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Lifesigns

4 Feb 2013 | Format: MP3

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Product details

  • Original Release Date: 4 Feb 2013
  • Label: Esoteric Recordings
  • Copyright: 2013 Esoteric Antenna
  • Total Length: 53:44
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  • ASIN: B00BD1WPAS
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 10,183 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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46 of 47 people found the following review helpful By R. Muir on 28 Jan 2013
Format: Audio CD
Quintessentially English, modern prog:
Short and long-form musical structures, layered sound and melodic guitar lines over keyboard washes.
Changes of tempo and time signature variations; tenor, high tenor or female vocals commonly utilised to compliment the soaring instrumentation and arrangements.
Usually takes its lead from classic 70's progressive rock; musically influenced by early-era Genesis and a smattering of YES in vocal arrangements and harmonies.

Some bands successfully create their own sound within the above template; others think a little outside the box and expand or even challenge the genre.
But many sink into the murky progressive waters, weighed down by a prog-by-numbers predictability and ponderous passages only their prog-mother could love.

Lifesigns, the new band project featuring John Young (keyboards, lead vocals), Nick Beggs (bass, stick, vocals) and Frosty Beedle (drums) intentionally and unashamedly follow the first of those three examples.

But the album is far more than "quintessentially English, modern prog" because Lifesigns carries elements of melodic rock and pop, has hooks a plenty and contains complex but not overly-complicated musical sections that never outstay their welcome.
The overall character of the album is best described as musically vibrant and bright, primarily due to the use of major keys and their uplifting, tonal qualities.

And for those that like their six-string prog sonics melodic solos, harmony lines and guitar textures are present and accounted for courtesy of guest musicians Jakko Jakszyk (Jakszyk, Fripp and Collins), Robin Boult (John Young Band) and prog luminary Steve Hackett.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By C. Jacobs on 31 Mar 2013
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I'll keep it simple, bloody well buy it!! If you like complex time structures and tempo changes then this is for you. Remember years ago when you had exhausted all music and were looking for more, but not more of the same, then this is exactly that. Five pieces of sheer brilliance all merging to create a lovely work. I ordered it has to be said on the strength that Mr Hackett had it mentioned on his web site, without listening and was not disappointed
COME ON CHERRY RED GET THIS OUT ON 2lp ASAP. We music lovers and prog aficionados are begging you.
Asan aside also get The Rome Pro(g)ject also including two of the best pieces by one Mr Hackett.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Erikbloodaxe on 3 April 2013
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Thought I'd give this album a go after seeing who was involved. That can be risky I know but this was a gamble that really paid out. Listened to it twice back to back and love it. Yes it does have a proggy feel but it doesn't feel it was done by numbers. Does have a really English sense to it. I didn't find myself playing spot the influence as much as can happen with prog albums. It came across as their sound. I hope they tour and do more stuff.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Andy McLeod on 28 Jan 2013
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Yes, it is prog, but very much "progressive". Great musicianship, but really accessible - the virtuosity complements the excellent melodies and is not there for it's own sake. Unlike much music of this ilk, it gels on the first listen and only gets better as familiarity increases. I'd recommend it to anyone who likes Yes, Genesis, Asia etc but with the difference that this is very much a product of the 21st century!
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A. M. Henderson on 13 Feb 2013
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Lifesigns is an album which does not come this way too often. A fusion of several musical styles, its roots are firmly in the classic 70s prog era, its vision peering somewhere out there deep into the cosmos itself.

John Young, its composer, keyboards player and lead vocalist, has waited a long time to deliver an album of such innate loveliness, and thankfully, his inner quorum of bass virtuoso Nick Beggs, drummer Frosty Beedle and producer Steve Rispin, were the ones on hand to help him achieve it.

Although at its heart is prog, there are many other themes and styles woven into its sonic tapestry, including classical, a touch of jazz and even some AOR, courtesy of the very accessible and commercial Telephone, full of tight harmonies from Young and Beggs, with guitarist Jakko Jakzsyk making a huge contribution to its breezy tone. At The End Of The World has a cosmic edge through its zingy keyboards and spacey atmospherics, all ending on a very high note.

Lighthouse is the tour de force opener, its driving melody and elaborate instrumentation eventually giving way to an enormous wall of sound courtesy of Beggs' sonorous bass pedals and Robin Boult's soaring guitar and an apocalyptic thunderstorm.

Encapsulating the heady essence of prog is Fridge Full Of Stars, bursting with stellar performances from the inner quorum plus Thijs Van Leer on flute and Steve Hackett on guitar. It is a wonderful example of how music can move the spirit and uplift the senses in equal measures.

The captivating Carousel brings the album to a fitting climax through a frenzy of sound from Beggs' Chapman stick, Beedle's energetic drumming and Young's myriad keyboards.
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