I asked the computer shop assistant what the music was in the background. He told me it was Ayreon, Into the Electric Castle, and that if I ignored a few cheesy voiceover lines I would enjoy a really good album.
Boy, what an understatememnt. This is sensational, with everything from heavenly harmonies to grunge sections, from searing hot guitar solos to flute and keyboard wizardry, from well-known names of Fish (marillion) and Thijs van Leer (Focus) to the unknown but amazing vocals throughout.
Did I mention what sounds like the synth work of Rick Wakeman and the other harmonies so much like Jon Anderson (both from prog rockers YES)...then a bit of Mike Oldfields style thrown in... little wonder then that I love it so much.
The disappointment has to be the more ordinary tracks on the second album in the set, but at least it wont get worn out as much as the first one.
Reading the website notes of Arjen Lucassen (Ayreon), I want to find out a lot more and this is like discovering a new band from another planet, only to find that they wont run out of things to listen to due to a large back catalogue. Should be an interesting project researching some more of his superb music.