Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection.
WOW! This record is just a bit less good than Spartacus: mostly, it sounds very similar to Spartacus. The weak point on this album is Barry Palmer's lead vocals, although bearable. "I believe", sounding a bit pop, has good rhythmic piano, Fender Rodes, choir parts and some floating keyboards. The first part of the marvelous "Day in a life" has Fender Rhodes and background floating keyboards sounding like the Gary Wright's "Dream Weaver" track; the second part has a very progressive & melodic piano a la Rick Wakeman: absolutely GRAND; finally, the third part sounds like on the Spartacus album: rhythmic piano, VERY spacy moog, fast drums and bass. The epic "History of mystery part 1" starts with another excellent piano part, followed by heroic & catchy keyboards like on the Spartacus album: Hammond organ and moog; so, this tracks sounds like the best ELP of the early 70's!
Are we going to a symphonic-rock gem? and to this day I move to Germany with the legendary "Triumvirat".
Following the same formula as her early records, Heart Like a Wheel doesn't appear to be a great breakthrough on the surface.
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music
GANDALF is possibly the rarest album on the Capitol label and sought after in any condition by record collectors. Originally released in 1969, reissued by Capitol on vinyl in the 90's, but they never issued it on CD (why not?). The British See For Miles label reissued it first on CD and now this Sundazed release. As with all Sundazed reissues the sound quality is excellent (considering source tapes), remastered by master reissue guru/producer Bob Irwin. This is a wonderful album, not overproduced, but with a dreamy, laid back vibe and a velvet landscape with a feminine essence that's hard to describe.
Essential: a masterpiece of Progressive Rock music
I cannot wait anymore to review this record: This record contains maybe the best guitar solos in the history of music. It is not a question of speed here; it is rather a question of sounding near the perfection. The electric guitar solos are at their best, especially the solo on “Jigsaw”, which is, in my opinion maybe the best one in the history of music, at least near Eddie Van Halen’s eruption: I’ve never heard a more pure, loud and clean Fender Stratocaster sound than on this track.
The Tibetan Freedom Concert was the largest rock charity event of 1997, a two-day event held in June that featured many of the biggest names in rock and rap. Appropriately, it was filmed and recorded with the intention of being released later in the year as a charity record. The triple-disc set, The Tibetan Freedom Concert, is the extraordinary document of that weekend, containing one performance apiece from the 36 artists who appeared at the concert.
Excellent addition to any Prog-Rock music collection
Now, it must be said, I’m inclined to love just about anything Gentle Giant ever released or even breathed on. Thus, with the following praise in mind, unprepared fans of the band’s earlier work may get to this album, and a song like “I’m Turning Around,” and laugh their pants off. This would be an unfortunate reaction. Okay, so there is definitely a shift in direction evident on this album — there are less overtly “proggy” songs, more purely rocking songs, and a general lifting of the intense burden of creating “yet another insane experimental masterpiece!!!” that every album preceding seemed to bear.
Essential: A masterpiece of progressive rock music.
THE POWER AND THE GLORY is one of Gentle Giant’s more “difficult” albums, there’s no doubt about that. It’s also one of my favourites from this highly inventive and influential English prog band.
Dating from 1974, this concept piece delves — with fitting cynicism — into the political experience, and the compromise, corruption, betrayal and egotism that go hand-in-hand with high office. (The cover, depicting a glowering, playing card king, is a classic.)