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Beggars Opera


Symphonic Prog

3.65 | 186 ratings

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5 stars The reason I am giving this album 5 stars is for the excellent musicianship, and a far- reaching vision. Think about it: in 1970, when even Genesis were still finding their feet, and ELP has yet to unfold their wings, these guys had the prog sound dead on target. This is what prog rock is all about: tight intergration of classical music and rock, and a healthy dose of off-the wall humour. Break-neck organ and guitar passages, atmospheric interludes, unusual time-signatures, memorable themes, symphonic structure, quotes from classical compositions, these are all the things that make progressive rock what it is, and these guys got it all, at the time when the Beatles were still around! Of course the record has some glitches, like poor production and recording quality, but they can be overlooked when one considers that this music is well put together, and is at least three years ahead of it's time. in 1973, you could say - yeah, I've heard it all before. In 1970, you would say, wow! what the heck is THIS? Pure progressive rock like this probably did not even have a name back then! Great early prog at it's best.
EMinkovitch | 5/5 |


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