Tracy Hitchings

From Ignorance to Ecstacy

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A reissue of this solo outing by Landmark vocalist Tracy Hitchings, this disc is almost more pop than prog. Even at its most pop oriented, though, those progressive rock sensibilities can be heard. The influences here are rather all over the prog-oriented musical landscape, ranging from Quarterflash and Art in America all the way to Marillion. One cut even includes guitar chording that seems a bit like AC/DC's "Hell's Bells." Another cut features a sound that is rather in the mode of music from the soundtrack to a James Bond film. The final minutes of the album are in the form of an epic-length suite that does a great job of lending a satisfying conclusion. The musicians on this disc are Tracy Hitchings, Dave Wagstaff, Clive Nolan, and Karl Groom. One complaint that can be made here is that the production on the CD feels a bit flat at times.

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