Dead Ernest’s
January 2005 by Andy G.
First take the timeless introduction to Genesis' 'Watcher Of The Skies', then prepare the bits of first two albums-era Greenslade minus the vocals, add to that the moog solos from ELP's 'Pictures At An Exhibition" and Tony Banks-style mellotrons, mix well then layer with Mainhorse-style organ. Add to that an electric bass somewhere between Magma and Stanley Clarke - and plenty of it, no mamby pamby portions - then top with drum work that could have come off any great seventies fusion album - "et voila" - an opening instrumental prog track lasting 7.36 that you will enjoy so much you'll want to make it again and again and again. I actually played it three times before even starting on the rest of the album - it's THAT hot.

This is an instrumental prog-rock album from an electric bassist who writes all the compositions, a drummer and two musicians, each on synthesizers and keyboards. Four further tracks from 6 to 14 minutes long, form the rest of a concept album based around outer space and old sci-fi films, but, musically, it's like a progressive stick of rock with the word "seventies" running right through. For prog-rock fans who crave that style and want nothing more than tons of synths, organ and mellotron work in that classic, timeless vein, this album is a dream come true. The bass work is also quite phenomenal, while the drums have been produced to sound solid, crisp and crunchy. But it's the wailing moog solos, the anthemic seventies style synth sounds, the organ work and the mellotron heaven that takes center stage as the two synth/keys players really spark, duel and shine. Of its kind, and even with influences as strong as this, it retains an originality, is absolutely timeless and one of the best instrumental keys/synths-based prog albums you'll hear.

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