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Prophecy Import

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2013 studio album from Progressive Rock legends Solstice. In the 1980s Solstice were one of the leading lights of the UK Progressive scene. Still fronted by guitarist Andy Glass, and also featuring Steve McDaniel (keyboards), Robin Phillips (bass), Pete Hemsley (drums), Jenny Newman (violin) and Emma Brown (vocals), the band's iconic blend of soaring violin and guitar weaving around delicately passionate female vocals, underpinned by driving rhythmic complexity remains true and is much in force on Prophecy. This excellent album also features four bonus tracks, three of which are new remixes by Solstice aficionado Steven Wilson. Esoteric.
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  • Audio CD (October 29, 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Esoteric
  • ASIN: B00EYUIQCG
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #366,896 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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What a beautiful album this is! Prophecy consists of 5 rather lengthy cuts (the shortest being 8 minutes and some change) and 3 remixes of tunes from their first album Silent Dance.

I confess that lately my patience for longer compositions is waning; particularly because so many modern progressive bands offer seemingly endless noodling which I find serves very little purpose other than producing a "longer" album. But this album is so different. The songwriting here has no self serving technicality and wanking for wanking sake. It is well thought out, producing an album that unfolds and builds upon itself in meaningful ways. Even though Warriors starts off with some serious complex chops, this album doesn't shift time signatures every 8 bars. They actually take and develop an idea instead of jumping around as many bands do, seeing how many different musical themes they can cram into a song. And that development is never boring. We don't find spacey ambient percolation, it is a natural organic unfolding of the composition.

Solstice is essentially folk prog, falling on the mellow end of the spectrum. That is not to say that this is an acoustic album. Far from it. While it has wooden music and plenty of violin, synths and electric guitar abound as well. The sound here is warm and rich, the harmonies are sweet. Solstice has a female lead singer, while possessing a hippie esthetic to her voice, never overwhelms nor under-delivers in any of the compositions (which is really interesting since this band emerged in the 80's neo-prog movement). If you are a fan of "darker" material, this album is not for you. This is primarily major key stuff which I find to be uplifting and quite frankly refreshing.
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Good remaster and interesting band. Some real highlight songs and then some more routine jam music of the time. The real good songs make it worth it though.
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One of the best prog albums from 2013. The concluding track and album climax Black Water is simply sublime.
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I first Solstice way back in early 1983 then saw them at Reading Festival that year. Silent Dance is still their best album, in my opinion. But this is a very close second. The new material is excellent and the love the singer'voice, and of course Andy Glass' guitar work. I would definitely recommend this.

I am still wary oabout remasters or recordings or bonus tracks. If they didnt make an original album, why release now. The bonus tracks on the album are all from Silent Dance and remastered by workaholic Steven Wilson. I like his solo albums. Not much into Porcupine Tree, but he seems to be the go to person for remasters. Well the remastered tracks sound absolutely crystal perfect. Great. Of course the final version of a track is going to be better than a rough mix. BUt, I am afraid to say, this goes too far. With the orginal Silent Dance album, it has life, feeling, it sounds like it was recorded live in a lighthouse in Cornwall, not just a studio in one. These remixes or remasters are too clean and cold and have no feeling at all. They sound like it was does in a ultra hi tech lab with people in white boiler suits, and not by a group of hippies in a studio in a lighthouse.

Prophecy feels, the bonus tracks don't.
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