Companion - Reap Of The Lost Dreamers


Year of Release: 2003
Label: Akarma Records
Catalog Number: AK 248
Format: LP
Total Time: 41:14:00

Companion was a spin-off of the prog-rock group Leviathan. The band was under Wain Bradley's (vocals, keyboards) direction with Brit Warner (vocals, guitars), Mike Russell (piano, organ, vocals), and Andy Tate (guitars, vocals), with a guest appearance by drummer Shof Beavers. Reap Of The Lost Dreamers was a fine release that put Bradley into a most complimentary light.

Brit Warner added an exceptionally tasteful element to the band with beautiful and inviting vocals that wrapped around all the tempos and textures of the music, all the while in perfect syncopation with the rest of the band. His voice was flexible enough to handle the soft parts as well the more demanding upbeat parts when necessary, although his inflection was steady with very little change, it was consistent and pleasant throughout this album.

Since three out of the four members of the band played keyboards, their music offered many different variations provided by different configurations. By offering a mixture of rock, pop, progressive-rock and ambient experimental (later groups like Kraftwork would explore further) a broader more open minded audience was exposed to the beginnings of a tasteful more laid back prog-rock that bands like Yes and Pink Floyd would offer their listeners as well.

The LP is quality 180-gram virgin vinyl with a colorfully designed jacket including a glossy lyric sheet with all the credits listed. This album will be a welcome addition to your collection and one that you will want to listen to frequently if you enjoy exploring the history of prog-rock.


Tracklisting:
Side One: Blackbird (3:21) / To The Better Days (3:48) / The Child Goes On (4:17) / The Lonely Reaper (6:23) / Prelude To The Last Dreamers/Wine For Dreamers/Dreamers Finale (7:41)

Side Two: You Will Know (2:55) / Lost My Past To You (6:01) / Second Chance (3:24) / Anytime, Anywhere (4:44)

Musicians:
Brit Warner- vocals, 6 & 12 string acoustic/electric guitars, keyboards
Wain Bradley - vocals, bass, ARP Synthesizer, keyboard
Mike Russell - RMI electric piano, EML 101 synthesizer, ARP string ensemble, Hammond B-3 organ, back-up vocals
Andy Tate - 6 & 12 string acoustic/electric guitars, back-up vocals
Shof Beavers - drums, percussion (3)

Discography:
Reap Of The Lost Dreamers (1974/2003)

Genre: Progressive Rock

Origin US

Added: June 15th 2003
Reviewer: Keith "Muzikman" Hannaleck
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