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PHOENIX

Zauber

 

Prog Folk

2.89 | 21 ratings

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Sean Trane
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Prog Folk
3 stars This got its first release in 91. Knowing the desert prog landscape of the end of the 80's, this must've felt like an oasis when this came out. Some friends were telling me to check this out for more than ten years before I finally got around to it.

I am generally wary of so-called albums recorded in an era but released much later. How the original tapes have been tampered with or re-recorded/overdubbed etc... Nothing immediately apparent here , this album staying close to the style developped on Il Sogno (their only release in that decade and up to 500 copies distributed - the vinyl must go for a fortune).

We are dealing with an ultra-symphonic prog , pleasing very much neo-progheads , along the lines of Renaissance (circa Novella) , but slightly more interesting than BJH but lacking energy much like Il Sogno. This is why I think that the tapes were not tampered with.

Relatively irrelevant historically , pleasant to the non-demanding proghead, probably irritatingly boring for the adventuresome proghead, but what a fantastic sleeve artwork.

Sean Trane | 3/5 |

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