Ancient Vision – Focus Or Blinders [1994]

Country USA          Style Progressive Hard Rock

Rating 69/100

Band Members
Tom May – Guitars,keyboards, Barry Spry – Bass, Joe Allen – Keyboards, Rob Leythem – Drums, Russ Gross – Guitars, Tom Hook – Vocals

Additional musicians
Debbie Brown – Vocals on tracks 1, 3, 9, 13, Stephen Lon Phillips – Saxophone on tracks 5, 11, Doug Chandler – Additional synthesizer programming

Tracks
01. Fail Not Me (4:53), 02. Rock Child (4:53), 03. What Is Not Given Is Lost (3:56), 04. Tonight (4:48), 05. Dreams (Part I) (1:59), 06. Why Send A Man In To Do A Boy’s Job (10:12), 07. Father And Son (5:33), 08. We Are Not Gentleman (5:32), 09. Focus Or Blinders? (6:12), 10. Mountains (5:51), 11. Mother Earth (5:44), 12. Hope, Love And Fear (1:58), 13. Reprisals (9:09)

Profile ANCIENT VISION play precious Progressive rock close to that of neglected local masters such as NOW, MAC ARTHUR, YEZDA URFA or CATHEDRAL. The band develops complex and inventive melodies, reminding of compositions of JETHRO TULL or YES. The singer’s voice reminds inevitably of Ian ANDERSON’s, and the music if full of rhythm and melody breaks and beautiful guitar solos. 

The band released two albums capture the warm sounds of the 70’s using today’s technology and sensibilities. Since both of their albums were engineered by ex-JETHRO TULL Tim Matyear, the TULL influence is noticeable through out their material. At best, it could be described as a blend of rock, classical and (to a lesser extent) folk. After a number of personnel changes, they settled with Tom May on guitars and keyboards (he is also the mastermind of the band), Barry Spry on bass, Joe Allen also on keyboards, Rob Leythem on drums, Russ Gross on guitars and Tom Hook on vocals.

Especially recommended to JETHRO TULL aficionados but fans of NOW, YEZDA URFA and CATHEDRAL (70’s band) will enjoy it too.

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