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K2: Tales of Triumph & Tragedy [Import]

Don Airey Audio CD
3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (April 19, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Sail Productions Kr.
  • ASIN: B00020H8ZI
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #657,272 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. K2 Overture
2. Sea Of Dreams Part 1
3. Sea Of Dreams Part 2
4. Voice Of The Mountain
5. Song For Al (Instrumental)
6. Balti Lament
7. Ascent To Camp 4
8. Can't Make Up Your Mind
9. Summit Push
10. Close To The Sky
11. Blues For J.T.
12. Julie (If You Leave Me)
13. Death Zone/Whiteout
14. Song For Al (Vocal)
15. Take Me Home

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Asian pressing of the keyboardist's 1988 album featuring guest appearances from Gary Moore, Cozy Powell, Chris Thompson, & Colin Blunstone. Sail Productions. 2004.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Mainly Piano MD December 1, 2012
Format:Audio CD
When it comes to keyboard players in the world of rock music, the first names that come to mind are the likes of Keith Emerson, Ken Hensley and Jon Lord to name a few. So those of you who are not rock connoisseurs you are probably wondering who Don Airey is. A member of Deep Purple since 2002, Airey's resume prior to that is impressive and copious. As a result, limited time resources have prevented Airey from being prolific as a solo artist. Nevertheless, back in 1988 Airey found time to release his ambitious concept album K2 dedicated to the tragic and triumphant mountain expedition of 1986 that claimed the lives of 12 of the world's best climbers.

Classically trained and an avid supporter of the Hammond Organ, Airey's resume reads like who's who of rock and roll. Active either as a member or a significant contributor, Don's past associates have included Cozy Powell's Hammer, Colosseum II, Rainbow, Ozzy Osbourne, Jethro Tull, Black Sabbath, Whitesnake, Gary Moore, Michael Schenker, Brian May and Deep Purple just to name a few. This list is far from exhaustive, which may explain Airey's ability to release only two solo albums in the last two decades.

That said, some of his past associates where kind enough to return the favor and appear on K2, specifically drummer Cozy Powell throughout the album as well as guitar extraordinaire Gary Moore on three of the tracks. Powell's most significant performance can be found on the progressive and out right eight-minute rocker "Death Zone/Whiteout". The latter part of the song features Powell and Airey just going at it making for a very aggressive, pensive and moody epic.
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2.0 out of 5 stars I so much wanted to like this album... July 12, 2008
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...I had read rave reviews and love Airey's work with Ozzy and Purple. Turns out the album is a collection of 80's sinth-pop, combined with a generic vocal performance. I hate myself for saying this, but I think it's little better than the Rocky IV soundtrack. Off the whole album, I'd probably just save the 13th track, Song for Al (reprise), a solid 80's rock tune. I don't find anything particularly pleasing in the rest of the album, but my least-disliked tracks are Balti Lament, Can't Make up Your Mind and Death Zone - Whiteout. Apparently this stuff is not my cup of tea. I'm happy to hear someone (the other reviewer and his family) appreciates it, I just wish I would too, since Airey is a classic keyboardist and Cozy Powell was a fantastic drummer. But this doesn't do the trick for me.
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5.0 out of 5 stars K-2 Classic June 12, 2004
Format:Audio CD
Great bluesy mix of rock. Cant miss line up of Airey,Blunstone,Powell and G.Moore a Mullen family favorite.
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