Reviews Notes from the past

 

Reviews: Notes from the past

 

 

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CLASSIC ROCK March 2002

Gareth Long

 

A less noteworthy, but no less sensational, return to the fold will be witnessed in March when Swedish band KAIPA release "Notes from the past" via Inside Out. Formed in the 70's and featuring the FLOWER KING ROINE STOLT on guitar and the excellent vocals of PATRIK LUNDSTÖM from fellow Swedes RITUAL, this is truly excellent fare. The musical scope of what can only be described as a stirring symphonic masterpiece is quite extraordinary, blending the classic influences of YES with an identity and direction all of their own. Highly recommended.

 

Progresy

 

"The overall effect is simply breathtaking"

"Pure mastery of prog rock essentials"

"The music itself takes us back into the 70s, then hurls us back into the 90s and into the future."

"KAIPA is a bridge between the past and the future. It has no prejudice while looking back into the crazy 70s and no fear looking into the uncertain future. To sum up, rarely do we get the chance to hear such an amazing musical production, therefore, grab a copy of the album, by all means!"

 

Tombstone.gr

 

"...a magnificent album of extremely high quality...The musicianship is simply perfect, the melodies catchy, the arrangements clever and of simple and yet complex nature." Invest and enjoy! 10/10

 

Metal Realm

 

"Notes From The Past" is simply the best proof that prog rock still lives on! An album based on melody and feeling, prog to the bone, packed with hammond and with the beautiful organ sound of the 70s - real masterpiece! What more can I say? Take my advice and buy this piece of art; you will not regret it. Maybe in a few years we'll regard this album as classical... Personally, though, what I definitely intend to do is enjoy this diamond, until the next one comes out - hopefully soon! 9/10

 

Lords of metal

 

The true strength of this album is its unpredictable character and its tendency to make one crave for more time and time again.

This album shouts Progressive with a capital & bold P. The Jester screams: 98/100

 

Hairless Heart Herald

 

"This album has been having rave reviews all over the net, and I can see why. Great playing and song writing combine to make this one of the best albums for a long time. In many years to come, it will be on my player, no doubt!"

 

Prog-4-You

 

The music on this CD is so achingly beautiful and such a fulfilling experience you come away after listening in a better frame of mind then before. The song’s on the CD are paintings created with sound brushes, the rich textures and vibes that are present will delight your senses and refresh your well-being if you allow the music to work it’s spell. 9/10

 

Sea of tranquility

 

Notes from the Past has shown that Hans Lundin still has plenty of tricks up his sleeve and is a viable member of the progressive rock community. Coupled with his old mate Stolt, they have put together a fantastic CD that is highly recommended.

Most on this album, are a prog lovers dream, plain and simple.4,5/5

 

Progressive World

 

"An impressive collection of wonderful tunes. A splendid release."

 

Rock Haven

 

Roine and Hans have taken all that was good about the Seventies and created a brand new collection of masterpieces.

I can't recommend this album highly enough!

 

Missing Piece

 

In conclusion I would say that the best album of 2002 is already here and it will be considered a sin if you do not include it in your CD collection. It doesn't get better than this.

SUPER-HIGHLY RECOMMENDED PLUS!!!

 

The Groove Machine

 

"All the performances are truly breathtaking....this is the first real true progressive classic of the year."

 

Prog-pt Portugal

 

There are almost 80 minutes of pure musical pleasure, not only for who's listening but also, certainly, from those who took part in this work. Fantastic!

 

Heavy Metal Portal, Italy

 

"...it's definitely worth your money... I really hope we're not gonna wait another couple of decades to have Kaipa's new stuff!!!"

 

More Than Music - Online Music Resource

 

"The structure of Kaipa has been reformed with some of the greatest talents from Sweden, and the result? It´s awesome..."

 

Metal Guide

 

"Simply amazing. A magnificent comeback release."

 

Delicious Agony

Kenneth L. Solomon

 

"If you are a fan of highly melodic, symphonic music, I can whole-heartedly recommend "Notes From The Past" by Kaipa.

 

To start with, the songs throughout the recording are some of the most melodic, yet powerful songs I've heard since my first listen to RPWL's 2000 recording "God Has Failed". The keyboard work from Mr. Lundin (who wrote all of the music for this recording) is at a minimum, incredibly powerful and imaginative in sound structure. Mr. Stolt's guitar is virtually singing along with the melodies in each song.

 

Then there's "Morganism" - a flat-out, blasting, power-fusion jam reminiscent of "Return To Forever" and Brand-X, including amazing bass guitar work from Mr. Stolt's 'Flower King' band-mate, Jonas Reingold, and excellent drums by Morgan Agren."

This album is highly recommended to every Progrock fan!

 

 

German

 

Musikansich.de

 

Und endlich betritt wieder einmal eine Band die Arena, die die hohe Schule der schönen Musik nur so aus dem Ärmel schüttelt - klar, rein, melodisch und harmonisch, ganz ohne scharfe Kanten und verletzende Ecken. Und wenn in den so beschriebenen Gewässern die omnipräsenten Riffs des Kitsches auch an jeder Ecke lauern, gelingt es dem Quintett um Stolt und Lundin dennoch zu jeder Sekunde sie souverän zu umschiffen. Muss ich noch erwähnen, dass ich eine absolute Kaufempfehlung ausspreche ?? 18 von 20 Punkte

 

Progresive-newsletter

 

Die vielen wunderbaren Harmonien, der Rückgriff auf schwedische Folklore und die über weiten Strecken majestätischen Melodien werden mit jedem Durchlauf immer besser, wobei "Notes from the past" zweifelsohne schon beim ersten mal zündet. Auch wenn das Album deutlich Retro ausgerichtet ist, der Einsatz von Hammond, Mellotron und Les Paul eine gelungener Rückgriff auf die Vergangenheit darstellt, so ist dem Duo Lundin Stolt doch ein zeitgemäßer Sound gelungen, der die 70er mit heutiger Technik sehr harmonisch verbindet. Sinfonischer Progressive Rock vom Feinsten, der vielleicht auch einige dazu bewegen wird, sich mal mit der durchaus interessanten Vergangenheit von Kaipa auseinanderzusetzen. Ein hörenswertes Comeback!

 

Sound.de

 

Im Ganzen ist "Notes From The Past" ein durch und durch melodiöses, feinfühliges, ausgereiftes Album mit immer wieder traumhaften Passagen. Wer die Hammondorgan liebt kommt voll auf seine Kosten.

 

Wallsoffire.de

 

Der Progrock- Anhänger mag an Kaipa seine helle Freude finden und dies ganz berechtigt.

 

Ragazzi-music.de

 

Das Resultat sind über 79 Minuten feinster, leicht neoprogressiv angehauchter Symphonic Progressive Rock der alten Schule mit ausgezeichneten Arrangements.

 

Ancientspirit.de

 

"Notes from the Past" ist auf alle Fälle ein sehr interessantes und außergewöhnliches Album geworden, bei dem die beiden Akteure samt ihrer Studiomusiker ganze Arbeit geleistet haben. Prog-Anhänger sollten dieses Meisterwerk unbedingt antesten und damit mithelfen, dass die Band nicht ebenso sang- und klanglos verschwindet wie in den frühen Achtzigern.

 

Schweres-metall.de

 

Ein gutes und eigenständiges Album, welches von ausgezeichneten Musikern eingespielt wurde.

http://www.schallplattenmann.de/archiv/schallplattenmann287.html#topic108601

All jene, die Transatlantic und The Flower Kings schätzen, sollten sich diese Scheibe unbedingt zulegen.

 

Darkscene.at

 

Höhepunkt des Albums ist sicherlich das über 14 Minuten lange "Leaving the Horizon", welches einfach alle Elemente der Band perfekt vereint. Auf jeden Fall hat fast jedes Lied fantastische Stimmungen zu bieten und lässt auch durchwegs Abwechslung aufkommen.

 

Rockavalanche.de

 

Hat man sich ersteinmal in die Welt von "Notes From The Past" hineinversetzt, möchte man diese wundervolle Musik nicht mehr missen.

 

 

Italy

 

Orionmagazine.it

 

Questo album è a dir poco favoloso, stupefacente in tutte le undici tracce dove a farla da padrona sono le canzoni e non la sterile tecnica che molto spesso si riscontra oggi nelle giovani prog bands.

http://www.orionmagazine.it/recensioni/kaipa.htm

 

 

 

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