What does it sound like?:
When you think of the classic prog albums from the early 70’s, you can’t help thinking of Tarkus. From its iconic sleeve artwork to its groundbreaking music, this has got to be on any ‘top 20’ list you might care to draw up in an idle moment.
As with the other reissues in this series, this 2016 version has the original 1971 album presented in its 2012 remastered form, while the second cd has an ‘alternate album’ created using Steven Wilson’s new (2012) stereo mixes. This augments the original album by the addition of three extra pieces, the Lake ballad ‘Oh, My Father’, an unknown ballad that may or may not feature vocals by the late Keith Emerson, and an alternate take of ‘Mass’.
The excellent booklet feature interviews conducted this year with the band.
What does it all *mean*?
This is a seminal prog album – not just the epic title track, which speaks for itself, but other less played pieces such as Bitches Crystal, The Only Way and Infinite Space. Sure, there’s one or two things that sound a bit ‘of their time’ now, but it’s still a great album.
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