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Synanthesia [Import]

SynanthesiaAudio CD
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  • Audio CD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Elegy
  • ASIN: B0009WXGC8
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,263,864 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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A Most Unusual Blend of Instruments Are Featured Here by this Mellow Scottish Trio Including Vibraphone and Flute as Well as Guitars, Oboe and Mandolin. Recorded in 1969, it is a Highly Eclectic Album and Draws Upon Greek Mythology for Inspiration and Direction. Quite Beautiful and So, So Timeless.

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5.0 out of 5 stars beautiful... and eerie January 15, 2010
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Synanthesia (how in the WORLD do you pronounce that word?) were a Scottish band that liked to play beautiful, quiet, and soothing folk music. The UK bands were a bit better at the folk rock movement than the American ones, and this album is a nice example why- the flute passages that run through the album are more melodic and just better than most American bands who'd attempt the same thing in the late 60's.

The vocals are typical late 60's affair.. not that THAT'S a bad thing mind you, haha. Actually the lead singer sounds like the guy from the Incredible String Band a little bit.

A song like "The Tale of the Spider and the Fly" will immediately take you back to the late 60's despite the fact you've never heard the song before.

I've actually formed an emotional attachment to many of the flute and saxophone solos (because many of them are quite melodic and just *really* good) along with the deeply personal-sounding vocal melodies and lyrics. This was definitely a band that should have had a greater impact on the music scene then they did.

As much as I'd like to ramble on and on about this album... I really can't think of anything else to say, haha. So let me get back to hearing more of this great band... that I can't pronounce :)
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5.0 out of 5 stars True psych-acid-folk music!!! December 9, 2007
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Best way to describe synanthesia is if the pied piper grew up in England, made a band, took acid, and recorded an album, they would sound like this. They only have a percusionist and no drummer, but yet these guys can pull it off. I orginially bought this album just cause of the cover. I had never even heard of this band. I noticed that the uglier the band members the better the music. Sure enough, I was right about this band!!!
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Certainly one of the most outstanding ignored albuns of all time!!! A trio from Scotland made one of most beautiful and surprisingly underrated albuns of british folk, with saxophones and vibes!!! Well, since the first song we know we are in the presence of something magical, unexpected crafted musicians, in fact the reeds/flute player, Jimmy Fraser is so inventive as he is tender, with passages of extreme brilliance, never giving a false step or a dull moment. "Trafalgar Square", for instance, is a marvellous piece of joy, in the same quality of Incredible String Band and Jethro Tull acoustic side of late sixties.

The entire album is so enduring and still sounds fresh today (incredible!). Like walking on a relaxed (and mysterious) summer afternoon, visiting a florest or a garden...and then we could use the grass for a bed and dream about mythological beings and deities...

For all interested in british-folk, acid or psych, whatever, folk in general, this is a must-be-recognized masterpiece that came in time with the masters (Incredible String Band, Fairport Convention, Pentangle) and was ahead of the second generation (Tudor Lodge, Bread Love and Dreams or Spirogyra).

Highly recommended!!!!
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