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  • Audio CD (June 30, 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Fox
  • ASIN: B00003GA83
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #802,829 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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8. Scanning the Greenhouse

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 27, 2001
Format: Audio CD
Roine Stolt is an interesting guy. A *Swedish progressive rock guitarist*. Those words can be extremely intimidating for the listener, making one recall too many Yngwie Malmsteen albums. Imagine, for a second however, that just maybe this Swedish guitarist had enough soul in his system that you couldn't bleach those blue notes out of him with Clorox--and yet still knew how to invoke the classical/jazz/folk/rock muse that progressive music used to do.
That's what happened. Twenty years after his teenage involvement with the band Kaipa (Sweden's answer to 1970s Genesis), Stolt released a "solo" album that promptly launched one of the best bands in the current prog scene-the Flower Kings. Simply put, Stolt is moved by the same "love, light, and kindness" flower-child ideals of Jon Anderson, and he wanted to make an album celebrating those very things, in classic prog fashion. The conceptual song character who embodies his ideals is the Flower King--"prophet, healer, hippie, joker, spacetraveller and...possibly...the son of God." If it sounds like a hidden reference to a particular Nazarene, it probably is; but the message is not beaten into the listener. Stolt is a progger; not a proselytizer. By being true to himself he presents a glorious album of some of the most gorgeous music I've ever heard.
Stolt's anatomy as a guitarist--and bassist, singer, keyboardist--is complex. The closest comparisons which strike out at you, is that Stolt could be the long lost brother of both Steve Howe and/or Steve Hackett. His tone, stylings, and technique are lyrical and joyous, imbued with a deep emotional sensitivity--he hints at some blistering technique, but never does the kind of obscene "fret-wanking" which torpedoes so much other progressive music.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By "ccbcsc" on May 11, 2001
Format: Audio CD
I JUST GOT THIS CD TODAY IN THE MAIL... IT IS TRULY AMAZING. ANY ONE THAT IS INTO PROG., ART ROCK OR JUST INTO FANTASTIC MUSCIANSHIP MUST HAVE THIS! ALSO, DON'T FORGET THE REST OF HIS FLOWER KING MUSIC. NOW, TRANSATLANTIC WITH ANOTHER ONE ON THE WAY. I CAN'T GET ENOUGH. I HAVE BEEN INTO WHAT THEY CALL PROG. FOR YEARS. THE FLOWER KINGS, SPOCKS BEARD AND TRANSATLANTIC ARE THE STUFF. IF THESE GUYS WOULD HAVE BEEN OUT IN THE EARLY 70'S ETC. THEY WOULD HAVE BEEN ON TOP OF THE WORLD. THAY ARE IN MY BOOK NOW IN THE YEAR 2001. I LOVE THE GROUP YES, BUT EAT YOUR HEART OUT. CHECK OUT HUMANIZZIMO A 20:55 MINUTE TRACK ON THIS CD. FANTASTIC! NOBODY AROUND WHERE I LIVE HAS THIS MUSIC...
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By A Customer on March 24, 2001
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
It was here that Roine Stolt opted to return to the prog scene. Thanks, in large part, due to the neo-prog revival of the early nineties. One can hear the origins of the Flower Kings quite clearly. Stolt is in fact joined here by all of the F.K members with the exception of brother Michael (bass) and Tomas Bodin (keys). Stolt assumes the bass and keyboard parts himself and does a credible job. Bodin's presence, in particular, on subsequent Flower Kings recordings rounds out the sound more fully. Roine and his brother Michael have very similar styles on the bass so Michael's absence is less notable. The compositions are consistently strong as are the performances (as one would expect). A fine beginning but not quite up to the complete brilliance of the Flower Kings recordings. Still worth procuring...Simon
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