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Kate Bush - Lionheart (1978)

1 Symphony in Blue ****
2 In Search of Peter Pan ****
3 Wow ****
4 Don't Push Your Foot On The Heartbrake ****
5 Oh England My Lionheart ****
6 Fullhouse ***
7 In The Warm Room ***
8 Kashka From Baghdad ****
9 Coffee Homeground ****
10 Hammer Horror ****

Album score: 70.0

In less than a year after her first album, Kate Bush managed to write and record her second. The style hasn't changed from the debut, but overall it's a more consistent and I actually think better album, despite not having the big hits of the first.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=buh11PoOFB8




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My favourite Kate album, although I dont think she rates it.

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Camel - Camel (1973)

1 Slow Yourself Down **
2 Mystic Queen ****
3 Six Ate **
4 Separation **
5 Never Let Go **
6 Curiosity **
7 Arubaluba ****

Album score: 39.3

Camel recorded one of the greatest orchestral-prog concept albums I've ever heard.

This isn't it.

Instrumentally this is a stunning debut album, but with a couple of exceptions the songs rarely hook me and the bland vocals let them down.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uFA4p4vDxfg



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I love Camel, like so many prog bands, the vocals are the weakest point. Actually, the only weak point.

The opening track is excellent, as are Never Let Go (could have turned into a classic with better vocals) and Arubaluba. I used to force a band I was in a long ago to play SYD as a warm-up at rehearsals. We were not prog but everyone dug the track except the singer who said - he was a great singer - that the vocal melody is just too weak! We played those unison bits with the keyboard player, he was a Jon Lord fan, too.

Mirage is my favorite album from Camel.

Check out a live album called Gods of Light. It's one of the best and above all, best sounding records I've ever heard.
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The Snow Goose was the first Camel album I heard and I loved it (it's all instrumental emoticon ). This album is good, but a big disappointment in comparison.

I don't have any other Camel albums but as you recommend it I will get Mirage and/or Gods of Light and see what I think.

I was going to review Snow Goose next but I think I will move on and come back to Camel later.

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David Meadows wrote:

The Snow Goose was the first Camel album I heard and I loved it (it's all instrumental emoticon ). This album is good, but a big disappointment in comparison.

I don't have any other Camel albums but as you recommend it I will get Mirage and/or Gods of Light and see what I think.

I was going to review Snow Goose next but I think I will move on and come back to Camel later.



Great, hope you do!
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Carthy Hardy Farrell Young - Laylam (2014)

1 Greasy Coat ****
2 Little Birds ****
3 Walking after Midnight *****
4 Chickens in the Garden *****
5 Dewdrop ***
6 Wide River ****
7 Why Don’t You Do Right ****
8 Myrtle Tree ***
9 June is the Coldest Month of the Year ***
10 Sally Free and Easy ***
11 100 Years ***
12 Better Home ***

Album score: 66.7

Four singers and fiddle players and an album of (mostly) tradtional folk tunes. And how could an album with four fiddles be anything other than brilliant? Even when the song isn't doing anything special, it comes to the instrumental break and it's like "this is the greatest fiddle arrangement I've ever heard!" And when the song itself does work, when the four-part vocal harmonies match the four-part fiddle playing, it's darned near perfect.

And it sounds like this:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=51NobXrSjCE



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Josienne Clarke & Ben Walker - Fire & Fortune (2013)

1 After Me ****
2 The Month Of January ***
3 The Seasons **
4 Another Perfect Love ***
5 My Love Is Like a Red Red Rose ***
6 Sycamore Tree ***
7 Fire & Fortune *****
8 Green Grow The Laurels ***
9 Anyone But Me ****
10 A Pauper And A Poet ****
11 No Such Certainty ***
12 When A Knight Won His Spurs ****

Album score: 60.4

A classical alto and classical guitar player playing (mostly) traditional folk songs. Add in some woodwind, strings, and other instrumentation as required, and the overall result is something quite haunting.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h2_ksieXMzQ

Here's a full (short) concert set. Starts with a beautiful Sandy Denny cover:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9X0W0sAsvCU



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Beyond the Vale - Cloud Atlas (2014)

1 Searchlight **
2 Siren Song **
3 Let the Blood Flow **
4 Falling ***
5 The Grieving **
6 Stars ****
7 Journey's End **
8 I'll Take Care of You **

Album score: 37.5

I can't put my finger on why this is so low in the chart. The musicians are good (particularly Martin Ledger on guitar, channelling David Gilmour, and Heidi Widdop's powerful rock vocals), and the songs are all good melodic rock songs with enough complexity to keep the prog fans happy.

But the total effect just doesn't have a "wow" factor. It's good, but it's not as great as the individual parts suggest it should be.

Here's a live version of Siren Song. Not a perfect sound mix but should give you the idea:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kArKg9rScPw



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Curved Air - Second Album (1971)

1 Young Mother ****
2 Back Street Luv ****
3 Jumbo ***
4 You Know **
5 Puppets **
6 Everdance ***
7 Bright Summer's Day '68 ****
8 Piece of Mind ***

Album score: 52.8

Curved Air have all the elments I like in a band -- unusual and complex songs, lead violin, and a brilliant and singer Sonja Kristina sounded fantastic. They were definitely one of the better second-tier prog bands around.

But their (imaginatively titled) second album is a disappointment after the first. A couple of high spots, but mostly forgettable.

They also managed to have a top ten hit off it, which is a bit embarassing for a prog band:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mUnjMI81vAA


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