\"The Friends of Mr. Cairo\" is their 2nd collaboration, released 2 years after their first one, in 1981. I have to say that as far as both artist's solo albums, this one has aged quite well. Being as both artists at the time were trying to fit into the new decade at the time, they did so without selling out. In this album, we tend to move away a bit from the experimental feel of the first album \"Short Stories\" and they work on making this one a bit more accessible, yet they don't compromise in the quality of their output and ingenuity. The album, for the most part, is more of a homage to old classic cinema, especially evident in the title track, where snippets from films are edited into the music, and done so with class. Vangelis and Anderson both incorporate snippets of themes from a few of the classics along the way, yet they do it without making it feel like they are stealing from the soundtracks while they incorporate the music so that it flows well together. This track, which surpasses 12 minutes, never gets old or stale and, in fact, seems to be divided into two (or maybe more) sections. The talents of both artists really fit together quite well, better, in fact, than their 3rd collaboration \"Private Collection\". This also helps to elevate this track, and the entire album for that matter. The 2nd track \"Back to School\" ends up being a little corny and just a bit too happy, but the beat is nice and might even make you tap your foot, just a little bit. But \"Outside of This (Inside of That)\" comes off a bit more naturally to the pair making up for that somewhat childish track.The 2nd side of the original version of the album starts with \"State of Independence\", which was later covered by Donna Summers and, a decade later, a band called \"Moodswings\" with Chrissie Hynde on vocals, which is where I first became familiar with it. I was a big fan of that version, and when I finally heard this earlier version, I was impressed that the song was written by Vangelis and Anderson. It's a beautiful song and both versions are quite acceptable, yet quite different from each other in their own ways with only the melody being the constant between the two. \"Beside\" is a shorter track, one that really doesn't stand out much for me. The final track is more cinematic and progressive sounding with complex melodies and lyrics from Anderson and with Vangelis' cinematic flair, both of which work very well together and close the album quite impressively. Overall, this is a very good album. It's biggest fallback is that it isn't necessarily the most progressive work of either artist, but it is, in my opinion, one that I would still place among my progressive albums. I have always loved the sounds of Vangelis and own almost all of his albums. The same can be said of Yes and Jon Anderson, but many of Anderson and Vangelis' solo albums can be pretty bad, while others are stellar. I place this one in with the best of both artist's works. I can easily give it 4 stars, and about half of the album could be considered progressive, but mostly in a lighter sense of the style. It's definitely not deserving of 3 stars, so I don't feel bad rating at 4, even with the cringe-worthy \"Back to School\". It is the best of their collaborations. social review comments Review PermalinkPosted Saturday, October 31, 2020 Review this album Report (Review #2461906)
I would include a record of all the animals that had appeared in earth, since the smallest organism. And, also pictures of how the first animals began evolving from a single cell organism to the dinousaurs to mamals to us. My brother says if you can include a picture of the tallest mountain, the deepest ocean,the biggest dessert and the most beautiful forest in the world.
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You may have to wait until the end of September for Closing Ice, the new album by electronic adventurer Senking, but trust me when I urge you to pre-order it now. Anyone who likes their electronic music deep, dark, bass-fuelled and sexy should be drooling in expectation as we speak. Not since Heavy Traffic by Witchman, or the excellent My Demons by Distance have I experienced an album with such beautifully scuzzed-up bass. Containing nine mid-paced, yet huge tracks that never once give in to the urge to descend into pointless brutality, Closing Ice is one of the most thrilling things you will hear all year. Throughout the record Senking utilizes the best elements of techno, ambient, jungle and breaks to create something refreshing and new. Tracks like Serpent, Grolar, Lighthouse Hustle and Hitchhiker Perspective prowl around the listener with evil intent, brimming with a sense of pent up anger and righteous rage. Body music for getting lost on the dark side, this simply must be heard. 10/10. 781b155fdc