Earth & Fire - Song Of The Marching Children (Holland Prog 1971)

Jumat, 26 Oktober 2012

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EARTH & FIRE's "Song Of The Marching Children" falls somewhere within the song-oriented prog category. The album consists of short tracks on side A, and a larger epic on side B (my CD also came with a bonus track, but there is another CD that features SOTMC, and Atlantis). All of the tracks on Side A feature some of the best qualities found in more adventurous progressive rock, and they end up sounding like miniature epics. The side- long track sounds like 5 songs pieced together. Overall, the music from this band has a strong European symphonic sound, meaning that Baroque, classical, and even circus influences are all over the place. 

The band likes to weave in and out of major/minor chords and scales, so the music alternates between happy and sad moods. I also hear a noticeable early KING CRIMSON sound (heavy on the orchestral mellotron sound). EARTH & FIRE had a female lead-singer with one of the warmest, and charismatic, voice that I've heard in prog. She is usually mentioned first when people talk about the band. Some of her lyrics are silly in a surreal, counterculture, sort of way, but her beautiful voice quickly makes you forgive the naive lyrics. This is a majestic album that will please fans of early KING CRIMSON, PFM's "Per Un Amico", and FANTASY. 

The albums “Song of the Marching Children” and “Atlantis” belong to the best of the Dutch progrock history. The epic title tracks from both albums (between 16 and 19 minutes) are recommended: the sound is very warm and melodic with lots of changing atmospheres, accelerations and surprising breaks. 

The one moment you hear a mellow organ, twanging acoustic guitars and a fairy-like voice from Jerney, the other moment there are bombastic eruptions with majestic Mellotron, heavy floods of organ and some fiery electric guitar work, topped by the powerful voice of Jerney. By the way, she has been married for almost 30 years with Bert Ruiter, former bass player from FOCUS...!

01. Carnival of the animals (2:42) 
02. Ebbtide (3:06) 
03. Storm and thunder (6:25) 
04. In the mountains (3:00) 
05. Song of the marching children (18:20) 
...a) Theme of the marching children - 2:20 
...b) Opening the seal - 1:10 
...c) Childhood - 3:10
...d) Affliction - 1:30
...e) Damnation - 2:53 
...f) Purification - 4:17 
...g) The march - 3:02

Bonus tracks on Polydor cd release: 
06. Lost forever (2:48) 
07. Invitation (3:50) 
08. Song for the marching children (single version) (4:08)

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