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Place in the Queue Limited Edition, Special Edition

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"This is the difficult third album with which they overshoot the mark and risk to escape their roots… but they don’t care". Andy Tillison, singer, songwriter, and keyboardist of the Swedish-British prog rock group The Tangent pulls his own leg and at the same time kiddingly prepares the gentle listener for a few changes. However, the innovations A Place In The Queue can offer, one and a half year after the brilliant The World That We Drive Through, will send every fan into raptures. A Place In The Queue is not really a concept album but all songs deal with the idea that our place in society is similar to a queue where everybody lines up. "We follow the person before us, we follow trends and religions, we act following the advertisements we see", explains Tillison. The music of The Tangent is, of course, a fresh, varied and melodic progressive rock combining tradition, innovation, construction and improvisation. And, most of all, enthusiasm for playing and approachability in an individual style – and this is the true opposite of conformism.

This Special edition comes housed in deluxe digipak format with a bonus disc containing an additional seven tracks recorded with the Queue sessions.


1. In Earnest 20.03
2. Lost In London 8.08
3. DIY Surgery 2.16
4. GPS Culture 10.07
5. Follow Your Leaders 9.21
6. The Sun In My Eyes 3.44
7. A Place In The Queue 25.19

Product Details

  • Audio CD (February 13, 2006)
  • special_edition edition
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Limited Edition, Special Edition
  • Label: Inside Out U.S.
  • ASIN: B000CNETIO
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #489,549 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Squire Jaco on February 7, 2006
Format: Audio CD
Tangent leader Andy Tillison buttered me right up before I even played a note of this cd. In his sleeve notes he starts waxing nostalgic about Yes' "Tales From Topographic Oceans", an album that had a profound influence on me as well some thirty years ago. But I fear that he also raises one's expectations about this new cd a bit too much when he implies (despite his explicit denials and sincere attempts to the contrary) that "A Place In The Queue" might eventually sit comfortably alongside the likes of "TFTO", "The Lamb Lies Down", "Pawn Hearts" and other masterpieces in the annals of prog.

With the departure of Roine Stolt, Tillison clearly steps to the forefront of the group on this cd. One gets a much more personal look at Tillison here; I do enjoy his self-deprecating humor and the insights into his musical influences that are conveyed in both the extensive sleeve notes and the lyrics of some of his songs (e.g. "Lost in London"). The tone of his distinctive British voice bears some passing similitudes with Greg Lake (who I never hear anyone complaining about!) and Hatfield/Caravan/Camel's Richard Sinclair at times. And he displays some fine keyboard chops throughout another very good Tangent album.

I view The Tangent as being in the upper echelon of current prog groups, largely because of Tillison's unique vision, his keyboard playing and his distinctive writing style; but also because they have prog's best bass player (Jonas Reingold), an excellent drummer (now Jaime Salazar) and they make interesting use of sax and flute (Theo Travis), especially in the jazzier sequences.

Yes, the guitars are good here too, but there are literally thousands of "good" guitarists out there.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Rard13 on December 3, 2006
Format: Audio CD
Sorry, but the singing ruined it for me. This is a problem I have with many of the current generation prog groups. The vocals just don't measure up to Jon Andersen, Greg Lake, John Wetton, Peter Gabriel, Phil Collins & Colin Carter. I keep hoping though.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Fluffy Sausage on September 21, 2006
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I can keep this relatively short for those of you who don't like to read novel-length reviews. I had VERY high expectations for this album, from listening to "The Music That Died Alone" to hearing all the rave about it on this site. So I was pretty eager to listen to it after it arrived in my mailbox. And what I discovered was GREAT music, and HORRIBLE vocals. I'm sorry- every time Andy, and the others sing I shudder. What a juxtaposition to have excellent music spoiled by horrid vocals. I typically like and can stand singers that get bashed quite a bit (like Geddy and James Labrie) but this? No. Fantastic, rock, jazz, fusion sounds are throughout, but the singing just doesn't cut it. 2 stars.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Gavin Wilson on June 27, 2006
Format: Audio CD
I came across this group by accident, having followed the link on a reviewer of the 'Refugee' CD on the amazon.co.uk site.

Though I ordered this CD unheard, I have absolutely no regrets about the purchase. It's fantastic to hear a guitarist doing licks and solos in the style of both 1970s Larry Carlton and Allan Holdsworth, as well as a keyboards player who can do Manfred Mann, Dave Stewart, and Thijs Van Leer. That's a lot of the fun in this recording -- spotting each of their influences. (If you go to the band's Web site, the home page shows the covers of the 12 LPs that best define their influences.)

The only downer is the vocalist, who sounds flat to my ear for much of the time. On the opening track, he's quite promising, sounding almost like Phil Collins in his 'Trick of the Tail' days, but it quickly deteriorates on subsequent tracks, with a feeble Richard Sinclair vocal that serves merely to highlight the banality of the lyrics. (The general sound, by the way, is much more early 70s Genesis than Yes.)

But I'm very prepared to forgive the vocal shortcomings, because musically this is otherwise a superb prog album. I just want to know when the next gigs in the south of England are going to happen!
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Robert M Briggs III on January 31, 2006
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These guys really take you through the gamut and back again. Most of their songs clock in at anywhere from 10 to 25 minutes, and most of the grooves are so utterly contagious that it defies words.

If you've never heard The Tangent, this is a great place to start, as is their previous release, "The World We Drive Through". Imagine, if you will, such influences as ELP, Yes, Brand X, Booker T and the MG's, Supertramp, and you just scratch the surface of that which is the sound of The Tangent. Both musically and lyrically challenging, you can't help but come away with your lobes and your feet completely infected with their sound, as well as their wit and sarcasm.

The CD opens with the 20-minute long "In Earnest", and is a revved up, funky, quick-paced number with great Hammond organ playing. "GPS Culture" requires no warm-up. It comes out churning and doesn't quit for its 9 minute duration. "Follow Your Leaders" is the most lyrically fascinating of the tracks. Centered on consumerism and self-perception in a society that subtly tells us "we know what's good if you'll follow your leaders!", this is the tour-de-force of the album.

To fans of The Flower Kings and Parallel or 90 Degrees (the two bands - one British, the other Swedish - that the band's members are drawn from), this is "must have" music. Andy Tillison is brilliant on the organ, even if his vocals are not really stand-out. The horns, guitar, and rhythm sections are all top-notch.

Get it........ yesterday. FOLLOW YOUR LEADERS!!!
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