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Anekdoten - Chapters (2009) Retail CD
When Robert Fripp disbanded King Crimson after recording "Red", drummer Bill Bruford was left dismayed as he felt the band had plenty more to say. Anekdoten proves he was right. Using "Red" as their basic template, Anekdoton over the course of 5 albums have built up their own blend of darkly brooding progressive rock. Each subsequent album sees them refining their sound. In fact the trademark, metallic angular guitars, crunching muscular bass and lashings of mellotron which were the trademark sound of "Red" and early Anekdoten albums such as "Vemod" and "Nucleus" have somewhat given way to a lightermore…, more melodic touch on latter albums such as 2007's "A Time Of Day".
This 2CD compilation showcases the journey which the Swedish band have made over the course of 5 studio albums. Those albums were released independently, but enabled the band to build up a strong following within the prog community and particularly in countries like Japan. Now signed to K Scope, hopefully the wider exposure should open up their sound to a much wider audience. They deserve it as any track here ably demonstrates. The music is melancholic, but it is beautiful. With two mellotron players in leader Nicklas Barker and Anna Sofi Dahlberg, the sweeping symphonic tones of that instrument deeply permeate each track. Latter albums have featured farfisa organ, rhodes pianos and even moog synthesiser, but the key instrument throughout is the mellotron and they play it so well!
Some personal favourites are featured in the selections, like "Ricochet", "Wheel", "Groundbound" and the truly sensational "Gravity". For the collector, the long sought after "Sad Rain" is included, as well as a couple of unreleased tracks, including the beautifully wistful "When I Turn" and some demo versions of album tracks. This is an outstanding package, all tracks nicely remastered and suitably presented in a lavish digipak. For those in the know, Anekdoten have for many years been regarded as one of the prime movers in modern progressive rock. They deserve much wider recognition. This compilation should do that!
|4||In for a Ride|
|5||War Is Over|
|7||Sky About to Rain|
|8||Every Step I Take|
|11||When I Turn [#]|
|3||Old Man & The Sea|
|5||Book of Hours|
|6||This Far from the Sky|
|8||Prince of the Ocean|
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