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4.0 out of 5 stars Classical versus rock, 11 Jun. 2008
This review is from: Sky (Audio CD)
The front cover of Sky's debut album from 1979 proudly headlines the cast of top quality musicians that comprise its membership. Musicianship was never going to be an issue for the band that attempted to fuse rock with classical music. Ultimately, the music is sometimes one genre and sometimes the other, but never both. Nor is it ever totally convincing as rock. Despite the electric guitars and drums, classical values preclude the edge or soul of authentic rock music. Yet 'Sky' is a lovely album on its own terms. 'Westway', 'Cannonball' and ex-Curved Air Francis Monkman's five-part opus, 'Where Opposites Meet' represent the modern style, while 'La Danza' and the much-covered 'Gymnopedie No 1' are dragged out of the past. The Monkman-Gomm composition, 'Carrillon', is the one new piece to sound as if it belongs to a bygone age, propelled by John Williams's beautiful classical guitar work. This is a highly worthwhile album but not one which will appeal to purists of rock or classical music.
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Initial post: 13 Feb 2010 12:53:17 GMT
Savita says:
Yes, that's true. It is very good but the fusion never truly fused. To find that you need to check out The Enid - they are probably the definitive fusion of rock and classical. Can't say the musicianship is any less awe-inspiring either.

Posted on 4 Mar 2011 19:20:05 GMT
QT says:
I am not sure the fusion was supposed to fuse. Sky made their own sound - unique. It had elements of rock and classical, but that really does not tell the story or properly express what sound to expect. One review said go and listen to Enid for a better blend of rock and classical - well for sure its more blended, but you could be listening to early Genesis, Moody Blues to name just two. With Sky, its Sky; nothing sounds quite like it. If you have an open mind and an eclectic taste and appreciate stunning musicianship you should give it a go. I never updated from vinyl (which I never play now) and have not listended for 15 years, so I am about to rectify that with Sky and Sky2 on CD. For a tenner for both you cannot go wrong really.

For me, when the tracks are mostly classical sounding Sky brings life and beauty where I feel its missing in classical works (yes I am a heathen - I have 350 "rock and pop" albums for want of a better description and about a dozen classical CDs, hence the rock/pop slant in my tastes). And the more rocky elements are just so musical.

In reply to an earlier post on 14 Jun 2011 00:39:46 BDT
Tim H says:
This is a highly worthwhile album but not one which will appeal to purists of rock or classical music.

I disagree. I heard this album on we7 and love it and I'm a classical fan.

Posted on 7 Nov 2013 18:03:07 GMT
Dan Smith says:
Good review, I greatly admired Tristan Fry on TV, but didn't quite get the sound on the radio or the shelf of the record store.
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