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A Little Nonsense [Import]

EcholynAudio CD
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  • Audio CD (February 22, 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Velveteen
  • ASIN: B0007W9D5E
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #399,445 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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3.0 out of 5 stars Collection of out-of-print and rare material September 1, 2005
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Echolyn is a progressive rock band from Pennsylvania that started off playing music derivative of '70s prog rock, but eventually became one of the few prog bands to break away from the '70s and update the genre for the new century. This 3-CD set includes the material from three out-of-print Echolyn CDs: Their 1991 self-titled debut album and two EPs, 1993's "...and Every Blossom" and 1996's "When the Sweet Turns Sour". The package also includes some live and semi-live recordings, an early unreleased track, and 2000 revisions of four of their better-known tracks. The "Echolyn" album has some good songs, in fact more of them than the second album "Suffocating the Bloom". But still, their songwriting ability didn't really kick in until 1995's "As the World". There's a lot of "chops for chops' sake". The two EPs are pretty weak except for a cover of Genesis' "Where the Sour Turns to Sweet". Disc 3, with three live-in-the-studio tracks of songs from 2000's great "Cowboy Poems Free" album and the revisited early tracks, is the strongest disc. The physical packaging of the set is innovative and impressive, though it won't quite fit on a standard CD rack. If you're not already an Echolyn fan, don't bother--get "Cowboy Poems Free" or "Mei" instead. If you're already a big fan, there's plenty of decent material in this package, but you may want to track down a domestic copy instead of paying for an overpriced import.

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An extraordinary box set witnessing such a great season of progressive rock for Echolyn, in the vein of Gentle Giant and Yes at the beginning (but according to a fusion style of their own), passing through so many changes and different styles as well, finally completely modern and "diverse" in the following steps of their brilliant career...so all these features are contained within the present box, event though probably the Genesis cover of "When The Sweet Turns Sour" is not essential here, but nevermind!! The origin of the songs is well explained inside the booklet and the commentary by Ray Winston is very interesting after all! As a matter of fact the production is always good and the sound clear as well; then you can find also the rare material and three different versions concerning their live stuff recorded in the Studio at the time of "Cowboy Poems Free", which is not bad, despite my choices, which turn soon to "Suffocating the Bloom" and "As the world". Of course my first approach with this important band was in the nineties, but for me this US ensemble has been always exceptional during their important career and sometimes the music suspenseful too. So, even though not all the songs included here are completely essential, I think that it could be a good place for a new listener to start discovering (or rediscovering, in the role of an old fan) the most interesting and exciting progressive music in the USA, since the issue of Myrthrandir's "For you the old women" (regardless, even though in a different style, a few unforgettable US albums like for instance "Leftoverture" by Kansas, just to mention only one essential work...!!).
Choose Echolyn anyway!!
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One of the greatest progressive rock bands to ever hail from U.S. soil, Echolyn is starting to finally get a LITTLE more of the recognition that they have so richly deserved over the past 18 years or so. This recently compiled 3-cd box set of earlier and lesser-known songs and albums is an absolute must for any fan of their more recent albums. It's a great companion to their 2004 DVD "Stars and Gardens", both products providing a more personal glimpse into the lives and background of this unique group of musicians.

With this neatly-packaged set (it's sort of like a gate-fold cd, except that it folds out four ways - like a cross - and the dimensions are about an inch bigger in length in width), you get remastered versions of some out-of-print albums, plus some never-before released stuff "from the archives". Disc 1 contains their complete 1991 eponymous debut, which I think is absolutely fantastic! Really surprised me. Disc 2 contains both their 1993 EP "...and every blossom" (about 16 minutes of songs about Spring) plus their 1996 cd "When the Sweet Turns Sour" (54 minutes). Disc 3 is sort of a hodgepodge: a 1989 track called "The Edge of Wonder" (aka E-rad Glitch), three live versions of the Cowboy Poems Free songs "Texas Dust", "Brittany" and "Swingin' the Axe", plus year 2000 remixes of "Suffocating The Bloom", "As the World", "Carpe Diem" and "Shades". All no-nonsense shtuff! (Well, maybe a little nonsense. Now and then....)

The set also comes with a booklet that explains the origin of the songs included, with commentary by Ray Weston. I found this set on one of the progressive music websites for about $35.00 - not a bad price for 3 cd's, especially of this caliber.
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