Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Merlin

The legend of Merlin became the subject of two albums by the Dutch group Kayak. The first album from 1981, entitled Merlin, dedicated one side to this subject, the later album from 2003 (Merlin - Bard of the Unseen) took the original five songs, and added seven more. Both albums open with the title song Merlin. This energetic epic is without doubt the most powerful progrock composition in Kayak's repertoire. In true Wagnerian style, this overture already contains many musical themes used in other songs later. I have a slight preference to the original version, although the remake (which is used in the fan video) is frankly just as good. Art Rock score: 10/10 (brilliant masterpiece, one of 200 best songs of all time).

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