Pentwater

Out of the Abyss

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Combining heavy helpings of Yes, Genesis, and ELP with the some of the weirdness of Frank Zappa, this CD well represents the music that Pentwater made, some of the quirkiest and most unusual progressive rock ever created. This album is most likely one of those that you will not be all that sure of on the first few listenings, but it will probably grow to be one of the most prized CDs in your collection. The vocals are quite unique, and until one gets used to them, even a bit annoying at times, but actually they are very good. Having an almost psychotic sound occasionally, these songs contain some of the most creative arrangements you will ever have the opportunity to hear. The musicians (Ron Fox, Phil Goldman, Ken Kappel, Mike Konopka, Ron LeSaar, and Tom Orsi) play a wide variety of instruments, augmenting the typical guitar, bass, keyboards, and drums with (among other things) anvil, oboe, tubular bells, and theremin.

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