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ALASKA

Symphonic Prog • United States


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This duo from Scranton Pennsylvania is formed by Al Lewis (Vocals, Drums, Percusion & Guitars) and John O'Hara in the keyboards, the first question you ask yourself when looking at the band's photo is ¿What's Jon Anderson doing behind the drums with Geddy Lee in the keyboards
The two musicians met in 1997 when playing in a cover band and decided to form a band, choosing the name was easy because both loved the UK song ALASKA, so without quitting their day jobs (Al is a constructor and John is a musical engineer) they recorded some songs and started to tour, according to O'Hara on an interview given for Stormbringer Webzine - http://www.stormbringerwebzine.co.uk/Interviews/AlaskaInterview.html - said they had a rough time because the Scranton audience likes cover bands and in one occasion they were asked during a gig to play "Macarena" and "YMCA".

Scranton's scenario according to Al is active for top 40, dance music and rock & roll, the public placed a lot of pressure on them for not having the decency playing music which the people has grown with it and love, but they insisted in their task and were invited to several Festivals like Progday, Near Fest and some outside USA, so in a few months they were able to release their debut (And only release until now) just called ALASKA with a cover incredibly similar to the ASIA logo..

The album is very solid, not outstanding but keeps getting better as the songs advance, the general atmosphere is like Tormato meets Trilogy with a touch of hard Rock, for this album the band counted with eight guest musicians including such instruments as bassoon, violins, viola, flute and oboe, with which they create a coherent orchestral and Symphonic sound.

According to the website, the duo is almost ready to release their second album which they promised will be stronger, but the news are not very encouraging because Al Lewis has been recruited by Starcastle, so probably we will not be listening their new material very soon.

ALASKA is not original or innovative, they just stick to the 70's Symphonic formula, but their sound is brilliant and bombastic so it's worth to give them a chance, I'm sure their debut album won't disappoint Symphonic followers.

Iván Melgar Morey - Perú

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ESCORTS (70'S GROUP) Disrespect Can Wreck 7" VINYL UK Alaska 1974 Demo Solid USD $6.50 Buy It Now 36m 58s
CAROL CROSBIE Would I Be Happy Loving You 7" VINYL UK Alaska 1975 Demo B/W What USD $6.50 Buy It Now 36m 59s
BOOKHAM AND RISKETT We Got A Love 7" VINYL UK Alaska 1975 B/W Bam A Lam A USD $6.50 Buy It Now 37m 5s
ERASMUS I Don't Want Our Loving To Die 7" VINYL UK Alaska 1974 B/W That Is Why USD $6.50 Buy It Now 54m 17s
SKIP JACKSON Greatest Star Of All 7" VINYL UK Alaska 1977 B/W Kent In Kentucky USD $4.09 Buy It Now 54m 21s
COLOURS (70'S ARTIST) He's In Town 7" VINYL UK Alaska 1973 Demo B/W Greasers USD $6.50 Buy It Now 54m 22s
BOOKHAM AND RISKETT We Got A Love 7" VINYL UK Alaska 1975 Demo B/W Bam A Lam A USD $6.50 Buy It Now 54m 24s
CYCLES Nevada Style 7" VINYL UK Alaska 1973 B/w It's A Beautiful Sunday Morning USD $6.50 Buy It Now 54m 27s
CAROL CROSBIE Would I Be Happy Loving You 7" VINYL UK Alaska 1975 B/W What Can USD $6.50 Buy It Now 54m 29s
JOHNNY HORTON North To Alaska 7" VINYL UK Philips 1960 Three Prong Label Design USD $5.46 Buy It Now 55m 9s
MAGIC Oo Pa Pa Doo 7" VINYL UK Alaska 1974 B/W First Love (Ala1007) USD $4.09 Buy It Now 55m 47s
EL GRAN COMBO IN ALASKA - BREAKING THE ICE - LP VINYL SALSA USD $9.99 Buy It Now 58m 33s
HARMONY BLEND Blue City 7" VINYL UK Alaska 1978 B/W Way I Feel (Ala2016) USD $6.50 Buy It Now 1h 21m
SCARLET JADE You And Me 7" VINYL UK Alaska 1975 Demo B/W The Wishing Well USD $4.09 Buy It Now 1h 21m
ALASKA J Pop Idiots CD UK London 2000 3 Track With Info Stickered Case USD $5.46 Buy It Now 2h 11m
JEFFERSON Last Bus Home 7" VINYL UK Alaska 1975 Demo B/W Baby You Got USD $6.50 Buy It Now 2h 14m
BRIAN KEITH'S CREATION Memories Of You 7" VINYL UK Alaska 1976 Solid Centre USD $4.09 Buy It Now 2h 15m
JOY SARNEY Naughty Naughty Naughty 7" VINYL UK Alaska 1977 Solid Label Design USD $4.09 Buy It Now 2h 15m
ESCORTS (70'S GROUP) Disrespect Can Wreck 7" VINYL UK Alaska 1974 Demo USD $6.50 Buy It Now 2h 15m
JEFFERSON Workin' My Way Back To You 7" VINYL UK Alaska Demo B/w Baby You've USD $6.50 Buy It Now 2h 15m
JOANNE WILLIAMS Jack Of All Trades 7" VINYL UK Alaska 1975 Demo B/w Can't We USD $6.50 Buy It Now 2h 15m
SLOANE Josephine 7" VINYL UK Alaska 1973 Demo With Promo Flyer Insertb/W USD $14.33 Buy It Now 2h 15m
VELVET LOVE Symphony Of Dreams 7" VINYL UK Alaska 1975 B/W Ridin High (Ala1010) USD $6.50 Buy It Now 2h 15m
RONNIE BARKER Pismonunciation 7" VINYL UK Alaska 1971 B/W The Vicar Of St Cain USD $8.84 Buy It Now 2h 15m
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BRIAN KEITH'S CREATION Memories Of You 7" VINYL UK Alaska 1976 Four Prong USD $5.46 Buy It Now 2h 15m
ESCORTS/R.R'S Disrespect Can Wreck 7" VINYL UK Alaska 1974 Split Release USD $4.09 Buy It Now 2h 15m
CHANCE (70'S GROUP) Wash My Mem'ries 7" VINYL UK Alaska 1973 B/W Gonna Make It USD $12.95 Buy It Now 2h 15m
JOHN SCHROEDER ORCHESTRA All Night 7" VINYL UK Alaska 1975 Demo USD $6.50 Buy It Now 2h 16m
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Joy Barney - Naughty Naughty Naughty - 1977 UK - Alaska - ALA 2005 USD $6.45 Buy It Now 2 days
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2.57 | 19 ratings
Alaska
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 Alaska by ALASKA album cover Studio Album, 1998
2.57 | 19 ratings

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Alaska Symphonic Prog

Review by toroddfuglesteg

2 stars Good band name; bad music.

The references to YES and STARCASTLE is very evident. The album is keyboards driven to the extreme. Pompeous keyboards, that is. Some tasty guitars are included too, but keyboards is the main instrument here. The sound is also very American with clear references to film music, New Age and AOR music. ALASKA may be up in the north on the map, but music wise this music is in the middle of USA with it's pomp AOR songs. Symphonic prog ? Sort off..... But more of the sterile sort and not the madcap ELP sort of symphonic prog. I find no similarities between ELP and ALASKA.

The music on this album is pretty generic and boring. No elements of surprises. Just a run through a very familiar territory. A couple of half decent songs is the only saving grace here. That's all I want to say. This is not my cup of tea.

2 stars

 Alaska by ALASKA album cover Studio Album, 1998
2.57 | 19 ratings

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Alaska
Alaska Symphonic Prog

Review by b_olariu
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3 stars Alaska is a band that incorporates in their music sounds and symphonic elements from Yes and Starcastle. Al Lewis is the voice and drumer of Starcastle so it's clear that this band is influenced by them. This is symphonic music with very nice passages, nice keyboard works through the album, but sometimes i think is to mellow. Anyway good effort by the band, some strong compositions are Museum Dreams ( great vocal harmonies) and the longest track from here Tiananman Square. All in all 3 stars album for me, still to some of you is a copy of Yes and Starcastle but to me is a good symphonic album that has some highlights here and there. Pleasent most of the time, good but non essential, for fans who listen Yes, Starcastle, Legacy.
 Alaska by ALASKA album cover Studio Album, 1998
2.57 | 19 ratings

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Alaska Symphonic Prog

Review by cmidkiff

1 stars To me this does't sound like Yes or Tormato at all (See band biography). Tormato has loads of guitar and bass driving it. Alaska has almost no guitar and very weak drums and bass. The vocalist sounds like he is singing out of his range and even flat at times. Keyboards are what dominate this album and pretty much define the sound. The closest they get to Tormato might be "Circus of Heaven"
 Alaska by ALASKA album cover Studio Album, 1998
2.57 | 19 ratings

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Alaska Symphonic Prog

Review by PROGCOM

3 stars The good news is that these musicians have made a credible effort to revisit the true spirit of Yes. They lay out some really interesting parts. Especially the longer epic songs climb to some degree of majesty. The politically relevant Tienanman Square is an astounding piece of labour. Its development of themes and melodies really sets an example. Too bad the production of the whole record is too clean, since this is a typical studio project. It lacks sharpness in performance.
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