Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Marillion - Misplaced Childhood (1985)

Misplaced Childhood is the third studio album of the progressive rock band Marillion. It was released in 1985 and has been their most commercially successful album, reaching number one in the UK album charts in June 1985. Misplaced Childhood was the band's first full concept album, consisting of two contiguous pieces of music on the two sides of the vinyl. In live concerts previewing the album Fish had originally claimed (seriously or as a teaser) that there would only be two tracks, Side One and Side Two, but this idea was evidently dropped. During the Misplaced Childhood tour Fish did announce after playing various tracks culled from the first two albums "Now there is time for one more track and the name of the track is Misplaced Childhood" and the band then performed the entire album in sequence. - Wikipedia

Fish - Vocals
Steve Rothery - Guitars
Mark Kelly - Keyboards
Pete Trewavas - Bass
Ian Mosley - Drums 

1. Pseudo Silk Kimono (2:14)
2. Kayleigh (4:03)
3. Lavender (2:25)
4. Bitter Suite (7:56)
5. Heart of Lothian (4:02)
6. Waterhole (Expresso Bongo) (2:13)
7. Lords of the Backstage (1:52)
8. Blind Curve (9:29)
9. Childhood's End? (4:33)
10. White Feather (2:25)

Can - Future Days (1973)

Future Days is a 1973 album by the rock music group Can. This is the last album to feature Japanese vocalist Damo Suzuki. On Future Days, the band employs more of an ambient sound than on their previous efforts, especially on the title track and the twenty-minute "Bel Air". - Wikipedia

Holger Czukay - Bass
Michael Karoli - Guitar, Violin
Jaki Liebezeit - Drums
Irmin Schmidt - Keyboards, Synthesizers
Damo Suzuki - Vocals, Percussion

1. Future Days (9:30)
2. Spray (8:29)
3. Moonshake (3:04)
4. Bel Air (19:52)

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Eloy - Silent Cries and Mighty Echoes (1979)

Silent Cries and Mighty Echoes has a very good balance between hard rock and progressive rock. It is among the best progressive albums made in 1979, which, we must admit, were rare during this year. On side I, there are intense hard rock organ parts. The keyboards are modern, but they do not really sound as modern as on the "Planets" album: the omnipresent floating organ in the background creates here a vintage atmosphere. The overall atmosphere is rather cold. The electric guitar is very loud in the foreground, quite clean without major pedal effects, and there are many excellent guitar solos played. The rhythm is rather slow. Some very good male & female backing vocals retain the attention. The keyboards oriented last part of "Apocalypse" sounds like Tangerine Dream around 1980. The side II is better: it is more catchy and progressive: the electric guitars sounds seem more varied and the keyboards really sound more modern. The modern Eloy has made some almost New Age relaxing songs a la Kitaro: the "De Labore Solis" song is definitely a good one. The electric guitar on "Mighty echoes" is definitely more razor, and there are also some good simple rhythmic piano notes. - Progarchives

Frank Bornemann - Guitars, Vocals
Klaus-Peter Matziol - Bass, Pedals, Chorus
Jürgen Rosenthal - Drums, Percussion
Detlev Schmidtchen - Keyboards, Chorus
Brigitte Witt - Vocals

1. Astral Entrance (3:03)
2. Master of Sensation (6:00)
3. The Apocalypse (14:54)
4. Pilot to Paradise (7:01)
5. De Labore Solis (5:12)
6. Mighty Echoes (7:16)