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Molok
Molok
Price: £14.12

3.0 out of 5 stars A disappointing follow up to Demon, 1 April 2016
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I am going to be a dissenting voice and say this album simply left me underwhelmed. It is as if the band was trying too hard with too much thrown into the mix and losing some of the subtlety of their earlier work. Compared to Demon which is a difficult album to get into but after repeated plays makes great listening Molok does nothing. The rest of the band's output is regularly played but this one will be left on the shelf. It would warrant a lower rating than three stars but in comparison with offerings from other bands this still remains head and shoulders above. Perhaps after a time I will give it another listen - a lot of work and dedication has gone into its composition and production and anyone who appreciates good music should not overlook this band but if you are new to their work I would look to Night, Tick Tock, March of Ghosts and Demon first.
On a side issue (and it has not affected the star rating I have given for the album) I was disappointed by Amazon customer service when I queried why I had been charged VAT on the purchase when I am living outside the EU and the album was to be sent outside the EU and hence no VAT should be levied.
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Snow (Limited Edition)
Snow (Limited Edition)
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Price: £39.99

4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Less prog - more mediocre rock, 19 Sept. 2013
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I purchased this CD having read the positive reviews but notwithstanding repeated listenings found it to be mediocre at best. Spock's Beard are listed under the category progressive on a number of websites however in my opinion this music falls well short of that description. The music certainly does not push any boundaries. Whilst based on a concept there are few repeating themes such that for the most part it comes accross as just a collection of songs. The musicianship whilst good is nothing exceptional and the closing track on disc 2 sounds more like gospel music. There is very little from this CD which lingers in the mind or inspires. Around the same time I purchased this CD I also purchased the box set of PFM's Cook containing 3 CD's of live recordings. These live recordings of course backdate to the 1970s but the contrast could not be greater. I appreciate there are many postive reviews for "Snow" but if you are looking for prog then I suggest you listen to some samples of this CD first to make up your own mind whether it meets your expectations


Genesis Revisited II
Genesis Revisited II

1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars comparisons are inevitable, 1 Nov. 2012
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Like many of the other reviewers and prospective purchasers of this CD the Steve Hackett period when he was with Genesis saw the band at its creative peak. To embark upon a rerecording of some of the tracks from that period would obviously lead to comparisons with the originals and clearly for many since they hold the orignals in such high regard these new recordings would be found wanting in one respect or another. However what is apparent is the undoubted talent of Steve Hackett and his passion for the music he created with other members of the band from that period. What may have worked better is to have played these tracks live and released a live recording. In doing so some of the nuances which come from live recordings may have produced a sufficient new dimension to set them apart from the originals. What we have to the most part is a faithful reproduction of the originals with a few tweaks here and there emphasizing (not surprisingly) the guitar sections. Like some of the other reviewers what I found most wanting lay in the vocals. For some of the tracks the ability of Peter Gabriel to convey in the vocals the characterisation of the song was an integral part. For example the underlying menace of the character in the Musical Box and the climax to Supper's Ready where he is leading them to the new Jerusalem are parts which make the originals stand out are just two examples. Sadly in these recordings the vocalists either did not appreciate this or were not able to convey these meanings and hence despite some excellent musicianship the tracks lack that extra edge. Whilst I was never overly impressed by Phil Collins as a vocalist those tracks stemming from that period also fall somewhat short of the mark. Nevertheless what we have is a collection of some great Genesis music free of the much more pop orientated and formulaeic tracks from the 1980s and 1990s (post Hackett) found on other collections (the very wide distinction in sheer quality between the tracks on this CD compared with such songs as Invisible Touch, Illegal Alien and Turn It On again is all too apparent). When Genesis briefly reformed in 2007 to tour many of Gabriel/Hackett era tracks were ignored in favour of these later commercial efforts. With a tour planned by Steve Hackett for next year in which it is hoped these tracks will feature prominently we will be given a chance to once again here some great Genesis music live. I waivered between giving this CD 5 stars or 4 stars - 4.5 would have been ideal but what persuaded me onto the 5 side (despite the vocals) was the realization that despite most of these songs being 40 years old or thereabouts they still sound fresh and compelling today and far superior to most of the offerings from other bands purporting to play "progressive" rock (however that term is interpreted)


Larks' Tongues in Aspic (40th Anniversary)
Larks' Tongues in Aspic (40th Anniversary)
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7 of 24 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars what you order is not what you get, 29 Oct. 2012
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The blurb for this item refers to a DVD with 30 mins of unseen footage and a 5.1 surround sound mix. What I received was a 2012 stereo album mix and 3 tracks of alternative mixes (Larks part 1, Book of Saturday and Exiles) on CD1 and the 30th Anniversary Remaster with a pointless US Radio Ad and US promo EP edit of Easy Money on CD2 - CD2 being of virtually no interest. The previous 40th anniversary editions have included the 5.1 surround mix so why is this edition infererior and why is Amazon advertising this edition as including the DVD and 5.1 mix? This is a superb album and would warrant 5 stars however I am only awarding 1 star in an attempt to alert others to this issue to save similar disappointment.
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March Of Ghosts
March Of Ghosts
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5.0 out of 5 stars not to be missed, 14 Sept. 2012
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This is excellent music. As with the other albums from this band one listen is not enough to experience the full complexities of the songs and how rewarding the album is as a whole. Talented musicians , a great theme (but not conceptual) and great songs which draw you and hold your attention to conclusion - what more can you ask for? If you are new to this band then this album is a great place to start. Gazpacho exudes sophistication in their own style - the band seems prepared to push the boundaries beyond the limits and formulas adopted by some of their contemporaries. For certain after listening to this you will want more and the Live in London double CD would be a good overall rectrospective to follow.


Not The Weapon But The Hand
Not The Weapon But The Hand
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A bit more fire power would not have gone amiss, 14 Sept. 2012
When this CD finished playing I thought "is that it?" These two musicians are undoubtedly talented (hence no lower than 3 stars) but unlike the other reviewers here after several listens I found the songs to be little more than musical meanderings. Those familiar with Marillion will know that Steve Hogarth does have a tendancy to mumble the words with a nasal drawl and that is very evident throughout on this CD. Some of the songs sound as if they could be part of something much bigger and more inspiring but fail to get beyond pleasant listening. If you like music which draws you in and holds your attention then this is probably not for you - if you want something fairly sophisticated to put on in the background then this may fit the bill. Regrettably like another recent collaboration where I had high hopes for something special (Steve Hackett/Chris Squire - "Squackett") this CD left me underwhelmed


A Life Within A Day
A Life Within A Day
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars underwhelmed, 5 July 2012
This review is from: A Life Within A Day (Audio CD)
A collaboration between the former geneis guitarist with a string of successful solo albums and the bass player from yes was something to look forward to. However repeated playing of this CD left me feeling disappointed. Each time the CD finishes it is hard to remember any highlights. The CD starts with a fairly promising track - as others have commented more Hackett than Squire - sounding like something from Beyond a Shrouded Horizon but definitely rather inferior to the songs on that CD. Thereafter it is downhill with rather anaemic harmonic vocals and uninspired melodies with no energy evident from the undoubted talents of these two musicians. The track aliens is particularly bland with rather banal lyrics. The CD ends with a track which has some resonance to Canon Song from Fish Out Of Water but falls flat and finishes like a damp squib. All in all unoriginal and predicatable. I was tempted to award this CD only two stars but stuck with three because whilst the CD was disappointing the underlying quality albeit uninspiring of the muscianship cannot be denied. For those hoping for the sparks of genius from these two guitarists particularly evident from Foxtrot/Selling England by the Pound{Firth of Fifth is sublime} (Hackett) and Fraglie/Close to the Edge(Squire) you may like me feel let down by this limp offering. As an alternative perhaps try Gazpacho - the live from London set or their most recent Ghosts - that band certainly has something original to offer.


COMM
COMM
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Lacking the edge, 27 Oct. 2011
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I want to like this CD but after playing it a number of times I find it rather sterile. The musicanship cannot be faulted and prog rock leanings are to be appreciated but having found a format and a particular sound (much use of upbeat tempo synth)it is used to excess with frequent repetitive refrain. Those familiar with "A Place in the Queue" will not find much whiich is new here. I also find the vocals lacking resonance - it is sometimes difficult to understand the words not becuase the vocalist has poor diction but simply the vocals become subsumed in the mix and becomes part of a wall of sound. However there is much too like here hence the 4 stars. The Tangent are considerably better and more creative than some other contempoary progressive bands I just wish that after the final track I wanted to immediately play the CD again (hence not 5 stars). Incidentally the last track is a rendition of "Watcher of the Skies" (with some other famous elements thrown in for good measure) - unfortunately the quality of the recording of this track is not up to par
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Fly From Here
Fly From Here
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Unimpressed, 30 July 2011
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Reading the other reviews listed here and indeed on other forums this CD has generated some very mixed reviews. I am sorry to say that notwithstanding enjoying much of the music from this band (at least from their earlier period - Yes Album - Going for the One) I am going to join the negative camp for this one. This is not because I compare it to other Yes Albums or because it lacks Jon Anderson/Rick Wakeman or because it sounds like Buggles, It is simply because for me it lacked resonance. Once the CD finished I had difficulty remembering much from it and there was no desire to press the replay button or to look froward to listening to it again. I am glad that some people have enjoyed listening to it however it left me feeling that it could have been so much better. The title track simply lacks cohesion. From the opening bars it failed to draw me in through to a rather tame conclusion. It is not an epic - rather a string of rather loose ideas which have been tagged together within a thin concept. The following tracks lack dynamism - Steve Howe's guitar work seems to laid back and lacks energy. It is not until the final track that things begin to pick up (especially from Chris Squire's bass) but I was left with the feeling that this would have been better as a mid album track with a long rousing epic to follow. I expect this last track will be a crowd pleaser live and it will be interesting to hear at which point it is played within a live concert set. The art work for the cover is great - the expectations of new Yes material were high but for me this CD will maybe get some plays in the car but otherwise remain largely untouched in the CD rack.


Tales from Topographic Oceans
Tales from Topographic Oceans
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Take time out to listen, 29 July 2011
This album has received mixed reveiws. Some claim that it was overblown and pretentious citing it as the one of the reasons punk music became so popular. I suspect there are those who publish derogatory comments about this album as a way of getting some satisfaction out of raising anger among loyal Yes fans. It is significant that whilst most if not all the music from the punk "era" (was punk a music phenomenon or a just hype by certain journalists and music industry executives?) has been largely forgotten - indeed those bands for the most no longer exist Yes continue to tour (albeit with controversial changes in personel) and play songs from this album to appreciative audiences. Perhaps there is some merit in those who say it would have made a great single album but no doubt there would be disagreements as to which parts to edit and which to leave in to make one coherent piece. Perhaps there is some merit in those who say that the lyrics are obscure and inaccessible but Jon Anderson's vocal delivery whatever the words he sings is part of the "music". Whatever view of the whole the album does display both lyrical and musical craft. Much of the industry/commercially formulated "music" of today comes along in neat 4 - 7 minute packages which fits in with the "sound bite" generation but if one is prepared to take time out sit down and listen to the whole album it is well worth the effort. This album sits well in the the sequence which began with The Yes Album and perhaps tapered off after Relayer (although Awaken on Going for the One is manificent. For those detractors history has shown that good art/litereature/music has always raised controversy and the fact that it arouses such strong veiws means that it will endure for others to enjoy or crticise in the future. If you like it then enjoy listening to it - if you dont then listen to whatever you personally enjoy but dont criticise either the band or those enjoy this album simply because it does not match your taste in music.


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