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Twenty-four months after the release of their critically acclaimed third album The Octopus, Amplifier are back with a brand new album called Echo Street – their first with the new four-piece line-up – and first for Kscope.

The deal sees the band come full circle. Sales of independently released The Octopus left them amazed and delighted, and encouraged them to headhunt the ... Read more in Amazon's Amplifier Store

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  • Audio CD (11 Mar. 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Import, Box set
  • Label: K-Scope
  • ASIN: B00BHXGW9C
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 40,604 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Deluxe Edition

Twenty-four months after the release of their critically acclaimed third album The Octopus, Amplifier are back with a brand new album Echo Street

The band of Sel Balamir (guitars) and Matt Brobin (drums) re-emerge at the core of a very different animal – a four-piece line-up that has delivered a subtle shift in style allowing them to mix their epic space rock jams with accessible pieces boasting three-part vocal harmonies – sung by Sel, former Oceansize; man Steve Durose (second guitar) and Alex "Magnum" Redhead (bass).

“We are extraordinarily pleased with Echo Street. We didn’t think that we could better The Octopus, but I think that Echo Street has a timeless quality about it. It’s probably the Amplifier album that most people will know with time.There’s something really special about it…” - Sel Balamir

 

1.1 Matmos - Amplifier[00:08:25]

1.2 The Wheel - Amplifier[00:07:09]

1.3 Extra Vehicular - Amplifier[00:12:05]

1.4 Where The River Goes - Amplifier[00:06:30]

1.5 Paris In The Spring - Amplifier[00:08:30]

1.6 Between Today And Yesterday - Amplifier[00:05:16]

1.7 Echo Street - Amplifier[00:05:52]

1.8 Mary Rose - Amplifier[00:07:14]

2.1 Sunriders Ep - Spaceman - Amplifier

2.2 Sunriders Ep - Sunriders - Amplifier

2.3 Sunriders Ep - Never And Always - Amplifier

2.4 Sunriders Ep - Close - Amplifier

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Kris.G on 4 April 2013
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As much as a love Amplifier I was a little disappointed with Echo Street for the main reason being that this album lacks the epicness and intensity of their previous albums and EPS. I thought 4 songs were great in this album, Matmos in particular having that unique Amplifier signature and reminding me of those uplifting songs like Hymn of the Aten, O Fortuna etc. Reading some of the reviews here, Amplifier has always been a "grown up" or "mature" prog rock band as far as I am concerned and this new direction they have taken has left me a little uninspired, change/revolution isn't always a good thing, I remember when I worshipped Oceanszie and how they suddenly changed from great prog rock to something I could not relate too, I thought a 4th member is unecessary anyway on a positive note my personal favourite song in here is "Extra Vehicular" by far the best song, followed by "Matmos", "The Wheel" and "Where the river goes" the other 4 songs still had elements of Amplifier but just felt a total deviation from their usual songs. Having said all that I keep an Open mind, maybe they will grown on me with time.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Squashed Nose on 1 April 2013
Format: Audio CD
I broke one of my own rules with this album and pre-ordered it. I was a little apprehensive but really shouldn't have been.

I find it ironic that the huge sound of Amplifier appears to have been reduced somewhat with the addition of a fourth member. However, the music is more mature, perhaps more intelligent and equally as enjoyable. The wall of noise that Amplifier have made their own is still there in sufficient quantity but has been interspersed with quiet passages, poise, grace and even acoustic guitars and close harmonies.

There are no bad or even mediocre tracks on this album, each one is a peach, which makes the album a classic by my own reasoning. However, the stand out tracks for me are Extra Vehicular (track 3), a 12 minute Floydesque behemoth and Where the River Goes (track 4), which bursts into classic Amplifier wall of noise with hair raising effects.

It would be folly to ignore the Sunriders EP included with the deluxe edition, which is excellent in it's own right, comparible with other Amplifier EPs such as Eternity and Fractal. What I love about Amplifier EPs is that they sound like high quality jam sessions (maybe they are) which give an insight into the development of their sound.

I feel obliged to mention the packaging of the deluxe edition, which is a book containing what appears to be a true story told in words and pictures. Beautifully bound, signed by the band members (my pre-order version was anyway) and containing two superb discs of music, it has become a treasured possession.

Finally, I am a huge PT and SW fan but cannot reconcile the comparisons made by some reviewers. Amplifier started very loud with their eponymous debut and have been maturing since then whereas PT started with trippy, Floydesque, meandering tunes and developed into a band with a big sound (think The Incident). SWs solo work however, is much quieter and thought provoking.

5 stars, classic album.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mr Capacitor on 29 April 2013
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As the title says, I was drawn to this album by, as usual, hearing a track on BBC Six Music (The Wheel); so I was going out on a limb not knowing what the rest of the album might sound like to me. I have to say I was - and am - really pleasantly surprised. For me, every track is a winner - something I think is difficult to attribute to many albums.

The Wikipedia entry says the band has overtones of Pink Floyd, Soundgarden, Black Sabbath, Tool and Oceansize. Maybe. But for me this album at least has influences from the likes of Yes and Led Zepplin. As another reviewer said, the album grows on you the more you listen.

On a more general note, this is a review of the CD (unfortunately not the Deluxe version!). After much comparison of MP3 and CD quality, I just prefer the latter. And it might not be a vinyl album cover, but at least you have the disk cover: its imagery and information.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By The Crimson King on 20 Mar. 2013
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Well, how do you follow the mighty Octopus - the eight legged one was my album of 2011 by some margin....?

Echo Street is how. The Octopus has grown up - opener Matmos available in various locations online as an album preview is a great opener and really sets the scene for a great collection of tracks. Not as immediate, hard rocking or dark as its predesessor, Echo Sreet's a grower and has been spinning uninterupted in the car stereo since it arrived.

Like all good progressive bands Amplifier have moved on and I love them for it. Whether its the influence of new guitarist Steve Durose (ex Oceansize) only time will tell but theres a lightness of touch to procedings that melds well with the riffing and feedback typical of the classic Amplifier sound.

An amalgam of albums 1-3 with a little added optomism, Echo street is 100% progressive and 100% Amplifier - its a great album.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bert on 14 Nov. 2014
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Fantastic album. I won't go into detail, others have reviewed the album far better than I, but I feel compelled to write something after having just listened to Extra Vehicular (track 3) for the umpteenth time. I'd pay the cover price for this track alone.
When you get to 10:47 close your eyes and listen to the immense soaring guitar in the background. If you don't get chills up your spine there's something wrong with you. :)
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