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3.05 | 55 ratings

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3 stars I can only partially share the bill from my Prog jester colleague. There is little to retain from here. This being said, I see no reason to compare this work with some "Spock's Beard" or ''Tull" ones.

This album has its own merits or defaults if you prefer. The challenge to suggest a thirty-five minutes opening epic (all instrumental) was quite daring but substantially failed IMHHO. Some good moments for sure (flute of course) but globally very few interesting parts are shown in here.

Some good and fine "Renaissance" flavour while vocalized parts are being "sung". Just as some ELP good keyboard parts as well. Be prepared for this and accept this album for what it is: a shy counterpart of some of the great music we love. But there are too many jazzy items to really please my ears.

To rate this work with more than three stars doesn't sound at all logic in my opinion. Average all the way through. Acceptable sax and backing vocalized parts are the essence of the title epic. Don't expect more from this album. The closing part of this song has much to share with the great "Watcher Of ?" which you might have heard of. A fine ending for this thirty-five minutes song. An ultimate long song doesn't always mean great!

One gets a condensed version of the music from "Kotebel" with the Crimsonesque "The River". Some good chunk of improvisations, jazzy and crazy guitar flavours are presented. Let's acknowledge that the superb guitar work is holding this piece together and raises the album to the next level. And of course some sublime fluting and mellotron parts during the closing section of "The River".

When classical meets complex. Without extravaganza. Three stars.

ZowieZiggy | 3/5 |


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