Three generations of progressive music–one remarkable album. Under the leadership of Andy Tillison (known from the young prog band “Parallel or 90 Degrees”) and with some major creative involvement of Roine Stolt (The Flower Kings/Transatlantic/Kaipa) as well as David Jackson of the legendary 70s heroes “Van der Graaf Generator”, an album was born that features long track compositions, deeply inspired by the early high times of the Prog Rock genre. The Tangent also features drummer Zoltan Csorsz and bassist Jonas Reingold from the Flower Kings. A note from Neal Morse I was driving along listening to the new promos from Inside/Out and I was thinking wow, what a great new band! That guys got Roines wah-wah sound down patI wonder who they are?then Roines voice came in and I said Oh there you go!. Its a very cool proggy excursion you’ll all dig
16 tracks = 48’08 “
“If you think that there should be only one progressive or art rock album in your collection, choose the debut of the project The Tangent. And if you buy only one prog album every twenty years too. This is undoubtedly the greatest surprise of the 2003 prog-rock scene and a clear winner for the title of the “prog-album of the year”. The influential Internet resource Dutch Progressive Rock Page crumbles in praise. And rightly crumbles! Originally conceived as the solo album of Andy Tillison, the keyboard player of the grim British Parallel Or 90 Degrees, “The Music That Died Alone” turned out, according to its own advertising slogan, “an outstanding album created by three generations of prog rockers.”Indeed, there are three generations. The elder one is saxophonist and flutist David Jackson (ex-Van Der Graaf Generator), the middle one is a trio from The Flower Kings (singer and guitarist Royne Stolt, bass guitarist Jonas Reingold and drummer Zoltan Cirse), and the youngest is Andy himself, his colleague band, pianist Sam Bain and Guy Manning (vocals, acoustic guitar and mandolin), who once worked with Andy on Gold, Frankincense And Diskdrive. And for all that – no stylistic vinaigrette! “The Music That Died Alone” sounds like a classic prog album from the first half of the 70s, and listening to it wakes up a lot of pleasant memories of the historical works of Yes, Van Der Graaf Generator, Camel, Caravan and … Deep Purple (the last last name is thanks to love Andy to the naturally sounding Hammond organ samples).
And for those who have a rather weak command of prog-rock musical and historical material outside of the big names of the 70s, this CD can also serve as the first benefit in rock education, because the play “The Canterbury Sequence” is not just a tribute album in honor of the Canterbury rock Scenes of the 60s and 70s – the cover version of the number “Chaos At The Greasy Spoon” by the legendary group Hatfield & The North is included in it. And the melodies of this eight-minute play are stuck in my head with a completely non-progressive insistence. And now reread the beginning of this review and make the right decision! 100 / 100
The Music That Died Alone
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Label: Inside Out
Catalogue Number: SPV 085-65992
Number of tracks: 16
Tracks: 1.”Prelude – Time For You”, 2.”Night Terrors”, 3.”The Midnight Watershed”, 4.”In Dark Dreams”, 5.”The Half – Light Watershed”, 6.”On Returning”, 7.”A Sax In The Dark”, 8.”Night Terrors Reprise”, 9.”Cantermemorabilia”, 10.”Chaos At The Greasy Spoon”, 11.”Captain Mannings Mandolin”, 12.”Up-Hill From Here”, 13.”A Serenade”, 14.”Playing On…”, 15.”Pre-History”, 16.”Reprise”.
5.0 out of 5 stars Not To Be Missed!,
Never having heard of Andy Tillison, my chief reason for buying The Music That Died Alone was the involvement of Roine Stolt in the project. I figured that with him involved, the CD would have to be at least good. Well, its better than that. Its a neo-prog masterpiece that’s not to be missed.
Long-time prog fans will be astounded at how many places this takes you and how many memories are jarred when they listen to this project. The Tangent doesn’t copy anyone, but as this plays the multitude of old master influences will become readily apparent. You’ll feel at times like you are hearing Yes or ELP or Van de Graaf Generator or maybe even King Crimson!
Listeners will be dazzled by the virtuosity of Tillison on keyboards and by the play of Stolt, who may just be the best prog guitarist in the business today. As for vocals, Stolt is by far the superior vocalist.
I like the entire CD. The Tangent will give you every penny’s worth of value. My favorites are a couple sequences from In Darkest Dreams, Cantermemorabilia, Up-hill From Here, and some of the interior sequences of the title cut. I have most recordings that Stolt has been involved in, now I will have to seek out some of Tillisons other work.
This CD is not for everyone, of course. If you are a fan of over-produced corporate rock, then you will want to avoid it. But if you are a dedicated connoisseur of the finest that prog rock has to offer, then ownership of The Music That Died Alone is mandatory.
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow,
I’m a 40 something old school prog rock fan that hasn’t been too impressed with the little I have heard of the neo-prog movement but this CD gives me hope. I was knocked out buy the playing and melodic song structure reminiscent of old King Crimson and Yes. The singer sounds like a cross between Al Stewart and Gordon Haskell from KC.
However this is not some tired retread, the music is fresh and interesting. If your a fan of old prog rock like me
(and I’m hard to please) this CD is well worth the time.
5.0 out of 5 stars Anything less than 5 Big Stars is a crime.,
This album, its just great. From start to finish I enjoyed it.
It starts off with “Darkest Dreams” which is about half an hour long and has some great moments especially at the start of the CD. It then moves on to the “Canturbury Sequence”, Canturbury is a style I had never listened to before, its a fusion of Jazz and Progressive Rock and its just brilliant how Roine and the rest of the crew pull it off. Then comes the 7 Minute single song, “Uphill From Here” With 2 different guitarists it makes this piece original and astoundingly enjoyable, the most fun track on this album! Then it finishes off nicely with the “Music That Died Alone”.
Personally I hope this music never dies! Its great! If you like Flower Kings, Roine Stolt or are a fan of Progressive Rock in general, don’t wait! Go for it today!