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« Reply #2775 on: Mar 28th, 2008, 11:15am »

I just found a VERY positive review of Adam and Eve on-line.

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In the liner notes Roine says A special gratitude goes to Joni Mithell and her masterpiece Travelogue that inspired me tremendously during late sleepless morning hours during this recording,no music has touched me so profoundly in 30 years!!! There is also a picture in the liner notes of the ocean with the words We are stardust,we are golden and we got to get ourselves back to garden Joni Mitchell 1969 on it. Well after my favourite FLOWER KING album Unfold The Future comes this one Adam & Eve. Hasse is given a greater role vocally on this one and Daniel Gildenlow who debut on Unfold The Future is also given a greater vocal role singing lead on two tracks.This is an album that for me is easy to like.It's accessible with lots of mellotron and organ.And tszirmay's favourite bass player is huge on this one.I mean he's all over it with major deep bass grooves.Certainly this is far,far less jazzy than their previous one but they also throw some curves with A Vampires View and Adam & Eve.I don't know, but i found this very uplifting and refreshing for the most part and it is near the top of my favourite FLOWER KING's album list. Love Supreme has a unique sounding intro before Jonas delivers some heavy bass lines the rest of the way.Cool sounding guitar 4 minutes in followed by mellotron.A nice uplifting section 7 minutes in and the drum/guitar section 9 minutes in is outstanding.Roine sings after 12 minutes and then delivers some soaring and scorching guitar melodies after 16 minues.Fantastic tune! Cosmic Circus is about uplifting as a FLOWER KING song can get.The bass and drums simply shine.The mellotron is a nice touch. Babylon is a GENESIS-flavoured instrumental thanks mainly to Bodin.The synths,mellotron and Roine's Hackett inspired opening guitar is priceless.One of my favourite tracks. A Vampires View features Gildenow on vocals and he gets quite theatrical on this one.Almost speaking the words.A full sound arrives 2 minutes in as Daniel sings bringing PAIN OF SALVATION to mind right away.The contrast continues.It gets nice and heavy after 7 minutes as organ and drums dominate as the bass throbs. Days Gone By is a very short piano driven tune with an outburst of crazy vocals. Adam & Eve again features Gildenow on vocals.This is the heaviest song on here.It opens with mellotron and piano before it becomes bombastic quickly including heavy slabs of bass.The vocals are great.Scorching guitar comes and goes.Organ before 3 minutes as an incredible instrumental section follows.Amazing passage that ends with a calm.A great finish to this one as well. Starlight Man features Roine on vocals and it opens with guitar as light drums and bass lead the way. Timelines is another favourite of mine.It opens much like an ANEKDOTEN song with plenty of bass and drums.Very aggressive before it settles down a minute in when the vocals and strummed guitar arrive.The mellotron is very ANEKDOTEN-like as well and it sounds awesome.It comes and goes.A nice long,relaxing instrumental section ends 5 minutes in as vocals return.It takes off again 6 1/2 minutes in. Drivers Seat is classic FLOWER KINGS.A feel good track that lasts almost 19 minutes.I love the bass as the guitar plays on.Vocals 2 1/2 minutes in.It then gets jazzy before some sizzling guitar takes the spotlight.Roine's on voclas 6 minutes in.Odd-metered drumming and some ripping guitar after 8 minutes that goes on and on.Nice.The song stops 11 minutes in and then rebuilds to a full sound 12 1/2 minutes in.A wondrous section 2 minutes later followed a minute after that by the guitar/bass melody from earlier.What a ride! The Blade Of Cain might be my favourite song of all.It has this uplifting,heavenly sound that is quite spacey.The guitar that follows is so beautiful.The waves of sound really bring IONA to mind.I just get lost in this wonderful track.Words are sung and shouted with emotiona nd passion late,like love supreme the master's hand and love! The perfect way to end this very inspiring album. 4.5 stars and an unexpected surprise for me.
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« Reply #2776 on: Mar 28th, 2008, 11:54am »

TFK Factoid: Roine Stolt named his two sons Peter Gabriel and Johan Sebastian after two of his musical mentors smiley
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on Mar 28th, 2008, 11:54am, CountingOutTime wrote:
TFK Factoid: Roine Stolt named his two sons Peter Gabriel and Johan Sebastian after two of his musical mentors smiley


Yes, this is very true. However, I can't quite remember the role Johan Sebastian played in Genesis - was he their first drummer? Or am I Baching up the wrong tree?
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on Mar 28th, 2008, 11:15am, Nov wrote:
I just found a VERY positive review of Adam and Eve on-line.

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Adam & Eve by THE FLOWER KINGS

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In the liner notes Roine says A special gratitude goes to Joni Mithell and her masterpiece Travelogue that inspired me tremendously during late sleepless morning hours during this recording,no music has touched me so profoundly in 30 years!!! There is also a picture in the liner notes of the ocean with the words We are stardust,we are golden and we got to get ourselves back to garden Joni Mitchell 1969 on it. Well after my favourite FLOWER KING album Unfold The Future comes this one Adam & Eve. Hasse is given a greater role vocally on this one and Daniel Gildenlow who debut on Unfold The Future is also given a greater vocal role singing lead on two tracks.This is an album that for me is easy to like.It's accessible with lots of mellotron and organ.And tszirmay's favourite bass player is huge on this one.I mean he's all over it with major deep bass grooves.Certainly this is far,far less jazzy than their previous one but they also throw some curves with A Vampires View and Adam & Eve.I don't know, but i found this very uplifting and refreshing for the most part and it is near the top of my favourite FLOWER KING's album list. Love Supreme has a unique sounding intro before Jonas delivers some heavy bass lines the rest of the way.Cool sounding guitar 4 minutes in followed by mellotron.A nice uplifting section 7 minutes in and the drum/guitar section 9 minutes in is outstanding.Roine sings after 12 minutes and then delivers some soaring and scorching guitar melodies after 16 minues.Fantastic tune! Cosmic Circus is about uplifting as a FLOWER KING song can get.The bass and drums simply shine.The mellotron is a nice touch. Babylon is a GENESIS-flavoured instrumental thanks mainly to Bodin.The synths,mellotron and Roine's Hackett inspired opening guitar is priceless.One of my favourite tracks. A Vampires View features Gildenow on vocals and he gets quite theatrical on this one.Almost speaking the words.A full sound arrives 2 minutes in as Daniel sings bringing PAIN OF SALVATION to mind right away.The contrast continues.It gets nice and heavy after 7 minutes as organ and drums dominate as the bass throbs. Days Gone By is a very short piano driven tune with an outburst of crazy vocals. Adam & Eve again features Gildenow on vocals.This is the heaviest song on here.It opens with mellotron and piano before it becomes bombastic quickly including heavy slabs of bass.The vocals are great.Scorching guitar comes and goes.Organ before 3 minutes as an incredible instrumental section follows.Amazing passage that ends with a calm.A great finish to this one as well. Starlight Man features Roine on vocals and it opens with guitar as light drums and bass lead the way. Timelines is another favourite of mine.It opens much like an ANEKDOTEN song with plenty of bass and drums.Very aggressive before it settles down a minute in when the vocals and strummed guitar arrive.The mellotron is very ANEKDOTEN-like as well and it sounds awesome.It comes and goes.A nice long,relaxing instrumental section ends 5 minutes in as vocals return.It takes off again 6 1/2 minutes in. Drivers Seat is classic FLOWER KINGS.A feel good track that lasts almost 19 minutes.I love the bass as the guitar plays on.Vocals 2 1/2 minutes in.It then gets jazzy before some sizzling guitar takes the spotlight.Roine's on voclas 6 minutes in.Odd-metered drumming and some ripping guitar after 8 minutes that goes on and on.Nice.The song stops 11 minutes in and then rebuilds to a full sound 12 1/2 minutes in.A wondrous section 2 minutes later followed a minute after that by the guitar/bass melody from earlier.What a ride! The Blade Of Cain might be my favourite song of all.It has this uplifting,heavenly sound that is quite spacey.The guitar that follows is so beautiful.The waves of sound really bring IONA to mind.I just get lost in this wonderful track.Words are sung and shouted with emotiona nd passion late,like love supreme the master's hand and love! The perfect way to end this very inspiring album. 4.5 stars and an unexpected surprise for me.


Of course it was me - I'm the only person in the world who actually likes the album! grin
Seriously, it's nice to see another fan of the album.
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« Reply #2779 on: Mar 29th, 2008, 04:45am »

on Mar 28th, 2008, 11:15am, Nov wrote:
I just found a VERY positive review of Adam and Eve on-line.

Is this you in disguise Carl grin


Adam & Eve by THE FLOWER KINGS

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In the liner notes Roine says A special gratitude goes to Joni Mithell and her masterpiece Travelogue that inspired me tremendously during late sleepless morning hours during this recording,no music has touched me so profoundly in 30 years!!! There is also a picture in the liner notes of the ocean with the words We are stardust,we are golden and we got to get ourselves back to garden Joni Mitchell 1969 on it. Well after my favourite FLOWER KING album Unfold The Future comes this one Adam & Eve. Hasse is given a greater role vocally on this one and Daniel Gildenlow who debut on Unfold The Future is also given a greater vocal role singing lead on two tracks.This is an album that for me is easy to like.It's accessible with lots of mellotron and organ.And tszirmay's favourite bass player is huge on this one.I mean he's all over it with major deep bass grooves.Certainly this is far,far less jazzy than their previous one but they also throw some curves with A Vampires View and Adam & Eve.I don't know, but i found this very uplifting and refreshing for the most part and it is near the top of my favourite FLOWER KING's album list. Love Supreme has a unique sounding intro before Jonas delivers some heavy bass lines the rest of the way.Cool sounding guitar 4 minutes in followed by mellotron.A nice uplifting section 7 minutes in and the drum/guitar section 9 minutes in is outstanding.Roine sings after 12 minutes and then delivers some soaring and scorching guitar melodies after 16 minues.Fantastic tune! Cosmic Circus is about uplifting as a FLOWER KING song can get.The bass and drums simply shine.The mellotron is a nice touch. Babylon is a GENESIS-flavoured instrumental thanks mainly to Bodin.The synths,mellotron and Roine's Hackett inspired opening guitar is priceless.One of my favourite tracks. A Vampires View features Gildenow on vocals and he gets quite theatrical on this one.Almost speaking the words.A full sound arrives 2 minutes in as Daniel sings bringing PAIN OF SALVATION to mind right away.The contrast continues.It gets nice and heavy after 7 minutes as organ and drums dominate as the bass throbs. Days Gone By is a very short piano driven tune with an outburst of crazy vocals. Adam & Eve again features Gildenow on vocals.This is the heaviest song on here.It opens with mellotron and piano before it becomes bombastic quickly including heavy slabs of bass.The vocals are great.Scorching guitar comes and goes.Organ before 3 minutes as an incredible instrumental section follows.Amazing passage that ends with a calm.A great finish to this one as well. Starlight Man features Roine on vocals and it opens with guitar as light drums and bass lead the way. Timelines is another favourite of mine.It opens much like an ANEKDOTEN song with plenty of bass and drums.Very aggressive before it settles down a minute in when the vocals and strummed guitar arrive.The mellotron is very ANEKDOTEN-like as well and it sounds awesome.It comes and goes.A nice long,relaxing instrumental section ends 5 minutes in as vocals return.It takes off again 6 1/2 minutes in. Drivers Seat is classic FLOWER KINGS.A feel good track that lasts almost 19 minutes.I love the bass as the guitar plays on.Vocals 2 1/2 minutes in.It then gets jazzy before some sizzling guitar takes the spotlight.Roine's on voclas 6 minutes in.Odd-metered drumming and some ripping guitar after 8 minutes that goes on and on.Nice.The song stops 11 minutes in and then rebuilds to a full sound 12 1/2 minutes in.A wondrous section 2 minutes later followed a minute after that by the guitar/bass melody from earlier.What a ride! The Blade Of Cain might be my favourite song of all.It has this uplifting,heavenly sound that is quite spacey.The guitar that follows is so beautiful.The waves of sound really bring IONA to mind.I just get lost in this wonderful track.Words are sung and shouted with emotiona nd passion late,like love supreme the master's hand and love! The perfect way to end this very inspiring album. 4.5 stars and an unexpected surprise for me.


What a great review!...makes me want to buy the thing right now! smiley

Quite ironic really...I've been struggling with the connundrum of which TFK album to aquire next, all week long...

I so nearly chose Adam & Eve...but in the end went for The Rainmaker as reviewers say it is 'heavier' than usual TFK fare!

Ah well...now an easy choice for the next one cheesy
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What a great review!...makes me want to buy the thing right now! smiley

Quite ironic really...I've been struggling with the connundrum of which TFK album to aquire next, all week long...

I so nearly chose Adam & Eve...but in the end went for The Rainmaker as reviewers say it is 'heavier' than usual TFK fare!

Ah well...now an easy choice for the next one cheesy


You couldn't really go wrong whichever album you chose, Fraser. 'The Rainmaker' isn't really all that heavy. I think parts of 'Space Revolver' are a lot heavier really. 'The Rainmaker' is maybe the most straightforward FK album. The songs are more concise, on the whole, but still typically TFK. No major epics to speak of.
'Sword Of God' is probably the heaviest track on there. It's a rocker that Hasse sings magnificently.
Anyway, you've probably got your copy now, and are discovering for yourself just how good it is!
(It does boast my least favourite TFK cover though.) shocked
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(It does boast my least favourite TFK cover though.) shocked


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That's quite nice.......

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Is that the cover of the special edition Nov?
Mine doesn't have the rather attractive border round it.

Anyway, it's only my least fave cover when compared to their others. It's still decent enough of course...

Taking into account all the TFK covers, plus the covers from the solo projects, eg; Stolt, Bodin, Karmakanic, my overall least favourite cover would have to be Hydrophonia. Great album, very plain, uneventful cover.
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« Reply #2783 on: Mar 30th, 2008, 2:30pm »

Adam and Eve was a huge disappointment for me when I heard it and nothing much has changed. I have played it a couple more times and still think it is their weakest effort. After the wonderful Unfold the Future I was expecting something special but it just sounded like a rehash of ideas and the melodies were just not as strong. Some of the songs sounded like material that was not considered good enough for the other albums or perhaps a little rushed.
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on Mar 30th, 2008, 2:30pm, NedFlanders wrote:
Adam and Eve was a huge disappointment for me when I heard it and nothing much has changed. I have played it a couple more times and still think it is their weakest effort. After the wonderful Unfold the Future I was expecting something special but it just sounded like a rehash of ideas and the melodies were just not as strong. Some of the songs sounded like material that was not considered good enough for the other albums or perhaps a little rushed.


Each to their own, of course. I can appreciate that there are many out there who are never going to rate this album very highly. I still love it though. wink

Just finished playing Hydrophonia.
After mentioning it a couple of times this evening, I got the urge to dig it out and give it a spin.
A superb instrumental album, it sounded even better this time around. cheesy
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Each to their own, of course. I can appreciate that there are many out there who are never going to rate this album very highly. I still love it though. wink

Just finished playing Hydrophonia.
After mentioning it a couple of times this evening, I got the urge to dig it out and give it a spin.
A superb instrumental album, it sounded even better this time around. cheesy

I'm currently listening to "Wreck Of HMS Nemesis" which actually sounds like Camel at their absolute best wink


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Don't forget folks, it's April Fools day now, so don't go believing everything you read...especially if it's about Hasse going to India or Africa to teach....(sorry Nov!) grin

Played Transatlantic, SMPTe before. Sheer class.
Now playing Karmakanic, Wheel Of Life. Sheer class.
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Don't forget folks, it's April Fools day now, so don't go believing everything you read...especially if it's about Hasse going to India or Africa to teach....(sorry Nov!) grin

Oh crumbs, that was really embarrassing.

I believed it at first (despite the date) and felt the same crushing disappointment as when I heard that Neal Morse had left Spock's Beard huh

What an April fool I was rolleyes

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Never mind folks, we just have flying penguins today! grin
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on Mar 29th, 2008, 8:25pm, Chessman wrote:
You couldn't really go wrong whichever album you chose, Fraser. 'The Rainmaker' isn't really all that heavy. I think parts of 'Space Revolver' are a lot heavier really. 'The Rainmaker' is maybe the most straightforward FK album. The songs are more concise, on the whole, but still typically TFK. No major epics to speak of.
'Sword Of God' is probably the heaviest track on there. It's a rocker that Hasse sings magnificently.
Anyway, you've probably got your copy now, and are discovering for yourself just how good it is!
(It does boast my least favourite TFK cover though.) shocked


Just having my very first listen to Rainmaker right now as it happens Carl. smiley
Was out of the office all day yesterday so only picked it up this morning and have not had the opportunity to play it until now.
The kids are in bed, Mrs Fad is at work and everything is done & organised.
So my reward is total peace for a couple of hours and a rare oportunity to have the first listen of an album without having to do something else at the same time!!...(have only just realised how rare that is!)

...ahh! - BLISS !... cool
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