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It morphs into an upbeat a symphonic piece with lots of brass, similar to The Price of Experience. I'm not sure why it was left off the original album pressing, since it fits very well and the album was relatively short anyway.
It has a more medieval sound than the rest of the album. There are no strings or synths, just acoustic guitar with some flute, organ, and drums. It's interesting to listen and see how the themes were developed. The record company chose the album cover. Giltrap would have preferred a Blake illustration as the cover, which would have been more appropriate to the album's concept. I recommend Visionary to fans of acoustic guitar and of melodic instrumental music, such as Genesis ex-guitarist Anthony Phillip's The Geese and The Ghost.
Review by apps79 Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator. This work shows a return to Giltrap's Folk roots, containing plenty of bucolic, acoustic parts, sitting comfortably next to the electric ones. It refuses to abandon a strongly elaborate, sophisticated and mainly instrumental profile for the sake of the trends of the time, but simultaneously it sounds pretty accesible to a wide variety of music fans.
With Giltrap setting up a true seminar on classic guitar, Hand providing a grandiose string-based background and Edwards offering the gentle tones of Classical Music through his keyboard and piano work, ''Fear of the dark'' comes as a nice proposal on soft, instrumental Prog Rock music, as certain tracks are entirely based on acoustic textures with mellow keyboard surroundings, while Adolescent Years - Gordon Giltrap - Gordon Giltrap / Portrait (CD) electric pieces are mostly pretty melodic with calm solos, sporadic choirs, piano and keyboard waves and a confident rhythm section.
This ones ends up to be closer to Orchestral Folk Rock than Prog Rock at moments, still Giltrap's composing talent and guitar excellence shines through, after all providing well-crafted, memorable tunes over a bunch of demanding arrangements is a hard thing and the man did a pretty great job.
The music is pretty gentle and elaborate with nice use of electric guitars, injections of classical guitar and plenty of piano and keyboard lines in the process, resulting to dreamy and well-crafted arrangements.
The presence of trumpet, trombone, sax and strings do offer this lush, orchestral feeling, similar to MIKE OLDFIELD's works, but Giltrap had now his own, genuine way to blend symphonic moves, light acoustic soundscapes and rhythmic twists into a charming, progressive amalgam with an obvious touch of 70's Prog Rock.
Despite the overall delicate style, certain tracks become quite grandiose with full-blown keyboards, emphatic orchestral backgrounds and Giltrap's quirky guitar plays, both in electric and acoustic form.
Rob Edwards provides some fantastic keyboard themes and solos on organ and Moog synthesizer and the album ends up to be pretty rich in sounds and sights with the everchanging tempos and climates. Second attempt of Giltrap along the lines of progressive music. Intense, ethereal instrumental, quasi-Symphonic Rock with some advanced arrangements. Great stuff, strongly recommended. Review by tszirmay Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator.
Truth is Giltrap is a master guitarist, a fluid and technical player who has a storied legacy in folk circles til today. He gave me lots of hints on how to approach the acoustic guitar as opposed to the electric guitar.
He was always way ahead of his time. His concerts and playing are breathtaking. He's also very witty, and I love the fact that he has not cut his hair! Sadly, I had no prior knowledge of Gordon Giltrap as well as keyboardist Rod Edwards, who adds so much 'symphonicity' to the proceedings. The mids British hit 'Heartsong' did not quite reach the shores of North America, for whatever reason, so I had never heard it before until my recent purchase!
A tremendous display of acoustic technique and bravado. Well, I am proud to admit that this is a splendid recording, lush with sterling orchestrations, magnificent arrangements, sublime drumming and masterful acoustic guitar playing as well as Perry's resonating tour de force. Every track is utterly tasty, in terms of technical prowess and artistic merit, earning very high marks for originality, poise, composure and resonance.
In fact, some tracks have an immediate appeal, being densely orchestrated and thus staying away from foolhardy schoolmaster tendencies that can choke the juice out of any album. The colossal symphonics on 'Quest' harken back to 'Red Queen to Gryphon Three' days, an album justly considered by a wide variety of prog fans as a top 20 classic!
Edwards in particular shines brightly on piano and assorted keys, surprising in both its mellow and exuberant modesbut on the follow-up 'The Deserter', the sensual sax really blows hard and fine, while Perry rumbles, Phillips thumping as only he can while Giltrap does a little electric ditty. Fabulous and Adolescent Years - Gordon Giltrap - Gordon Giltrap / Portrait (CD) class tracks, a fine One-Two punch! Though 'Pastoral' may evoke some sweet musical panacea, but it actually swoops down with dense orchestrations of churning violins that introduce the gentle acoustic guitar, the spotlight firmly on Gordon's deft fingers, deeply emotive and crushingly masterful.
The word 'beautiful' applies succinctly! While 'Mobio Gorge' has Edwards showing off his Moog skills within frantic ensemble and orchestra interface, Phillips steals the show with his Cobham like thunder. It serves as a fine curtsy to 'Heartsong', a fluttering masterpiece that has verve and style, though I am not a big fan of clapping hands in my music, unless it's a flamenco night in Buenos Aires!
But that is just a very minor quibble as the piece has exquisite pace. One of these tracks required vocals which Giltrap himself performed. The track, entitled 'Running From Home', was the first time Jansch had sung on an album in 17 years. During this album Giltrap attempted to demonstrate Jansch's great versatility of skills in the selection of pieces he chose for the album, performing each in Janch's unique style.
Another notable track on the album was another piece previously interpreted by Jansch: Davey Graham 's ' Anji '. This well-known piece spelt 'Angie' on the album had also influenced Giltrap's early work. The album concluded with a version of "Roots", Giltrap's own composition which had first appeared on his ' Fear of the Dark ' album.
He included this to show the influence Jansch had had on his own guitar style. Janschology was released on the ' Voiceprint ' label in Giltrap was by now working on new material for his next album, Under This Blue Skywhich was to be released the following year. Giltrap recruited additional musicians to play on the album, the most significant of whom was Bert Jansch himself. Jansch plays on the track "Chambertin". This track had appeared on his previous album but was now considerably lengthened.
The album also featured the talents of flautist Hillary Ashe-Roy. He used a baby Armstrong guitar for this piece and, although he never met George Harrison, he was indirectly the person who introduced him to that guitar.
This happened via his friend, Joe Brownwho was so impressed with the instrument when Giltrap demonstrated it to him, that he sent one to Harrison as a Christmas present.
Harrison loved it too and purchased two more as gifts for his close friends. Another track revisited on this album was the Troubadour piece "The Picnic". This piece became enlivened by Ashe-Roy's skills on the flute and Giltrap was delighted with the result.
The flautist's skills were also in evidence on another track, "Crossing the Border", on which the duo were joined by a second guitarist, Kevin Dempseywith whom Giltrap had toured as a duo several years earlier. These included " Substitute " by The Who as Giltrap had long been an admirer of Pete Townshend 's skills on the guitar. Giltrap performed most pieces himself but on a couple of tracks he enlisted the help of guitarist Neville Marten and, once again, the flautist Hilary Ashe-Roy.
In Giltrap met the classical guitarist Raymond Burley. This resulted in a collaborative album called Double Visionwhich was released in This was the beginning of a collaboration between the two friends which would last several years. Next Adolescent Years - Gordon Giltrap - Gordon Giltrap / Portrait (CD) the solo album Live At Ambergate. This album explored the unusual sound effects of binaural recording which was recorded using in-ear microphones. The next studio album, Drifterwas released in This featured a very special violin played by John Bradbury.
He asked somebody to look at it to see if it was any good. The violin features on the opening track of the album, "Mrs Singer's Waltz". This is followed by another track, a regular piece in Giltrap's current live performances, entitled "Maddie Goes West". It features banjo player Madelyn Martyn who was just about to take a trip to America, hence the title.
The title track, "Drifter", was, interestingly, also recorded on another guitar purchased cheaply at a boot fair. Giltrap's wife, Hilary, helped out with the vocals on this track. Giltrap had previously received a call from somebody who worked for music publishing company wondering if he could write a piece in the style of Django Reinhardt.
Giltrap duly created a piece entitled "Deco Echo". This piece was later to be used on television program about the Poirot series which starred David Suchet. The album had a sleeve with the lone silhouetted figure of Giltrap looking like a drifter. The photo had been taken by his wife Hilary and they were both delighted with it particularly when they realised that it suited the title of the album perfectly.
No further original Giltrap albums were to be forthcoming for several years but in a concert at the Symphony Hall Birmingham was filmed. In Giltrap released the album Secret Valentine. This album re-visited some of his favourite romantic pieces. It was basically created to feature the sound of a Rob Armstrong guitar which had been designed as part of a research project and was made entirely out of a plastic polymer.
Giltrap released this and amply demonstrated the versatility of that instrument. A live album, As It Happens The following year saw the launch of a venture entitled Three Parts Guitar. Double Vision had not been as successful as hoped due to a perceived clash in styles between Burley and Giltrap. The pair, however, convinced their collaboration had a future, enlisted the talented jazz-based guitarist John Etheridge to join them in a tour. This proved extremely successful.
In concert, they each played a solo session before Adolescent Years - Gordon Giltrap - Gordon Giltrap / Portrait (CD) finale where they joined together to play some of Gordon's pieces. The show in the Symphony Hall in Birmingham in September was performed to capacity crowd with special guest Rick Wakeman.
John Etheridge could not totally commit to the tour as he was also working Adolescent Years - Gordon Giltrap - Gordon Giltrap / Portrait (CD) classical guitar star John Williams. Clive Carrol was approached to see if he would step in if required. Having seen Carrol play guitar Festival, it was John Renbourn who recommended him. Giltrap too was also hugely impressed with his talent. Etheridge, however, then committed to the project and Carrol was asked to join the group which then became Four Parts Guitar, thus forming a collaboraton which worked well for several more years.
For some time Giltrap and Adolescent Years - Gordon Giltrap - Gordon Giltrap / Portrait (CD) Wakeman had been planning to make an album together. They decided that the time had now arrived. The album, divided in two by composer, featured tracks with each adding accompaniment to each other's compositions. Giltrap's pieces were mainly a reworking of his Brotherhood Suite and these were complemented by versions of the aforementioned "Maddie Goes West" and a piece entitled "By Angle Tarn".
The duo's collaboration continued when Wakeman undertook a solo tour entitled Grumpy Old Picture Show. It included a previously recorded video conversation with Giltrap, which was worked so that Wakeman appeared to be conversing live with Giltrap on stage. The title piece appears twice on the album, first as a solo and again as the concluding track which incorporates Wakeman on keyboards. Another track, "Forever Gold", was written to celebrate Cliff Richard 's 50 years in show business.
Several older compositions are revisited on the album. One, "Ive's Horizon", first appeared on Giltrap's very first album which was released in This version with overdubbing tries to replicate the feeling given during live performances of the piece.
In Giltrap, reflecting upon the work he had done since Elegydecided to change tack and produce a completely different type of album. To this end, he teamed up with Oliver Wakemanone of Rick's sons, who had recently departed from the band Yes. The pair of them produced together the prog rock album Ravens and Lullabieswhich was released the following year.
Giltrap decided that this collaboration was to involve both their writing skills. Wakeman arranged Esoteric as the record label, found recording studios and located a suitable vocalist in the form of Paul Manzi. This album reacquainted Giltrap with the electric guitar.
Despite on many previous occasions revealing considerable skills with this instrument, he still lacked faith in his own abilities. However, the results he achieved even surprised himself.
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