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Crossover Prog

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4 stars The new Arnioe album "The Teen Years" is a high quality production from multi instrumentalist Aron Scharfegger dedicated to his favourite albums. This is in fact a tribute to all of his favourite artists and the albums that began his record collection when vinyl was king. In the liner notes Aron explains "there was this fantastic record store located beneath the main central railway station where you could choose an album then go and listen to it on one of the 20 listening booths". As a teen Aron spent hours listening and he invites us to embark on a journey back through time reliving his teenage years in Prog. Here is an affectionate look back at some of the greatest progressive rock artists in history.

It begins with the infamous Uriah Heep and their album LOOK AT YOURSELF. As you listen to this song you will no doubt recognise the Uriah Heep trademark sound and like all these tracks, features some of the actual melodies from that album.

Next up is a tribute to The Who with their album WHO'S NEXT. The Who was Aron's first ever rock concert. Again the instrumentation is similar to what you might expect when listening to this band and it's a delight when Behind Blue Eyes chimes in.

Next is a tribute to Black Sabbath's PARANOID with some quirky passages of non metal until we hear the familiar verse from the original. Surprisingly sounds low key for a Sabbath.

A tribute to Pink Floyd's MEDDLE follows and even features some moments from Echoes with sonar bleeps and the affectionate guitar work dedicated to the brilliance of Dave Gilmour.

Deep Purple's MADE IN JAPAN is next and even features THAT riff that we all know and which all guitarists tried to mimic. The Ritchie Blackmore style is evident and there is that unmistakable sound of the powerhouse Hammond. This is definitely one of the highlights on this album but I was really taken with the next track.

Jethro Tull's AQUALUNG is simply one of the quintessential classics and this is a grandiose tribute. As one might expect it is replete with glorious flute and weird time changes in that inevitable Jethro Tull style. A wonderful track with some cool riffs. The flute is played by Adam Pume and other guests include Liz Sisales, on Cello and Viola, all real treasures on this album augmenting the sound and overall enjoyment.

The final cut is dedicated to Yes, my favourites, and it's CLOSE TO THE EDGE. Ah paradise! This is definitely one of the greatest albums of all time and the track on this album clocking in at eight minutes and 20 seconds is a definitive highlight. The liner notes explain once again "I was drawn to this album by the cover art work, the fadeout green and that brilliant Yes logo. It was in the new release rack so I had to have a listen. From the first few unusual bird sounds and into this totally different song structure, I was mesmerised". You are not alone Aron!

In conclusion, these original tracks that pay tribute to these great prog artists culminates in one of the most affectionate journeys back through prog history that I've heard in a long time. Aron does not attempt to copy any of these artists, for indeed that would be futile, rather he enjoys paying reverent homage to the sounds and the atmospherics of these wonderful bands. Check out "The Teen Years" for yourself and embark on this journey through progressive rock history.

AtomicCrimsonRush | 4/5 |


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