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Beneath the Waves Limited Edition, Import

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  • Audio CD (October 30, 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Limited Edition, Import
  • Label: Ais
  • ASIN: B009IHED0E
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #374,756 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By philippe deroin on November 27, 2012
Format: Audio CD
It would be difficult to imagine an album project more ambitious than "Beneath the Waves", a concept album sprung from the blood, sweat and tears of Rob Reed, founder of welsh progressive-rock band Magenta. Not only has Reed spent three years concocting this gem, gathering leading prog talents, but he managed to finish it in the same year his regular band has already produced a very good album, Chameleon. It is not unheard of -Gahalad for example has published two pretty good albums of new material in 2012- but it is still a tour de force.

In addition to the sheer musical work involved, Reed has had to face production issues with a manufacturer that first pushed back the release date at the last moment, then presented a first pressing that Reed deemed unacceptable and sent back. Ironically in 2012, the only version of the album available for a while was the vinyl! The joys of entrepreneurship...

The effort was worth it. Even though 2012 has turned out to be a banner year for progressive rock, the Kompendium project stands out. Magenta itself was created in 1999 to bring back the nostalgia of the original prog rock with its meandering risk taking and superior musicianship. Kompendium pushes the envelope further.

At the core, Beneath the Waves spins a dark romantic sea-tale seemingly based on an early 20th century news item: Connor McGregor is a man broken with grief. His wife Lilly committed suicide shortly after the death of their first child, leaving him with an almost unbearable sense of guilt. Then, during a fishing trip, his ship encounters a storm and sinks.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By espz on February 11, 2013
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Do you like Trans Siberian Orchestra? Do you like prog rock and/or prog metal? This supergroup of prog rock icons have made all the parts into something much greater then the sum. This amazing album will take you on a Celtic journey. I could fill this review with verbs like lush, layered, fantastic, etc....but no need. One listen will hook you.

The brainchild of Magenta keyboard player Rob Reed, the album's contributers include Steve Balsamo - vocals, Steve Hackett - nylon guitar, Gavin Harrison (Porcupine Tree) - drums, Nick Beggs (Steve Hackett Band) - stick bass, Troy Donockley (Nightwish) - Uilleann Pipes, whistles, Nick Barrett (Pendragon) - guitar, Neil Taylor (Tears For Fears) - guitar, Jakko Jackzyk (20th Century Skitzoid Band) - guitar, Francis Dunnery - guitar, John Mitchell (It Bites, Arena etc.) - guitar, Mel Collins (King Crimson, Camel) - saxophone, BJ Cole (Elton John, David Gilmour) - pedal steel guitar, Chris Fry (Magenta) - guitar and Christina Booth (Magenta) - backing vocals. (I want to attribute the information in this paragraph to Northern England Art Rock Society (thenears) blogspot)

This is an amazing album. You need to give it a listen if you like ANY concept album, from Pink Floyd "Wall" and Genesis "Lamb Lies Down" to Queensryche's "Operation Mindcrime" to Savatage's "Dead Winter Dead" (which spawned TSO) to a new modern classic like Beyond the Bridge's "The Old Man and the Spirit". Give this one a shot!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Scott Tisdel on March 26, 2013
Format: Audio CD
This is not going to be an easy review to write. I've been a fan of Rob Reed, songwriter/producer of Kompendium's "Beneath the Waves", since I first heard "Metamorphosis", by Reed's Prog band Magenta. This is a truly great album, and I have since managed to track down nearly all of Magenta's albums, live and studio (not an easy task in the USA, where I live). I discovered a remarkably high-quality and consistent body of work, ranging all the way from Yes-Topographic-style epics ("Revolutions"), to outrageously catchy pop songs ("The Singles"), to angst-ridden, Evanescence-style metal ("Chameleon").

There seems to be no limits to Reed's songwriting prowess, so naturally I was quite excited by "Beneath the Waves", a sprawling, hugely ambitious epic with two choirs, a 30 piece string orchestra, and more prog royalty than you could shake a stick at. (It's a tribute to Reed's standing in the Prog community that so many great musicians consented to be a part of it.) Yet, as occasionally happens with such projects, the whole is less, not more than the sum of its parts.

To be sure, there are many beautiful moments, and it is impeccably produced, as I have come to expect from Rob Reed. But the basic story from lyricist Steve Reed, about a grief-stricken man full of guilt after his wife's suicide, inspired a large amount of slow and mid-tempo ballads, without a whole lot of variation. Those expecting a rock record are going to be disappointed - The tone is quite lyrical, subdued, and melancholy, with a lot of Scottish/Irish folk influence (Uilleann Piper Troy Donockley from Mostly Autumn supplying most of the folksy-ness). And, very unusually for R. Reed, there are a couple of weak songs on "Beneath the Waves".
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Herbert Hildebrand on December 29, 2012
Format: Audio CD
I too agree with philippe deroin's review of this album. The story is sad, but the music, with a nice Celtic touch, is phenomenal. Hats off to the creator and producer, Rob Reed (Magenta), and all the talented musicians involved...and there are many...Steve Balsamo (The Storys), Angharad Brinn (Fy Enaid Gyda Ti), Steve Hackett (Genesis), Gavin Harrison (Porcupine Tree, King Crimson), Francis Dunnery (It Bites), Neil Taylor (Tears for Fears), Nick Beggs (Kajagoogoo, Iona), B.J.Cole (Cochise), Mel Collins (King Crimson), Jakko Jakszyk (Level 42), Troy Donockley (Iona), Nick Barrett (Pendragon), John Mitchell (It Bites, Arena, Frost*, Kino), Synergy Vocals, Shan Cothi, Rhys Meirion, Barry Kerr, Chris Fry (Magenta), Hywel Maggs, Christina Booth (Magenta), The London Session Orchestra arranged by Dave Stewart, and The English Chamber Choir...WOW. This is, in my opinion, one of the finest prog albums to be released in a long time. A must have for any prog collection.
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