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Classical Music & Popular Songs Import

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First Solo Album From The Keyboard Player, Multi-Instrumentalist & Founding Member Of Prog Rock Band Iq. Also Playing On The Album Are Other Members Of Iq & Jardis & John Wetton.
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 13, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Giant Electric Pea
  • ASIN: B00004WZ6O
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #593,366 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Jason M. Carzon on March 21, 2005
Format: Audio CD
I'm not too sure about the title of this disc, the only solo album(so far) by keyboardist Martin Orford of long-lasting melodic rockers IQ. Sounds like an educational catagory, or the title of a textbook or beginner's music book. Maybe that's the concept. Muscicians hate to be labeled, so he labeled it himself before someone else did. So it's, well....Classical music and popular songs. There are nice classical-styled instrumentals as well as vocal songs. I understand he hates the term 'Neo-prog'. Can't say I blame him. However, I hope the title of this album doesn't cause potential enjoyers from thinking this is an album of covers or something like that.

But catagories and labels aside, what you'll hear here is some stunning music, beating the pants off some of his other projects' albums(IQ and Jadis). 'Classical Music...' was released almost the same time as IQ's excellent 'Seventh House' album(early 2001) and was kinda ignored. But this album acts as an excellent counterpart to Seventh House. His guests include members of both bands as well as a vocal performance by John Wetton(Asia/King Crimson) who he had also worked with. I believe Orford has become one of my favorite keyboard players. His style is unique, melodic and tasteful. The album takes you through a number of different styles and formats, not just 'classical music' or 'popular songs'. The album is quite varied. I look forward to his next non-IQ or Jadis project. Here's the trax:

FIELD OF FALLEN ANGELS - an IQ-styled opening track with some nice flute and synth textures with a slight Celtic or folk flavor.

A PART OF ME - an anthemic rock track that features strong vocals by John Wetton and soaring guitar leads.

QUILMES - very tasteful piano solo.
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Orford is probably best known as the long time keyboard player for English progressive rockers IQ. To my knowledge this is his first solo album and I have to admit that I was pleasantly surprised with the material to be found here. The title of the album is rather unimaginative, but don't let it fool you, there is some very nice music to be found here. Orford wrote the material and handles all the keyboards. He also plays a bit of acoustic guitar. Most of the tracks have vocals (provided by Orford, John Wetton, and Peter Nichols). All of the members of IQ appear at one point or another on the disc as well. Surprisingly Orford has quite a good voice. It reminds me of former IQ vocalist Paul Menel, in fact I had to check the liner notes while listening to this to double check that Menel did not appear on the album. The music is quite varied with shorter tracks mixed with longer ones. I would think that IQ fans would eat this album up, and fans of progressive rock in general should enjoy this. All in the entire album is a pleasant little surprise from Mr. Orford, and now that he has left IQ I suspect that we will be hearing more solo work from him down the road.
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Another CD that I had never listened to. You see, I have a friend who has really lost his edge on music and keeps giving me garbage music for probably the last 5 years. This cd was one of them. Unbelieving that It was actually good, I shunned it. After clearing out my closet and chunking a good portion of waste less and tasteless sub-genres of wannabe prog arists.I decided to give this one a chance.
As IQ's recent venture has left me starving for those glorious keyboards.
Well!!! I was not disappointed. This release finds a perfect mixture of classical music to prog to pop, the perfect ingredient for an all-around CD. Reminds me of the Paul Menel Era,a well over looks era if you ask me.

Since this cd is a cheap copy,I do not know the players, but suspect a very good guitar player and drummer. Orford's voice is very good, makes one wonder why IQ didn't use him more.

Iommi is Sabbath , Mercury is Queen ,Waters is Pink Floyd,so it goes to say that Orford is the heart of IQ !!!!!!!!
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Martin Orford's (of IQ) solo album is outstanding. He gets a little help from his IQ and Jadis friends. Highlights include the opener The Field Of Fallen Angels where Martin handles the vocals very well. This song sounds like an IQ song from the Paul Menel era. As a matter of fact, Martin sounds very much like Menel. Without a doubt, Orford is a great musician and he displays it nicely throughout the album. Another great moment is the song A Part of Me in which Martin teams with John Wetton. This is a great song in the spirit of early Asia. Evensong ends the album in great fashion. IQ fans will love this CD!
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I admit to being guilty about ignoring this the first time I heard of it because of the title... The fact is that the title is a real misnomer. This is some really great new music and not covers of older material as I first imagined it might be.

Martin Orford is an extremely talented musician and his work is some of the best to be found. I love this album (and his new one: The Old Road).

So, don't question it, just get it and (odds are) you'll love it too!
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