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Remastered reissue of the Polish progressive rock act's 1994 album features 11 tracks including 3 bonus tracks, 'Almost There', 'The Blues' (Video) & 'Wings In The Night' (Video). 'Moonshine' is considered by many to be of equal quality to the best work of King Crimson, Genesis, or Yes. Metal Mind Productions. 2003.
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Like good old prog-rock every time you re-hear it, it becomes better and more trescendental. I've spent some time looking for the album and finally found it here at amazon: at a very high price and probably even unacquirable... great. So I'm limiting on just comenting about... if you ever see it give it a try... you probably won't be disappointed... especially fans of great bands like Marillion, Arena, Pendragon and Gabriel-era Genesis, etc. It's VERY good and, trust me, worth it.
For anyone who bothers, here's the song names which were written on the cd... though I still haven't seen the cover or know ANYthing about the band... oh well...
1.Heroe's Cry 2.In Your Eyes
3.Lovely Day 4.Living In the Moonlight 5.The Blues 6.Wings In The Night 7.Moonshine 8.War Is Over
The reason I give it 5 stars (besides that it's actually a great album) is the surprise a band so unknown can give, they can make great music and they need to be helped, especially by those of us who want to hear more from them.
Collage was a progressive band formed in Poland in 1985. Their first album "Basnie" ('Fairy Tales') from 1989 although sung entirely in Polish gained eminence not only in their native country. Music, steming from Genesis & Marillion style had its individual touch, was very warm and ... honest.
Subsequently Collage released weird and ... not convicing "9 Songs of John Lennon" - a tribute album, as the name suggests.
"Moonshine" (1994) is the follower of "Basnie" and can be easily compared with the best Marillion and Pendragon achievements. Colorful, lyrical, rich, long songs can be listened to many times with no boredom. Still, some of them sounds catchy and invitingly even for casual listeners. The album was recorded in the Netherlands and mixed in Poland - the only shortcoming is that it is a bit over-produced: sounds too rich in some moments.
I first heard this music on the radio (there was a live transmission), just wondering "oh, that is the progressive rock style" - I hadn't known it before. I taped the show, then bought freshly released "Moonshine" - and it was one of the entry gates to the world of great Music.
I highly recommend this music to everyone who loves progressive rock and is bored with many average bands of this style (say Arena or Jadis). Collage won't disapoint you.
Another Collage release worth listening is "Changes" - a retrospective album with songs recorded between 1985 and 1992 - mainly outtakes, demos and alternate versions (Collage had 4 vocalists throughout this period!). Rough sounding but immense power and vitality.
The successor of "Moonshine" and last Collage album was "Safe" (1995). It's more close to neoprogressive standards. "The catchiness" of some tunes might irritate, but you'll also find some jewels there.
(I've just copied my review from 2003 concerning the older release)