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The Spell

Enid Audio CD
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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  • Audio CD (21 Sep 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Inner Sanctum
  • ASIN: B00177YVZK
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 234,986 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Product Description

The Spell was initially pressed as a limited edition vinyl and unavailable on CD for a long time, this re-issue of The Spell features the original cover artwork from the vinyl sleeve, alongside the lyrics and additional notes about the FAND recording. "The Spell is a musical allegory in which the seasons are used to depict the cyclic and seasonal nature of all things." The music begins with the casting of The Spell; a dark Wagnerian fanfare where the allusion to Parsifal is obvious. The bleakness of winter is heard and the ice begins to melt as the first glimmer of dawn breaks. The Spell is one of many releases from Inner Sanctum and is part of our commitment to ensure the whole Enid back catalogue becomes available on CD.

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3.0 out of 5 stars The amalgamated styles 3 July 2008
By Archy
Format:Audio CD
This was an odd one indeed. With the financial backing of their fans in The Stand, this follow up to Something Wicked was originally a double album with both records running at 45rpm! What seems like an odd idea for vinyl means there is enough music to be perfect for CD.

This is, in part, a return to the thematic Enid of Fand and Summer Stars, with a couple of long instrumental pieces. But the sound is more trimmed down and disciplined, the synths rather played down, and the whole feel is lighter in tone.

There is a seasonal theme, and one of the pieces, Summer, is a real Enid classic. This manages to capture the spirit of 1967 and hippie idealism ("on Seargent Pepper's say so, we turned and turned again" - we all knew The Enid were hippies, for all their classical leanings). But it has a great chorus and a brilliant line in "the byword of the people passes all the people by - they called it love" RJG's vocal is a little hard to take in places, and the other two songs are not nearly as special, but this is still a great Enid album.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A real little grower 15 April 2012
By R. W.
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I heard this first live in 1984. It was on a Tuesday night I think, usually grab a grannie night in the Pallas (nothing to do with the band of the same name and city !) disco in Aberdeen. Only me my pal and about 6 others bothered to show up apart from the tea wifie.

I wasn't taken by it at all at the time, probably because I was after a rerun of the "Touch Me" material, or earlier, so I never revisited this album, until now.

I'm really glad I did. It's a bit of a gem taking its influences from Wagner (Parsifal), Mahler (3rd), Elgar, The Beatles (All you need is Love) and, for about the one and only time I can honestly say it for The Enid, a cheeky Bluesy Pink Floyd pastiche right in the middle of the summer track (I suppose in a crazy "Summertime and the livin is Bluesy" kind of way).

This album contains some really cheeky vocal work that would work so well with a choir. It also contains some of the most moving Godfrey adagio work I've heard on any album. The 4th movement Autumn is gut wrenchingly beautiful.

I won't kid you into thinking this will be everyone's cup of earl grey, but scratch beneath the surface and you have a real gem of a symphony for rock band. The part writing is second to none, every single line in the orchestrating playing its part to the full.

A real contender for arranging for full orchestra now that The Enid are scoring their works for larger ensembles.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Track Listings 17 Nov 2009
By -aquarius- - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
1. Winter "The Key"
2. Spring
3. Summer
4. Autumn "Veni creator Spiritus"
5. Elephants Never Die
6. The Sentimental Side Of Mrs. James
7. The Song Of Fand
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