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MULTI-STORY belong to the bands of the new wave of British progressive rock, emerged in early 80's.They were formed in 1981 in Southeast Wales by fellows singer/guitarist Paul Ford and keyboardist Rob Wilsher.With Roger Nasey on bass and Steve Byrne on drums they recorded a 5-song cassette demo and, after several lives and the addition of Andy Carney on lead guitars, they released the demo ''Chimes'' with 7 songs.They managed to attract some record companies with this material and finally signed on FM Records.Several songs from their demos appear in a different form on their debut ''East/West'', released in 1985.

Comparisons with early IQ and especially PENDRAGON are undenieable.MULTI-STORY base their music on carefully-arranged guitar melodies, magnificent warm vocals by Paul Ford and heavy digital synths, sometimes in a light symphonic nature.Ford's voice is definitely excellent and resembles to IQ's Peter Nichols (who himself resembles to PETER GABRIEL), while the album is oversaturated in fine melodic guitars and sensitive pianos and atmospheric synthesizers.What sets them apart from IQ and gets them closer to PENDRAGON is actually the lack of long (or even short) instrumental parts,as the album is filled with vocals and most of the compositions have a song-based form.However, Wilsher's keys have often a symphonic nature and I can help thinking of MARTIN ORFORD while listening to them.For some of you,''East/West'' might prove to be too light or heart-melting with all these emotional solos and its sensitive harmony.For me this album prooved to be a nice discovery of easy-listening prog rock in a typical 80's British style with some superb moments and actually I rate this one higher than PALLAS' or PENDRAGON's debuts.

MULTI-STORY didn't hit big time in their career,but their first ever release is at least a respectable work,especially when progressive rock was almost dead meat.Very decent and strongly recommended stuff.

apps79 | 3/5 |


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