- Audio CD (12 Aug. 2013)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Label: Madfish
- ASIN: B00DE1V2KO
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
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The Masquerade Overture
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Madfish edition of 1996 album with 3 bonus tracks. Pendragon formed in 1978 and over the past 30-odd years have built up a fanatical fanbase around the world, releasing 8 albums along with countless EPs, live and mini-albums. The band returned in 2012 with their new album, Passion, which was hailed by Classic Rock Prog as 'an album that has both verve and real panache'. Passion was released on the new Madfish label (a division of Snapper Music) and Madfish are now in the process of releasing new editions of albums from throughout the band's back catalogue. This series continues with Masquerade Overture, the 1996 album that was originally released on the band's own Toff's Records. This new edition features 3 bonus tracks and is packaged in a slip case. The bonus tracks were originally released on the long deleted As Good As Gold EP.
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But now, the bonustracks. Yes, the As Good As Gold EP was released prior to this album and as such they do seem to fit with this album except that most of the songs sonically and stylistically more seem to fit with the previous album The Window Of Life. But again, I can't complain really about them being here. What I do find utterly dumbfounding is the exclusion of a very special track that certainly should have been here: The King Of The Castle (The Shadow Part 2). This one was found on the additional disc of the original release of The Masquerade Overture (together with edited versions of As Good As Gold and Master Of Illusion and the tracks Schizo). The King Of The Castle is certainly their most overtly nod towards Genesis (Wind And Wuthering era) but I think it is a crime that it is nowhere to be found on this new reissue.
I've recently bought Window of Life, Not of This World, The Masquerade Overture and the totally brilliant 2008 Concerto Maximo (DVD & 2CD's).
Sorry whilst I fully understand why Pendragon would wish to develop a new style and try new stuff, it doesn't float my boat.
Just been listening to Passion on Spotify before switching to The Masquerade Overture (my copy is on the way to me).
6/3/2014 Listening to my copy now, lovely music, simple neo-prog (and all the better for it).
The musicality of the band members, the melodies, it all adds up to putting a big smile on your face.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I must admit I prefer the old style Pendragon to the newer heavier stuff which I have but don't play as much as Window, Masquerade or my favourite Not of this world. Read morePublished 20 hours ago by kaymonferno
I give this album five gold stars As I am playing it as I write, I think the music & melodies are great.. truly worth buying to listen too
A good album from Pendragon. Read more
Arrived on time, and one of my favourite bands ever. A great album.Published 7 months ago by Gregers