Essence Of Change

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Giant Electric Pea
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Fusion
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Fourth album from this outstanding jazz metal band from Hungary getting outside exposure with their signing to IQ's Giant Electric Pea label.  Special Providence started out their career as a pure fusion band - not unlike Tribal Tech and Return To Forever.  With their third album, Soul Alert, the band injected a heavier metal presence primarily in the guitarwork.  Essence Of Change carries on from Soul Alert in terms of heaviness and the use of distortion but at the same time there is clearly more of a jazz/fusion emphasis in the writing.  This gives us a nicely balanced sound that has a lot of cross over appeal.  Liquid Tension Experiment and Morglbl fans will love this and I expect open minded fans of RTF and Mahavishnu will enjoy hearing the young kats update the sound they developed in the 70s.  Expect a non-stop assault of laser beam synth solos and blistering distortion laced guitar solos.  Yeah this one hits the sweet spot and after many future spins I suspect this will sit at the top of their already impressive discography.  BUY OR DIE!!

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    $27.00
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    $15.00
  • "A new interpretation of a classic RPI title! This is quite an undertaking, but it comes off in an outstanding way, giving new life to old friends. In contrast to so many reworkings of old pieces that I've heard in recent years, this one does not leave me only wishing to listen to the original. Rather, the new work stands well on its own, not only helping me listen to the original with new ears, but also bringing new insights and experience.In 1972, Latte e Miele released their debut, an incredibly ambitious work based on the Passion of St. Matthew, "Passio Secundum Mattheum." This is one of the seminal titles of 1970s RPI and has rightfully stood the test of time. The band would never equal this album, although the subsequent title, "Papillon", came close. After that the band broke up for a time, until drummer Alfio Vitanza reformed the band, with new members including bassist Massimo Gori. Their only album, "Aquile e Scoiattoli", has its moments but is inferior to the first two, and the band disbanded a few years later after moving toward more commercial music.In 2008 the band reformed, including all three original members (Vitanza and songwriter/keyboardist Oliviero Lacagnina, as well as guitarist Marcello Giancarlo Dellacasa) and Massimo Gori, bassist from the second generation of the band. The quartet released "Live Tasting", an excellent live album that portended of the good to come. Their time together also produced a wonderful new album, "Marco Polo: Sogni e Viaggi" in 2009.Over the years, Lacagnina never stopped composing his masterpiece, his "Passio". Now the quartet has recorded anew their masterpiece, adding those "new" compositions into the narrative. For example, "Il Pane e il Sangue dell'Alleanza" has been inserted right after "Ultima Cena", and "Il Rinnegamento di Pietro" and "Il Prezzo del Sangue" between "Il Pianto" and "Giuda". Also, the ending has been fleshed out significantly, with four new songs, and the final song, "Come un Ruscello che..." includes the final themes previously entitled "Il Dono della Vita". Also of note, a solo organ piece entitled "Toccata per organo" is placed just before "Calvario"--this is special, as it is an original take from 1972!The instrumentation is true to the spirit of the 1972 piece, although with an updated sound. Ditto the choir, which sometimes on the 1972 version is muted and thin--here the choir parts are strong, lush, and vibrant. The majority of the pieces that were rerecorded for this edition also maintain their compositional structure, although there are a few changes inserted (notably in "I Falsi Testimoni", the new version of "I Testimoni" parts 1 and 2). There is nothing that violates that spirit of the original work, though it is impossible to duplicate its wonderful innocence.Another unique feature of this album is the presence of several prominent figures from RPI providing the spoken Evangelist parts. These include Alvaro Fella (Jumbo), Lino Vairetti (Osanna), Silvana Aliotta (Circus 2000), Paolo Carelli (Pholas Dactylus), Aldo de Scalzi (Picchio dal Pozzo), Sophya Baccini, Elisa Montaldo (Il Tempio delle Clessidre), Giorgio D'Adamo (New Trolls), Max Manfredi, Simonluca, and Paolo Griguolo (Picchio dal Pazzo). It's a nice touch that really rounds out the album.The CD comes in a jewel case with a lyric booklet. I'm told that the pending Japanese version will contain a newly recorded composition as a bonus track. But don't wait for that one--go out and grab this one. You won't be disappointed. Four plus stars (Gnosis 13/15).Edit: I can't stop listening to this! Though it's not quite as good as the original, it's very close. I'm bumping it up to Gnosis 14/15, which is five stars on PA." - ProgArchives
    $25.00
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  • Although their international success was only short-lived, Alquin was an eclectic band filled with inspiration.Over the course of six years, they made four critically acclaimed studio albums. Marks (1972) was a promising kick-off to Alquin’s recording career and showed a band searching for a definitive style.As several tapes from the original sessions were unearthed earlier this year, The Marks Sessions contains a fascinating one-hour journey through the making of the album, featuring demo-versions of I Wish I Could, Oriental Journey and Marc's Occasional Showers, among many others.In addition, this 2cd-set features a recording of the concert Alquin performed at the Circustheater in Scheveningen on July 2nd, 1972. This gig represents the band in their first line-up, just before the recording of Marks and already pointing musically of what was to come on its follow-up The Mountain Queen.The recordings have been exclusively remastered from the original master-tapes. In addition, The Marks Sessions contains an informative booklet with the complete Alquin story and rare memorabilia.Track listingCDP-1109  2CD ALQUIN – The Marks Sessions – Expanded EditionCHAPTER 1 – The Marks Sessions1. Oriental Journey 4:45 – demo 12. Oriental Journey 3:28 – demo 23. Soft Royce 9:12 – demo 14. Soft Royce 7:05 – demo 25. I Wish I Could 11:52 – demo 16. I Wish I Could 3:13 – demo 27. You Always Can Change 3:08 – demo 18. You Always Can Change 3:01 – demo 29. Marc's Occasional Showers 8:47 – demo 110. Marc's Occasional Showers 4:04 – demo 211. Catherine’s Wig 2:38 – demo 1Tracks 1 – 11 previously unreleased sessions 1972TOTAL PLAYING TIME: 61:28CHAPTER 2 – Live At The Circustheater1. Overture / The Least You Could Do Is Send Me Some Flowers 9:042. Hard Royce 2:443. Soft Royce 9:484. Marc’s Occasional Showers 9:175. I Wish I Could 10:026. Mr. Barnum Jr.’s Magnificent And Fabulous City 10:05Tracks 1 – 6 previously unreleased live concert 1972TOTAL PLAYING TIME: 51:02
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  • "I’m writing this article just after I returned from a show with jazz wunderkinds BADBADNOTGOOD. In between the cathartic adrenaline rushes from each snare roll, the manic on-stage antics, the sweaty clamour of suburban hip-hop nerds, and manic stage dives from their urban counterparts, drummer Alex Sowinski delivered the band’s spiel: “If you’re not having fun, you’re not doing it right”, urging everyone in the room to form bands with their friends, play music, and be inspired. Canadian quartet Super Massive Black Holes take this idea to heart, having been formed as a ‘casual, play-anything project’ in 2010.SMBH brand themselves as ‘progressive death metal’, though that’s a far too limiting label, since over the course of the album, they showcase a hugely diverse array of genres and influences on their creative palate. Although they have a distinctly avant-garde feel to their music, with elements of jazz, blues, folk, space rock, djent and way more, the songs aren’t lost in pretense or over-ambitiousness; they just rock, and do it well. The album has a total ‘fuck yeah!’ quality to it, packed with thrashy percussion, triumphant and kick-ass riffs, and even a vocalist that sounds as if Jamey Jasta fronted a techdeath band. The technical skill on display is remarkable, well-rehearsed, and though a little sloppy, each musician shares great chemistry and each brings one their own influences to the record.The band really shows their quality in their performances. Spaced-out bridge segments like in ‘Distance to the Great Attractor’ give the band time to have fun with themselves, feeling like structured jam sessions with atmospheric solos akin to Bulb and mid-90s Meshuggah. They really show off on ‘Dyatlov Pass Incident’, starting with a prog-rock crawl before busting out some Sleep-esque stoner rock riffage and breaking into a jazz number. There’s a huge amount of variety packed into such a small space, and each song feels dynamic and constantly-evolving. While with a record, packed with such variety, the listener could quickly become numb to the musicianship on display. SMBH made some efforts to amend the flow of the album with short instrumental interludes between sections, still they are enjoyed in small doses.As a band, Super Massive Black Holes are immersed in their meticulous technical prowess, but with enough energy and grit to deter the basement-dwelling metal nerd. Although at times it feels like the death metal counterpart of a self-parodying grindcore band that pokes fun at overused genre conventions, but they have more than enough talent to go above and beyond, and having fun with it at the same time." - Metal Blast
    $15.00
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    $5.00
  • "This was the seventh date in a tour that had begun at the tail end of July and it's clear from the soundboard tape that the band are having a ball: the always ebullient Belew croons a couple of lines from New York New York during a riotous version of Indiscipline.Reviewer for The Record, Mark Mehler, notes that "Over the course of a two hour show that was heavily weighted with material from the band's last two LPs, King Crimson hung firmly to the cutting edge of contemporary music. Theirs was a bold, ballsy, alternately minimal and grandiose, but always intriguing set that never stopped challenging its audience." "
    $15.00
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    $14.00
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    $9.00