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  • Audio CD (April 2, 2013)
  • Original Release Date: January 1, 2013
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Kismet (UK) (For409)
  • ASIN: B00BMUL7RW
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #665,538 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Golovanov Alexey on July 20, 2011
Format: Audio CD
Outstanding album of classic progressive rock (released in 1972), recorded by virtuoso musicians, who are miles ahead of Atomic Rooster, Black Widow et al - do not trust editorials. Same concerns Nice, or overrated ELP - the founder and organist of "Bram Stoker", Tony Bronsdon (he is Bronsdon, and not Brodson - as in many reviews) was trained as classical musician, and didn't need to learn anything from Keith Emerson & Co. (musically, "Stoker" reminds Nice - but much heavier! - and is superior to ELP and Yes).
This is unique masterpiece of progressive brought to the point of perfection, tastefully and craftily using creme de la creme of classical music (and with great respect too), with delighful organ (Hammond) solos laid over quite heavy pulsating drumming and and roaring guitars. The harmony is flawless (vocals are convincing, but not enough), slowly and powerfully building the tension. Real finesse extraordinaire! It might be goth, but aesthetically only.
In many aspects "Bram Stoker" stands next to the lesser known real gems of progressive - Beggars Opera, first of all (Act One), obscure Captain Marryat, and, of course, Rare Bird.
"Bram Stoker" was formed in Bournemouth, in 1969 by Tony Bronsdon (organ), Pete Ballam (guitars), Rob Haines (drums), Jon Bavin (bass). Since 1969 the band was gigging intensively, albeit with modest success - the main achievement was opening for The Who.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Sealed Fate VINE VOICE on April 29, 2010
Format: Audio CD
This will appeal mostly to the Hammond organ obsessed,along the lines of Uriah Heep,Deep Purple and Atomic Rooster.Though I would argue that for heaviness & dark atmosphere,this release ranks probably last compared to the bands mentioned - Black Sabbath this is not.Maybe on par with Atomic Rooster,except for their "Death Walks Behind You" album which was also much darker & heavier than this.

Their are some prog leanings for sure,but for the most part this is a solid Rock album (not Metal), with a prominent organ-driven sound,from that magic time of the early 70's.Not bad by any means,but no masterpiece either.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Michael on May 17, 2011
Format: Audio CD
This is an album for 60s/70s rock fans to get once they've got all the well-known classics, have searched out all the 'lost classics', have gone through the B- and C-grade bands and are still thirsting for more music from the era. Like other music fans, I first became aware of this band through the inclusion of 'Extensive Corrosion' on the Perfumed Garden boxed set, but as it so often turns out, that is the only track I really like on the album. The problem is that Amazon's product description is a bit misleading, as the other reviewer has pointed out, as their music hardly 'evokes macabre gothic atmospheres'(!). To me this band is more comparable to other late-60s psych-prog crossover bands like Arcadium or Pussy, or even Arzachel at a push, although the latter 2 bands are far more impressive. And while the organ player is certainly a competent musician, to say that he 'has little to envy of the great Keith Emerson' is certainly overstating things a bit!
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