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Dream Society

The Dream Society

by Roy Harper
     
 

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The Dream Society continued Roy Harper's winning streak with an impressively produced album of varied material. The opening "Songs of Love" is a striking duet with vocalist Musumi that also features some great acoustic guitar work from son Nick Harper. "Songs of Love, Pt. 2" quickly follows with a hard rock sound as convincing as any Harper has produced since

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The Dream Society continued Roy Harper's winning streak with an impressively produced album of varied material. The opening "Songs of Love" is a striking duet with vocalist Musumi that also features some great acoustic guitar work from son Nick Harper. "Songs of Love, Pt. 2" quickly follows with a hard rock sound as convincing as any Harper has produced since HQ in 1975. While there are many styles on the album -- hard rock, folk-rock, and even country -- perhaps the acoustic ballad "Broken Wing" is the record's best cut. The album-closing epic "These Fifty Years" is one of Harper's most ambitious tracks. With several movements and some very progressive sections, it sounds a bit like Jethro Tull, a notion no doubt aided by a familiar flute sound courtesy of Ian Anderson. Although the song isn't as memorable as "The Same Old Rock" or "Me and My Woman," Harper must be given credit for a mostly successful attempt at a longer piece. As usual, the lyrics throughout are almost purposefully ponderous, a matter not allayed by the rambling liner notes. While Death or Glory? displayed greater highs and Once showed a new musical maturity, The Dream Society is more consistent and completes Harper's utterly successful trilogy of studio albums from the '90s.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/10/2001
Label:
Science Friction
UPC:
5016272773028
catalogNumber:
30
Rank:
220232

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Roy Harper   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Tambourine,Vocals,Washboard
Ian Anderson   Flute
Ward Brothers   Bass
John Fitzgerald   Organ,Piano,Trumpet,Concertina,Harp,Keyboards,Hammond Organ
Nick Harper   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Slide Guitar
Jeff Ward   Bass,Mandolin,Percussion,Drums,Slide Guitar,Hand Drums
Steve Barnard   Percussion,Drums
Ric Sanders   Violin
Bonnie Shaljean   Harp
Noel Barrett   Bass
Misumi   Vocals
Colm O'Sullivan   Keyboards

Technical Credits

Roy Harper   Producer,Liner Notes,Audio Production
John Leckie   Engineer
Jeff Ward   Engineer

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