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Tuesday, 20 October 2015

Galahad’s SOLIDARITY: When Live is Even Better than Studio

Out toady: Galahad's latest live album, SOLIDARITY.Galahad, SOLIDARITY: LIVE IN KONIN (2015).  Tracks: Salvation I and II; Guardian Angel; Empires Never Last; Secret Kingdoms and Secret Worlds; Singularity; Beyond the Barbed Wire; This Life Could Be My Last; Sleepers; Guardian Angel (reprise); Painted Lady; Seize the Day.
Birzer rating: blissfully stunned.
Sheesh.  What to say?  What to write?  Today is the release date of Galahad’s latest live album, SOLIDARITY: LIVE IN KONIN.  As with all live albums, of course, these are songs that had been perfected in the studio and on the mixing boards.  Our ears become rather use to these things of perfection.  And, certainly, few modern prog bands sound as good as Galahad when it comes to the studio releases.  It’s clear that the band comes together in amazing ways, all songs perfectly nurtured and engineered.
I wasn’t, however, quite sure how Galahad’s more recent music would translate live, though I know the band possesses a rather strong reputation as a live act.  As I understand it from my British and European friends, this comes from 1) the tightness of the band; and 2) the rather natural showmanship of Stu Nicholson.

Read on...

Empires Never Last (Digipack Ltd Ed)
CD - £9.99

Guardian Angel
CD - £7.99

Mein Herz Brennt
CD - £7.99

Seize The Day
CD - £7.99

Battle Scars
CD - £9.99

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