The live-CD “The Lost Tapes” is very mid-Genesis inspired and is based upon strong guitar – and keyboardplay but Ronald integrates a harder-edged sound and Michel showcases at some moments his jazzy background. The compositions are pleasant with many changing climates, the lyrics often have a humoristic undertone. Critical notes concern the not optimal sound quality (but above bootleg level) and the vocals, not everybody is pleased with Kees Bik’s voice. I don’t mind about the fact that he sounds at some moments a bit powerless because I like his dramatic outbursts, it matches with the music in my opinion. The album “After The Battle” is a strong progrock album, at an almost un-Dutch professional level! After many rehearsals PLACKBAND re-recorded their best material and some new songs, including a few instrumentals. The CD showcases the skills of Ronald (beautiful twanging guitars and volume pedal along exciting fiery solos) and Michel (from sumptuous choir-Mellotron till nice synth flights and swinging clavinet), supported by the impressive Moog Taurus bass pedals and a solid rhythm-section. “After The Battle” is a real treat for the mid-Genesis fans. In fact, this album should have been released in the late Seventies but ‘better now than never’!
Edited by Serg73 on 15 Sep 2006, 12:34
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