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Waters of Change [Import, Limited Edition, Original recording remastered]

Beggars Opera, Beggar's OperaAudio CD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (January 30, 2006)
  • Original Release Date: 2006
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import, Limited Edition, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Repertoire
  • ASIN: B000CSUM8K
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #334,146 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Time Machine
2. Lament
3. I've No Idea
4. Nimbus
5. Festival
6. Silver Peacock Intro
7. Silver Peacock
8. Impromptu
9. Fox

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This limited edtion of Beggars Opera comes packaged in digi sleeve and contains the original vinyl artwork. Also included is a fold out poster. Repertoire. 2006.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Great mellotron work, superb melodies September 1, 2005
Format:Audio CD
UK band BEGGARS OPERA'S second album is filled with mellotron, organ and great guitarplaying. It sounds like a lot of the other bands from the samt country back then. CRESSIDA, SPRING and FANTASY comes to mind. "Time Machine" is among the best here, with its haunting themes. "I've no idea" reveals the melodic progressive rock this band played so good. Much of the hughlights in the tracks come from the superb mellotron backing which indeed sounds so good. "Silver peacock" is yet another great long track with its lyrical themes and melodious playing. One has to remember that 1971 still was just at the beginning of progressive rock, and in that sense, this album comes through as an original and very imaginative effort. Very good with no direct flaws.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rally Good December 17, 2001
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I truly enjoy this album. Ok, there are a couple of tracks they could have left out but if you want to get mellow listen to "Time Machine", "Nimbus", and "Silver Peacock" track 7. Your California resident offends me. (Yeah I am biased, being a brit brought up in Scotland.)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Second Act April 22, 2001
Format:Audio CD
Beggars Opera are one of the lesser known British heavy prog groups (along with the likes of Cressida, Spring, Gravy Train, Steamhammer or Warhorse). And there are similarities to those bands too. Waters of Change is sometimes quoted as their best album, but, for me, it pales next to the raw energy of their debut "Act One". By this album, they had acquired a mellotron and more vocal polish from singer Martin Griffiths. It kicks off with "Time Machine", one of their best tracks featuring phasing, great use of keyboards and mellotron. The rest is not up to the same standard, though "Silver Peacock" is a standout track as well. It can get a bit clumsy in spots, but it's still a great album for those liking keyboard heavy prog in the vein of the bands previously mentioned.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I really like it March 2, 2000
Format:Audio CD
Well, I have to disagree with the review of Mikayel Grigorian, but then I guess that's what taste is all about. I own one the vinyl record and was looking to get this title on CD for years because I very much like to listen to it but have no turntable any more.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great second album, nice use of Mellotron too! February 10, 2009
Format:Audio CD
Beggars Opera was a band from Scotland that managed a handful of albums from 1970 to 1980. Of course, it's their first three albums that their reputation lies on: Act One (1970), Waters of Change (1971), and Pathfinder (1972). With Waters of Change, the band added Virginia Scott, a rare example of a female Mellotron player (other example going to Angela Allen of Carmen). Organ duty of course, still remains to Alan Park, who decided to ditch the classical themes of Act One. The results being this best album of Beggars Opera and an excellent example of early British progressive rock. Being 1971, this isn't exactly the most complex of prog, although around the same time Gentle Giant did release Acquiring the Taste (which was on the same label), which was far more complex than anything done before, but most other bands at the time weren't ready to take on GG, and of course never Beggars Opera. This music isn't a million miles away from the likes of Cressida, Fantasy, Gracious, even Spring (but less Mellotron). "Time Machine" is a great opening piece, you get to hear right away Martin Griffiths voice, he does have a peculiar voice. Great organ and Mellotron work, nice guitar from Ricky Gardiner. "Lament" is simply Alan Park playing a Scottish-influenced song on organ (you can almost imagine it being played on bagpipes). "I Have No Idea" is back to the more familiar sound of the band at the time. "Nimbus" is a rather down-sounding piece with guitar from Ricky Gardiner, and Mellotron from Virginia Scott. "Festival" has a more lively feel to it. "Silver Peacock Intro" features some big Mellotron brass with narration info before "Silver Peacock" proper starts. Read more ›
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Early prog rock with some spirited keyboard playing November 23, 2005
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This is a very good (and early) example of progressive rock from Scotland released in 1971 on the "progressive" Vertigo label, which was home to bands like Gentle Giant, Black Sabbath, and Cressida in the early 1970s. The music on Waters of Change is very good, although the vocal parts and some of the music sounds just the slightest bit dated. This was after all, progressive rock during its earliest developmental period and is correspondingly raw. The highlights of the album include virtuosic piano and Hammond organ work by Alan Park (who also contributed to six of the nine pieces) and heavy use of the mellotron by Virginia Scott. For a good example of Alan Park's superb technique, the lightning fast arpeggios played at the introduction of Silver Peacock are awe-inspiring and recall the nimble technique of Tony Banks (of Genesis) and the excesses of Keith Emerson (of ELP). Although I am heaping praise on the keyboardist, the guitarist, bassist, and drummer are all solid and make some nice contributions. The arrangements on Waters of Change are fairly complex, although they are suggestive of a band that was just getting used to playing such complicated material. As such, the pieces are very energetic, yet sound somewhat awkward at times, although not distractingly so. My favorite piece on the album is the atmospheric "Nimbus", which stands in stark contrast to some of the heavier (and busier) material. "Nimbus" features just the mellotron, some spacey, sustained notes on the guitar, and only minimal percussion. Another pleasant, albeit short and gloomy piece is "Impromptu", which features just the acoustic guitar and a cello (although nobody was credited with playing the instrument). The CD was re-issued by Repertoire and the liner notes provide a very cursory overview of the band. Other groups that are stylistically similar include Spring, Cressida, and Gracious.
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