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  • Audio CD (29 May 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: I-Disk
  • ASIN: B000F3A7SW
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 315,661 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Papillion
2. Someday
3. Grand Canyon Suite
4. Theme for the Canyon
5. The Journey
6. The Rapids
7. The Mighty Colorado
8. Gatecrasher
9. Ritt Mickley (Instrumental)
10. Credo
11. I Believe
12. Credo Theme
13. Credo Toccata & Song
14. Agitato
15. I Believe
16. Variation
17. Main Theme & Finale

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REFUGEE Refugee (2006 issue UK 6-track digitally remastered CD album which was originally released on vinyl in 1974 including the 5-part Grand Canyon Suite and 8-part Credo with the fold-out picture sleeve inlay containing extensive sleevenotes and tracklisting! IDVP002CD)

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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Dr. D. B. Sillars VINE VOICE on 31 May 2006
Format: Audio CD
After Keith Emerson quit "The Nice" to form ELP, the remaining members, Lee Jackson and Brian Davison set about putting together another band. On board came Swiss prodigy Patrick Moraz and Refugee came into being. The resulting album was a formidable showcase for Moraz's blistering virtuosic keyboard playing. The style and sounds employed here would be further explored in Yes, but even at this stage Moraz's dazzlingly frenetic, multilayered sound is ably demonstrated. A combination of mellotron, synths, clavinet, Hammond organ, electric and acoustic piano are just some of the arsenal of keyboards which Moraz utlilises throughout. His obvious classical/jazz background is to the fore, especially on the piano sections. Chick Corea's work with jazz rock ensemble Return To Forever comes to mind, especially that on "Romantic Warrior" which has been cited to be influenced by Yes's "Relayer".

Refugee's debut and only album comprises of 5 basic tracks. The standouts are the epic pieces, "Grand Canyon Suite" and "Credo". But the other tracks are just as impressive. The opening instrumental "Papillion" suitably showcases the virtuosity of the band. Though Moraz's keyboards dominate throughout, the rhythm section of Jackson and Davison admirably keep up with the complex and demanding arrangements. Much has been made of Lee Jackson's vocals. An acquired taste maybe, but not obtrusively so and they don't detract from the quality of the music. Most of it is instrumental anyway. The highlight is the superb "Grand Canyon Suite", a classic of the genre. Full of twists and turns and making full use of the mind-boggling array of acoustic and electronic keyboards at Moraz's disposal. A bit of trivia; the track "Rick Mickley" is named after the pronunciation by Moraz of the word "rhythmically".
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Ross Milden on 25 July 2006
Format: Audio CD
While some of the prog rock from this era has dated badly, this little gem still stands tall. At 50 minutes it was always a bit crammed onto the vinyl but can now breathe with the CD space. Great melodies and stunning keyboards from Patrick Moraz, the finest I've heard him on record.

Grand Suite is like a musical ride down the Grand Canyon, the soaring melody backed by sweeping mellotron. Rapids are conjured up lightning fast Hammond organ. Papillon is one of the catchiest instrumentals you'll hear. Lee Jackson's rough vocals on Credo fit perfectly - a "proper" singer would make it too clean - backed by a rich rich Hammond.

Indeed, the keyboard sounds and textures make this album very special. You can't make a plastic violin sound like a strat in the same way that digital keyboards can never sound like the real thing. Patrick is masterful in using the keys for tone and colour including the mini-moog sound - deep and full bodied (and not squeaky!).

And yes they toured the album adding She Belongs to Me and Diamond Hard Blue Apples from The Nice days. As they were getting the second album together Patrick was whisked away by Yes and some of the material ended up on his solo work.

If you like your keyboards analogue and played with tremendous flair, plus melodic music with an epic edge, then this CD (which doesn't really sound like anything else) won't disappoint.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Mr. I. Stephen VINE VOICE on 18 Aug 2006
Format: Audio CD
Here's hoping that a newly remastered issue of this album will help to elevate it to it's rightful status as one of the finest keyboard based prog albums ever. I guess that maybe alot of people looked upon this at the time as just a recording by a reconstituted version of The Nice with the ( then ) unknown Patrick Moraz instead of Keith Emerson, and as such didn't see it as anything relatively worthwhile four years after the band had broken up.

On paper that's what the outfit was, but anyone who checked the album out discovered a quite different beast. Strong compositions, memorable tunes, breathtaking playing, loads of different keyboard textures and Lee Jackson in very fine voice indeed - all going together to make this album an absolute delight from start to finish, and heartily recommended therefore to anyone with even a passing interest in the marvels of 70's prog.
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