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This is incredible because listening to songs starting from the epic The Last HUman gateway, through Awake and Nervous and masterpiece The Enemy Smacks, you hardly believe this is a debut album, as it sounds more as a mature album of a long experienced band.
The quality of sound in spite 1983, is very good and overall this is a very good product which I strongly recommend to any IQ fan and to those who didnt have the chance to listen to this band before..
Perhaps you heard it for the first time with today's ears.
But this is a hell of a debut! I was a mere 22 years old, still mourning for the demise of Genesis when in a small record shop (yes, records were still in vinyl then ) I saw this incredibly beautiful cover and by impulse (because it was expensive and I did not have much money then) I bought it.
I put it on and I was stunned. Prog was still alive... with its long complex architecture of a music that does not speak only to your ears but to your heart.
Now I'm double that age and I still shiver when I hear it.
Perhaps technically it's not recorded in the most flawless way. So what? The music is powerful and the melodies are beatiful, wild, majestic, tortured, sometimes insanely captivating and still full of nuances that I'm still discovering.
Go back and listen to it again, and for all the others, go buy it, even if it's expensive. Even though The Wake is superior this is a must have album for whoever loves prog music.
I'm particularly impressed with "The Last Human Gateway" because it works well as an organic whole, not just as a bunch of songs strung together (a problem I sometimes find with longer pieces by newer Prog bands, especially Spock's Beard). And Peter Nicholl's whine and Gabrieliesque makeup are irritating, but I'd rather listen to him than Fish.
In the early 80's, when this album came out, few besides IQ and Marillion were attempting this kind of music, derivative as it may be. In the new Millenium, in the midst of a mini-Prog Renaissance, these guys deserve some respect. I'll definitely buy another album by them.
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As a stoner form the '70s who loves Peter Gabriel era Genesis I was beyond excited to stumble across this. The musicianship is excellent. Wonderful from start to finish.Published 18 months ago by Greggory Fertig
The sound is horrible for a 1984 album, the composition are immature.
The vocal is hard to listen to, bad musical transition. Read more
This cd was bashed for poor production by my nemesis. If he would step back and listen to the compositions he would let the flaws in production fade. Read morePublished on July 26, 2005 by NEOPROG RAN
IQ got much better, but why they weren't a stillborn band after this release is beyond me. Peter Nichols' vocals on this album are little more than moaning, groaning and mewling. Read morePublished on May 9, 2005 by Keith A. Morse
"The Last Human Gateway" a 17+ minute-long track opened up the debut album of Marillion's counterpart back in the early eighties, IQ. Read morePublished on February 22, 2004 by Manny Hernandez
This was my first IQ CD and I have to admit it is still one of my favorites especially for "The Last Human Gateway". Read morePublished on October 28, 2001 by Music Buff