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Friday 20 September 2019
Progdreams VIII Festival (Dag 1 m.m.v. Von Hertzen Brothers, The Paradox Twin, Sky Architect), Cultuurpodium Boerderij, Zoetermeer
Het is weer tijd voor de jaarlijkse Beyond Rock Mailorder "SUMMER SALE".
Enkele honderden titels zijn tijdelijk (extra) in prijs verlaagd. Deze
actie is met een week verlengd en loopt nu t/m zondag 8 september 2019.
Van de meeste titels hebben we maar een paar exemplaren, dus wees er snel
bij, want OP is OP !!
|Titel||From sea and beyond|
|Genre||Progressive / Neoprog / RIO|
|Omschrijving||Three years after the debut "Les Châteaux de la
Loire" Ellesmere are back, still led by the Italian
multi instrumentalist Roberto Vitelli, who wrote
the music and the lyrics of every song and took
care of most of the bass and keyboards parts on the
seven tracks that are part of the concept. Every
song deals with a different aspect of the complex
relationship between man and sea, from man`s
curiosity and fear towards what is hidden deep
inside the sea to the call for adventure and for
traveling to the end of the known world... and
beyond. The sea, the unknown, the infinity grandeur
and the human soul are the key themes that tie
together the concept that feeds the album.
"Ellesmere II" sounds way more energetic and varied
compared to the previous work. It`s not difficult
to find similarities with the great prog acts of
the past: Yes immediately does spring to mind, but
also King Crimson during the rawest parts (a quote
from RED is hidden in the second track), UK
challenging jazz prog, the symphonic attitude of
ELP, Kansas tension towards melody, the
breathtaking chord changing sequences typical of
Magellan and Cairo, the intimate and gloomy mood
from early Peter Gabriel productions. The brief
opening instrumental section links to the last
track of the previous work, still hazy and filled
with the sounds of nature, and this new journey
into the waters. The unpredictability of the savage
sea is depicted by the alternation of complex and
impact tracks ("Marine Extravaganza", "The
Schooner" and "Time, Life Again") to other shorter
and quieter ones ("Runaway", "Ridge Fanfare").
Vitelli also asked some outstanding musicians to
join him on his journey: Robert Berry (3, Keith
Emerson) on vocals; Trey Gunn (King Crimson, David
Sylvian, UKZ, Security Project) at the Warr Guitar;
David Jackson (Van der Graaf Generator, Osanna) on
saxophones; Alan Benjamin (Advent, Mirthrandir),
Brett Kull (Echolyn), Davy O`List (The Nice, Roxy
Music) and Keith More (Arena, John Wetton) on
guitars; Marco Bernard (The Samurai of Prog) on
bass; Daniele Pomo (RanestRane) on drums.
The album artwork is also a piece of art, as it was
specifically created by the English painter and
designer Colin Elgie (also part of the famous
Hipgnosis Studio), the same who drew Genesis` "A
trick of the tail" and "Wind and wuthering" sleeves
back in the 70s.
Papersleeve CD edition with 24x36cm mini-poster.
1.Tidal Breath (2`13")
2.Marine Extravaganza (11`55")
4.Marine Coda (2`09")
5.The Schooner (11`02")
6.Ridge Fanfare (3`21")
7.Time, Life Again (8`59")|