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Ravens And Lullabies ~ Limited edition [Double CD, Limited Edition]

Gordon Giltrap, Oliver Wakeman Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (4 Mar 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Double CD, Limited Edition
  • Label: Antenna / Esoteric
  • ASIN: B00B427E8O
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 38,446 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Moneyfacturing
2. Fiona's Smile
3. From The Turn Of A Card
4. Ljw
5. Maybe Tomorrow
6. Wherever There Was Beauty
7. Is This The Last Song I Write?
8. A Mayfair Kiss
9. Anyone Can Fly
10. A Perfect Day
See all 13 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Nature's Way (Bonus Disc Live Recordings)
2. Isabella's Wedding (Bonus Disc Live Recordings)
3. Progress Of The Soul (Bonus Disc Live Recordings)
4. On Camber Sands (Bonus Disc Live Recordings)
5. Lutey And The Mermaid (Bonus Disc Live Recordings)
6. Praeludium (New Studio Recordings From The Well Tempered Clavier)
7. The Forgotten King (New Studio Recordings)
8. Roots (New Studio Recording)

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A LIMITED SIGNED 2 CD DIGIPACK EDITION OF THE NEW STUDIO ALBUM BY GORDON GILTRAP AND OLIVER WAKEMAN FEATURING A BONUS CD OF UNRELEASED LIVE RECORDINGS AND STUDIO TRACKS March 4th 2013 will see guitar legend Gordon Giltrap and keyboardist Oliver Wakeman (following his years of touring with the classic progressive rock band YES) release their debut collaborative album 'Ravens & Lullabies' by Esoteric Antenna, a 13 song collection of hard hitting memorable rock pieces coupled with thought provoking lyrics alongside acoustic duets featuring their fine instrumental interplay. Gordon and Oliver spent 2012 writing and recording the album which features a return for Gordon to his rock roots following a 30 year absence and Oliver's first recorded works since his departure from both Yes and Strawbs. The album has been recorded and mixed by 'Threshold' guitarist Karl Groom (who also mixed the Yes 'Live In Lyon' record which featured Oliver on keyboards). This limited signed 2 disc edition features a Bonus CD of live recordings taken from Gordon and Oliver's 2012 tour and re-recordings of pieces from Oliver and Gordon's past catalogue. Ravens and Lullabies sees a host of respected musicians joining Gordon and Oliver in the studio. Vocalist Paul Manzi has performed with the Oliver Wakeman Band for the last 6 years (appearing on the live DVD 'Coming to Town') and is the current vocalist for the rock band Arena. Steve Amadeo is an in demand Jazz/Blues/Rock session bass player, is currently performing with Blues guitarist Aynsley Lister and Johanne James has been the drummer for Threshold for the last 12 years. The album also features a special vocal appearance by Benoit David, Oliver's old band mate from Yes, on the track 'From the Turn of a Card' written by Oliver during the Yes recording sessions of 2010. Gordon Giltrap says 'Working with Oliver is like a breath of fresh air. I knew of his reputation as a fine musician, and it made perfect sense for me to tap into his creative energy, not only to bring out certain elements of my musical gifts but to create something new and exciting, whilst giving a nod in the direction of our respective Progressive Rock roots'. Oliver Wakeman adds,'After working with YES, the chance of working with another legendary artist was an opportunity too good to miss. I am having a wonderfully productive time working with Gordon and feel we are creating something genuinely unique in our 'Ravens & Lullabies' project'. Many of Gordon's fans have been asking for years when he is going to return to his rock roots and others wondered what Oliver would write after the Yes experiences. 'Ravens & Lullabies' provides the answer.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great album 4 Mar 2013
Format:Audio CD
This album has been well worth the wait.Right from the opening track "Moneyfacturing" to the closer "Ravens will fly away" it's a broad spectrum of virtuoso musicianship,great vocals and a superb rhythmn section.This album should appeal not only to fans of Gordon Giltrap and Oliver Wakeman but should find a following of anyone who just likes well written and well performed acoustic/electric rock.
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5.0 out of 5 stars What a fantastic collaboration 11 Mar 2013
Format:Audio CD
An incredible collection of tracks. I am a long-time GG fan who still likes Fear of the Dark and Perilous Journey at full volume and this is most definitely a full volume album. That's not to say that there are not beautiful under-stated and low key tracks but there are melodies and songs that scream 'turn me up'. Moneyfacturing is a great opener and Ravens a luscious final song. Inbetween there is the glorious Wherever There Was Beauty and the maddeningly too short Anyone Can Fly featuring solo keyboard and guitar in an incredible last two minutes. If you get the bonus cd then you are in for more treats from some live and studio tracks. I guarantee you that if you like early GG you are going to love this. I'm new to OW but you just have to see this guy play to recognise talent. He writes some great tunes too! Buy it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Electric Giltrap! 7 Mar 2013
Format:Audio CD
The year is 1978 and Gordon Giltrap with his own band, including a young Simon Phillips on drums, releases the highly acclaimed album "Fear of the Dark". The power of the opening track "Roots", intensity of "Fear of the Dark" and the soaring guitar solo on "Visitation" help to make this progressive rock album something very special. Fast forward to 2013 and we find Giltrap returning to his prog rock days, although this time the dynamic is somewhat different......

"Ravens and Lullabies" is a collaboration between Gordon Giltrap and Oliver Wakeman, the virtuoso keyboard player formerly of The Strawbs and Yes. Anyone fortunate enough to catch one of their live performances together in 2012 will already know how these two performers work VERY well together.

The first striking feature of the CD is the artwork, which is cleverly themed, well thought out and overall very impressive. Next, onto the music itself. Those familiar with Giltrap and Wakeman as solo artistes will know that their music can be very diverse; a solo Gordon Giltrap acoustic set can on one hand contain a reflective piece of music such as "Em's Tune", and then finish with the full-blooded power and intensity of "Lucifer's Cage". Well more of the same here too, as this 13 track CD consists of a collection of rock songs interspersed with lighter acoustic pieces. It opens with the excellent "Moneyfacturing", featuring the full band sound, followed by the reflective "Fiona's smile", an acoustic track which is already well-known to Giltrap fans. The contrasts continue all the way through the CD ,which reflects the "Ravens and lullabies" theme.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Oliver Wakeman finds a proper collaborator 5 July 2013
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I've often thought that Gordon Giltrap is one of the most under-rated British musicians in contemporary history.

Listen to one of his own albums and unlike the aimless meanderings of most (non-folkie) contemporary acoustic guitarists, Giltrap has that strange ability to not just compose one key melody/memorable piece, but to pack the entire album with the same, release-after-release.

I have never worked-out quite how he does it. Listening to his contemporaries on either side of the Atlantic and beyond, such as Clive Carroll, Preston Reed, Doug Smith, Al Petteway, Tommy Emmanuel, Kaki King etc. reveals that although some might be more 'technical' than Giltrap, they don't even come close when it comes to have the 'composing chops'. Basically they can play wonderfully, but invariably what they play is just some complex doodling.

Of course with Giltrap we get the trademark legatos, the blindingly swift lead runs, the gorgeous tones he entices from a guitar...but always it is the piece/song which takes precedence. No showing-off for showing-offs sake.

So that is Giltrap, the virtual Lennon-and-McCartney of the instrumental guitar world. What about Oliver Wakeman, is he an equal cohort?

Well, despite being a Yes fan from the age of (no need to reveal that) I have easily resisted any desire to see Yes live for several years now, since the hilarious merry-go-round with vocalists commenced. So I missed all of Oliver's Yes career in its entirety. I knew of his dad, having seen him live with Yes and on his own (I remember watching a rib-splitting gig in Coventry when Rick accidentally thumped his lead vocalist with a microphone).

So I was a bit apprehensive about Olivers contribution to Ravens'.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An outstanding debut album 30 May 2013
Format:Audio CD
To call this album an outstanding debut is misleading when writing about two established performers with the exceptional track records of Gordon Giltrap and Oliver Wakeman. However, it is the first time they have worked together and the result is an excellent debut album. Gordon Giltrap's outstanding and unique guitar work and Oliver Wakeman's masterful piano and keyboard playing complement each other perfectly. Paul Manzi and Benoit David add their own vocal talents to a consistently strong album. Personal favorites include Fiona's Smile, From the Turn of a Card, LJW, Wherever There Was Beauty, Anyone Can Fly, One for Billie and Ravens Will Fly Away, but there isn't a weak track. If you can get the limited edition 2-disc version you should, because the second disc with studio and live tracks includes stunning versions of Bach's Praeludium and Roots. It also includes Gordon's signature pieces On Camber Sands and Isabella's Wedding and Oliver's Natures Way which brilliantly integrates Gordon's Nursery Chimes. Either disc would be a worthy addition to any music collection, but together they are a must buy!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Partnership made in heaven
This is Prog at it's best. Oliver Wakeman has teamed up with legendary guitarist Gordon Giltrap to make a diamond of an album. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Mr S Petch
5.0 out of 5 stars amazing vocals, guitar and keyboards
the guitar work, keyboards and vocals are superb. ive had it a while now and i havent tired of it which is unusual for me. there is so much to enjoy, a multi faceted triumph
Published 2 months ago by I. whittington
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Release
I have to say that this album is one of my favourite releases of the past few years.
One listen was enough to get me hooked. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Cymru Am Byth
5.0 out of 5 stars Prog rock at its very best
Excellent cd from two superb musicians with a great band. Watched their warmup gig this week, brilliant night out. Well worth buying.
Published 3 months ago by william thompson
5.0 out of 5 stars This mixture works very well
Oliver Wakeman sounds more like Rick Wakeman than Rick does, no bad thing either . This is better than RIcks effort with Gorden in my opinion,stronger tracks and better structured... Read more
Published 5 months ago by A. J. Harknett
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful
I saw Gordon and Oliver in concert a couple of nights ago and it made me realise just how beautiful this music really is, played by two highly talented musicians. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Surrey Seagull
4.0 out of 5 stars Ravens & Lullabies
Known GG's music for more years than I care to remember and found this particular album different to the norm but very enjoyable
Published 11 months ago by Risitt
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic duo
Having seen this duo live, the CD expands and relives that experience. Both are very creative and very talented and this is a great CD.
Published 12 months ago by Peter Tabb
5.0 out of 5 stars Great collaboration
I bought this on the strength of hearing one track featured on the Prog magazine cover CD plus I have long enjoyed Oliver's Mothers Ruin album and was very pleasantly surprised. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Nick
5.0 out of 5 stars See what Yes missed....
Quicky review here. This is an unashamedly Prog record. Buy it.

OK it is not about to change the face of the Top 40 nor will it take a degree in musicology and advanced... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Ianham
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