Archive for October, 2011

Udin Shop di Blok M Square

October 27, 2011

Karena ada urusan, Senin (24 Oktober 2011) sore saya ke Blok M Square dengan gowes dari kantor. Ini adalah pengalaman saya pertama kali ke mall ini setelah namanya berubah. Jaman jaset bajakan dulu, saya kadang mengunjungi toko kaset di lantai 1 di mall yang dulu namanya Aldiron Plaza ini. Ternyata asik banget mall ini karena menyediakan parkir sepeda yg sangat banyak dan berada di depan lobi utama. Ini baru namanya mall yg berpikiran progresif karena menyediakan parkir sepeda di areal yg “terhormat” sekali.

Setelah menyelesaikan urusan saya pada jam 19:30 saya mencari Udin Shop yang berada di Basement B112. Ternyata basement-nya menarik sekali, banyak penjual buku (kesukaan saya juga) dan ada penjual kaset selain Udin. Udin ini langganan saya beli CD di Jalsur (jl. Surabaya). Karena bisnisnya maju, Udin memperluas usahanya dengan menyewa space di Blok M Square. Opo ora top? Udin sendiri telah mendelegasikan tokonya yg di Jalsur kepada anak buahnya, dan dia fokus di Blok M Square. Sebenernya sy hampir putus asa mencari Udin Shop ini karena cukup banyak toko. Namun akhirnya sampai juga.

Bro Udin dengan kaos Queen nya. Kelihatan lebih seger dan lebih muda ....

Alhamdulillah bro Udin masih ingat saya karena langsung menegor begitu liat saya. Malam itu ia menggunakan tshirt “Queen” dan kelihatan lebih santai dan lebih muda penampilannya dibanding saat di Jalsur. Saya senang sekali melihat bro Udin usahanya maju. Hebatnya, dia masih Udin yang santun dan rendah hati, ramah pula! Memang saya tak ada target mau cari sesuatu selain ingin ngobrol santai di toko kaset jadul. Koleksi CD nya sudah tak seperti dulu karena katanya tak ada lagi yg jual CD. Kebanyakan adalah PH jadul. Saya sempat melirik rak kaset jadul dan menemukan beberapa kaset Yess. Ada satu kaset yg sy baru tahu bahwa Yess pernah rilis, yaitu Colin Towns “Making Faces” (seri 421). Mungkin bro Apec sudah punya. Saya sungguh kaget belum pernah melihat kaset ini bahkan sy tak pernah tahu ada artis bernama Colin Towns. Ketika dicoba, musiknya seperti Mike Oldfield. Karena kata mas Kris dan bro Apec kaset rekaman Yess itu GEDONGAN dan fisiknya mulus kayak kaki meja – tanpa coretan apapun ….., bungkus! Ini bener2 nambah koleksi Yess saya jadinya …. Tuoobzzz!!!

Kaset gedongan itu ....Mungkin juga Bro Apec udah punya ... Saya malah baru tahu kaset ini dan baru tahu ada orang namanya Colin Towns ...

Daftar lagunya .....

Side B nya ...

Dua sisi kasetnya masih mulus tanpa coretan. Terima kasih kepada pemilik pertama yang telah merawat kaset dengan baik dan super duper muluuuuuussss ......

Sungguh, saya merasa seperti berada di dunia saya mengobrol dengan teman lama bro Udin ini di tokonya ….sambil menikmati alunan musik musik dari White Lion via turntable Technics ….biyuh nyamleng suromenggolo tuwenan menikmati PH meski bukan claro maupun prog. Namun obrolan saya dengan Udin malam tersebut termasuk progclaro juga …. Wis jiyaaaan …..! Pokoke nuansamatik tuwenaaaan …!!!

Semoga Udin Shop tetap maju!

Salam,
G

Sederetan kaset jadul yang ada di Udin Shop

Ngobrol musik bersama Udin sambil menikmati alunan musik via turntable Technics ....

PH yang sedang diputar. Bukan claro, apalagi prog ... tapi kan pelaaaaat ....gitu lho jal! Ha ha ha ha ha ha ...... Top dah!

Musik Yang Sedang Saya Nikmati

October 24, 2011

JRENG!

Selamat malam! Apa kabar? Ini udah mau tidur, sekedar mau berbagi aja musik-musik yang sedang saya putar belakangan ini dan mungkin akan saya tulis reviewnya.

The Tangent “COMM”

Wah ini band makin edan aja meski pemainnya gonta-ganti tapi musiknya masih berkelas. Album ini saya putar bolak-balik sudah lebih dari sepuluh kali selama kurun waktu seminggu ini. Hari ini aja saya sudah putar tiga kali keseluruhan album. Musiknya asik banget dan unik. Tentu track pembuka yang 20 menit itu menarik sekali. Namun track yang judulnya ada Titanic nya juga keren. Rasanya dari keseluruhan lagu yang ada hanya satu saja yang terlalu mellow buat kuping saya. Tapi overall TOP banget nih album. Konon gitarisnya masih berusia 22 tahun. Biyuh mainnya, kereeeennn!!!

A Big Goodbye “Sounds and Silences”

Band ini saya kurang paham sebelumnya. Saya mendapatkan album ini karena dikirimin langsung sama band-nya sekaligus minta di review di Prog Archives. Alirannya Crossover Prog. Tadinya biasa aja, kok semakin sering diputer kok nikmat ya album ini.

Symphony X “Iconoclast”

Wah album ini keren dan bikin semangat menggebu-gebu karena musiknya energetik banget, khas Symphony X banget dah. Hari ini baru saya putar sekali tapi cukup membuat adrenalin muncrat! Minggu lalu juga nyetel album ini, tapi sampai sekarang belum sempat menulis review. Mantab jaya ini album

Wah ….asik2 lah pokoke …!!!

Prog jiyan top tenaaaaaan!!!

Eh satu lagi yang sedang saya cerna dan nikmat pula:

Steven Wilson “Grace for Drowning”

Setelah saya “enyek” dengan album “Insurgentes” yang menurut saya kurang nohok dan saya pernah didukani mbek mas Edigimo (nyuwun ngapuro njih mas) lantaran saya cumak kasih dua bintang saja di review saya di ProgARchives. Mohon maaf mungkin ilmu saya mendalami musik prog ala Steven Wilson kurang mumpuni sehingga album apik mung tak wenehi biji bintang loro …… Tapi album “Grace for Drowning” ini membuat saya terkesima njumbul kuaget pol! Lha jebule mas Wilson iki nggawe album uapik tenan. Wis ..pokoke aku jamin paling ora ini album oleh biji bintang papat, mas Edigimo….. Aku ojo didukani maneh yo….aku wedi kuwalat mbek njenengan sing jiyan konsisten ngeprog-e. Mungkin saatnya aku sowan nang Apple Cafe von nJombang ben oleh ilmu mendalami musik Steven Wilson ….

Opeth “Heritage”

Wah iya ….kok hampir lupa …. album ini juga masuk dalam ruang dengar saya. Matur suwun mas Edigimo wis dielingno ….

Dalam album ini Opeth membuat kejutan dengan membangkitkan arwah musik 70an dari sisi prog. Kualitas rekaman albumnya aja dibuat vintage pol. Wis ..jiyan nyamlenk suromenggolo tenan album ini. Vokalnya juga semuanya clean tak ada muntah kolak (baca: growl) karena jaman 70an belum ada teknik muntah kolak. Ditanggung mak nyus kemlunyus pol!

Dengan serentetan album2 prog dahzyat yang belakangan muncul ini bagaimana Anda bisa memberikan rating buat YES ‘Fly From Here’ yang katanya Kompas lebih bagus dari Drama itu? Wis jelas adoh cak! Di album Fly From Here semuanya lembek koyok jajan pasar cucur sing wernone abang kae lho …. Di Drama ada Machine Messiah, Tempus Fugit yang dahzyat ….He he he he he….

Majulah Prog! (jarene mas Edigimo …..)

Salam,

G

“Beyond The Shrouded Horizon” by Hackett

October 20, 2011

Studio Album, released in 2011

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Loch Lomond (6:49)
2. The Phoenix Flown (2:08)
3. Wanderlust (0:44)
4. Til These Eyes (2:41)
5. Prairie Angel (2:59)
6. A Place Called Freedom (5:57)
7. Between The Sunset And The Coconut Palms (3:18)
8. Waking To Life (4:50)
9. Two Faces Of Cairo (5:13)
10. Looking For Fantasy (4:33)
11. Summer’s Breath (1:12)
12. Catwalk (5:44)
13. Turn This Island Earth (11:51)

Total time: 59:00
Line-up / Musicians

- Steve Hackett / acoustic and electric guitars, vocals
- Roger King / keyboards
- Gary O’Toole / drums
- Rob Townsend / winds
- Nick Beggs / bass
- Amanda Lehmann / vocals

Releases information

Release date: September 23 (Germany) / September 26 (Europa) / September 27 (USA & Canada)
Label: Inside Out /EMI Records

Review by Gatot
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator

4 stars Oh man …. He has done it again! This album blew me away at first spin for a couple of reasons. First, I am amazed with how productive he has been since 1975 until now producing 22 (twenty two) studio albums plus some live albums and DVDs. This is great, really. In fact he has produced 21 albums after he quitted Genesis while the band he left had not produced that many albums. Second, talking about quality, I think Hackett has been very consistent with his music style so far as compared to Genesis who tried to make poppy albums. I have not seen any effort that Hackett made to make pop music, he has been so consistent with his progressive music style. Look at this album; you will find this one is consistent with his styles since debut album in 1975, also the legendary ‘Spectral Morning’ as well as ‘Dark Town’ in 1999. Third, I like enjoying this album as I have always been failed with my effort to stop the music in the middle of the album. Whenever I play this album, I always spin in its entirety from start to end. The music has a solid structural integrity and it’s so cohesive like story telling from start to end.

He has been consistent with his music style

Let’ have a look the music in this album. It starts off wonderfully with “Loch Lomond” (6:49) where it reminds me to the Spectral Morning album in terms of nuances and textures even though the song is totally fresh – there is no such elements that copy the previous tracks from previous albums. This is not something like “Everyday” that opens Spectral Morning album nicely, it’s much mellow than Everyday. Wonderful! It also reminds me to one of his songs ‘The Steppes’ of Defector album in 1980. The guitar fills still represent his style really well. What surprising is when the vocals enter comprising male and female vocals, it’s really nice. Even thogh Hackett’s vocal quality is not that good but he manages to blend nicely with the music. The guitar solo is also stunning. The second track ‘The Phoenix Flown’ (2:08) sounds like continuing the opening track by showing off Hackettian guitar style with some howling segments as well. Even though it’s a short instrumental track but it’s so instrumental to the album as a whole because it satisfies Hackett guitar style freaks. It’s really great!

‘Wanderlust’ (0:44) is basically a guitar fills outfit that reminds us to ‘Horizon’ and it flows nicely to ‘Til These Eyes’ (2:41) which ha opening guitar fills that remind me to Kansas’ ‘Dust In The Wind’. Again, I enjoy this mellow track especially with Hackett guitar fills and vocal, backed with nice string section. I am sure most of you would love this track as the melody is really nice and it’s very Hackett!

You must love ‘Prairie Angel’ (2:59) as it starts beautifully with howling guitar work by Hackett. It flows in mellow fashion with slow tempo and when it enters the interlude there is a rocking part with his unique guitar riffs followed with music that moves faster, faster and faster – combining the work of guitar and keyboard, augmented with guitar fills that is unique style of Hackett as an opening of the next track. It flows seamlessly to ‘A Place Called Freedom’ (5:57) with vocal line. In here Hackett explores his guitar fills as rhythm section of the vocal line. ‘Between The Sunset And The Coconut Palms’ (3:18) – again …it reminds me the Defector album, something like before ‘The Toast’ I believe …. It’s a nice track.

‘Waking To Life’ (4:50) something that is really different than other tracks of Hackett even though there are components that are still his style. This one has eastern music style with female vocal. I think he is brilliant making this track as it demonstrates something unique that focuses more on traditional elements as the music flows in this track. The guitar solo is still showing his style; he plays it soft and inventive. The song has high energy especially it contains beats and grooves. It’s probably will be your favorite from this album. As the tittle implies, ‘Two Faces Of Cairo’ (5:13) represents the nuances of Middle East music. The opening part that has atmospheric drumming work sets the tone of the music really well. What follows are the keyboard solo that replicates the style of eastern music followed brilliantly with Hackett guitar solo while the drumming style remains intact. Well, you might refer to Led Zeppelin’s Kashmir on the kind of eastern style the rhythm section (predominantly played by keyboard) of this track. This track is really killing me man!

‘Looking For Fantasy’ (4:33) starts off with keyboard work followed with Hackett vocal line and acoustic guitar fills. ‘She’s only looking for fantasy …’ followed with wonderful guitar fills that sound really great if you play your CD at decent stereo set or using a headset. ‘Summer’s Breath’ (1:12) is a nice acoustic guitar outfit that bridges to the next ‘Catwalk’ (5:44) that sounds blues rock to me – and it’s really an excellent track as far as my taste. Again his guitar solo rules!

I think the mascot of this album is the concluding track ‘Turn This Island Earth’ (11:51) that has opening part in the same nuance like Dark Town album with its atmospheric, haunted style combining sound effects from keyboard and a wonderful acoustic guitar work. The song moves in crescendo and it’s really moving on with rockin’s part especially in the interlude. The guitar and drums sound really nice backed with inventive string arrangements at the back. The music turns mellow at approx minute 7:50 – it’s really a very nice segment and it flows mellow with nice melody augmented with atmospheric music comprising keyboard and string section at the background. It’s hard for not loving this track, really!

With all the positive words that I use throughout this writing, I am confident to say that this is really an excellent addition to any prog music collection with 4+ rating. Keep on proggin’ …!

Peace on earth and mercy mild – GW

Terima Kasih Bro Apec

October 18, 2011

JRENG!

Kejutan nih. Malam ini saya pulang agak malam, gowes dari kantor. Tanpa saya duga ada paket dari JNE yang tadinya saya pikir kopi bubuk Aroma dari Bandung. Aneh juga, soalnya saya gak pesan. Eh….ternyata dari bro Arif Apec Bakhtiar. Ternyata pula isinya top kemoprog nuansamatik kemlitik pol: sebuah T shirt progresip bertajuk Pink Floyd “Wish You Were Here” …… Whooooaaaa….!!!! Tuoooooooobbbzzz….!!!!

Bro Apec,
Matur suwun sanget atas hadiah luar biasa ini! Suweneeeeng pol!

JRENG!

Tampak depan.....Kerrrreeeenn!!!

GW on ‘A Dramatic Turn of Events’

October 9, 2011

Dream Theater A Dramatic Turn Of Events album cover

Review by Gatot
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

4 stars It’s to my surprise that the local pressing CD version of this new album by Dream Theater was available pretty soon right after the world wide release date of 13 September 2011. I am not sure when exactly the Indonesian pressing version was available but for sure only couple of days (less than 7 days) from official release date. I was lucky not to pre-order the CD because with local pressing I would have two benefits: first, it’s cheaper even though there is no bonus DVD (it’s OK, I can watch the blue ray version from my prog mates right here in my country) and second, help promote local pressing sales so that in the future many prog bands can be released locally and affordable to majority of people here. I am happy that there have been some prog bands already made local pressing like Porcupine Tree, Opeth, Dream Theater, Marillion and hopefully many more bands to be pressed locally. Let’s make prog everyone’s business, like pop music.

This album has been reviewed by many reviewers BEFORE its official release date and the Admin of this site promised that any reviews done before release date will be omitted. It has proved that this album had been leaking in the internet world weeks before its official release date – it’s probably from the promotional CD issued by the label. I have seen many positive reviews about this album and in average it has been an excellent addition to any prog music collection. I like the headline put by colleague reviewer Evolver who put “DREAM THEATER – PORTNOY = DREAM THEATER”. What a simple equation that really tells the truth. While in my case, let me put it this way:

Dream Theater without Portnoy tends to be PROG

I pre-ordered ‘Systematic Chaos’ and ‘Black Cloud and Silver Linings’ CDs and I spun the album rarely; maybe only less then ten spins because I was so tired listening to DREAM SEVENFOLD music. Yeah, that two albums sound to me like a metal album with very little progressive touch. It’s like marrying DT with Avenged Sevenfold. I have no issue with Avenged Sevenfold but I do not want Dream Theater follow the path of Avenged Sevenfold because the two bands were basically different. With the departure of Portnoy I am so relieved that the band is now moving back to its roots on progressive metal. As far as this album concern I have made long and positive review when the single On The Back of Angels was available for download in the label’s website. My prediction about what would it be like in a full album not different at all because I find this album is excellent (having spun the album many times). This refers to the latest development where the band had undergone fundamental change in their line-up due to one of the founding fathers and drummer, Mike Portnoy, left the band to materialize his metal dream. People were skeptical on what it’d be like without him who had been very dominant in the music direction of DT. You may want to check on many reviews on the net about this new album and you would find out that this one is still kicking. Yes, it’s not like ‘Scene from a Memory’ concept album but it’s really an excellent one to be added in progressive music collection.

I am happy that ‘On The Backs of Angels’ has been assigned to open the album. This track proves the roots of DT music in progressive style. I consider this track as a masterpiece as it has well crafted composition: nice melody, balanced harmony, frequent style changes over the duration of the track, and solid structural integrity. Even though I already played this track many times before the full-length album was released, I still play this album from the beginning because I really love this track. There is a guy from Brazil who regularly play Dream Theater music claimed that this track is structurally similar with ‘Pull Me Under’ from Images and Words. He might be right but I do not really care. This song serves different emotional experience for me to enjoy entirely from segment to segment. It flows beautifully from atmospheric opening with guitar fills and moves its way in crescendo. In fact some parts of this track reminds me to ‘Forsaken’ of Systematic Chaos album ? in a different way, of course. The beauty of this track lies on the combined music styles where it has excellent mix of atmospheric, progressive (through the keyboard solo by Jordan Ruddess) and heavy riffs. Well, I really enjoy inventive keyboard solo by Ruddess followed with stunning guitar solo by Petrucci.

The second track “Build Me Up, Break Me Down” reminds me to ‘Never Enough’ (Octavarium) music style. This is basically a song orientated track and it sounds really well to my ears. This track proves that James LaBrie is the best singer well-suited to DT music. I like this track as it has good melody, easy to digest and it moves smoothly from start to end. Maybe the most distinctive thing from this track is its groove that moves us – the listeners. I like the opening part which has musical loop augmented with guitar work. I salute the band for putting together this catchy track without making the music sounds boring for relatively long duration, approx. 7 minutes.

Simple classical music played with piano solo opens up the third track “Lost Not Forgotten” with a nice ambient. It flows nicely with all instruments play altogether, repeating the same melody as opening piano. The good thing, even though it’s a repetition in melody the band has creatively put together good textures and nuances that make the music sounds differently. Not only that … Oh boy! The acrobatic segment involving mainly Petrucci’s guitar and Ruddess’ keyboard in staccato style backed with bassguitar as well as drums has created complex and great segments. WOW! My expectation of Fatal Tragedy’s staccato style has been paid off satisfactorily by the band through this wonderful segment! The music flows beautifully with many style and tempo changes through an excellent vocal line of LaBrie. There are many acrobatic segments throughout this track with wonderful staccato style.

Let me STOP here. The first time I spun this album, I said to myself something like this: “Even if this album comprises only these first three tracks, I am already happy purchasing the CD. The first and third track have fulfilled my expectation already — I do not expect further music offerings — this is good enough for me.

The next track ‘This is the Life’ is actually a bonus for me. It’s basically a ballad — a very nice ballad that I don’t think I need to elaborate as I believe most people would like it. There is basically no progressive elements in this track. But the next one ‘Bridges in the Sky’ brings us back to progressive world with music style that is really Dream Theater and NOT Dream Sevenfold or Avenged Theater. Of course there are heavy elements right here but there are more progressive syncopation performed by the band in this track. It opens with an ambient nuance followed with very nice guitar riffs and moves in crescendo with metal style followed with inventive keyboard work. Mangini plays his double pedal bass drums while Petrucci plays more riffs than solo during the opening part. The rest of the music is a great demonstration of music virtuosities in true progressive metal fashion.

The next track is basically a challenger of my previous best Dream Theater track of entire songs they have in their career ‘Stream of Consciousness’ from ‘Train of Thought’ album. ‘Outcry’ starts nicely with an atmospheric nuance and it follows with a very beautiful programmed musical loop with great guitar fills / riffs. I think the idea of inserting this loop is really wonderful and it helps set the stage of the track. The reason I select this track as challenger of ‘Stream of Consciousness’ is because its brilliant and well-crafted composition followed with masterpiece performance of the band members throughout all segments of this wonderful track. There are elements o traditional eastern music demonstrated by keyboard solo just before the acrobatic staccato style. Well yeah! Dream Theater has been the master of staccato at its best which originally was invented from UK debut album in the 70s through its track ‘Presto Vivace and reprise’ — Dream Theater has taken it it extensively. There are many musical orgasm in this track and I think it’s worth considering this track to replace ‘Stream of Consciousness’ dominance as the best Dream Theater track (my view). On of the peak the track has is the part where it suddenly turns into mellow and silent style with piano simple notes right after all members of the band demonstrate their virtuosities in complex and acrobatic musical arrangements. Long live Dream Theater!

‘Far From Heaven’ serves like a relaxation part after having been bombarded with the wonderful music of Outcry. It basically contains nice vocal of LaBrie backed with piano touches and string arrangements. Musically there is nothing prog that I can describe here except that this is a very nice mellow track for contemplation. Contemplation? Yeah! Well, I have to admit that the lyrics are so simple but they are so basic, so fundamental that serve the inner-self of me as a Moslem. Regardless what good deeds (I may still question this — Have I done really good deeds — I might have NOT!). I am still so far from heaven and there are lots of things to do to be a better human being that serves the people.

‘Breaking All Illusions’ is another really Dream Theater track where it has excellent melody, great harmonies, frequent style and tempo changes with heavy riffs and solid structural integrity. Well, I don’t think I need to elaborate my view about this track as this one is really at par excellence with the opening track ‘On The Backs…’ as well as ‘Lost Not Forgotten’. I love this track. The album concludes with a ballad ‘Beneath The Surface’ beautifully.

It makes me rethinking …

…the way I have made reviews so far, really. Having listened to this latest album of Dream Theater in its entirety more than ten spins, I think I should question the reviews I have made for other albums by other bands. I think ‘A Dramatic Turn of Events’ has not matched the masterpiece of ‘Scene from a Memory’ concept album. But when I question why, I do not have the precise answer. It’s probably this is not a concept album and each track stands at its own right while the Scene album was a continuous story from one part to another. This album is at the same level of excellence of Images and Words where I gave five star rating even though there was one track that too poppy for me. This album is as enjoyable as Octavarium and of course much much better than Sytematic Chaos and Black Clouds (the latter two albums were basically Dream Sevenfold — too metal for me). Then, my overall conclusion about this album is probably having a 4.5 star (9 of 10) rating. The only reservation for me for not giving five star rating is because there are many song orientated tracks and some of them are ballads like ‘Build Me Up ..’ ‘This is The Life’, ‘Far From Heaven’ and ‘Beneath The Surface’. Of course all of them are nice tracks but not quite prog in style. So I put it as a very excellent addition of any prog music collection. I admire Dream Theater for its ability to return to form even though one of the founding members left the band. It proves that actually without Portnoy Dream Theater is STILL Dream Theater even better because it has lesser metal components and it tends to be more progressive.

As far as other bands, I think my three star rating for Yes ‘Fly From Here’ must be revised to two star as it lacks creativity (only take the roots of The Buggles music) and musically is not that excellent, overall, if it’s compared to this album by Dream Theater. Keep on proggin’!

Peace on earth and mercy mild — GW

Kaset Jadul “The Hollies GOLD” by AR

October 9, 2011

Selamat siang mas G n my humble-sophisticated seniors..
Lagi-lagi aku “mlenceng” dari progclaro, maaf.. Dan kali ini aku “mampir” ke era pop 70an (masih jadul juga sich) tepatnya ke band The Hollies.
Kaset ini pertama kali aku dapat dari om ku waktu masih kecil dan seingetku beliau juga punya kaset yang mirip dengan judul “Lobo Gold” tapi aku kurang tertarik dengerinnya dulu.
Kemudian kaset ini rusak karena mungkin aku belum ngerti nilai dari kaset jadul waktu itu. Belasan tahun kemudian pas lagi hunting kaset loak aku ketemu lagi dengan kaset ini, wah senangnya.. Kondisinya masih terawat, malah ada sticker “duta suara” tertempel di cover depannya.

Judulnya adalah “gold” tapi menurutku gak semua lagu yang ada di kompilasi ini termasuk lagu terbaik The Holliesdan pastinya gak semua hits mereka terekam disini.

But no big deal cos all the songs in this compilation have their own memorable moments in my life, taking me back to my childhood when I heard them for the first time.. Remind me when I played around with my uncles listening to these songs, laughing..singing together.. And now some of them had passed away.. Those are the things I can’t revise as I won’t be able to meet them anymore. That’s why this cassette always brings my memory back through time to many many years ago everytime I have it in my palm or listening to it.. Those things really mean something to me..

Keep on progging..
Hippienov
Sent using a Sony Ericsson mobile phone

Ekseption ‘Dance Macabre’ by Yess

October 4, 2011

by Hippienov

Terpicu oleh comment mas Kris yang sempat menyebut album Ekseption “dance macabre”, aku jadi kelingan karo 2 kaset Ekseption-ku (ya cuma punya 2 itu tok,hehehe) yang kebetulan rilisan Yess.
Kali ini aku coba posting di blog progclaro jadul nan nuansamatik ini. Semoga berkenan n jikalau album-album ini sudah pernah dibahas sebelumnya, aku mohon maaf..

Kaset Ekseption “dance macabre” aku temuin di loakan kaset Jatinegara sedangkan “back to the classics” ketemu di depok. Keduanya masih dalam kondisi baik untuk ukuran kaset bekas berumur belasan bahkan puluhan tahun, mungkin karena rilisan Yess ya?

Aku lagi-lagi telat kenal band ini, pak Irel (seorang customer cigar di kantorku dulu) yang ngenalin aku dengan band dari negeri kincir angin ini. Lagu pertama yang nyangkut di memory ku adalah “air”. Begitu sukanya aku sampai sering banget lagu itu aku re-spin. Pak Irel adalah seorang progclaroist senior dengan favouritenya termasuk Genesis (Gabriel era), ELP, Yes, King Crimson, Rush, Marillion, etc.

Aku masih ingat waktu beliau bawa cd “the lamb lies down on broadway” n diputar di cd player yang ada di shop kantor, kita ngebahas lagu “carpet crawlers n in the cage” bak pengamat musik kawakan,hehehe.. Beliau memang kampiun tapi rekan bicaranya (aku) cuma anak ingusan sok ngerti prog,manggut-manggut wae,hahaha..
Tapi aku senang beliau sudi ngobrol dengan junior macam aku yang terbatas prog knowledge-nya.. Banyak ilmu prog yang aku dapat dari obrolan-obrolan santai itu. Nikmat memang ngobrolin musik (prog) sambil ditemani musik prog juga. Waktu terasa cepat lewat, tau-tau uda malam saatnya pulang kantor..

God bless Progrock..
Hippienov

The FLOCK / Dinosaur Swamps

October 1, 2011

Sebagai variasi, sekarang kita lihat ke belakang, yaitu band prog 70an. Apa temen2 sudah pernah mendengar nama The FLOCK? Unik musiknya dan sangat 70an banget dengan menggunakan violin dengan dedengkotnya Jerry Goodman. Sangat menarik musiknya.

Boxset/Compilation, released in 1972

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Introduction (4:53) 
2. Clown (7:45) 
3. I Am the Tall Tree (5:39) 
4. Tired of Waiting (4:39) 
5. Store Bought – Store Thought (7:02) 
6. Truth (15:25) 
7. Green Slice (2:02) 
8. Big Bird (5:50) 
9. Hornschmeyer’s Island (7:25) 
10. Lighthouse (5:20) 
11. Crabfoot (8:14) 
12. Mermaid (4:53) 
13. Uranian Sircus (7:09) 

Total Time: 86:16

Lyrics

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Music tabs (tablatures)

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Line-up / Musicians

- Jerry Goodman / guitar, violin, vocals 
- Rick Canoff / saxophone (Tenor), vocals 
- Fred Glickstein / guitar, vocals, guitar (12 string electric), guitar (12 string acoustic) 
- Ron Karpman / drums 
- Frank Posa / trumpet 
- Tom Webb / flute, harmonica, saxophone (Tenor), vocals 
- Jerry Lee Smith / bass, vocals

Releases information

LP CBS 67278 (1972) / CD Beat Goes On 552 (2002)

 

Review by Gatot
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator

3 stars I just got this double CD last year when I happened to visit Bandung, Indonesia. I was surprised that this rare package that contains two albums is finally available. I had been chasing these two albums so long. And, to my surprise, there is a wonderful liner notes from my favorite blues master JOHN MAYALL who was amazed watching THE FLOCK Live. Oh man ..what a treat!Disc One: THE FLOCK

The album kicks off with “Introduction” (4:50) that basically introduces you to the sort of music they play – well, not really because it contains an exploration of violin solo and guitar fills in quiet passage. It flows to “Clown” (7:42) in exactly the same vein like CHAZE – the band whom all the members died tragically in a plane crash – or CHICAGO TRANSIT AUTHORITY. Oh man, this track is so powerful in compositions: solid bass lines, excellent improvisations, great solos and good melody that projects an image of classic rock tunes. The third track “I Am the Tall Tree “(5:37) continues with a mellow style vocal and guitar / violin at opening part and it flows with some influence of blues and jazz music. It reminds me to the music of BLOOD, SWEAT and TEARS.

“Tired of Waiting” (4:35) gives an opportunity for violin to do long solo during opening part. It flows to classic rock style with great violin and guitar solo. The fifth track “Store Bought – Store Thought” (7:00) is one of my favorite as it has stunning guitar solo – relatively long – during opening part accompanied with excellent brass section and seventies singing style.

“Truth” (15:25) concludes the album with some blues touch – nice one – that reminds us to blues-based rock bands like BLIND FAITH, CUBY + THE BLIZZARD, LIVIN’ BLUES, KEEF HARTLEY band PLUS great violin and brass section. I love the singing style as well as the combination between violin, guitar solo and brass section that make up this excellent composition. The exploration of trumpet and tenor saxophone in the middle of this track is truly excellent.

Disc Two: DINOSAUR SWAMPS

The album starts off with an ambient “Green Slice” (2:03) that basically explores organ and tenor sax sounds, continued with “Big Bird” (5:50) in relatively upbeat tempo augmented with brass section work and violin; influenced by country music. The trumpet solo in alternate with violin is truly stunning. “Hornschmeyer’s Island” (7:26) continues with heavy elements of jazz especially through improvisation part in the middle of the track where violin performs its solo. Brass sections, flute and guitar accentuate the song excellently.

It’s unusual that the band starts “Lighthouse” (5:17) with electric solo followed with full music that brings voice line enters the scene. The bass lines are very obvious coupled with brass and guitar solo in uplifting mood. I like the interlude part where all solos are performed in compact fashion combining guitar, bass and brass section. “Crabfoot” (8:14) is an upbeat brass rock outfit, augmented with excellent violin work. The guitar solo reminds me to Chicago’s Terry Kath, it’s stunning. The interlude part is energetic with inventive brass section. “Mermaid” (4:54) is a track with different textures and styles compared to other tracks. The melody and rhythm are weird, they don’t seem to fit but they produce unique sound. “Uranian Sircus” (7:09) is similar in style with previous track. I like the flute work and violin solo in this track – all performed in jazz nuance.. Overall, this album is less if I compare it with the band’s debut album. However, it’s a good album overall.

KEEP ON PROGGIN’ ..!!!

Yours progressively,

GW.

 

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