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Ravens & Lullabies

25 Mar 2013 | Format: MP3

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  • Original Release Date: 25 Mar 2013
  • Label: Esoteric Recordings
  • Copyright: (c) 2013 Esoteric Antenna
  • Total Length: 54:06
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  • ASIN: B00C7NCGHI
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 37,975 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By scott john roberts on 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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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Graham Sutherland on 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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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By RMD on 7 Mar 2013
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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 By Brendan Newport on 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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By RogerSEA4 on 30 May 2013
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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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