Reflections From The Firepool

Reissue of their first album. A total corker!

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Tue, 2010-06-08 10:00
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This album got me into DK in a big way. Excellent instrumental progressive rock/fusion/acid trip from these California boys. This one and "Burning The Hard City" cook from start to finish. If you're expecting to hear anything accessible on a DK disc, think again. Leyth
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Tue, 2010-06-08 10:00
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This album got me into DK in a big way. Excellent instrumental progressive rock/fusion/acid trip from these California boys. This one and "Burning The Hard City" cook from start to finish. If you're expecting to hear anything accessible on a DK disc, think again. Leyth
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