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Erik Norlander - Hommage Symphonique CD (album) cover

HOMMAGE SYMPHONIQUE

Erik Norlander

 

Neo-Prog

3.05 | 24 ratings

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SouthSideoftheSky
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Symphonic Team
2 stars A cover album

As implied by the title, Hommage Symphonique is a tribute to Norlander's musical influences. It contains eight cover versions, most of which are all-time classics of progressive Rock. Most of the giants of Prog are represented including songs by Yes, Emerson Lake & Palmer, Jethro Tull, and King Crimson.

The disc opens with Procol Harum's Conquistador. The lead vocals are ably handled by Kelly Keeling throughout the whole album. It continues with Rick Wakeman's Lancelot And The Black Knight, Yes' Turn Of The Century, Emerson Lake & Palmer's Pirates, Jethro Tull's Clasp, Electric Light Orchestra's Ocean Breakup / King Of The Universe. The only tune that I was not previously familiar with is Children Of Sanchez Overture originally by Chuck Mangione. The disc ends with King Crimson's Starless.

All of the covers are well-made, though as usual with covers, I prefer the original versions. Norlander is an amazing keyboard player and producer. He is great composer himself as well, so there wasn't really any need for him to record other people's material.

I can recommend this for fans only

SouthSideoftheSky | 2/5 |

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