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3.27 | 16 ratings | 2 reviews | 6% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 1994

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Bug (4:09)
2. Way Before Your Time (4:37)
3. Bug Bee (0:51)
4. Empty Cafe (2:09)
5. Suspicion (4:27)
6. I Be Thank You (2:19)
7. All Blues For All Reasons (7:17)
8. A Trick Of Memory (4:11)
9. Steal (4:49)
10. Another View (1:46)
11. Cold Heart (5:21)
12. Bug C (0:52)
13. Morris Minus (3:06)
14. In The Shade Of The Shadow (4:10)

Total Time 50:03

Line-up / Musicians

- Martin Barre / acoustic & electric guitars, lead vocals (2,8,10,11), flute (6), Hammond (8), co-producer

- Maggie Reeday / lead vocals (7)
- Joy Russell / vocals
- Mark Tucker / acoustic guitar & baking vocals (10), co-producer
- Andy Giddings / keyboards, Hammond, piano (14), bass (12)
- Mel Collins / alto sax (1,3,5,7,9,11)
- Nick Pentelow / sax (5,7,11)
- Richard Sidwell / trumpet (5,7,11)
- Steve Sidwell / trumpet (5,11)
- Rob Darnell / lead vocals (2,8,10), harmonica (10), percussion (1,2,5-11,13)
- Matt Pegg / bass
- Marc Parnell / drums
- Graham Ward / drums (4)
- Tom Glendinning / drums (2,9)
- Marc Johnstone / string arrangements (14), keyboards (1)
- Garfield Jackson / viola (14)
- Wilf Gibson / violin (14)
- Gavyn Wright / violin (14)
- Tony Pleeth / cello (14)
- Ric Sanders / violin (4)
- Martin Allcock / double bass (4,14)
- Malinda Maxwell / oboe (14)

Releases information

Artwork: There are 2 releases with different cover art, the one here is the initial later abandoned

CD Zyx Music - ZYX 20282-2 (1994, Germany)

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MARTIN BARRE A Trick Of Memory ratings distribution

(16 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(6%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(38%)
Good, but non-essential (38%)
Collectors/fans only (6%)
Poor. Only for completionists (12%)

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Review by b_olariu
3 stars Martin Barre - one of my fav guitar players ever, he made history with Jethro Tull, but he got little recognition when talking about his solo career. I'm gonna review his best solo album, at least to me , outside JT, is his 1994 release named A trick of memory. Well, some of the previous reviewers hawkfanatic - explain exactly how this album is, read below. To my ears is a good one, in old fashion style, not very complex, not an easy listning aswell, some nice moments interluded with some date it ones, but in the end a good release. I like his style, never to complicated but always with a sense of melodic lines on each arrangement. The music goes , from straight rock with some progressive tones, but never stops to have good elemenst and arrangements overall. His guitar tone is great, quite similar in places with what he done in JT but ok, even the vocal parts remind me of JT in some parts, specialy Catfish rising era. Some pieces are with vocals, some choruses make from this A trick of memory a pleasent ride , but only if you know him, and I mean his musical work, both in JT or solo. Some acustic tracks and arrangements , like Bug Bee or Empty Cafe gives a good atmosphere overall. 3.5 stars for sure for me, one of the forgotten albums from a great musicians, the opinions are divided , some said is ok , even great some said is boring and date it, the truth as always is somewhere in the middle. Give it a try, nice and warm record overall, like old times.

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4 stars Around 1987, 1988, in an interview, Martin Barre declared that a solo album was soon to follow. That album never saw the light of day. Actually, in other interview, Barre stated that when he made music that is capable of being compared with Jethro Tull, he throw the songs away imediately - he wants ... (read more)

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