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« Thread started on: Jan 14th, 2016, 10:34am »

Ant released at least two collaborative albums with Harry Williamson: Gypsy Suite and Tarka.

I don't have either of them.
Admittedly, I have reservations whenever I see an artist I like collaborating with someone I don't know.

To those who are familiar with one or both of these albums, what do you think of them? How do they rate compared to the rest of Ant's output?

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« Reply #1 on: Jan 14th, 2016, 10:52am »

To adapt some comments I made in an earlier thread:

I wouldn't say GYPSY SUITE is one of Ant's strongest works, but I like it a lot. My mind boggles at imagining the logistics of having two guys (Ant & Harry) play so closely together on such a long, complex piece. (I know it's divided into four parts, but that's not nearly enough to make the piece seem "manageable.")

The TARKA demos in the second half aren't huge on sound quality, and some of the stuff near the beginning goes nowhere. But I think the "Streams River And Salmon Hunting" section is among Ant's best work, and works great with just guitars & keyboards (as opposed to an orchestra).

As for the TARKA CD itself: I just heard it once before passing it on. From what I remember, the orchestral sound just didn't appeal to me. I do think most other listeners would like it much better than I did, though.
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« Reply #2 on: Jan 14th, 2016, 11:46am »

on Jan 14th, 2016, 10:52am, onetwothree wrote:
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As for the TARKA CD itself: I just heard it once before passing it on. From what I remember, the orchestral sound just didn't appeal to me. I do think most other listeners would like it much better than I did, though.


I do recall you and I having similar views about Slow Dance which seemed to go against the popular grain.

I'll definitely keep Gypsy Suite in mind, then.



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« Reply #3 on: Jan 19th, 2016, 5:47pm »

I liked Tarka right from the first time I heard it, didn't get hold of though because there were too many other albums I still preferred over it. But yes, imho the fusion of orchestra with guitar and keyboards and other instruments works very well; the only thing I'm not too keen of is the 'Anthem' at the end.

Gypsy Suite I found a work which could be rated high for its artistical merits but it is maybe the most introverted music Ant ever made. I prefer 'Battle of the Birds' over it, it is the same music arranged for more instruments, but with a children's story told over it. Sadly there is no way to get this music on its own.
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« Reply #4 on: Jan 26th, 2016, 2:55pm »

BOTH absolutely superb!
Gypsy meandering guitar conversations, both taking you on a journey.

Tarka, the perfect soundtrack to the concept of the novel.
Lovely themes, beautifully envisaged in their orchestration.

Must buys!
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