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Waters of Change [Import]

Beggars Opera, Beggar's Opera Audio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
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  • Audio CD (1 Jan 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Repertoire
  • ASIN: B000006ZB0
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 702,652 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Change for the better? 28 Sep 2008
Format:Audio CD
I can't quite make my mind up on this one, the actual songs are worthy of five stars, but in my opinion the three short instrumental pieces tend to break the albums rhythm and may have worked better if consolidated into one longer amalgamation. As it stands I've awarded 4 stars but its really 4 1/2.
I've noticed other reviewers have given this that awful 'progressive rock' tag, but don't expect overly intricate numbers with all manner of wierd and wonderful time signatures from the beggars, what you will get is a mix of straight and mild art rock, with some scottish folky type influences here and there, these proggies will grab at anything to enlarge their genre, I've even known themm to include Steamhammer.
Time machine and Silver peacock are slow to mid tempo with Virginia Scott's mellotron supplementing Alan Park's organ, while Festival is the only track to feature original bassist Marshall Erskine, who also adds a bit of flute. I've no idea sounds a tad poppy for the beggars but it showcases Martin Griffith's vocals very well and is ok. The fox rocks along quite nicely as you would expect during the chase.
Quite different from the debut album that explored the possibilities of fusing rock with classical compositions, but in it's own way just as enjoyable.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beggars Opera - a long lost gem of a band !!! 13 Feb 2006
Format:Audio CD
This album has just been re-released on CD and it is one of the best albums of all time from a fantastic but little known band.
I used to have this on vinyl and it was great to see it make a comeback with an open out cover!! The tracks are amazing from the dreamy Time Machine through the powerful I've No Idea to the rocky Festival, calm Silver Peacock and evocative Fox.
Brilliant stuff !!!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fine 1971 prog with a Scottish flavour 17 Nov 2006
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Apparently produced by Bill Martin and Phil Coulter, who are best known for writing pop hits for the likes of The Bay City Rollers ('Congratulations' is also one of their songs), 'Waters Of Change' is the work of a band of remarkable talent. The material is not exceptional, but the band's flamboyant and atmospheric interpretation lifts it out of the ordinary. Though Ricky Gardiner is clearly a fine guitarist, his role tends to be secondary to Alan Park's keyboards. Park features organ for the greater part of the album. Underlined by Virginia Scott's mellotron, this results in swathes of gothic atmosphere that compete with an impressive lead vocalist. The band's Scottish roots surface occasionally, as on the brief 'Lament', keyboards representing the role of a lone piper. 'Festival' and 'The Fox' also betray a Celtic influence. 'Waters Of Change' is a safe buy for anyone who likes prog, though the next Beggars Opera album, 'Pathfinder', is a better place to start.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good album 6 Dec 2005
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An example of early 1970s "progressive rock" with strong tunes and nice arrangements in a variety of moods. A better album than the debut which is the only other from this group I've heard.
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