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Pendragon - Once Upon A Time In England Volume 1 CD (album) cover





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3 stars PENDRAGON is releasing 2 CDs containing archive material together with some other rarities. Vol. 1 is given away gratis when you subscribe to the fan club "The Mob". As usual when bands are releasing archive albums it's quite often that the recordings are poor, so are the quality of most of the material on these two CDs. I really like PENDRAGON and I'm considering them being one of the premier neo-progressive bands together with bands such as ARENA and MARILLION. The highlights on Vol. 1 are "Insomnia", the CAMEL influenced "Catch Me If You Can" with great Moog, the jazzy "Melody", "Dream Of Tomorrow", "Stan & Ollie" live from 1983 and the two poppy tracks "Loving The Stranger" and "Eye For An Eye", both entirely played by Nick Barrett. The artwork as well as the CD booklets are very nice and informative, complete with the PENDRAGON story and loads of archive photos. Both releases are quite interesting if you (like me) have heard PENDRAGON's entire back-catalogue. Yet you can question whether these releases are necessary or not. If you're a die-hard PENDRAGON fan they surely are justified, but if you haven't heard PENDRAGON before, they have put out many great albums that you could get instead of these ones.
Greger | 3/5 |


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