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  • Audio CD (December 2, 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered, Import
  • Label: Pseudonym
  • ASIN: B0000076FA
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #503,270 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Merlin
2. Tintagel
3. The Sword In The Stone
4. The King's Enchanter
5. Niniane(Lady Of The Lake)
6. Seagull
7. Boogie Heart
8. Now That You've Come This Far
9. Can't Afford To Lose
10. Love's Aglow

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If you like pop/rock from the seventies or eighties, then this is a must have.
bob
Very close to the top... The album is very consistent, all tracks are worth listening to, and some tracks are litterally unforgettable.
Patrick DUC
Although they have had their share of hit singles, they were more commonly known for making great albums.
Troy

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Troy on January 13, 2002
Format: Audio CD
Dutch torchbearers Kayak are currently back in the limelight after releasing an excellent comeback album entitled "Close to the fire". Influenced by some of the most distinguished, mainly British (prog)rock bands of the period such as Yes, Camel, Queen, Genesis and E.L.P., they were at their artistic best and most popular in the late 70's and early 80's. Although they have had their share of hit singles, they were more commonly known for making great albums. After "Starlight dancer" had earned them the title of most promising band of 1978 (according to Record World, a leading music magazine) and single success in the U.S. charts, there were some significant changes in Kayak's lineup. While the awesome Edward Reekers "replaced" lead singer Max Werner (who chose to play drums instead), they were joined by two female backing vocalists, Irene Linders and Katherine Lapthorn. Subsequently they released two of the best albums ever recorded by a Dutch rock ensemble, namely "Phantom of the night" (1979) and "Merlin"(1981). The former is most famous for its monumental rock ballad "Ruthless queen", which was the band's greatest hit.
"Merlin" is a semi-concept album. Its first five tracks are part of Kayak's masterful musical interpretation of the Arthurian legend. All of the songs were composed by keyboarder Ton Scherpenzeel, co-founder and principal genius behind the group. The exceptional, unusually poetic lyrics he wrote together with Irene Linders. (In flawless English, i feel obliged to add, which should never be taken for granted with (European) bands for whom English is not their mother tongue.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By rtownshend@hotmail.com on September 29, 1998
Format: Audio CD
I heard Kayak's hit "Seagull" in the early 80's and went out and bought this album. I have never regretted it. Most of the album is a rock opera based on the legend of the wizard, Merlin, and is an excellent example of "medieval" progressive rock. The rest of the songs are more commercial love songs. The vocals, keyboards and guitar are AMAZING. Warning: this album causes a serious lump in the throat !
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By bob on December 15, 2005
Format: Audio CD
This was the first Kayak album I had and it is my favorite. I also just found out that kayak still makes music, they have recently released another album. I am gonna buy that one soon. But about this album: it's great. If you like pop/rock from the seventies or eighties, then this is a must have. The song merlin is worth the price of the album alone! I will rate the songs for you:

Merlin --> 10/10

Tintagel --> 9/10

The Sword In The Stone --> 9/10

The King's Enchanter --> 10/10

Niniane(Lady Of The Lake) --> 10/10

Seagull --> 10/10

Boogie Heart --> 8/10

Now That You've Come This Far --> 9/10

Can't Afford To Lose --> 9/10

Love's Aglow--> 9/10

BUY IT!
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