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Opus 5
Opus 5 "Contre-Courant"
Opus 5 "Contre-Courant"

Excellent Canadian band combining elements of Camel, Canterbury and French progressive. Lots of real nice flute playing with gorgeous guitar & keyboard passages and an energetic and tight rhythm section. This comes off a bit like a lot of people, Carpe Diem, Hatfield & the North, Camel, Miriodor, Dun,and Clearlight just to name a few, but the band manage to maintain a sense of their own self amidst all of their obvious influences. This is no small feat considering the ideals they are trying to achieve. A lesser group of musicians would fall into the trap of mimicking (or even stealing) passages from their mentors. Opus 5 managed to assimilate the essence of their influences without actually sounding like them much of the time. The virtuostic acoustic piano passages and the lilting flute playing sort of make one think of what it would have been like had Cyrille Verdeaux (of Clearlight fame) played keyboards for Camel in the early 70s! This superb album has been unavailable for many years. This newly remastered version sounds great & has a tiny booklet which is expanded over the original CD release which had only a 4"x4" card with the cover art. This 1 page fold-out at least has a few photos and credits. And this Canadian reissue is about half the price of the original which was only available in Japan!

This product was added to our catalog on Sunday 25 July, 2004.
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