8 Songs, 1 Hour 7 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

These Dutch prog rockers followed the breakout success of their second LP by intensifying their vision and expanding their scope on a double album. All the elements brewing in their previous outings are still present—jazz rock ("Round Goes the Gossip"), acoustic instrumental balladry ("Love Remembered"), and Jan Akkerman's wild-eyed guitar heroics ("Anonymous II")—but with even greater sophistication. Add a Renaissance-style lute-and-recorder interlude ("Elspeth of Nottingham") and the triumphantly sunny guitar feature "Sylvia" (the band's second-biggest hit ever), and you've got the makings for one of the finest artifacts from prog rock's glory days.

EDITORS’ NOTES

These Dutch prog rockers followed the breakout success of their second LP by intensifying their vision and expanding their scope on a double album. All the elements brewing in their previous outings are still present—jazz rock ("Round Goes the Gossip"), acoustic instrumental balladry ("Love Remembered"), and Jan Akkerman's wild-eyed guitar heroics ("Anonymous II")—but with even greater sophistication. Add a Renaissance-style lute-and-recorder interlude ("Elspeth of Nottingham") and the triumphantly sunny guitar feature "Sylvia" (the band's second-biggest hit ever), and you've got the makings for one of the finest artifacts from prog rock's glory days.

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