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Festive fun from the Prog Elite.,
This review is from: A Proggy Christmas (Audio CD)
Right - in the first instance, don't take this too seriously. It's a bit of fun!
However, having said that - the music is quite serious in that these guys, even when feeling whimsical, they do not compromise on musical excellence.
Neal Morse, Steve Morse, Mike Portnoy, Roine Stolt, Randy George, Pete Trewavas and, none other than Steve Hackett.
There also brass and strings to give some of the songs added depth.
There is some full on stuff here - the most notable (perhaps), is a frenzied "Little Drummer Boy" wherein Mike Portnoy lets fly and delights in playing the "little drummer boy" with a big drum kit!
Remember Edgar Winter's "Frankenstein"? Well it is revisited here and called "Frankincense" - another fast and furious outing with the song interspersed with more traditional themes.
Then there's a slightly funky trip with "Carol of Bells".
It's not all "rock" - there are some much gentler moments with the likes of "O Holy Night" (really lovely!), "The Christmas Song" led by some really smooth bass guitar, apparently played by Neal Morse! "Home for the Holidays" is a very playful ragtime style number. It all ends off with a pleasant version of "Silent Night", this is laced with the theme from Transatlantic's "We All Need Some Light" and it works so well.
Predominantly instrumental, I REALLY like this. They are classic Christmas songs with a very different edge - the interpretations are inventive and entertaining.
Good fun but not a joke!!!!
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Initial post: 3 Feb 2013 00:00:09 GMT
Scott Tracy says:
Edgar Winter not Johny!!!
In reply to an earlier post on 29 Nov 2013 16:02:18 GMT
Ben Bottle says:
You've spelt Johnny wrong! But thanks anyway.
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