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Main » 2007 » August » 3 » Chris Neal - 1974 - Winds of Isis
Chris Neal - 1974 - Winds of Isis
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Chris Neal - 1974 - Winds of Isis

1 Prelude
2 Into the Valley of the Ancients ~ A Glimpse of Isis
3 Full Moon Lightning ~ the Field Test
4 Ritual Eternal ~ Initiation of the Searcher
5 The Legend
~ From the Castle the Winds Arose...
~ Through the Corridors of Time, Including the March of the Undead - Temptation to Turn Back ~ Carnival of the People - a Brief Respite
~ Nightmare - Isis Unveiled
~ Dance of the Astral Shadows - Beyond the Point of No Return
~ Flight From the Unknown
~ Ashes to Ashes

These days Chris Neal seems to be mainly a composer of film scores, but three decades ago, he produced one of Australia's first symphonic progressive albums. Winds of Isis is instrumental, with more than a hint of psych-throwback to it, and an unusual melodic approach, quite possibly influenced by his interest in film music and probably Hollywood musicals, too. He's more of a keyboard player than anything else, although he plays most of the instruments on the album, proving himself a capable guitarist and drummer. He lists all equipment on the back cover, which reads like a wish-list of mid-'70s keys and effects, using various Mu-Tron devices from the States, through which he sticks just about everything in sight.

Neal's Mellotron work is well over the top, with every track heavy with very raw-sounding 'Tron; don't expect a two million buck production here... He lists choir/cellos/strings, and uses all but the cellos extensively, usually in great chordal slabs stomping all over whatever else is going on at the time; almost the first sound you hear on the album is choir chords, and he only ever lets up for a couple of minutes or so before slapping some more on.

All in all, a good, if unusual prog release, with very healthy doses of Mellotron, so if you don't object to something a little different, I can heartily recommend a purchase. I've no idea if Neal produced anything else in the progressive field; there seem to be several Chris Neals who've made their mark somewhere down the line, including an Abbey Road engineer, a modern country artist and a Mike and the Mechanics collaborator (collaborators usually get shot, don't they?), so Web research is extremely difficult. Anyway; worth the effort.

from planetmellotron.com



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