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Heavy Harmonies Review|
||Date: March 16, 2003 at 4:40|
|When it comes to the subgenre of 'progressive AOR' there is one name that almost immediately springs to mind, that of musician/producer extraordinaire Jeff Cannata. The AOR classic Arc Angel from 1983 is hailed by many as one of AOR's finest moments. Jeff's solo albums Images of Forever (1988) and Watching the World (1993) are melodic masterpieces (sadly both are out of print). Tamorok takes material from those releases, gives them new life via remastering, adds a host of new material and ties it all up into a musical package that exceeds the term 'first rate'.|
The production is lush throughout; the arrangements captivating. When I use the term progressive AOR to categorize Jeff's works, I mean that the arrangements and structure are not of the stereotypical Verse-chorus-verse-chorus-solo-chorus-out format, yet the hooks and choruses are there in spades! Different enough in structure and arrangement to hold your attention, yet never so pretentious as to detract from the melodies and harmonies. If I had to make an aural comparison, I would say that this material is very similar to Big-Generator era Yes (one of the most underrated melodic albums ever released IMHO). This is a greatest hits package and then some; the new material integrates extremely well with the older. I cannot stress enough how excellent this album is. The album can be purchased through MP3.Com. I suggest you pick it up now.
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|From: freddy de keyze
||Date: October 24, 2002 at 7:17|
|Wonderful comeback from Jeff, one of melodic rock's most underrated stars. And listen to the new Stars version. Keyboard heaven ! Only one minor point. The CD should have been filled with only new songs. But we're glad Jeff is back and let's hope we don't have to wait for another ten years or so before he releases a new masterpiece !!!
||Date: January 11, 2003 at 21:44|
|If i made a top ten list of last year a.o.r releases this whould be easy no 1.In my opinion Tamorok is the best a.o.r song for 2002.I cant understand why sites like melodicrock.com ignored an album like this one...take a look what they voted as the top 10 albums of the year http://www.melodicrock.com/bestof/2002.html Im really interesting about your opinions...Absolutely No Alternative
|Heavy Harmonies Owner|
||Date: January 12, 2003 at 2:03|
|Made my top 5.
||Date: August 3, 2003 at 13:50|
|I picked up this one after reading the review here on Heavyharmonies and I agree. Tamorok is a true masterpiece. I know that's what's beeing said about half the CD's here, but this is something else. Flawless productions, extremely seductive songs and brilliant arrangements. The music is timeless and Cannata seems to know exactly how to find the right balance between to much and to little, so the music never gets boring. Get it and tell your friends. This album deserves a big audience. It's XLNT
||Date: August 2, 2004 at 16:28|
|Lo más agradable de ser metalero es poder saber apreciar un buen trabajo por demás de sus riffs o bases poderosas. Este es el caso de Arc Angel Cannata que con su disco "Tamorok", nos ofrece una variante más dentro de un estilo más bien progresivo y algo de AOR. Para los que leen este estilo por primera vez, son las siglas Adult Oriented Rock (Rock orientado a adultos). No esperen ver fotos porno en los libritos de discos de este estilo, sino que se refiere a música que por sus características
||Date: August 2, 2004 at 16:28|
| y arreglos musicales suele ser escuchada por gente no adolescente. En este lanzamiento Cannata, banda liderada por Jeff Cannata, nos acerca algunos temas nuevos y también reedita el tema "Stars" (2001) de su primera edición de Arc Angel. El disco es completamente un manjar de melodías, en cada canción como “Tamorok” que lleva el nombre del disco, “Stars (2001)”, y “Fortune Teller” nos encontramos con una variada gama de armonías que podrían llevar al deleite de aquellos que aprecian más que los
||Date: August 2, 2004 at 16:31|
|los 4 sonidos básicos del famoso riff de los Purple. "Dangerous game",se desencadena una sutil riffeada,pero no se llega a destacar para mencionarlo con un tema pesado,eso es lo mejor de este disco,es bien homogéneo. No nos podemos olvidar que todo el arte que viene en el libro del cd es magnifica,al estilo de todas esas ediciones que he visto de Century Media, la misma fue hecha por el mismo Jeff Cannata. En resumen,banda profesional ideal para los que no se conforman con firstname.lastname@example.org
|From: Nick C
||Date: November 16, 2004 at 17:52|
|Ahhh! Luvvly! Would have liked more brand new tracks but then when the songs are of this quality it's an empty moan! Fandabbydosyyyyy!! Find yourself a copy!
|Heavy Harmonies Owner|
||Date: March 25, 2006 at 19:51|
|For folks looking for new material from Jeff, see his 2006 release Mysterium Magnum. First rate stuff!
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