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Alan Simon - Excalibur IV: The Dark Age of the Dragon (2017)

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Alan Simon - Excalibur IV: The Dark Age of the Dragon (2017)

Alan Simon - Excalibur IV: The Dark Age of the Dragon (2017)
EAC Rip | FLAC (image+.cue, log) ~ 524.35 Mb + 66.05 Mb (Scans) | 01:13:04
Folk Rock / Celtic | Country: UK | Label: Babaïka Productions - EXCAL-4-CD

The first reference I saw to Alan Simon was the credit on Sonja Kristina’s recent anthology – it’s the track that’s also included here called ‘The Passion’. Then an Alan Simon compilation arrives to add to the stack of promos. So where does he come from?

In truth for nearly 25 years, Simon has peddled a strain of Gallic prog, mostly evidenced in the Excalibur series of which this is the latest development. He’s also collaborated with the likes of Roger Hodgson (Supertramp) although remaining an essentially Franco phenomena.

Excalibur IV is an ambitious project which brings together – virtually – a cluster of “name” musicians to add credibility. So we get John Helliwell (Supertramp) on saxes, Martin Barre on guitar whilst Michael Sadler (Saga), Bernie Shaw (Uriah Heep) and Moya Brennan (Clannad) add vocals on various tracks. Tull/Barre fans should be warned, though, that Martin doesn’t let rip and his contribution should be viewed as supportive rather than centre stage. Even on a couple of excellent instrumentals.

There is a gentle Celtic theme underpinning the project as you might expect and reinforced by the presence of both Brennan and the legend and fellow countryman that is Alan Stivell.

Musically, it is very well executed and beautifully orchestrated. Stylistically, the widescreen prog proportions of Alan Parsons comes to mind and tracks like ‘Don’t Be Afraid’ sung by Roberto Tiranti (ex-Labyrinth) and the two Moya Brennan pieces are strong enough when taken out of context. I shall now treat that compilation, hidden in the stack of promos, with more respect and anticipation. ~ Review by David Randall

Track List:
1 The Wings Of The Dragon
2 Alone
3 Stonehenge
4 I'm Not The Only One
5 Calling For You
6 Don't Be Afraid
7 Silver Moon
8 Dreamers
9 The Last Lament Of A Fairy
10 The New Times
11 Forget Your Sorrow
12 The Fifth Season
13 The Passion
14 I Will Be Forever
15 Behind The Mist
16 You Don't Know
17 You Are The Sunshine
18 There Is Someone
19 Dun Angus II

Alan Simon - Excalibur IV: The Dark Age of the Dragon (2017)

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