocalist, Petra Poutanen, the delicate acoustic stringed instruments, along with the virtuosic clarinet performance give it a bit more of an international flavor. Sitar-, doshpuluur- and mandolin- dominated "Heijestumia" (5:19) (9/10) has quite a fun minstrel/troubadour feel to it, though is quite Indian-sounding. The "Tuvan" throat singing adds a mystical quality to the song's feel. 4. "Kastepiesaroita" (4:16) and 5. "Kastepiesaroita II" (5:23) present as an ethereal pair of Eastern-spiced meditative songs. The first is dominated by an effluent, hypnotic female voice singing as if trying to lull the listener into a trance or some receptive state. Part II continues the hypnosis using only instruments. (8/10) "Sateentuoksuisia Unia" (4:55) is for me one of the albums high points. Beautiful melodies, almost a Cassandra Wilson feel to the banjo, baritone guitar, didgeridoo and hand drum foundation with some great vocals, lead and harmonies, throughout. (10/10)

7. "Metsätaloushöömei" (6:26) has quite a shamanic story-telling sound to it as male vocalist alternates between throat singing and pleasant tenor folk singing. The 'shout chorus' and female 'yodeling' take the song into even stranger territory. Ends like a front porch bluegrass jam straight out of the Ozarks! Not a song for the faint of heart! I like it! (8/10) The album's closer--and its longest song at 10:39--"Kuun Tytär" is its best. Opening with didgeridoo, subtle background strings sounds and harmonics all playing over the syncopated rhythms of a hand drum. At 1:28 a clarinet enters, claiming the melodic lead with repetition of its simple ascending note sequence. At 2:10 the etheric, delicate voice of Petra Poutanen again graces us with its present. I wish I could find the translation to the Finnish lyrics here because they must tell quite a powerful little story. The song is mesmerizingly beautiful and haunting in a very MEDIÆVAL BÆBES kind of way. (10/10)

Overall this is an interesting album of unusual and often beautiful, hypnotic, and joyful songs. I can't remember the last time I've ever come across such an eclectic blend of world instruments into the songs represented here. But it works! I have been listening to this album over and over for several weeks now and each listen only seems to deepen my immersion and enjoyment of them. I'm not sure this is a "masterpiece of progressive Folk music" but it is definitely worth checking out. If you're looking for something different, something out of the ordinary and entertaining, I would highly recommend that you check this one out.

 A Journey On The Inside  by KERRS PINK album cover Studio Album, 1993
3.51 | 18 ratings

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A Journey On The Inside
Kerrs Pink Prog Folk

Review by apps79
Special Collaborator Neo Prog Team

3 stars By the time of the release of ''Mellom oss'' Kerrs Pink were already falling into pieces.Lytomt and Fundingsrud left the band to form another group called Mantra and by early 82' Kerrs Pink were history.During the 80's Lytomt was also involved in Foxtrot, but the emergence of Musea gave Kerrs Pink back a breath of life.In 1989 the band reformed with old members Jostein Hansen, Harald Lytomt, Torild Johansen and Tore Fundingsrud with newcomer Per Oyvind Nordberg on keyboards/vocals (also a member of Mantra) due to the interest of the French label in re-releasing their early works.In early-90's ''Monday man'' was recorded, heading for the Musea compilation ''7 days of a life'' and by May 93' 20 tracks were mastered, heading for a third album.18 of them made it to ''A journey on the inside'', which was released the same year.

Keeping part of their old stylings and updating their sound, Kerrs Pink returned with an album following their past principles of smooth Symphonic Rock, but this time they pronounced their folky touches.They appear as a cross between post-90's YES, CAMEL, KAIPA and MIKE OLDFIELD during the first running hour, passing through dreamy, epic atmospheres, rural soundscapes filled with Nordic melodies and light symphonic moods, where the music alternates between acoustic and discreet electric guitars with flutes supporting and electric passages with cool moves and nice keyboard parts performed on organ and synthesizer.The vocals are performed in English, featuring a guest female singer and end up to be pretty emotional.The combination of symphonic and Nordic influences works pretty well, but the album lacks the beautiful melodies displayed in ''Mellom oss'' and some moments in here sound a bit thin, despite the good arrangements.Fortunately a decent work becomes pretty strong at the very end, as the best is left for last.The 11-min. ''Rubicon'' is a nice piece of Folk-tinged Symphonic Rock with great vocals and melodies, interesting organ and guitar battles and occasional breaks into Scandinavian tradition, featuring overall a more complex and demanding sound.''Delirious'' is an absolute surprise, recalling PALLAS and featuring flashy, symphonic synthesizers and standard Neo Prog melodies in the guitar solos over clean and expressive vocals.The piano melody is reminiscent of MARILLION's ''Lavender''.''Epilogue'' is a fantastic, melancholic outro, recalling KAIPA, CAMEL and FOCUS, with a stunning melody on guitar and a strong Classical/Nordic feel, monster exit, despite its mellow style.

A succesful comeback by all means.Melodic, atmospheric Symphonic Rock with big time Nordic/Folk influences, pretty great album regarding the year of its release and the period difficulties concerning progressive music.Strongly recommended...3.5 stars.

 Grace by FARPOINT album cover Studio Album, 2003
3.05 | 5 ratings

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Grace
Farpoint Prog Folk

Review by apps79
Special Collaborator Neo Prog Team

3 stars After making the first steps into discography, Farpoint would enter a short but very productive period, releasing one album per year.Their second work ''Grace'' was released in 2003 again on Starcross Music and showed the addition of Mike Avins on lead and rhythm guitars.Former bandmate Rick Walker provided narrations in two tracks and Buddy Harre contributed vocals in another.The track ''H2Origins'' was also included in the Progression Magazine compilation ''Paths less travelled''.

The band avoided forced attempts on writing long, progressive epics, but they did not move an inch from their love for mellow, spiritual Progressive Rock.Now, there is a great balance in this album, which would not break any grounds, but contains sincere and harmonic music with some strong arrangements.The more full-blown proggy tracks even flirt with the old, symphonic sound of the past and the touch of groups like YES, RENAISSANCE and PENTWATER is pretty obvious, albeit with an evident American taste and a tendency towards more melodic and less complex orchestrations.Still there are plenty of great moments in them, led by the dominant piano and synthesizers, the vintage sound of organ and the occasional fiery guitar explosions, featuring a nice female vocalist and offering even some quirky instrumental tricks.During their softer moments they dive into a world of rural soundscapes with smooth acoustic plays and the omnipresent support of background keyboards, delivering a more Prog Folk-oriented style, which retains an artistic face and is interrupted often by some good electric moves.The biggest force of the band appear to be the old-fashioned runs on keyboards, the lovely guitar solos and the tight compatibility between acoustic textures and proggy workouts.

Music, that comes from the heart, performed with honesty and dignity.Split between light Symphonic and Folk Rock, ''Grace'' is a pretty enjoyable release with lots of well-arranged parts.Recommended.

 Itziar by ITZIAR album cover Studio Album, 1979
3.38 | 11 ratings

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Itziar
Itziar Prog Folk

Review by apps79
Special Collaborator Neo Prog Team

3 stars Another entry in the long list of Basque Folk-based bands, this group was formed around female singer Itziar Egileor and apparently was named after her.They had a six-piece line-up with Alex Zabala on guitar, Eduardo Bazterra on bass, Mikel Prieto on guitar/synthesizer, Joseba Erkiaga on flute/saxophone and Javi Robador on drums, while specific members offered background vocals as well.Their only self-titled album comes from 1978, released on the neverending supporter of Basque bands, the Xoxoa label.

Itziar seem to walk on the thin line between pure Folk groups of the area and the more progressive acts like ITOIZ, performing music strongly surrounded by the local tradition but having also some of the complexity of Progressive Rock.The basic components here are Itziar's angelic vocals, the mellow acoustic guitars changing colors with the soft electric moves, the ethereal Psych/Folk orientations and the discreet presence of flutes and saxes.A few tracks appear to follow a more conventional Psych/Folk sound, always led by the crystalline singing of Itziar and a decent acoustic background with guitars and flute in evidence.But most of the pieces contain light electric moves, smooth interplays between guitar and flute and a pair of them sound a bit richer due to the use of keyboards.Even if the instrumental parts are rather limited, the album holds enough interest till the end, offering some nice melodic soundscapes, an attractive, archaic enviroment and some great vocal harmonies.Needless to mention the longer tracks are also the more suitable to the tastes of a Prog Rock fan with the omnipresent, delicate flutes, the electroacoustic moves and the light symphonic vibes thrown in.

Apparently the band was short-lived with Javi Robador joining Enbor the same year, while Joseba Erkiaga was already a stable member of Itoiz.Itziar Egileor also contributed vocals in Itoiz'es second album ''Ezekiel''.

Cool and relaxing Basque Prog Folk with some light psych, symphonic and even jazzy underlines.Beautiful melodies, fine female vocals but less energy compared to other local bands.Recommended.

 9 Parts To The Wind by STRANGE DAYS album cover Studio Album, 1975
4.22 | 22 ratings

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9 Parts To The Wind
Strange Days Prog Folk

Review by GruvanDahlman
Prog Reviewer

4 stars Sometimes they appear, like ghosts from a foggy past, the forgotten albums by even more forgotten groups. Often enough these faint echoes of yesteryear would be better off buried but then again there are gasps of life, beauty and brilliance in the music created. The lone album of Strange Days is one such example of that brilliance.

While 1975 and the following years of that decade treated progressive rock in a less amiable way than the previous, excellent music was created. England's "Garden shed" from 1977 is one and "9 parts to the wind" is equally a splendid showcase for prog from the latter half of the decade.

The music on "9 parts..." is as elaborate as anything from the classic days and bolster a musical landscape that does not sound dated. It sounds fresh and exciting, just like classic Yes (for instance).

The music is a mixture of Yes, England, Supertramp and other bands in that vein. That means that the music is intricate, melodious, challenging and blessed with an occasional pop feeling. Instrumentally it is flawless. The vocals may be different from what you are accustomed to but they are actually a perfect fit for the music.

The title track is absolutely brilliant in a Supertramp styled kind of way. It is a pop flavored piece of progressive music of the highest calibre and could well have been a hit back in the day. The longer tracks tend to be the best. Epic and built from multiple musical bits and pieces, blended together in the most delicious fashion.

Conclusion: This is a piece of prog history. Though buried for the overwhelming part of it's existence, the album sounds as fresh and exciting as ever. You really ought to pick it up.

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0.720 ALEACION Mexico
3 DAFT MONKEYS United Kingdom
A PRESENÇA DAS FORMIGAS Portugal
AALTO Finland
RABIH ABOU-KHALIL Lebanon
ACCOLADE United Kingdom
ADARO Germany
AFFORESTED United Kingdom
AFION Croatia
AGAPE Canada
AGINCOURT United Kingdom
AIGUES VIVES Germany
AKTUALA Italy
NICU ALIFANTIS Romania
ALMÔNDEGAS Brazil
AMANITA Italy
AMAROK Spain
AMAZING BLONDEL United Kingdom
AMBER United Kingdom
AN DRO Germany
ANACRUSA Argentina
IAN ANDERSON United Kingdom
THE ANGELS OF LIGHT United States
ANNAMY Sweden
APARECIDOS Multi-National
AQUAPLAN Finland
AQUARIUM Russia
DAN AR BRAZ France
MARCO ANTONIO ARAUJO Brazil
DAN ARBORISE United Kingdom
ARIA PALEA Italy
ARMY OF BRIARS United Kingdom
ARTSRUNI Armenia
ASGARD France
ASHADA Japan
ASHTAR Brazil
ASI SOMOS Puerto Rico
ATMAN Poland
AUCAN Argentina
AVALANCHE Netherlands
AVE SANGRIA Brazil
AZAHAR Spain
BABADAG Poland
BABY WHALE Multi-National
BAMBIR / THE BAMBIR Armenia
BANDA DO CASACO Portugal
A BARCA DO SOL Brazil
BARR Sweden
TOMAS BATISTA Argentina
BAYON Germany
BEAT CIRCUS United States
BEDEDEUM Italy
BERNARD BENOIT France
BLACKMORE'S NIGHT United Kingdom
BLOPS Chile
BLUEHORSES United Kingdom
BOULE DE SON Canada
BRAN (BRÂN) United Kingdom
BREAD LOVE AND DREAMS United Kingdom
BRECHE Canada
PAUL BRETT United Kingdom
BRÖSELMASCHINE Germany
BUCIUM Romania
TIM BUCKLEY United States
VASHTI BUNYAN United Kingdom
C.O.B. United Kingdom
CAEDMON United Kingdom
CALIBAN United States
CÁLIX Brazil
CAMELIAS GARDEN Italy
CAN AM DES PUIG Multi-National
CANDIDATE United Kingdom
CANO Canada
CANZONIERE DEL LAZIO Italy
MARCELLO CAPRA Italy
CARMEN United Kingdom
CARNASCIALIA Italy
CAROL OF HARVEST Germany
GIAN CASTELLO Italy
PHILIPPE CAUVIN France
CHAC MOOL Mexico
CHALIBAUDE France
CHERCHE-LUNE France
CHIMERA Netherlands
CHRYSALIDE France
CIRCULUS United Kingdom
CLOGS Multi-National
COMUS United Kingdom
CONGREGACION Chile
CONGRESO Chile
CONNIVENCE Canada
CONTRALUZ Argentina
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