Pentwater - Out of the abyss (1978) [Reissue 1992)
EAC Rip | FLAC (image & cue & log) | 252 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps | 101 MB | Scans | 61:22
Genre: Prog Rock / Eclectic Prog / | Country: USA | Label: Syn-phonic | SYNCD 7
Not a proper album, more of a collection of rare live recordings and previously unreleased demos from the band's past. That said, it's surprisingly good. Like most American prog obscurities of the 70's, not a lot of originality, but these guys do blend their influences a lot better than most. Gentle Giant and Focus seem most in evidence here. At times, this seems almost like Spock's Beard in embryo, but without the sappy, clichéd or AOR-ish touches that make them so unpalatable to the "old school" proggers.
Stylistically, this is all over the map, with lush symphonic numbers, jazzy-tinged tunes, Gentle Giant-like contrapuntal vocal pieces and jam-oriented music. The sound quality likewise varies from tune to tune, further divorcing this from any sort of continuity. But the musicianship is of a high caliber, the individual tracks are strong and there's enough variety to ensure that even those suffering from ADD will never be bored. A vast array of classic keys are used, as well as a mess of other instruments like violin, flute and theremin. Diverse and interesting.
1. Em 54 (7:59)
2. Take (2:45)
3. Cause and Effects (6:36)
4. Necropolis (6:12)
5. Billboard Smiles (6:49)
6. Gwen's Madrigal (The Violation Version) (8:05)
7. The Journeys (8:37)
8. Oceans (8:37)
9. Kill the Bunny (5:42)