Raising The Mammoth CD (2002)

Artist: Explorers Club

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Product Overview


Label Magna Carta
SKU 60566082
UPC 026245904620
UPC 14 00026245904620
Format CD
Release Date 8/20/2002
Author Explorers Club
Technical Info
Producer Trent Gardner
CatalogID MAX 9046CD
Lable Name Magna Carta
Released 08/20/2002
Original Release 2002
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 59m : 9s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00026245904620
Album Notes and Credits
Explorers Club: Trent Gardner (vocals, keyboards); James LaBrie, Steve Walsh (vocals); Marty Friedman, Kerry Livgren, Garry Wehrkamp (guitar); Mark Robertson (keyboards); John Myung (bass); Terry Bozzio (drums).
Additional personnel: Jeff Curtis (guitar); Hal "Stringfellow" Imbrie (bass).
Once again, Trent Gardner has assembled a plethora of progressive rock musicians to produce an album under the heading of Explorer's Club. This time, the notable participants include drumming legend Terry Bozzio (UK, Frank Zappa, Bozzio Levin Stevens), bassist John Myung (Liquid Tension Experiment, Platypus, Dream Theater), Kerry Livgren (guitarist for Kansas), Gary Wehrkamp (Shadow Gallery) and keyboardist Mark Robertson (Cairo). Marty Friedman (best known for his work as guitarist in Megadeth) also makes his presence known. Gardner brings both vocal and keyboard talents, along with his songwriting work, to the project. The vocalists rounding out the recording are Steve Walsh (Kansas) and James LaBrie (Dream Theater, Mullmuzzler). If the first album by Explorer's Club (Age of Impact) prompted comparisons to Yes' Close to the Edge, then this release would be Explorer's Club's Tales From Topographic Oceans. Much like that Yes album, this one is a meandering sort of work that although it contains some awesome passages, doesn't work so well as an overall piece. Although the album is divided into four sections, much like Topographic, Gardner considers it to be one piece, as Yes vocalist Jon Anderson envisioned their release. Among the things that work really well on the album are those aforementioned vocals, most notably Walsh's. The segments on which he sings are among the best of the disc. Some of the more coherent musical passages are quite impressive as well -- especially those that call to mind Emerson, Lake & Palmer. The album just doesn't gel all that well, though, and some segments leave the listener scratching their head just a bit. ~ Gary Hill
Disc 1
1 Passage To Paralysis 1
2 Passage To Paralysis 2
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12 Passage To Paralysis 12
13 Passage To Paralysis 13
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