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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: 82,139 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  2. Smoke and Mirrors 4:44£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. The Shattered Room 9:46£0.99  Buy MP3 
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Listen  6. Purgatory Road 7:27£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Opera Fanatica13:07Album Only

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ARENA Pepper's Ghost CD

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28 of 28 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|Verified Purchase
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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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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Astounding 10 Sep 2005
By Progger
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I took pot luck on this album after reading a few Amazon reviews and I'm glad I chanced it. It's got to be the best album in my CD collection. This is a mid to heavy rock album and is absolutely outstanding for it's sound quality, melodies, musicianship and composition. Within two listens I was utterley convinced and every time I listen to the album I hear something else in it. If you hanker back to bands of the 1980s like Genesis and Marillion but like a (much) heavier feel and more up to date sound then this is for you.

Every track is excellent. 'The Shattered Room', 'Eyes of Lara Moon' and the mayhem of the rather extrordinary 'Opera Fanatica' (13 mins) really stand out. The longer tracks give the band much more opportunity to demonstrate their talents than in the shorter tracks on 'Contagion'. If you are going to buy one Arena album Pepper's Ghost is it.
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