Archive for October, 2008

Nggeblak bersama KAYAK! Arrrgh…!!!

October 26, 2008

KayakKayak II album coverGak tahu ada angin apa kok ujug2 mak gedhandhut sehabis mengerjakan shalat Ashar di masjid sebelah kok pengen banget nyetel Kayak. Saya mulai dengan album “Starlight Dancer” dan kemudian “Phantom of The Night” dan nyambung ke Kayak 2 (1974). Wuahhh … uediyaaaaaaaaann … ngguweblak pol rek!! Jan uenak tenan musiknya. Mulai dari lagu Daughter or Son yang membuka perjalanan Kayak sore ini. Lagu lucu ini bener2 indah ketukan drumnya dan menghasilkan groove yang unik dan menawan. Kecanggihan Kayak adalah dalam hal menyusun notasi indah dan merangkainya secara seksama sehingga menghasilkan sebuah melodi menawan dan menusuk ati, khas Kayak dan…tidak mboseni blas! Tidak hanya itu, cara penataan kata dalam lirik ke dalam lekukan melodi lagu juga begitu menawan. Anda bisa cek di lagu Daughter or Son atau Woe and Alas. Wah .. bener2 musiknya miris bikin kepincut aja!

Apalagi pas sampe lagu Starlight Dancer .. biyuuuuhhhh .. baru melodi vokal di awal lagu aja udah bikin semaput tanpa nnggeblak!

The fight is over

The war is lost and I see

A lifeless soldier staring at me

Fear and despair drawing his face

Left in this godforsaken place

Who cares for the nameless so far from home

Aduuuh .. Gusti Alloh nyuwun ngapuro …!!! Ini lho, manusia ciptaanmu ini lho …kok bisa2nya gitu, bikin melodi yang menohok jiwa nunjek ampek ulu ati. Rasanya mau nangis dah! Subhanallah.

Terus di lagu Daphne juga melodinya membuat melayang, apalagi diiringi Grand Piano yang dimainkan begitu manisnya:

Hope and fear

Left her colorless face without mirth

Sweet Daphne, the priestess of Old Mother Earth

Saw a stranger coming near

Full of pride

Still mighty Apollo desired

The God of all Arts gently playing his lyre

Needs a nymph to guard his night


Totally nggeblak dah!

Yang paling nuansamatik adalah lagu Woe and Alas yang merupakan lagu pertama dari Kayak yang pernah saya suka saat saya dikasih mas Henky kaset Genesis “Nursery Cryme” tapi side B nya “Kayak” rekaman POP DISCOTIC. Opo tumon, musik prog kok yang ngerekam Pop Discotic??? Hua ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ….

Woe and Alas ini komposisinya indah dan yang penting sangat melodik dengan vokal melodi yang khas Kayak. Rekaman CD nya juga paripurna lah. Pokoknya sore ini puwaszzzz ber Kayak ria …

Ternyata, saya juga udah banyak mereview Kayak di progarchives:

4 stars
KAYAK – 3 Originals

(read review)

4 stars
KAYAK – Chance For A Live Time

(read review)

4 stars
KAYAK – Close To The Fire

(read review)

4 stars
KAYAK – Eyewitness

(read review)

4 stars
KAYAK – Kayak II

(read review)

2 stars
KAYAK – Night Vision

(read review)

4 stars
KAYAK – Original Tapes

(read review)

4 stars
KAYAK – Phantom of the Night

(read review)

5 stars
KAYAK – Royal Bed Bouncer

(read review)

4 stars
KAYAK – See See The Sun / Kayak

(read review)

4 stars
KAYAK – Starlight Dancer

(read review)

3 stars
KAYAK – The Best Of Kayak

(read review)

3 stars
KAYAK – The Last Encore

(read review)

4 stars
KAYAK – The Singles

(read review)

Salam,

G

Kaset Coverdale-Page

October 26, 2008
Makna sebuah simbol

Makna sebuah simbol

Ini memang hanya sebuah sampul kaset dari “selingkuhan” anggota Deep Purple / Whitesnake, David Coverdale (vocal) dengan Led Zeppelin, Jimmy Page (gitar). Albumnya mereka namakan Coverdale – Page dan dirilis 27 Maret 1993. Meski selingkuhan ini tidak berlangsung lama – namanya juga selingkuh – namun album ini sempat menorehkan pada tangga nomer 4 di Inggris dan no. 5 di US Billboard 200 Chart. Sayangnya, penjualan tiket tur mereka berdua setelah di Jepang tidak begitu baik maka selingkuhan tersebut bubur dan Page kembali pasangan hidupnya, Robert Plant, dalam proyek MTV “UnLedded”.

Kembali ke Fitrah

Bukan ulasan musiknya yang saat ini pengen saya angkat, karena memang saya kurang artikulatif membahas musik rock yang lurus2 .. alias ini album GPB (gak prog blas!). Saya serahkan ke Kang Tatan, Mas Indrayana, atau Om Mamak buat membahasnya. Justru, saya sangat terkesima dengan sampulnya. Memang, ini sekedar rambu lalu lintas sih. Namun, coba kita maknai secara seksama. Bagi Coverdale dan Page, ini merupakan simbul ”kolaborasi” dimana dua musisi dengan latar belakang band berbeda bergabung menjadi satu kesatuan membuat sebuah album musik rock. Setidaknya, inilah yang bisa kita tangkap dari maksud mereka membuat sampul seperti ini.

Namun, saya menangkapnya lain. Ini bisa kita artikan sebagai kembalinya kita ke fitrah. Manusia tidak ada yang luput dari dosa meskipun itu dosa sekecil apapun. Banyak jalan berliku (baca: bengkok) yang telah kita lalui dalam mengarungi kehidupan yang keras dan penuh cobaan, terutama dengan adanya serangan setan dan iblis. Bukankah setan dan iblis sudah sejak jaman nabi Adam berjanji akan selalu menggoda keturunan Adam sampai kapanpun agar mengingkari Allah? Serangan mereka sungguh sangat dahszyat dan kadang kita gak sadari, misalnya melalui orang2 yang kita cintai: anak, istri, bahkan mungkin orang tua. Banyak kisah korupsi yang dilandasi karena adanya cinta kepada keluarga yang sangat berlebihan sehingga ingin membahagiakan mereka melalui materi. Setan begitu lihai membidiknya hingga tidak menyadari bahwa keinginan tersebut lebih dilandasi karena rayuan cerdik dari setan. Atau kisah selingkuh yang dilandasi adanya rasa kekurangan dari pasangan hidupnya yang syah. Naudzubilla min dzaliq.

Rambu ini mengajak kita kembali ke jalan yang lurus, shiraathal mustaqiim, dan meninggalkan semua godaan setan yang terkutuk. Memaknai sampul ini pada saat sekarang dimana Ramadhan 1429 H baru saja meninggalkan kita tanpa ada janji ”pasti” bahwa tahun depan ia akan kembali buat kita karena belum tentu kita masih diberi hidup sama Allah SWT. Selain itu, bulan Syawal juga sebentar lagi meninggalkan kita. Mungkin ada baiknya kita tuntaskan juga puasa syawal menjadi genap enam hari. Pahalanya itu lho! Sama dengan puasa sepanjang satu tahun penuh! Lha mosok seh .. cumak poso nem ndina oleh ganjaran sak tahun awak ora gelem sih?

Lebih jauh dari itu, simbol ini mengetuk kita untuk selalu taat kepadaNya. Makanya, kita musti kembali ke yang lurus-lurus aja … Kalo musik boleh yang gak lurus2, kayak musik prog, karena sesuai dengan dinamika kehidupan yang gak pernah bisa kita prediksi, penuh lika-liku bak musik prog lah. Tapi kalo akhlak, ayo kita ikuti aja ajakan simbol tersebut. Ajakan ini berlaku buat saya dan semua yang mau baca blog ini.

Salam,

G

Metallica “S & M”

October 20, 2008

Temen prog .. maap ye, gw lagi keranjingan Metallica nih .. gara2 minggu lalu diratjoeni ama Hardiansyah Rizal yang dateng jauh2 dari Singapore (bekerja di sana) mau mencekoki gw ama “Death Magnetic”. gara2 gw suka album tersebut, beberapa koleksi Metallica gw puter lagi nih …he he he …
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METALLICA S & M  progressive rock album and reviews
(Live, 1999)
5.00/5

METALLICA — S & M
Review by Gatot (Gatot Widayanto)
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

— First review of this album —

5 stars Actually, this was the first CD I purchased from Metallica because a prog friend of mine told me that this album is definitely prog. He mentioned that anyone who listens to this album would change his / her perception about Metallica. As I was not familiar with the music of Metallica, I bought this double CD album based on his recommendation. He’s right, this album is totally progressive symphonic in its best. I was astonished by the first two tracks and in fact I did play them many times without even continuing to the next track because I was already satisfied with these two tracks. It blew me away at first spin of the CD. In fact, I then purchased the DVD of this live concert and made me totally satisfied with how great the heavy metal music blended beautifully with symphonic orchestra conducted by Michael Kamen.

By the time I am writing this review, I got only familiar with two albums of Metallica, i.e. “…And Justice for All” and “Black” album, plus a bit of “Master of Puppets” from Dream Theater version, instead of Metallica original recording. So, you can imagine that I am really newbie in Metallica. In fact, until now I have not heard the original version of the first two tracks “The Ecstasy of Gold” and “The Call of Ktulu” which blew me away at first listen.

Symphonic Orchestra at par excellent with Yes Symphonic

Combining orchestra and rock music has not been something new for me as I first knew it through Jon Lord’s Window and Deep Purple Concerto for Group and Orchestra and later there was also Yes Symphonic . If you refer to my review in Yes Symphonic, I remember that I put full five star rating. So is the case with this “S & M” by Metallica. Both albums share similar style, i.e. combining rock music with symphonic orchestra, performed live. The major difference is the fact that Yes music is by nature already symphonic while Metallica is pure metal band with no symphonic touch. So that what makes me amused to this album by Metallica because Michael Kamen has demonstrated his brilliant talent putting together what best of orchestra music with what it can synergize with the heavy side of rock music. I really admire his genius in making such great blend like this live set.

All tracks performed here are excellent, even though I am not that familiar with the original version. Metallica still can perform their music loudly while Michael Kamen works his way to find where in the musical segments that he can intervene his brilliant orchestral work and everything sounds truly great to me. I cannot find any track that is lackluster here. It’s probably the original version is not good but when the orchestra arrangement is added, it sounds truly great. I really enjoy this album. If you are not familiar with the loud and heavy nature of Metallica, follow my recommebdation: you should start with “The Ecstasy of Gold” (2:31) which serves as an overture of the concert. You can find here the grandiose composition dominated by orchestral maneuver by Kamen with great live vibes. The opening part of “The Call of Ktulu” (9:34) is really catchy and it might make tears flowing down from your eyes. The combination of string arrangement and Hammet’s guitar fills is truly catchy and you can not deny that this is great piece of music with soft touch. When it enters minute 1:01 the bass guitar and drums start to roll with the music and it flows beautifully augmented with really nice string arrangements. The crowd shout creates great live vibes. The music moves in crescendo and it sounds louder and heavier. It’s about time you put your amplifier’s volume in louder position to get full subtleties of the music. Oh my God … I am totally nggeblak! man ….!!! This is really a greaaaaaaat instrumental piece of all time! The guitar solo by Hammett and Hetfield are great. I love the guitar solo at approximately minute 4:20. It’s really stunning! Kirk Hammet rules! The next track “Master of Puppets” (8:55) is also great!

Overall, this is the same standard of Yes Symphonic and I cannot afford not to give five stars rating – a masterpiece of symphonic and metal work! Keep on proggin’ …!

Peace on earth and mercy mild – GW (i-Rock! Music Community)

Track Listings

Disc 1
1. The Ecstasy of Gold (2:31)
2. The Call of Ktulu (9:34)
3. Master of Puppets (8:55)
4. Of Wolf and Man (4:19)
5. The Thing That Should Not Be (7:27)
6. Fuel (4:36)
7. The Memory Remains (4:42)
8. No Leaf Clover (previously unreleased) (5:43)
9. Hero of the Day (4:45)
10. Devil’s Dance (5:26)
11. Bleeding Me (9:02)

Disc 2
1. Nothing Else Matters (6:47)
2. Until It Sleeps (4:30)
3. For Whom the Bell Tolls (4:52)
4. Human (previously unreleased) (4:20)
5. Wherever I May Roam (7:02)
6. Outlaw Torn (9:59)
7. Sad But True (5:46)
8. One (7:53)
9. Enter Sandman (7:39)
10.Battery (7:25)

Total Time 2:11:40

Line-up/Musicians


- James Hetfield / lead vocals, rhythm guitar
- Kirk Hammett / lead guitar
- Jason Newsted / bass, backing vocals
- Lars Ulrich / drums, percussion

- Michael Kamen / conductor

San Francisco Symphony:
- Eric Achen, Joshua Garrett, Douglas Hull, Jonathan Ring, Bruce Roberts, Robert Ward, James Smelser / French horns
- David Teie (principal), Richard Andaya, Barara Bogatin, Jill Rachuy Brindel, David Goldblatt / cello
- Jeremy Constant (concertmaster), Daniel Banner, Enrique Bocedi, Paul Brancato, Catherine Down, Bruce Freifeld, Connie Gantsweg, Michael Gerling,
Frances Jeffrey, Judiyaba, Yukiko Kamei, Naomi Kazama, Kum Mo Kim, Yasuko Hattori, Melissa Kleinbart, Chumming Mo Kobialka, Daniel Kobialka, Rudolph Kremer,
Kelly Leon-Pearce, Diane Nicholeris, Florin Parvulescu, Anne Pinsker, Victor Romasevich, Philip Santos, Peter Shelton / violins
- Chris Bogios, Glenn Fischthal, Andrew McCandless, Craig Morris / trumpets
- Steven Braunstein, Stephen Paulson, Rob Weir / bassoons
- Charles Chandler, Laurence Epstein, Chris Gilbert, William Ritchen, Stephen Tramontozzi, S. Mark Wright / double basses
- Anthony J. Cirone, Ray Froelich, Thomas Hemphill, Artie Storch / percussion
- Don Ehrlich, Gina Feinauer, David Gaudry, Christina King, Yun Jie Liu, Seth Mausner, Nanci Severance, Geraldine Walther / violas
- John Engelkes, Tom Hornig, Paul Welcomer, Jeff Budin / trombones
- Julie Ann Giacobassi, Eugene Izotov, Pamela Smith / oboes
- David Herbert / timpani
- Linda Lukas, Catherine Payne, Genevieve Fentress / flutes
- Jay Mason, Anthony Striplen, Luis Beez / clarinets
- Gayle Levant / harp
- Marc Shapiro – piano, keyboards
- Peter Wahrhaftig – tuba

Releases information

Elektra Records / Vertigo Records

Metallica “Death Magnetic” Review

October 16, 2008

METALLICA Death Magnetic progressive rock album and reviews

METALLICA — Death Magnetic
Review by Gatot (Gatot Widayanto)
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

5 stars Well, yeah … definitely I am not the right person to review any Metallica album because I am actually not a fan at all even though I do not hate the music. It’s basically most of my friends are metalheads as compared to proghead. That’s one of the ways to keep young, isn’t it? So why I am finally getting into Metallica? Simple: influence from friends plus my deep love with Dream Theater’s “Stream of Consciousness” (Train of Thought) where most of my metalhead friends told me that this album of Dream Theater is very Metallica. Whenever I spin Train of Thought I always stuck with Stream of Consciousness due to its crispy melody, heavy riffs and solid composition. Then I was recommended by friends of mine to spin “And Justice For All” that unfortunately I did not like the drumming on the opening track “Blackened”. So, I did not play the other tracks of that album. Later I tried black album and I do enjoy some tracks especially “Enter Sandman”.

But, when I listened to “Death Magnetic” where my colleague Hardiansyah Rizal introduced me the album through “All Nightmare Long” track, it blew me away with ist excellent composition. I said to Rizal right away that the song is really “prog” because it has changing tempo and style throughout the song. And then I tried to spin the whole album and I found joy in listening to it in its entirety…

…and let me try to give my views on this album…

Like it or not, I have seen two international magazines (Classic Rock & Rolling Stone) and some local magazines had their cover story for this new album by Metallica. There are many reviews already on the net about this album. There is no need to justify how the album has influenced metal and rock scene all over the world. With my minimum knowledge about previous albums of Metallica, let me try to write my own words about this album.

The album starts “That Was Just Your Life” with an ambient effects that reminds me to Jethro Tull’s “A Passion Play” ambient, followed by simple guitar fills that reminds me to Dream Theater’s “Pull Me Under”. Of course, they are all not the same because Metallica’s music is nothing to do with Jethro Tull and Metallica is older than Dream Theater. What follows is a dynamic drumwork and heavy guitar riffs supporting vocal line in fast tempo. It’s a so energetic track. The track is truly heavy and fast, and I do enjoy it very much. There are tempo and style changes that indicate a sense of prog. “The End of the Line” (7:52) has some flavor of Rush music style, performed faster with stunning riffs and melody. I like the way how double guitar play riffs and melody combined with dynamic bass guitar as well as drum work. The guitar solo at 4:44 is truly stunning even though it’s quite short. The song tones down at the ending part of the track “The slave becomes The Master …” and returns back to high energy music.

“Broken, Beat & Scarred” (6:25) starts with excellent combination of guitar riffs and drum which do not sound like straight rock music. Metallica has made the music not truly sound like typical straight heavy metal music. The music runs faster at 3:46 followed with truly rockin’ guitar solo in fast speed. “The Day That Never Comes” (7:56) brings the music down with catchy guitar fills followed with soft guitar riffs and drumwork. The vocal line sounds differently with blues tinge. Keep praying / Just keep waiting. Waiting for the one / The day that never comes / When you stand up and feel the warmth / But the son shine never comes, no …. It’s a nice song which only peaks up with heavy music at minute 3:59. The speed then moves faster featuring guitar solo. The part at 5:44 on guitar notes are truly stunning! It’s an excellent composition. I believe Dream Theater members will be amazed by this album.

Luck. Runs. Out.

“All Nightmare Long” (7:57) starts with a music with similar style like Dream Theater’s “Pull Me Under” with heavy drumwork, followed by very fast and heavy music. The intro part has stimulated my adrenalin to run faster due to its beautiful and solid composition. Oh man .. I really love this track and I keep repeating this track because I love the way the vocal line is handle. So powerful! Luck. Runs. Out. Structurally, this is a progressive track as it has many tempo and style changes. This is the first track I listened to from this album and made me amazed with the dynamics of the song. Oh .. I love this kind of metal music. It’s truly progressive metal tune.

“Cyanide” (6:39) is another excellent follow-up with great riffs. At minute 3:12 the music changes into different style. The guitar solo is stunning especially backed with excellent combination of dynamic drums and heavy guitar riffs. I feel like I am playing Dream Theater now….

The music tones down into nice piano touches and string section as intro of “The Unforgiven III” (7:46). Hmm .. I cannot believe this is Metallica as it’s so sweet and mellow. What follows is a nice guitar fills in repeated style supported by drum. I never imagine that I truly love this melodic song and I cannot believe that this is composed by Metallica – a band that connotes to something truly happy. It reminds me to their “Nothing Else Matters” of Black album. The guitar solo that starts at 5:36 is really great and it reminds me to vintage rock music in the 70s. Metallica rules! The music brings back to “The Judas Kiss” (8:00) which also another excellent one.

Another favorite of mine is “Suicide & Redemption” (9:57) which starts brilliantly with powerful bass lines followed by stunning guitar riffs. There are riffs (minute 1:35) that remind me to Black Sabbath’s “Hole In The Sky” (of “Sabotage” album) even though they a not alike. But this is truly an excellent track that satisfies me. Structurally, this is not a straightforward track at all. Suicide & Redemption is Metallica’s answer to Dream Theater’s Stream of Consciousness! Well, Dream Theater has to face it that this long and prog instrumental track is killing. I am totally “nggeblak!” with this track man …! Fantastic! The album concludes nicely with “My Apocalypse” (5:02).

I cannot help it ..This is a masterpiece work!

Having spun this album for more than five times with no dissatisfaction at all, I have to say straight to the point that this is a masterpiece progressive metal music. This album is definitely not a “prog related” music because in every single track there are significant characteristics that categorize this album as a progressive metal album. The only drawback of this album is the production, which is not quite good. I don’t know why Rick Rubin does it this way. By saying that this is a masterpiece work, you might challenge my proggy-ness …but, I am sorry my friends, I have to tell you frankly that I admire this album. I will definitely have to trace back their previous albums. Any recommendation which one to start first? – Keep on proggin’ ..!!

Peace on earth and mercy mild – GW (i-Rock! Music Community)

Track Listings

1. That Was Just Your Life (7:08)
2. The End of the Line (7:52)
3. Broken, Beat & Scarred (6:25)
4. The Day That Never Comes (7:56)
5. All Nightmare Long (7:57)
6. Cyanide (6:39)
7. The Unforgiven III (7:46)
8. The Judas Kiss (8:00)
9. Suicide & Redemption (9:57)
10. My Apocalypse (5:02)

Total Time 74:42

Line-up/Musicians

- James Hetfield / vocals, guitar
- Lars Ulrich / drums
- Kirk Hammett / lead guitars
- Robert Trujillo / bass

Releases information

CD Elektra Records (2008)

Metallica “Death Magnetic” is Prog?

October 14, 2008

Metallica - Death Magnetic album review, Mp3, track listingPada saat ngopi di Sarinah sama temen, sekalian menikmati Metallica “Death Magnetic” saya mengomentari bahwa album ini prog. Lihat aja di lagu “All Nightmare Long”…. begitu sering dan mendadak perpindahan tempo dan juga style. Temen saya tidak menganggukkan .. tapi saya ngotot bahwa ini prog .. dia akhirnya nyerah. Lha emangnya prog gak boleh kenceng?

Gak salah kalo akhirnya ProgArchives (www.progarchives.com) nyerah juga .. terpaksa memasukkan Metallica di dalam situsnya .. yang tentu mengundang banyak kontroversi. Menurut saya, yang menentang itu gak ngerti prog blas! Emangnya prog musti simfonik kek Genesis? Haree ginee …ngomong prog kok cumak Genesis, Yes, King Crimson dsb. Kuno ah! Jadul ah! Coba simak dah itu death magnetic .. prog abieszz man! Tapi yang penting bukan itu …KENCENG abiszz!!! ha ha ha ha …

Alasan memasukkan Metallica ke ProgARchives juga bagus… salah satunya karena mempengaruhi lahirnya PROG MET. Yo jelaslah …!!!

Ini sebagian kutipan dari ProgArchives tentang Metallica:

2008 marked the release of “Death Magnetic”, the band’s ninth studio album and a clear return to form for the band. METALLICA’s roots in thrash-progressive metal are evident in the new disc, which once again features very long songs, complex structures, tempo changes, and many of the elements that once informed the band’s music. The album has been received with universal acclaim by both fans and critics and some of its songs, like the opener “That was Just your Life” bring back memories of their progressive metal days.

Kalo mo baca kumplit ini link nya:
http://www.progarchives.com/artist.asp?id=4022

Prog juga mencakup musik keras man!

Salam,
G

King Crimson “Frame by Frame”

October 9, 2008

Frame by Frame  progressive rock album and reviews Eclectic Prog
(Boxset/Compilation, 1991)
4.00/5
(10 ratings)

KING CRIMSON — The Essential King Crimson: Frame by Frame
Review by Gatot (Gatot Widayanto)
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

5 stars This boxset is a MUST for Crimson-heads even if you have all albums of King Crimson, you should not miss this compilation. This applies also to those who are new to the band also, because it really contains essential material in the band’s history. My chief reason to buy a box set is usually to get to know better the band – from the booklet provided – so that I know the background, the situations or the life dynamics of the band on albums they had made. I really love this compilation and it has become a precious collection altogether with The Great Deceiver – the live concerts boxset. I purchased “Frame By Frame” boxset in 1996 – it’s already twelve years with me and it’s really still in its mint condition. Because I like the packaging, I put the box (empty) on the wall and put the four CDs in my CD shelf. The great thing about the package, in addition to its deluxe box, is the large size booklet containing all narratives and photographs throughout the band’s history.

My boxset - the package

My boxset - the front cover

Informative and Comprehensive Boxset

This boxset covers the band’s history from its embryonic stage in 1969 until 1984. In terms of music direction, it covers both pre and post Belew (vocal, guitar) era. As you might have known that since Discipline album (1981) King Crimson changed its course dramatically from symphonic, mellotron-drenched type of music into those with a bit of new wave music due to largely the swept of punk music at the end of 70s and early 80s. The booklet and band’s family tree are really great and it’s a great joy reading them.

Disc 1 covers 1969-1971 era which starts with a track that inspired heavy metal bands in the world: “21st Century Schizoid Man (7:20) from the debut album that has been considered by most people as the birth of progressive rock genre (Classic Rock magazine, October 2008 issue). (Robert Fripp, Michael Giles, Greg Lake, Ian McDonald, Peter Sinfield) – 7:20. The next four tracks were taken from the same album. With five tracks featured here, it’s basically the whole debut album tracks were featured in here, with the exception of abridged version of Moonchild. For newbie, this is great because the complete version of Moonchild is too long in silent part at the end.

My boxset - the four CDs

My boxset - the four CDs

The next track Peace: A Theme (1:16) was taken from the album “In the Wake of Poseidon” (1970) followed with great singles “Cat Food (2:45) and Groon (3:31). Cadence and Cascade (4:10) was taken from “In the Wake of Poseidon” (1970) but with a change of vocal from Gordon Haskell to Adrian Belew. It’s good also to feature the abridged version of Sailor’s Tale (7:27) from the album “Islands” (1971) followed with Ladies of the Road which combines mellow and hard drive music nicely, from the same album. Disc 1 ends with one track from Lizard (1970) album: “Lizard (Part II: Bolero – The Peacock’s Tale) (6:45).

Disc 2 covers the band’s era of 1972-1974. It starts with a great track with heavy metal riffs “Larks’ Tongues in Aspic (Part I) (10:53). I like this track especially on parts where the rough guitar riffs meet with dazzling drumwork by Bill Bruford. It’s really great, especially when it’s combined with David Cross’ violin. Book of Saturday (2:53) is a track of my favorite followed by another great track Easy Money (7:55). Larks’ Tongues in Aspic (Part II) (7:09) concludes the “Larks’ Tongues in Aspic” (1973) album. The next album “Starless and Bible Black” was represented by three tracks: “The Night Watch (4:40), The Great Deceiver (4:03), and Fracture (6:57). The next four tracks “Starless (4:38), Red (6:17), Fallen Angel (5:59), and One More Red Nightmare (7:09) from the album Red (1974) conclude disc 2.

My boxset - The booklet

My boxset - The booklet

Disc 3 covers the period of 1981-1984 and it represents the critical milestone for the band as the music shifted dramatically when Discipline (1981) was released and Adrian Belew joined the band as lead vocal and guitar player. Most people would be shocked with this third CD as the music is totally different with previous two discs. Disc 4 is basically live recordings from their performances in 1969 until 1984.

Overall, I am really delighted with this boxset and I consider this as a masterpiece compilation. Keep on proggin’ ..!

Peace on earth and mercy mild – GW

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Fugazi Letter to Classic Rock Magz

October 9, 2008

Majalah Classic Rock edisi terakhir memuat MARILLION. Sayangnya, reviewernya ndak ngerti Marillion babar pisan! Gelo aja orang ini! Saya marah besar membacanya, mosok Fugazi termasuk album yang harus dihindari. Lha ini jelas salah kaprah dan kurang berpendidikan yang me-review. Gak tahu ya kalo di blog ini banyak penggemar Fish? Makanya dua hari lalu saya kirim email ke mereka. Mau dimuat atau tidak, ya urusan mereka. Tapi santai aja, ini kan jaman internet, saya muat aja di blog ini … biar orang tahu. Gebleg tuh reviewer! Ini surat saya ke majalah tersebut:

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Dear Classic Rock

Thanks for featuring Marillion in Buyer’s Guide of October issue. Unfortunately there was a significant fallacy putting Fugazi under “Avoid” column, and it’s the only one in there. I think you should spin all fourteen studio albums (excluding compilations) and one EP (Market Square Heroes) to conclude on which album from Marillion that buyer should “avoid”. I do not think Fugazi will fall under this category. Fugazi has everything that prog music requires: dark, polyphonic tempo and varied styles. You have put Assassing from FugaziEssential Play List which really contradicts with your opinion about the album. If you look the album into detail, you will find the beauty of Incubus with its varied styles and ambient nuance, the great dynamics of Emerald Lies with pondering drum / percussions of Ian Mosley and powerful vocal by Fish; the catchy piano at intro of Fugazi (the track) followed with energetic music when Fish sings “Drowning in the liquid seas on picadilily line, rat race …”; the atmospheric She Chameleon and the mellow melodic Jigsaw. Oh by the way, Punch and Judy is a great rocker as well. So, tell me where in the album lies lackluster track??? None at all!!!

I truly believe that Marillion album under “avoid” column should be This Strange Engine or Somewhere Else. And, again, I do not understand you rate this lackluster Somewhere Else highly. It’s overrated. Or, if you count the new album Happiness Is The Road, it can be categorized under “Avoid” as well. But, definitely notFugazi. You should not judge an album by the short period of music making. FYI, Assassing was written during Script tour.

My review on “Fugazi“:
http://www.progarchives.com/Review.asp?id=12097

My review on “somewhere else” album:
http://www.progarchives.com/Review.asp?id=126135

Thanks & best regards,

Gatot Widayanto, Jakarta
Honorary Collaborator @ www.progarchives.com
http://www.progarchives.com/Collaborators.asp?id=405&listreviews=alpha#reviews

This is truly OK:

Misplaced Childhood is a great album

Misplaced Childhood is a great album

This is OK too. Script is probably well suited into “Essential Classic”, I believe:

Under “Worth Exploring”, Somewhere Else should be taken out and replaced by Anoraknophobia because this album remarked their goodbye to neo-progressive. Somewhere Else is a lackluster in Marillion history, altogether with This Strange Engine. Putting Fugazi under Avoid is a fatal fallacy and must corrected because Fugazi is a great album. You should not judge an album from the duration it took to write the material! :

If you say Fugazi is an album one should “avoid”, why do you choose Assassing (from Fugazi) as a track in your Play List? This is definitely inconsistent! Or, actually you admit that Fugazi is a great album?!!

Updated 12 October 2008 (after reading Mr. Priyo J’s comments):

Classic Rock should do a “proper” costless research through Dr. Google. Mr Wikipedia puts the chart history like this:

Studio albums

Year Title Billboard album 200[1] UK Top 100[2] RIAA[3] BPI[4]
1983 Script for a Jester’s Tear 175 7 - Platinum
1984 Fugazi - 5 - Gold
1985 Misplaced Childhood 47 1 - Platinum
1987 Clutching at Straws 103 2 - Gold
1989 Seasons End - 7 - Gold
1991 Holidays in Eden - 7 - -
1994 Brave - 10 - -
1995 Afraid of Sunlight - 16 - -
1997 This Strange Engine - 27 - -
1998 Radiation - 35 - -
1999 Marillion.com - - - -
2001 Anoraknophobia - - - -
2004 Marbles - - - -
2007 Somewhere Else - 24 - -
2008 Happiness Is the Road - - - -

Link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marillion_discography

The Young Persons Guide to King Crimson

October 7, 2008


KING CRIMSON — The Young Persons Guide To King Crimson
Review by Gatot (Gatot Widayanto)
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

5 stars Great compilation after Fripp put the band on hiatus in 1974

Talking about prog music compilation, any prog band must learn from King Crimson “The Young Persons Guide to King Crimson” because it describes the band’s varied music styles from its debut “In The Court of King CrimsonThe Young Persons Guide To King Crimson album coverThe Crimson King” (1969) until “Red” (1974). With seven studio albums that had been released, it was the right time to release a compilation. The title was inspired by the famous orchestral work “The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra” from composer Benjamin Britten or the 1960s television series Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra, created by conductor/composer Leonard Bernstein.

My friend had this compilation in double LP format which we used it for radio station broadcasting program in Bonkenk, Bandung. I remember vividly we played “Cat Food” and “The Night Watch” on the air. I really love this compilation. My version is still in cassette format and I still cannot find this compilation in CD format. But it’s OK as I have owned all individual seven albums. The only think I miss is the different version of “I Talk To The Wind” with female vocal here. That’s why I still keep my cassette, because it’s so memorable having this version.

The set starts beautifully with dark melodic “Epitaph (8:52) including March for No Reason and Tomorrow and Tomorrow from the debut album “In the Court of the Crimson King” (1969). This song has always been very special to me when I am visioning life (after death) because the lyrics that Pete Sinfield wrote reminds all of us that at the end off the day we will all be gone from this world and we will live to another world. The challenge is truly how we get prepared ourselves during our lives in this world for a much better life after death. It’s a very compelling lyrics “…but I fear tomorrow I’ll be crying …” supported by great music composition with mellotron-drenched sounds. The journey continues to another mellow and dark Cadence and Cascade (3:36) from “In the Wake of Poseidon” (1970).

Another great characteristic of King Crimson music combining mellow and heavy drive style is indicated by the next track “Ladies of the Road (5:27) from “Islands” (1971). Even though from “Islands” I like “Formentera Lady” but I am OK with this selection. The band brings us back to the debut album I Talk to the Wind but this time is different than the studio album “In The Court of The Crimson King” especially on the vocal department: sung by Judy Dyble (Fairport Convention) instead of Greg Lake. This was recorded at 93A Brondesbury Road, London, UK, July 1968, available on The Brondesbury Tapes (1968) under the name of Giles Giles & Fripp. The compilation also features two tracks from their latest album at that time, “Red” (1974), i.e Red (6:18) and Starless (12:17).

On LP2, it starts wonderfully with “The Night Watch (4:38) from the album “Starless and Bible Black” (1974) which delivers different music style. “Book of Saturday (2:52) from the album “Larks’ Tongues in Aspic” (1973) has been my all-time favorite. It’s a mellow track with great vocal line and stunning electric guitar played in unplugged style. I really love this track and I used to replay this song when I spin the album. “Cat Food from the single Cat Food/Groon (1970) is also another all-time favorite of mine. It’s better played seamlessly with Groon (3:30). An abridged version of “Moonchild” from the debut album is also a great song. The compilation concludes with the title track of debut album The Court of the Crimson King (9:21).

Overall, this is a masterpiece boxset collection that any prog lover must have it. You might find this compilation is hard to find because it’s OOP already. Keep on proggin’ ..!

Peace on earth and mercy mild – GW (i-Rock! Music Community)

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Peter Gabriel 1

October 7, 2008
Kaset Jadul

Kaset Jadul

4 stars Gabriel’s debut album after he left Genesis with a major shift in musical style from the band he was leaving. The album was made during the time when the world music industry was dominated by punk where bands like Camel, Wishbone Ash, Jethro Tull et al were all marginalized by the three-chord rush and anti-establishment sneer of The Sex Pistols, The Clash and The Damned. Gabriel approached Robert Fripp (King Crimson) during his tentative steps out of musical retirement. Fripp played on the demos recording session for this album and was persuaded to join the subsequent tour band, which also included Tony Levin, albeit performing unseen.Down The Dolce Vita has been my all-time favorite since I heard the song the first time when I was lent a cassette containing this track dated back in 1978. My second best include: Here Comes The Flood (which I also like the later acoustic version as well as Growing Up live version), Excuse Me (for me, it was my first introduction to humorous prog music), Solsbury Hill (has become a masterpiece in live version due to its energetic style), Humdrum (a nice mellow track).

An album that you must have it if you want to take steps in prog journey with Peter Gabriel’s music direction. You would notice how his music has shifted significantly from this debut album to the groundbreaking UP album. Interesting. Recommended! (3.75 / 5). GW, Indonesia.

Cassette Inlay Details

Cassette Inlay Details

Studio Album, released in 1977

Track Listings

Side 1
1. Moribund The Burgermeister (4:18)
2. Solsbury Hill (4:21)
3. Modern Love (3:38)
4. Excuse Me (3:20)
5. Humdrum (3:26)
Side 2
6. Slowburn (4:37)
7. Waiting For The Big One (7:14)
8. Down The Dolce Vita (4:42)
9. Here Comes The Flood (5:56)

Total Time: 41:34

Line-up/Musicians

- Peter Gabriel / voices, keyboards, flute, recorder
- Allan Schwartzberg / drums, directories
- Tony Levin / bass, tuba, leader of Barbershop Quartet
- Jim Maelen / percussion, synthibam, Bones and Barbershop
- Steve Hunter / Full frontal guitar, electric & acoustic rhythm guitar, pedal steel
- Robert Fripp / electric guitar, classical guitar, banjo
- Jozef Chirowski / Frontal keyboard, Barbershop
- Larry (Wires) Fast / synthesizers and programming

With:
- Dick Wagner / backing voices, solo guitar on “Here Comes The Flood” and at the end of “Slowburn”
- The London Symphony Orchestra / on “Down The Dolce Vita”
- Michael Gibbs / Orchestra arranger and Conductor

Releases information

LP – UK, Charisma Records
LP – USA Atco SD-36-147

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Asia in Asia

October 7, 2008

AsiaAsia in Asia (VHS) album coverGara-gara ngomongin ASIA, tadi malem nyetel CD “Asia in Asia” yang merupakan rekaman dari laser disc saya dari live videonya, abis … CD nya gak pernah keluar. Saya juga punya kaset Yess nya, masih mulus koyok sikil mejo, saking muluse … ha ha ha …

Dulu waktu tahun pertama saya di Batam (1985), tiap hari saya menikmati kaset ini. Bahkan, saya beli yang versi kaset Billboard, cuman sayang udah raib sekarang. Kalo bukan rekaman Yess, saya memang agak “nggladrah” (kurang sayang – red.) dalam memeliharanya. Yang paling membuat saya melambung adalah saat OPEN YOUR EYES dimainkan. Bukan apa2, di situ ada kibor solonya Geoffrey Downes yang dibalut begitu indah nan gahar dengan raungan gitar Steve Howe dan dentuman dram Carl Palmer. Wuihhhh …. yahuuud ….ngguajak pol lah pokoknya …!!!!

Di live concert yang dilakukan pada Desember 1983 ini, yang main bass dan nyanyi adalah GREG LAKE karena, konon…, John Wetton pada Oktober 1983 ditendang oleh perusahaan perekamannya karena salesnya ALPHA gak bagus. Makanya Greg Lake disabot, dan dia nyanyi dengan membaca lirik, tapi ndak keliatan kalo baca …soalnya pake alat khusus. Inilah satu2nya album ASIA dengan Greg Lake. Nuansamatik kemlitik nostalgik suka nggitik tenaaaaaaannnn …..!!!!

Salam,

G

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DVD/Video, released in 1984

Track Listings

1. Time Again
2. The Heat Goes On
3. Here Comes the Feeling
4. Eye to Eye (Steve Howe Solo)
5. Only Time Will Tell
6. Open Your Eyes (Geoff Downes Solo)
7. The Smile Has Left Your Eyes
8. Wildest Dreams (Carl Palmer Solo)
9. Heat of the Moment
10. Sole Survivor

Total Time: Approximately 60 minutes

Line-up/Musicians

- Geoffrey Downes / keyboards
- Steve Howe / guitars
- Carl Palmer / drums
- Greg Lake / bass, lead vocals

Releases information

VHS Vestron Music Video, VHS, MA 1009
Laser Disc Pioneer, PA-84-092


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