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Originally released in 1985 The Wake is the second album from the English progressive rock legends, IQ. The Wake was recorded in March/April 1985 in London and released that same year. This album features the IQ classics ... more »
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Originally released in 1985 The Wake is the second album from the English progressive rock legends, IQ. The Wake was recorded in March/April 1985 in London and released that same year. This album features the IQ classics songs, Headlong, Widow?s Peak, The Magic Roundabout, and The Wake. Most of these songs are still a favourite part of the band's live set list. This CD really is a true progressive rock classic. The booklet features new artwork by Peter Nicholls.
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IQ - A Neo Prog Classic
Steven Sly | Kalamazoo, MI United States | 05/24/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
""The Wake" was the album that effectively put IQ on the map. It is a significant improvement from the band's debut album as they began to find their footing as writers and performers. Two of the band's most popular songs, "The Wake" and "Widow's Peak" appear here. One or both of the songs have been used as encores ever since in the band's live show. The album is a bit dated today, but is considered a classic of the 80's neo progressive rock movement. A testament to the timeless material found on this disc is the fact that 5 of it's 7 tracks are still to this day often featured in IQ's live show. Mike Holmes has some truly magical moments on guitar on the disc, and Martin Orford's dramatic, bombastic keyboards are always at the fore. Peter Nicholls vocals are much improved from the previous disc and his lyrics are both perplexing and mesmerizing at the same time. Of the songs, the album opens with the sci-fi tale "Outer Limits. The title track "The Wake" follows with it's driving base line that never fails to ignite the crowd in concert. "Magic Roundabout" is next with some great instrumental interplay from the band along with more mysterious lyrics from Nichols. "Corners" is oddball of the bunch, with an almost carabien reggae type of feel. It is different from everything else on the album, but serves as a nice interlude between the prog epics. "Widows Peak" is next with it's lyrical double antandres and driving closing section. This is classic IQ. The album closes with "The Thousand Days" and "Headlong" which are both solid IQ compositions. This album is a must own for fans of the band and really anyone who is into mid 80's neo progressive rock."
NEOPROG RAN | EL PASO TX | 12/18/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Best progressive work of the 80s. ABWH and ELPowell came close to the best."