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The Music That Died Alone

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THE TANGENT The Music That Died Alone CD

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Prelude - Time For You
  2. Night Terrors
  3. The Midnight Watershed
  4. In Dark Dreams
  5. The Half-Light Watershed
  6. On Returning
  7. A Sax In The Dark
  8. Night Terrors Reprise
  9. Cantermemorabilia
  10. Chaos At The Greasy Spoon
  11. Captain Manning's Mandolin
  12. Up Hill From Here
  13. A Serenade
  14. Playing On....
  15. Pre-History
  16. Reprise

Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 13, 2004)
  • Original Release Date: 2003
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Inside Out Music America
  • ASIN: B0000C8XK4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #350,433 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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39 of 45 people found the following review helpful By Kurt Harding VINE VOICE on April 30, 2004
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Never having heard of Andy Tillison, my chief reason for buying The Music That Died Alone was the involvement of Roine Stolt in the project. I figured that with him involved, the CD would have to be at least good. Well, its better than that. Its a neo-prog masterpiece that's not to be missed.
Long-time prog fans will be astounded at how many places this takes you and how many memories are jarred when they listen to this project. The Tangent doesn't copy anyone, but as this plays the multitude of old master influences will become readily apparent. You'll feel at times like you are hearing Yes or ELP or Van de Graaf Generator or maybe even King Crimson!
Listeners will be dazzled by the virtuosity of Tillison on keyboards and by the play of Stolt, who may just be the best prog guitarist in the business today. As for vocals, Stolt is by far the superior vocalist.
I like the entire CD. At 48 minutes, its a little short but The Tangent will give you every penny's worth of value. My favorites are a couple sequences from In Darkest Dreams, Cantermemorabilia, Up-hill From Here, and some of the interior sequences of the title cut. I have most recordings that Stolt has been involved in, now I will have to seek out some of Tillison's other work.
This CD is not for everyone, of course. If you are a fan of over-produced corporate rock, then you will want to avoid it. But if you are a dedicated connoisseur of the finest that prog rock has to offer, then ownership of The Music That Died Alone is mandatory.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By DG on February 21, 2006
Format: Audio CD
I'm a 40 something old school prog rock fan that hasn't been too impressed with the little I have heard of the neo prog movement but this CD gives me hope. I was knocked out buy the playing and melodic song structure reminiscent of old King Crimson and Yes. The singer sounds like a cross between Al Stewart and Gordon Haskell from KC.

However this is not some tired retread, the music is fresh and interesting. If your a fan of old prog rock like me

(and I'm hard to please) this CD is well worth the time.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Leet Rule on May 10, 2004
Format: Audio CD
This album, its just great. From start to finish I enjoyed it.
It starts off with "Darkest Dreams" which is about half an hour long and has some great moments especially at the start of the CD. It then moves on to the "Canturbury Sequence", Canturbury is a style I had never listened to before, its a fusion of Jazz and Progressive Rock and its just brilliant how Roine and the rest of the crew pull it off. Then comes the 7 Minute single song, "Uphill From Here" With 2 different guitarists it makes this piece orignal and astoundingly enjoyable, the most fun track on this album! Then it finishes off nicely with the "Music That Died Alone".
Personally I hope this music never dies! Its great! If you like Flower Kings, Roine Stolt or are a fan of Progressive Rock in general, don't wait! Go for it today!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Bob Wettig on February 12, 2004
Format: Audio CD
A rule of thumb I use to decide whether a CD is truly great, or merely very good, is how I feel when the CD ends. Do I right away put another CD on, or do I hit the "Repeat All" button on my CD player, listening to said CD several more times. Well, "The Music That Died Alone" definitely fits the latter category. I listened to it for 3 or 4 straight days (at work and in the car), an it just kept sounding better and better.
This CD, yet another of a huge collection of progressive "side projects", is, in a word, unbelievably great.
From the opening Keith Emerson-like organ riffs of "In Darkest Dreams"; to the Canterbury-inspired "The Canterbury Sequence" which has some lovely piano and flute work; to the flat-out rocking guitar solos of "Up-Hill From Here"; to the more somber tone of "The Music That Died Alone"; this CD is a stroll down the path of progressive music history.
Roine Stolt and Andy Tillison share vocals on "..Dreams", and Tillison handles all the vocals thereafter. Tillison was an unknown quality to me prior to this CD, but I am inspired to check out his work with his band Parallel or 90 Degrees. Roine Stolt, of course, has turned out reams of top-notch progressive music w/ The Flower Kings, as well as Transatlantic and Kaipa.(One bit of advice, if Stolt is involved with a CD, but it without waiting for reviews. Everything this guy touches turns to gold).
Tangent also includes a couple other members of Flower Kings, as well as a couple members of Tillison's band. David Jackson, of Van Der Graaf Generator fame handles woodwinds.
I'd say this CD is on the level of the two Transatlantic CDs, the Flower Kings' stuff, Dream Theater's "Scenes From A Memory". Uuuhh...yeah, it's that good.
It's a crime this type of music doesn't get airplay (at least it doesn't here in Kansas).
I've heard these guys are starting a 2nd CD soon. Can't wait.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Music maven on March 5, 2006
Format: Audio CD
It's progressive, all right. You can tell because it has all the official elements: tricky time signatures, highly arranged interlocking melodic elements, instrumental prowess for its own sake. Don't get me wrong--I loved Yes and Genesis and Gentle Giant and saw them play many times. I still get those records out and listen to them with enormous enjoyment. And this CD replicates all the structural elements of those records. But that's the problem: it's a replication, where those bands were creating the music out of whole cloth. There was a sense of risk-taking and discovery in that music that is (and, to be fair, would have to be) missing here. This music is inert. It's not that the players are phoning their performances in. They play with gusto and real skill. The problem is that it's missing that sense of not knowing what's coming next. And it's missing it because the players know exactly what's coming next. Listen to Yes' version of Simon and Garfunkle's "America." There is a feeling of musical fertility in that song that is palpable, an excitement of discovery you can feel even 30 years later. It's as though every note they play is the first note anyone ever thought of. But Tangent plays as though every note they play is being read from a book, as though they don't dare break the accepted formula. That, of course, is precisely the opposite of what the orignial progressive bands were doing.

One thing I find interesting to wonder about is this: Tangent includes Swedish players, which should be reason to expect freshness. Consider all the rock and pop bands coming out of Sweden that are breathing new life into worn-out genres. Even the weakest of them attacks the music like they just discovered it. So why doesn't that carry over to progressive rock?
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