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Coming Through Import

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  • Audio CD (November 30, 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Cool Sound
  • ASIN: B00008GCNY
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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Japanese keyboardist Ryo Okumoto is best known for his recent work in the progressive rock band Spock's Beard. He is also on the list of 'whos-who' as far as the many top session musicians are concerned. With his recent solo album "Coming Through", Ryo definitely comes into his own as a composer, arranger, leader and keyboardist.
This album features the talents of many well known session musicians including Steve Lukather, Bobby Kimball and Simon Phillips (all members of Toto) as well as his fellow Spock's Beard bandmates Neal and Alan Morse, Dave Meros and Nick D'Virgilio.
"Coming Through" employs a number of different musical genres including the Weather Report-tinged opener "Godzilla Vs. King Ghidarah", the pounding-funk of "Slipping Down", the driving "The Farther He Goes" sung by Spock's Beard drummer Nick D'Virgilio and the hard-rock of "Highway Roller" which features former Deep Purple bassist Glenn Hughes on lead vocals. The 19-minute "Close Enough" is in the same epic scope as Spock's Beard except that it includes Bobby Kimball on vocals instead of Neal Morse and the complex rhythmic "Free Fall" is in actuality a Spock's Beard track (ie: the only musicians on this track are from SB). Elsewhere on the album are some tender and beautiful moments such as the Neal Morse-sung title ballad (which is erroniously credited to Bobby Kimbal in the CD booklet) and the closing instrumental piece "The Imperial" which has some striking similarities to Rick Wakeman from Yes.
This is definitely a great album which shows off Ryo Okumoto's diverse talents and is a must for fans of Spock's Beard as well as keyboard-based progressive rock (ie: Yes and ELP). From it's solid performances to it's great song selection, "Coming Through" comes through loudly and clearly. Great CD.
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I agree with ilovea2 - this is an outstanding album. Being a Spock's Beard fan, I was keen to hear what Ryo would do on his own, and I'm absolutely rapt.
I was prepared for the usual disappointment that you get from solo albums. But this one is very different. The music is high class all the way through. It is not a rehash of Spock's Beard, even though Neal Morse did provide most of the lyrics. Yes there is the odd occasion where you hear the classic chaotic Ryo of SB coming through and it sounds fantastic as always, but there is also lots of space on this album dedicated to showing other facets of Ryo's talent, and talent there is aplenty. The general feel is slightly more jazzy, but there is plenty of solid rock as well - this album has real punch.
I love this album. It deserves to be heard very widely even though like most solo albums it is probably destined to be a hidden classic. This is a must for any prog rocker. I highly recommend it.
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This album is fantastic.Is this a surprise, well perhaps. I've steared clear of solo albums by Keyboard players, as generaly they've been a little cold and focused on melody and not on feeling and grove. This is different. Filled with jazz and heavey funk. Checkout Highway Roller with Deep Purple Mark 3's Glen Hughes on lead vocals his vocal gymnastics would convince you it's still 1976.Or maybe thats where he still lives. With all of the current members of Spocks beard playing with only a few exceptions on all tracks this gives the most rabid Spocks fan a window into their new sound. Ryo has given us everything we expect to hear in an album. It must be said that our dear Freind Neal Morse Penned most of the album, making this listner greive even more for his stagering loss.(Please come back you make so many so very happy)At any rate this has got to be a must have if you are a fan of ELP, Spocks Beard and Deep Purple(Mark 3) do not wait any longer buy buy buy.
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Ryo is best known as the keyboard player for progressive rock mainstays Spock's Beard. Along with Ryo's incredible keyboard work the album also boasts a bevy of special guests including Simon Phillips (The Who, Toto, Asia, many others) on drums, Steve Lukather (Toto) on guitar, Dave Meros, Neal Morse, Nick D'Virgillio, Alan Morse all from Spock's Beard on their respective instruments, Bobby Kimball (Toto) on vocals, and Glenn Hughes (Deep Purple, Trapeze, Black Sabbath) on bass and vocals. This is a really great overlooked CD. Ryo delves into a many different sub genres of progressive rock on this one and pretty much everything is a winner. There are several instrumental tracks including "Godzilla Vs King Ghidrarah" to open the album and the piano track "The Imperial" to close it. In between are mostly vocal tracks with lead vocal duties handled by D'virgillio, Morse, Hughes and Kimball. Glen Hughes is especially a standout here. His vocals on "Highway Roller" are some of the best soul / funk / rock screaming that I have ever heard. The song itself is not that great, but Hughes takes it to a totally different level. As one would expect Ryo's keyboards are in the forefront throughout the album and he plays everything really well. Steve Lukather throws in some mean guitar solos as well. I would think this album would be a must purchase for fans of Spock's Beard and really most prog fans in general should be able to get large amount of enjoyment out of this one.
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