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5.0 out of 5 stars inventive,original for the discerning prog fan, 6 Jun 2003
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Gilgamesh came from the same school as bands like national health and hatfield and the north, intricate and complex time signatures that are constantly changing and demand that you sit and listen. This is their first and for me, best album highlighted by Alan Gowens wonderful composition skills and Phil Lees truely amazing guitar playing. The guitar solo on his own 'world of zin' is absolutely stunning. One of the great solos of all time. The other highlights are the beautiful'lady and friend' showcasing Gowens electric piano work and the group interplay on 'phils little dance'. The album is packed with original ideas from a band who deserved more reconigtion than they got and are missed by those of us who realised what a great band they truely were. If you want an album that stands repeated plays without losing its intrest Gilgamesh are for you. You won't be dissapointed.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Timeless, rewarding and deeply satisfying, 13 Dec 2011
Edgar of Baddesley (Hampshire, England) - See all my reviews
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The other five star reviewer has already given an excellent summary of this album. I have had this on vinyl for many years and was very excited to see it appear on CD. I would just like to add my own endorsement. The recording is excellent and the music is to my ears simply wonderful and repays repeated listening. The quality of composition distinguishes this band from some others in the "jazz rock fusion" space or whatever one may wish to label it. As a consequence you are drawn in to the music and the expert handling of musical textures and tensions makes for a deeply satisfying and musical experience that is involving and accessable. Unlike the band's close relative, Hatfield and the North, Gilgamesh are wholly instrumental. Female vocals are used in places to good effect but as an additional instrument - no words. Gilgamesh are yet another product of the "Canterbury" scene that deserved far broader recognition than they ever achieved. There are two or three of their albums available that seem to cover the same or similar ground but "Snakes and Ladders" is the one to go for as it really hangs together. Also from the same era and genre you may want to check out the recent CD releases of albums by Isotope, where Hugh Hopper (ex Soft Machine bass player) teamed up with Gary Boyle - a highly underrated jazz-rock guitar virtuoso. Nonetheless, Phil Miller remains one of my all time favourite guitar players - always in complete control but his is a thoughtful style tinged with humour and part of the piece rather than overt pyrotechnics.
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