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As the World Import

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Product details

  • Audio CD (7 Mar. 1995)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Sony/550
  • ASIN: B0000029F0
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 492,843 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. All Ways the Same
2. As The World
3. Uncle
4. How Long I Have Waited
5. Best Regards
6. The Cheese Stands Alone
7. Prose
8. A Short Essay
9. My Dear Wormwood
10. Entry 11-19-93
11. One For The Show
12. The Wiblet
13. Audio Verite
14. Settled Land
15. A Habit Worth Forming
16. Never The Same

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By J. Smith on 19 Jan. 2005
Format: Audio CD
As The World is one of my all time favourite albums. I bought it "on spec" having read one brief review and I hope this review encourages people to follow my lead. I was capivated on first listen and it was a revelation in the mid-90s to discover a band that provoked the same excited response from me that I remember when first hearing ELP, Yes and Genesis. Not that Echolyn's music is particularly comparable to the aforementioned. The music is undoubtedly what would be termed "progressive" rock but I don't feel the usual criticisms of that genre can be applied to Echolyn. The album is full of great songwriting, arrangements and musicianship and is very moving at times - romantic and reflective and veering from the delicate and beautiful to loud and aggressive. There isn't a weak track or dull moment among the 16 that make up this fine album.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Calcaterra Marco on 1 Jun. 2001
Format: Audio CD
I remember I was in a shop and suddenly the guy at the counter, a friend of mine, told me "Marco, hear this!". The sweet strings and vocals start lead me to the sudden acoustic guitar start of the title track which stunned me for almost its entire duration. This guys know how to play, they are more on the progressive than on the metal side, but this is Echolyn's benchmark and a clear signal of originality over marketing. Lyrics are interesting and moving, and this masterpiece lasts for more than 70 minutes! It could need a couple of listenings to grow on you, but after that you'll understand how sad was life without Echolyn!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By G. J. Dorrington on 1 July 2008
Format: Audio CD
Don't muck about, buy it! Great songs from a melodic band with their own style; their vocal harmonies remind me of Steely Dan. Super compositions, not bitty like many prog albums. It all flows beautifully.
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I heard a sound bite from this album, and was so convinced this CD was going to be good I bought it. Great music all the way through. Clever and well constructed songs played by fabulous musicians. Now searching for more and other bands like Ecolyn.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
brilliant CD 12 May 2002
By x_bruce - Published on
Format: Audio CD
With the exception of an occasional stylistic (vocal and arrangement) nod to Gentle Giant Echolyn produces one of the most original progressive CDs of the 90's with As The World. The songwriting is excellent, songs like As The World, The Cheese Stands Alone and My Dear Wormwood develop while retaining melodic structure.
As a whole As The World is a consistantly entertaining album. While true that it may take a bit of time to get into the rewards are worth the effort. Some comments from prior reviewers make Echolyn sound overly complex and not accessible which may put some people off.
If you are familiar with progressive rock you will find a lot to be excited about on this CD. If you are looking for a super fast, prog metal album this might not be for you. There are plenty of dynamics and intensity but Echolyn are more similar to classic 70's progressive in terms of structure and sound. Don't let that scare you into thinking this is yet another retread or prog cliches as the music is contemporary. Another interesting aspect of the band are their American roots. On their next album, Cowboy Poems Free, they would develop an entire CD based on Americana. Some of that feel is here on As The World and is an interesting contrast to many of their contemporaries.
Some may find Ray Weston's vocals an aquired taste. They didn't do much for me initially, they are at times quite dramatic and seemed on first listen to be over the top. Through further listenings I've grown to enjoy his style.
These guys are excellent musicians that sing as well as they play. Their lyrics are also worth listening to. Sadly, this is the only major label CD by the band and it is their best. If you can find it get it.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
excellent 30 Dec. 1999
By Michael Toland - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Lush, complex progressive rock that uses familiar elements (from Yes, Gentle Giant, Kansas, jazz) in fresh ways to create their own unique sound. Impressive and beautiful, and I can honestly say I've never heard anything quite like it before. Recommended.
Note: they broke up due to their record company's utter indifference (not because they didn't become successful but, I'm guessing, because breaking up a band is often the only way to get out of a typical major label contract), but recently got back together with a new drummer and a new album on the way.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
US prog rock with UK feel. Currently my favorite CD. 26 Feb. 2001
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Audio CD
I do concur with some of the previous reviewers that this album is a bit difficult to grasp during the first couple of listens. It feels quite disjointed and disparate in many spots; the odd meters and strange chord patterns seem like pieces of a puzzle that don't fit. But after a few more listens, the ingenuity of the arrangements begins to emerge, each song begins to possess an indelible charm, and everything suddenly makes sense. Which makes As The World the stroke of genius that it is. At this time, this is my favorite CD. I cannot seem to listen to it enough. The sound here is quite interesting. I discovered that Echolyn is an American band, but from listening to them, they sound very British, much like a 90's version of Gentle Giant. What is most fascinating here is the musical emphasis seems to revolve more around vocals than anything else. Many different characters emerge from the lead vocalist in most of the songs, adding a theatrical quality to them. Multi-part harmonies during verses takes priority over any riff or melody. Although the musicians are highly technical (the drummer especially, whose parts would drive a transcriber insane) and skilled, overindulgence is kept to a minimum, solos are generally rather short. As a result, songs rarely stretch beyond five minutes in length. I would highly recommend this for any fans of Gentle Giant, Kansas, the vocal stylings of Queen, or 70's art rock. I might add that the price is quite a bargain for a CD with as much quality music (almost 70 minutes) as this. Buy As The World now, before it slides away!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Eye poppingly complex progressive rock! 14 Jun. 2000
By Troy Paiva - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Sure, there are a few reviews here saying that this album is too complex- to the point of being annoying.
On the first 5 spins I said the same things about this album. I even came close to trading the thing in at the used store in my neighborhood. After about 8-10 spins though, I began to "get it" and learn the songs. I now consider Echolyn to be one of the best 5 prog bands of the 90's based on the merits this album. If there was ever an album that grows on you . . .
The joy with music like this is the anticipation of all those complex changes and weird tempo shifts. This is just about the most complex progressive rock album I have ever heard that is still accessable enough to enjoy doing most anything from driving to just hanging out.
To me it's like a cross between Gentle Giant and Jethro Tull's "Songs From the Wood" album on amphetamines. If that sounds good to you, you'll love it.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
The Best Album of 1995 15 July 2003
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Audio CD
This album had mass-appeal. Prog-fans are not the only ones who liked this album. This could have been BIG; but, as usual, Sony ...did not promote it.
"As the World" is filled with catchy, hook-filled, artsy songs that made it the best of its class. Nothing else released that year by a major label compares in song writing, musicianship, and production. Songs such as Best Regards, A Short Essay, and Wormwood were heads above the normal pop music of the day. The song Never The Same is an anthem in the same vein as Elton John's Funeral For A Friend.
Alas, since echolyn were too good at playing their instruments and therefore not "as the [rest of] world", this great band and album got grossly over-looked by the industry. This is perhaps the best example of how incompetent current record executives are. No wonder the music industry is in trouble.
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