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  • Audio CD (24 Jun. 2013)
  • Limited Edition edition
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Extra tracks, Limited Edition
  • Label: Century Media
  • ASIN: B00CP0O9AK
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 122,865 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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1. 1st movement: Coming Up On The Hour (Overture)
2. 2nd movement: Morning Journey & The Arrival
3. 3rd movement: Afternoon Malaise
4. 4th movement: A Voyage Through Rush Hour
5. 5th movement: Evening TV
6. Muffled Ephiphany (bonus track)
7. Hat (Live at Mexborough School 1979 - bonus track)
8. Evening TV (Radio edit - bonu track)

Seventh album from progressive-rockers The Tangent, featuring a prog-lovers dream line-up that includes Gavin Harrison (Porcupine Tree), Theo Travis (Steven Wilson Band), Jonas Reingold (The Flower Kings), Jakko M Jakszyk and David Longdon (Big Big Train).

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Andy Tillison (the chief behind The Tangent) has created a monster with this his latest in his quest to become a major league player in progrock,and boy he is surely achieving his aim with this superb release.
Over an hour of great music,with influences ranging from Camel and Yes to the extreme of Vdgg.Five movements that take you through the whole spectrum of classic 70s progressive music,but also just enough of modern passages to appeal to the younger listener.
Don't be fooled though that this is just Tillisons baby,it isn't! He has a stellar cast helping him produce a fine album.Theo Travis(sax,flute,Steve Wilson band),Jonas Reingold(basses,The Flower kings,Karmakanic,Agents of Mercy),Jakko M Jakzyk (guitar,Robert Fripp band),Gavin Harrison(drums,Porcupine Tree) amongst others ,who all contribute to make this a must have release.
ESSENTIAL LISTENING!
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To a huge number of people, me included, music is the constant, ever present, driving force that carries them through each and every day of their lives. To people like us, events and memories are given points of reference by particular tunes and melodies. Years are recalled through the songs and albums of that time. Sad times and happy times are soothed or amplified by the music that provided the backdrop to those moments. Music, quite literally, gets us through the days.

How appropriate, then, that The Tangent's latest musical piece, Le Sacre Du Travail, is Andy Tillison's vision of that most commonplace of rituals - The Working Day. Spurred on by his long held desire to celebrate the work of Igor Stravinsky, most notably The Rite of Spring, Andy Tillison has written his first Symphonic piece - described as an Electric Sinfonia . To help realise what is The Tangent's first real concept album, Tillison has enlisted the help of a handful of progressive rock's most celebrated luminaries - Gavin Harrison, Jonas Reingold, Theo Travis, Jakko M Jakszyk and David Longdon along with cameo performances by Guy Manning, Rikard Sjoblom, as narrator on the opening overture and Geoff Banks and Jon "Twang" Patrick as our regular morning DJs (we wish!). What we get, within the five sections that make up Le Sacre Du Travail, is a wonderfully constructed distillation of what it feels to endure "the daily grind", its mind numbing effect on all of us, the environmental chaos caused by the need to move millions of us to and fro between bed and breadwinning and the banality of the associated media culture that massages our exhausted selves into thinking this ennui is the acceptable norm. As the lyrics will tell us - "we are ants"!
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How on earth do you write a review that is "helpful"? Well, I don't believe there is a magic formula.
I have blown hot and cold with the Tangent, but generally, I really like the band.
This has put them right back on top - in my opinion.
I love the concept. It's about life - what we do; in case you had not already gathered that?
There are two things I like about this - one is the "kind of jazzy feel" to it. I guess that might open to misinterpretation? But, despite the serious concept, there seems to be a lightness that runs through it, which I like. There are some blatantly rock periods and that distinctive symphonic prog thematic feel. Basically, it is "progressive" in its variable tones.
The second thing is Gavin Harrison's wonderful drumming/percussion; he makes it 'sound' so easy. He doesn't dominate but really makes his mark here.
Naturally - there is the mastermind; the creator and driving force - Mr Andy Tillison who displays his musical skill formidably.
The steady and very competent bass of Mr Jonas Reingold to complete to rhythm section.
The very able Jakko M Jakszyk takes guitar and vocal duties.
All joined by a few "unknowns" - Theo Travis - wind instruments; David Longdon - vocals; Rikard Sjoblom - Narration and Guy Manning is in there somewhere.
"LE SACRE DU TRAVAIL" means "The Rite Of Work" and takes us through an 'ordinary day'. The lyrics reflect Tillison's cynical and abrasive attitude but I'm sure many will relate to them.
This is MY favourite Tangent album; I love it. Keen, professional, incisive and brilliantly executed.
And I still don't know how to write a review that is helpful!
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In terms of concept, realisation and execution Le Sacre Du Travail is one of the greatest albums ever made. That is a bold statement and it requires justification. In just a few were very rare exceptions, great albums are defined by the strength of the tracks they contain. Even if there is the odd song that is below par, a 'filler' if you like, many albums are still considered 'great', and this is particularly true with well-known big name bands or solo artists. Le Sacre Du Travail is not that type of album. It isn't that it isn't made up of excellent tracks; it is. The difference here is that this 'Electronic Sinfonia', as the band describes it, is far closer to a classical suite than to a group of songs by a rock band.

Le Sacre is a concept album, a grand and elaborate musical journey that almost everyone of us can relate to: The daily grind of getting up, having breakfast, commuting to our place of work to do what for the most of us is a boring job, return home in the second of the days rush hours, sit down in front of the TV with an evening meal, go to bed and then do it all again the very next day. It sounds boring. The ritual (Le Sacre of the title) often is. This album is anything but. It certainly won't appeal to everyone. The casual listener or someone with the attention span of a guppy probably will not get past the first few seconds. And that would be their loss. Those same people would probably also summarily dismiss Beethoven's Fifth, Mozart's Don Giovanni or Stravinsky's Rite of Spring, the inspiration behind Le Sacre Du Travail (The Rite of Work).

The musicians and musicianship on Le Sacre Du Travail is world class, the musical ideas for arrangements worthy of any of the great composers and the interplay between the various musical genres is breathtaking.
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