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In the Region of the Summer Stars
In the Region of the Summer Stars
Genres: Alternative Rock, Pop, Rock
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Limited Edition Japanese pressing of this album comes housed in a miniature LP sleeve. WHD. 2007.


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All Artists: Enid
Title: In the Region of the Summer Stars
Members Wishing: 1
Total Copies: 0
Label: Inner Sanctum
Original Release Date: 1/1/1977
Re-Release Date: 2/17/2004
Album Type: Import
Genres: Alternative Rock, Pop, Rock
Style: Goth & Industrial
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 825947131323


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Limited Edition Japanese pressing of this album comes housed in a miniature LP sleeve. WHD. 2007.

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The most successful Rock/Classical crossover.
Neil Taylor | South Bend, Indiana | 01/19/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

""Prog. Rock" is often considered to be a crossover between classical and rock music. Certainly many of the best "prog" bands have leaned heavily on both genre's. Yes, ELP, Peter Gabriel's Genesis and solo work. This work falls in that genre, but with a significant diffrence.For starters it is, if anything, more complex. It is more closely anchored in the classical side and borrows from a much broader range of classical styles. It certainly has some of rock's styles and sensibilities and particularly instrumentation. But to my ears it uses that to add power and precision and variety and depth of timbre to the classical compositions rather than, as with the others, using classical structures to add interest and variety and complexity to rock music.To the best of my knowledge they have never toured the US and that is, frankly, America's loss. When I was in the UK I saw them about once a year and the experience was always a mixture of awe at their music and fun at their lighthearted attitude towards it. A bit like Ian Anderson's attitude to the Tull's music. They just seemed a little embarrassed about being so good and tried to cover their embarrassment with self deprecating humour.In the Region of the Summer Stars was their first record and I still enjoy it the most of all their work. The original recording was a concept piece with the tracks representing various of the major arcana from the Tarot. There's an incredible amount of variety and imagination involved in these tracks. The musicianship is phenominal and all the musicians were expected to be somewhat versatile. On stage there was a lot of moving around between instruments as, for instance, the drummer might leave his kit and play a simple backround line on keyboards while the bass player moved to a pair of concert cymbals to add the only piece of percussion required for that song.This album is fully instrumental and is all the better for it. Robert-John-Godfrey's vocals are pretty weak and other albums that feature that are spoiled by it I think.The CD remix has a couple of extra track on and a new intro. There's some good in that, though the new tracks aren't as strong as the base material and, more important, don't seem to fit well.One disappointment is that I have the original on vinyl and have seen them live and there were some twin guitar features, cleverly orchestrated interwoven lines and effects, which seem to have been lost.On the other hand, that's not nearly enough of a distraction to knock a point off it. I miss my annual Enid fix and I think it's wonderful that some Americans are starting to notice them.If you like "prog rock", even just a little, you will love this album. If you're a purist that get's cranky at the merest hint of orchestration then avoid this like the plague.PS. This album is probably the one that least literally sound like it includes an orchestra. None of them actually do. When it sounds like that it's usually because 3 or 4 members of the band are playing different keyboard parts. Back in the early days they used to stack up the keyboards a la Rick Wakeman and if you were standing in the right place it looked, at times, like one keyboard player with eight arms.A truly magical experience."
The most overlooked,simple but stunnin'symphonic UKprog act
Lethe | Milan, Italy | 02/12/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Great debut album !! For me it's one of the best debut albums of the whole prog scene, despite of remaining anchored to simple structures and also classical rock stuff in some circumstances:naturally it's enriched with lush and charming atmospheres,by means of stunning and underrated orchestral keyboard arrangements!! It takes shape very slowly, by starting with some gentle romantic moods, afterwards leading the listener to an aggressive powerful meeting between the organ riff and some sensible guitar lines too("The falling tower"), as long as the concept is completed. It is a sort of communion between the complex and the mellower atmosphere in the same time ... "Death, The reaper" remains always mellow, nevertheless by introducing such a particular legendary theme They want to seduce the listener and lead him afterwards to the next following album (this theme will be recalled)... "The lovers" instead is their most symphonic track, but always remaining at its mellow side. Instead "The devil", in the opposite, is very energetic and quite typical in the UK 70's rock scene.The majestic theme of side 2 represents here their leading main concept theme, with its reprisal during several passages all along side 2. However the most classical music oriented, regarding of their symphonic tracks, is that one inspired by "Dies Irae" -the famous Mozartian composition - here entitled "The last judgement", which leads in progression to a grandiose section, based upon an epic choir and a mellotron as well, which are never banal!! Then you find the main refrain of "The sun" once again,here supported by a good trumpet - within a sort of short interlude -before playing the best track of the album, the title track, combining the medieval moods with a powerful guitar theme, till the conclusion and the final catharsis of the reprisal, regarding such concept theme, "The sun".Highly recommended !!"
Simply beatiful music in a different kind of progressive.
A. Fabio | California, USA | 03/04/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Heavily borrowing from romantic classical late 1800 composers (from Berliotz to Wagner), the Enid (mostly a creature of talented Robert John Godfrey)have produced between mid 70's to the early 80's ... simply beautiful music.
How to further describe it? I would not know, and frankly I do not think is necessary. Enid music is beautifull,that's all.

Any of their albums is wonderfull just pick one, put it on, dim the light, close your eyes and let their music guide your dreams.

I pride myself of a quite vast collection of progr music from allover the world, but I've never found anything like them. Rick Wakemann and sometimes Keith Emerson tried to blend classical music with prog rock, but neither one consistently tried to do so in all his work, like the ENID tried and in my view succeded.

Give it a try."