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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing content, amazing value, January 12, 2006
This review is from: Under the Blossom: The Anthology (Audio CD)
Tempest are one of those bands that even hardcore rock fans likely won't know...I'll spare the bio, but drummer Jon Hiseman (Colosseum, Colosseum II) is one of the most underrated drummers on the planet. I'd put him right up there with the likes of Billy Cobham, with inventive, rolling fills that hit HARD. The first disc in this set comprises both of their studio LP's, the first first featuring a young Allan Holdsworth. Needless to say these are the better tracks, but the 2nd album, "Living In Fear", delivers as well.

Just the first disc is worth the asking price alone, however the 2nd disc puts the package over the top...you get 2 non-album outtakes, and then an entire live performance (featuring the first lineup) recorded for the BBC. This is simply amazing stuff, as the entire band stretches out nicely. I find it quite remarkable that lesser bands of this era are lauded for their ability, when none can match this band as either individuals or as a whole. Fans of prog/fusion should add this to their collection posthaste, as you won't find a bigger bang for your buck anywhere.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brace for the Tempest, September 25, 2006
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This review is from: Under the Blossom: The Anthology (Audio CD)
Brilliant guitar rock, no poseurs here. This band has loads of talent, just read the roster. They've been there, done that. I wonder in the early 70s what these guys must've have come across like being so aggressive, progressive without pretense. The critics probably were too confused, no doubt.

Great stuff for hard rock fans...If you dig Patto, UFO, BOC, Hillage, Steve Hunter then pick it up.
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