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4 stars I'd like to repair an injustice I committed in my previous review of Ruphus "Inner voice", as I mentioned and gave a low rate to "new born day" when in fact its hard-prog is worth ****.

Thanks to my old prog devoted and guitar maker friend who lent me his CD, after reading the mentioned review, I could reevaluate "New Born Day". The last time I listened it was more than 10 years ago as I traded the vinyl, so I should not have pronounced about it without a new listen. As I wrote adding and correcting now:

RUPHUS is a chameleon band, I know 3 their studio records that are radically different in style one from the other, still what is preserved is the high music quality:

"New Born Day" (1973, ****) style : Hardprog . Comes to mind the English band FLASH meeting the German early 70's hard-prog school ala TWENTY SIXTY SIX & THEN with hints of fantastic ala URIAH HEEP vocals;

"Ranshart" (****, 1974) style : symphonic prog. YES meets the German keyboards-symphonic style, (later they were signed by the German Brain label) ala OCTOPUS "Boat of thoughts". This is a classic lyrical wonderful entirely prog album;

My favorite "Inner Voice" (****1/2, 1977), the style here is prog-jazz-rock with some swing beat (few disco beat) and soul vocals. The swing rhythm and breaks could remind Gentle Giant sometimes. Fresher and uplifting stuff.

I'm very glad to see that RUPHUS is such a prolific and incredible band. Unfortunately underrated. The diversity of vocalists who perform in each album are a highlight point, as all of them are expressive and great!! Specially Sylvi in "Inner Voice"(please see the review).

From the album "Let your light shine" (1975) I only know 1 live version of "Second corner" track available in the live BRAIN FESTIVAL -ESSEN double vinyl album, and it's an incredible cut. I must discover the entire album! Otherwise if it was not reissued so far as "Inner Voice" was not, we must just lament: "oh, no MURPHY LAW attacks us" ( the law of teaser contradictor events ;-).

Prog_Veteran | 4/5 |


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