Steve Cochrane / La La La: Variations On a Happy Song
Жанр: Crossover Progressive Страна: Canada Год издания: 2012 Аудиокодек: MP3 Тип рипа: tracks Битрейт аудио: V1 Продолжительность: 00:56:55 Наличие сканов в содержимом раздачи: нет Треклист: 01. Alarm Clock Overture 02. Makes Me Want to Sing 03. Red Sky 04. Towards Ideal 05. A Song 06. Just Clouds 07. Beauty & Defiance 08. Birthright 09. The Day I Found My Wings
Canadian artist who went from New Age to prog over the course of three albums. His latest, a mixture of GENESIS, Mike OLDFIELD, CAMEL, Anthony PHILLIPS and YES, is of particular interest to progsters. During the 80's, COCHRANE spent five years working on an album based on the work of writer Ayn Rand; however, record companies balked at supplying the necessary cash; so he shelved it, chose a cheaper route and began focussing on recording with keyboards.
His first album, "Heroes Awaken", is synth-dominated and very 'new-age' like, as is his second "To See It Made Real"; although some progressive elements are starting to show through on this one. However, his third album "The Purest of Designs" (1998) sees the man in full progressive form. Mostly made up of revamped material from his shelved Ayn Rand project, it features more aggressive passages and lots of Anthony PHILLIPS-like acoustic guitar that gives the album a warm and mellow feel. Throughout, the electric and acoustic guitars run amok in the best prog fashion possible. What will no doubt strike the listener, also, is COCHRANE's incredible virtuosity on guitar. His technical abilities are simply bewildering. As some reviewer once wrote, "we may wrestle with disproving Einstein's theory of relativity, but this artist has no problem defying the speed of light with his fretwork." Nicely said. The album contains both instrumental and vocal tracks.
"The Purest of Designs" is highly recommended for anyone into strong melodies, rich orchestration and nice fingerwork. Fans of Anthony PHILLIPS and Steve HACKETT will feel right at home with it.