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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on January 19, 2004
Format: Audio CD
"Prog. Rock" is often considered to be a crossover between classical and rock music. Certainly many of the best "prog" bands have leaned heavily on both genre's. Yes, ELP, Peter Gabriel's Genesis and solo work. This work falls in that genre, but with a significant diffrence.
For starters it is, if anything, more complex. It is more closely anchored in the classical side and borrows from a much broader range of classical styles. It certainly has some of rock's styles and sensibilities and particularly instrumentation. But to my ears it uses that to add power and precision and variety and depth of timbre to the classical compositions rather than, as with the others, using classical structures to add interest and variety and complexity to rock music.
To the best of my knowledge they have never toured the US and that is, frankly, America's loss. When I was in the UK I saw them about once a year and the experience was always a mixture of awe at their music and fun at their lighthearted attitude towards it. A bit like Ian Anderson's attitude to the Tull's music. They just seemed a little embarrassed about being so good and tried to cover their embarrassment with self deprecating humour.
In the Region of the Summer Stars was their first record and I still enjoy it the most of all their work. The original recording was a concept piece with the tracks representing various of the major arcana from the Tarot.
There's an incredible amount of variety and imagination involved in these tracks. The musicianship is phenominal and all the musicians were expected to be somewhat versatile. On stage there was a lot of moving around between instruments as, for instance, the drummer might leave his kit and play a simple backround line on keyboards while the bass player moved to a pair of concert cymbals to add the only piece of percussion required for that song.
This album is fully instrumental and is all the better for it. Robert-John-Godfrey's vocals are pretty weak and other albums that feature that are spoiled by it I think.
The CD remix has a couple of extra track on and a new intro. There's some good in that, though the new tracks aren't as strong as the base material and, more important, don't seem to fit well.
One disappointment is that I have the original on vinyl and have seen them live and there were some twin guitar features, cleverly orchestrated interwoven lines and effects, which seem to have been lost.
On the other hand, that's not nearly enough of a distraction to knock a point off it. I miss my annual Enid fix and I think it's wonderful that some Americans are starting to notice them.
If you like "prog rock", even just a little, you will love this album. If you're a purist that get's cranky at the merest hint of orchestration then avoid this like the plague.
PS. This album is probably the one that least literally sound like it includes an orchestra. None of them actually do. When it sounds like that it's usually because 3 or 4 members of the band are playing different keyboard parts. Back in the early days they used to stack up the keyboards a la Rick Wakeman and if you were standing in the right place it looked, at times, like one keyboard player with eight arms.
A truly magical experience.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on February 12, 2003
Format: Audio CD
Great debut album !! For me it's one of the best debut albums of the whole prog scene, despite of remaining anchored to simple structures and also classical rock stuff in some circumstances:naturally it's enriched with lush and charming atmospheres,by means of stunning and underrated orchestral keyboard arrangements!! It takes shape very slowly, by starting with some gentle romantic moods, afterwards leading the listener to an aggressive powerful meeting between the organ riff and some sensible guitar lines too("The falling tower"), as long as the concept is completed. It is a sort of communion between the complex and the mellower atmosphere in the same time ... "Death, The reaper" remains always mellow, nevertheless by introducing such a particular legendary theme They want to seduce the listener and lead him afterwards to the next following album (this theme will be recalled)... "The lovers" instead is their most symphonic track, but always remaining at its mellow side. Instead "The devil", in the opposite, is very energetic and quite typical in the UK 70's rock scene.The majestic theme of side 2 represents here their leading main concept theme, with its reprisal during several passages all along side 2. However the most classical music oriented, regarding of their symphonic tracks, is that one inspired by "Dies Irae" -the famous Mozartian composition - here entitled "The last judgement", which leads in progression to a grandiose section, based upon an epic choir and a mellotron as well, which are never banal!! Then you find the main refrain of "The sun" once again,here supported by a good trumpet - within a sort of short interlude -before playing the best track of the album, the title track, combining the medieval moods with a powerful guitar theme, till the conclusion and the final catharsis of the reprisal, regarding such concept theme, "The sun".
Highly recommended !!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on March 4, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Heavily borrowing from romantic classical late 1800 composers (from Berliotz to Wagner), the Enid (mostly a creature of talented Robert John Godfrey)have produced between mid 70's to the early 80's ... simply beautiful music.

How to further describe it? I would not know, and frankly I do not think is necessary. Enid music is beautifull,that's all.

Any of their albums is wonderfull just pick one, put it on, dim the light, close your eyes and let their music guide your dreams.

I pride myself of a quite vast collection of progr music from allover the world, but I've never found anything like them. Rick Wakemann and sometimes Keith Emerson tried to blend classical music with prog rock, but neither one consistently tried to do so in all his work, like the ENID tried and in my view succeded.

Give it a try.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on July 8, 2010
Format: Audio CD
This relates to the InnerSanctum version of the CD In the Region of the Summer Stars. The following taken from the bands own website at theenid.co.uk:
"Innersanctum are selling bootlegs of EMI recordings. Although EMI have now forced Innersanctumn to remove these bootlegs from their website, the stock is still out there being sold on Amazon and other such online stores. Buyer Beware!
WARNING
Innersanctum claim these recordings are : Digitally re-mastered and the original artwork has been re-created". This is a very misleading and damaging claim.
These releases are bootlegs and have not been manufactured from any master tapes supplied by EMI; in fact they are crudely processed recordings from old vinyl. They are of extremely poor quality and as well as being illegal they are very damaging to The Enid's reputation.
They infringed the copyrights of EMI who own these recordings. Wait for the real thing coming from this site soon."
So there you have it, The Enid have now received the original recordings of In The Region... from EMI and are in the process of giving it an official and authorized release later in 2010.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on November 30, 2010
Format: Audio CD
I would like to alert Enid-lovers to the fact that The Enid have now managed to acquire the original tapes for their first 2 albums, 'Aerie Faerie Nonsense' and 'In The Region of The Summer Stars', from EMI, and have now put out the original versions of these 2 gorgeous albums themselves.

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"The original 1/4" tapes master tapes were transferred to 96KHz 24bit digital by Christian Curtis at Abbey Road in June 2010. The tracks were mastered for CD by Max Read at The Lodge Recording Studio."

"Very little was done to this master, it sounded great already! Plenty of bottom end, very well balanced and surprisingly little noise, this is pretty well untouched apart form some manual removal of a few crackles with a sample editor." - Max Read

IMPORTANT NOTE: The Enid label goes under the name 'Seraphim'. PLEASE DO NOT BUY THESE TITLES PUT OUT UNDER A DIFFERENT NAME, AS THEY ARE BOOTLEGS!. The only way to ensure you are getting the genuine article is to go to direct to The Enid site - [...] But I do note that The Enid's own release of Aeri Faerie (and possibly In The Region?) is available via Amazon.co.uk and (possibly) Amazon.com - but please try to check out the label name if possible to ensure they are not the bootleg versions.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on March 21, 2013
Format: Audio CDVerified Purchase
this edition of this wonderfull album is really a remake from the 80s,, not the original version!!.. side one of the album is partially re recorded, and side 2 re recorded completly!!, with new music added,, even the songs titles are different,, musicians are different too, only robert and steve are original members by this time...
i dont know why they did this back them,, but it was a terrible mistake!!
you cant paint a moustach on the monalisa!!
its a lame comparasion with the original 1976 album,, DONT BUY IT,,
buy the original version on operation seraphim label
sorry for my bad english..
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on September 16, 2014
Format: VinylVerified Purchase
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