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Pepper's Ghost [CD]

Arena Audio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
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  • Audio CD (2 Jan 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Verglas Music
  • ASIN: B0006IRD9W
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 104,775 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  7. Opera Fanatica13:07Album Only

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ARENA Pepper's Ghost CD

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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent start to the year from Arena 14 Jan 2005
By Dr. D. B. Sillars VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
It's only just 2005 and already a major new prog album hits the stores. This latest by Arena follows up 2003's ambitious and highly regarded "Contagion" album. For some reason I was not completely convinced by it. There was no denying it had some killer tracks, but I found the format of lots of shorter tracks hard to digest and the album didn't seem to flow easily. Unlike "Immortal?", where the expansiveness of lengthier tracks allowed the band to stretch out and made for a much more exciting and satisfying album. Like that album, there are seven tracks which make up "Pepper's Ghost" and I have to say for me this is the best Arena album yet. The album is subtitled "7 stories of Mystery and Imagination" on the front sleeve and therein lies the concept behind the album, drawn out in cartoon strip within the CD booklet. The members of the band are portrayed as Victorian superheroes which inhabit each story.
The songs themselves are quite excellent, tightly structured, highly melodic and full of power, but showcasing subtly detailed arrangements. The band has never sounded so confident and impress as a complete, integrated performing unit. Arena are now reaping the benefits of working with a settled line-up at last.
Musically, this is Arena's most powerful album. The guitars of John Mitchell are much to the fore on this, with Clive Nolan's keyboards adding the necessary symphonic colourings, especially on the closing 13 minute "Opera Fanatica". Here, swirling synths evoke a mad, carnivalesque atmosphere, just the right mood needed for this epic piece.
I like Rob Sowden's voice, which always reminds me of Peter Hammill and is quite refreshing. Not the usual vocal histrionics normally associated with heavy rock music.
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Arena get better with age!! 18 Jan 2005
By Andy H
Format:Audio CD
I only discovered Arena during 2004 and based on the quality of their last three albums I quickly became totally hooked. I was looking forward to "Pepper's Ghost" with mixed feelings, hoping to hear some more quality prog-rock but worried that they could not improve on Immortal? and Contagion. I need not have worried on that score, this album blew me away from the very first listen and I am sure it will become a firm favourite. I will not go through the individual tracks, suffice to say that the whole album is full of amazing musicianship from all members and the vocals of Rob Sowden just get better and better. The album has an expansive and slightly heavier feel than the previous albums, but personally I feel it is better for it and shows how the band is still developing it's style. Good to see that a band now in it's tenth year still has something new to offer. If you like progressive rock and you've not heard Arena before, give this album a listen - you will be hooked too !
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great start for a new Arena fan 30 Oct 2006
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Peppers Ghost is my first Arena alblum that I've bought and I am pleased to say I've struck gold on the first try! Thoroughly enjoyable album, which I can't stop playing since I bought it! The final track is loged in my head and I can't get rid of it - not that I would want to at the moment.

Funnily enough, this album reminded me of Pallas only with better musicianship and ideas. I think it is the keyboard style of Clive Nolan that does it.

I was an old-time Pendragon fan (I saw them first at Queen Mary College, London in about... hmm maybe 1983 or 84, and I own one of the very early cassete demo tapes from before they had a record deal) but I prefer Arena now because I don't have to listen to Nick Barratt's limited vocal talents!

Thumbs up from a new and very happy Arena fan.

Oh one last thing, can you please enclose a magnifying glass with the CD booklet? My aging eyes have trouble reading text THAT small :) This album would have been perfect as a record, with a proper 12" sleeve - it would then have ranked alongside Thick as a Brick (original newspaper version), Yessongs, Olias of Sunhillow and The Pentatuch of the Cosmogony as one of the all-time great album packages!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Modern Prog Masterpiece 8 Aug 2007
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I bought this album on spec as it was linked with another prog album I bought.

I put it hoping to hear a couple of good tracks but was astounded to find after a couple of plays that this was a very impressive album indeed with first rate lyrics musicianship and vocals , both lead and backing.

At times it is reminiscent of Queen with the arranged harmonies but altogether heavier with a great emphasis on the keyboards like all good prog bands. I found all the tracks worthy of mention and especially the bombastic "Bedlam Fayre" "The Eyes of Lara Moon" and what a take as a homage almost to Bohemian Rhapsody - "Opera Fanatica"

Finally a word about the cover, as the previous reviewer has stated it is a real work of Art and it is a pity it was not on an old fashioned 12 inch LP as the artwork is superb. In this format, like the previous reviewer, my presbyopia means I struggle to read the script.
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