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Originally released 1983, Tales From The Lush Attic was IQ's first album and is now available for the first time as a U.S. release. Recorded in August '83 in only 5 days this record contains the two all time favorites The Last Human Gateway and The Enemy Smacks in their original studio versions. The artwork for the release was done by Peter Nicholls, lead singer of IQ. This definitive version also contains the bonus track, Just Changing Hands.
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 15, 2012)
  • Original Release Date: May 15, 2012
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Inside Out Music
  • ASIN: B000FDEU3A
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #264,656 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Incredibly this is the debut album of an incredible band in prog rock.

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..
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Strangely, there is only one review for this album which is the first of (possibly) the greatest today's prog band (sorry Flowerkings and good bye Porcupine Tree you are a second best!) and, with all due respect for my fellow "prog-fan" who rated it earlier than I, I totally disagree with you.
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.
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I am so glad that Amazon has released these albums in the US that I feel compelled to write about the good and the bad for the sake of IQ rookies. I bought this album while living in Britain when it was initially released even though I was plain tired of "prog." It was either boring or pretentious. The initial appeal of the genre had faded. Instead of imaginative and unique music, it became a showcase for pretentious show-offs with no soul or feeling. Johnny Rotten was right in slamming ELP and Yes. Prog had become baroque and sterile. IQ redeemed the genre not by producing another derivative, but by performing an album full of emotion and passion. "Tales from the Lush Attic" has a soul. It is dark and brooding. Peter Nicholls' lyrics and vocals seem to come from a pained and wounded soul. Mike Holmes's guitar has a crunch and bite that is lacking in other prog and neo-prog bands. This album makes you "feel." Sure, the polish isn't there, but if you looking for flash as opposed to sincerity, you can always download something from Yes or Dream Theater.
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In the early 80's the neo progressive rock movement burst out of England and got relatively popular for a time. The band that got the biggest was Marillion, but IQ was another pioneer of the movement and arguably as good. "Tales From The Lush Attic" was the debut album from IQ, taking its influence from classic 70's progressive rock especially Peter Gabriel era Genesis. "Lush Attic" was recorded in 5 days and unfortunately it shows in the production. The album showcases a band that would do much better albums later in their career, but flashes of brilliance can be found here and there. Peter Nichols voice is a bit on the shrill side on much of this album. He would become a much better singer later on as well. The album contains 2 tracks that have become IQ classics. The 20 minute "Last Human Gateway" starts out a bit weak for my ears, but the final 5 minutes or so of it is outstanding. "The Enemy Smacks" is another fan favorite that still finds it's way into the IQ live set today. Overall the album sounds quite dated, but it hints at where the band would go down the road.
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This is one of the best in their catalog.The first track times in at around 17 or 18 minutes and is a masterpiece. The rest are excellent. I highly reccommend this to anyone who is into great Progressive rock!
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Okay. I like early period Genesis as much as anyone. No one is ever going to rate IQ on a level with that band. But as a consumer, you have to know what you're getting into when you buy an album like this, and for what it is -- a Neo-Prog band HEAVILY influenced by early period Genesis, this is a very listenable album. Songs like "The Last Human Gateway" and "Awake and Nervous" stand up to repeated listenings because they are interesting in their own right and have their own prog-based groove -- something I can't say about the highly touted Marillion albums of that period which I find overcooked and turgidly written.
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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