Galahad - De-constructing Ghosts

Year of Release: 1999
Label: Avalon Records
Catalog Number: GECD1
Format: CD
Total Time: 73:52:00

"It may seem unusual to you
leave all your cynicism behind you."
("Ocean Blue" - Following Ghosts)


Of course, "Why?" is the first question one might be ask upon finding out that this latest release from Galahad is an album of remixes, of "de-constructions," of tracks from last year's Following Ghosts. The explanation the band offers, in a fashion, is " in it's [sic] purest creative form [...] is all about self expression and stretching musical boundries which is something that De-constructing Ghosts has certainly done for Galahad, taking them in to hitherto uncharted sonic territories..."

How very true. Of course, they aren't really the first to do it. Marillion did something similiar with tracks from their This Strange Engine album, working with The Positive Light. And, then, of course, Galahad experimented with the techno-ambient sound on Ghosts, with "Bug Eye" and "Ocean Blue" especially. What's different about this album isn't that they've taken Stuart Nicholson's vocals and put a new backing track behind them, but rather they have really crafted new songs out of the vocals and other bits.

Though if you take the first track, "Dusty Rhodes," as an example, it is almost exactly that (same vox, new backing). Here, what was a very elegant, emotional tune ("A Short Reflection On Two Past Lives - Part Two") has taken on a whole new cadence, a new rhythm. And, at least for me, it works. You'd never know that this wasn't how they originally wrote the track.

Less successful to me was "Imago Separation Mix" - really bits and pieces of various tracks throughout, but not enough to delinate.

"Ocean Black" is peculiar, very weird ... full of vocal and sound effects that would have you checking your sound system if they'd opened with this track. Quite hard to describe, actually.

Where "Karma For One" had a Yes/Gabriel hybrid feel about it, the de-constructed version is far more percussive, and any resemblance to Yes, or anyone in particular for that matter, resides only in Nicholson's vocals. There is a very nice flute line here through the middle section.

"The Bliss Police" takes elements from both "Bug Eyes" and "Ocean Blue" to concoct a track that isn't quite blissful, but does convey the sense of blissfulness. Figure that one out, eh?

Of course, overall, this will play better if you don't try to spot where the sound bites, vocal bites, etc., come from on the album that spawned this and just listen to it an album of techno with vocals. What you end up doing is de-constructing the de-constructed tracks, which are meant to be heard as a whole. Imagine a movie without the soundtrack (not the music, the sound effects, etc) - you get only half the story. Imagine a soundtrack with out the movie? You get ... well, I guess you'd get a radio drama, actually.

The artists involved with this project, aside from Galahad members, are Dub Rumble, Phil Manley, James Barnard, and Scott Zuki, who all either wrote, produced, and arranged these tracks, contributed instrumentally, or both.

This album provides for an interesting, intriquing listen, that should appeal to Galahad's fans, but will also appeal to those with techno-ambient inclinations as well.

Dusty Rhodes (5:31) / Imago Separation Mix (6:15) / Cheese Roll Rozwell (6:56) / Ultra Shine (3:26) / Holy Curry Land (3:14) / Ocean Black (3:56) / Karma Divine (4:40) / The Bliss Police (6:41) / Myopic Distortion (4:15) / Stu Goes to Morocco (5:14) / Enshillar Surf Punk Mix (3:33) / Great Portland Bleats (5:44) / Blind (5:38) / Sludge Flute Landing Zone (4:16) / (We Will Always) Remember the Good Times... (4:33)

on the originals:
Stuart Nicholson - lead and background vocals
Spencer Luckman - drums and percussion
Neil Pepper - bass guitar and pedals, programming, and samples
Dean Baker - keyboards, programming and samples
Roy Keyworth - guitars and effects
here, de- and re-constructed and remixed by:
Dean Baker, Dub Rumble (also additional bass), Phil Manley, Neil Pepper, James Barnard (also add. drums, guitar), and Scott Zuki

In A Moment of Complete Madness (1993)
Nothing Is Written (1991)
Other Crimes And Misdemeanours (1992, cass.)
Sleepers (1995)
Classic Rock Live (1996)
Other Crimes and Misdemeanours II (1995/1997)
Decade (Best of) (1997)
Following Ghosts (1998)
De-constructing Ghosts (1999)
Other Crimes and Misdemeanours III (2001)
Year Zero (2002)
Empires Never Last (2007)
Battle Scars (2012)
Beyond The Realms Of Euphoria (2012)

Resonance - Live In Poland (2006)

Genre: Progressive Rock

Origin UK

Added: August 12th 1999
Reviewer: Stephanie Sollow
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Language: english


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