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2LP Vinyl release from the CD album. Willowglass came into being in / 04 as a personal project by multi-instrumentalist Andrew Marshall to produce. Wow, this product is SO mid's Genesis and Hackett, it's not even funny. BUT, if you like mid's Hackett and Genesis, and you don't mind that it's not actually. Sea of Tranquility Review: 'Willowglass: Book of Hours' - Sea of Tranquility - Music for the New Intellectual!.
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Brainticket - Cottonwood Hill remastered. Marbin - Last Chapter Of Dreaming. Metheny, Pat - Tap: The Book Of Angels, Volume Very, very good and completely retro-style symphonic progressive rock. Willowglass is Andrew Marshall on electric, acoustic, string and classical guitars, analog keyboards yes, Virginia, including lots and lots of mellotron , bass and bass pedals, flute and recorders with Dave Brightman on drums.
This instrumental album's sound is in the vein of English classic symphonic rock with pastoral highlights, aiming somewhere between early Genesis especially think Trespass and Nursery Crime and early Camel. It isn't anything you haven't heard before, but it's also something that you rarely have heard done this well in the last 30 years.
Conditionally highly recommended.
The music is all instrumental and very much in the vein of Happy the Man. Complex interplay of instruments acoustic and electric guitar, drums, bass, synth dominated by synth on most cuts, upbeat and cheerful sounding generally. Tracks range from intimate to grand in scale.
It ends with an eerie calm. Back to the acoustic guitar 6 minutes in. Mellotron before a minute followed by guitar and drums. Great sound. The mellotron returns and then synths and drums take over.
Check out the organ and mellotron 8 minutes in. Drums and chunky bass join in as well. Acoustic guitar after 12 minutes as mellotron and drums join in.
Incredible soundscape to end it. I think when I heard about this album originally I was thinking it would be really pastoral and maybe a little boring. Well I was so wrong. Sure it has some beautiful pastoral moments, but this is anything but boring. Andrew is a very talented man both in playing the instruments and also composing the music.
Well done! First, give a guy a chance. When I see the label 'Independant', my heart swells with empathy.
This is all home made? Get outta here! Oh really? Wow, wow and triple wow. This sounds just fantastic, so full and rich! For instance, it's a lot better than Genesis' Wind and Wuthering, although they modestly share the same recipe: Although the main theme is Don Quichotte and his faithful Sancho, it brings to my mind much more Bilbo images than anything else, so fans take notice! It's fun to catch some bands that succeed grabbing the feel of an old instrumental classic, and with this one it's a treat.
Simply, this record got my vote for 'out-of-nowhere-but-high-quality' material for Deserves a definite chunk of your attention. Oh by the way, called, he wants his sound back! Trouble is, after a while you begin to lament the absence of vocals. I can imagine scoring this a star higher for good vocals and lyrics: To my mind this artist really ought to be a member of a band.
What a fabulous contribution to the world of prog he could make surrounded by a few talented bandmates! Nevertheless, this is a worthwhile if unadventurous album, especially impressive coming from an independent. Eponymous track or track with same name, self-titled track, Any Namour I mean Name You Want with oh, by the way, what exactly willowglass is? When I first searched for info about this music, I typed "willowgrass", not knowing that it actually means something is pleasant tune.
Not much more to be said, reminds me first album. Due to this, no more words needed. Rest of tracks goes on with as a little bit disappointment for me, because I've expected too much. It's better than first one, but still can't reach my masterpiece's heights.
I though that I'll be able to, I even wanted, but, what can I do. Recommended for every mellotron lover. The music is totally instrumental and has many wonderful passages, with great Hackett-like guitars, lots of choir-mellotrons and other vintage keyboards, fine flute and even some recorders that sound like those of Gentle Giant here and there. His performances on all instruments also improved as he seems to be more confortable and familiar with the studio techniques.
He is really an one man band! Along with Trion and Odyssice, Willowglass is one of the most interesting instrumental prog acts of the new millenium.
I really hope they keep pouring CDs like these. Book of Hours deserves a full four star rating. Early reviews in Progarchives were almost invariably positive the familiar spectre of "vintage keyboard heaven" was raised so I decided to give BOOK OF HOURS a try, and while it's an immediately likeable album, I found it's perhaps not the "contemporary prog classic" some people seem to take it for.
I find it hard to put my finger on the problem since the album sounds very clean and professional.
Similar problems plague most of the other longer tracks. If this had been a band playing, each and every soloist would probably have given their best while trying to outclass the others. Since Andrew Marshall is master of all he surveys, there's insufficient tension in the music. Quite a few of Mike Oldfield's albums suffer from the same problem.
I also agree with earlier reviewers that the absence of vocals is a disadvantage. Marshall is a highly gifted arranger but not a virtuoso of the calibre of, say, Steve Hackett, so you keep waiting for dramatic things to happen.
A powerful singer could have made quite a difference. Nevertheless, there is a lot to enjoy. On "The Maythorne Cross", for example, Marshall plays solos on bass guitar, flute and churchy Hammond organ, and he tops it all by performing the most dramatic lead guitar solo on the entire album. This is undeniably impressive, and it makes you hope he will one day record a true masterpiece.