“The Masquerade Overture” by Pendragon
“Не се стремим към славата на Мак Поп, тази смесица между Макдоналдс и поп музика, но е трудно да се намери медия, която да е на същите възгледи. Ние сме достатъчно честни, за да вървим срещу вълната  на Мак Поп, а честността е буца самородно злато, много рядко и ценно, което не се среща често в  Мак Поп. За това се надявам, че за някои хора представляваме нещо особено, нещо специално  –  заявява NICK BARRETT от британската прогресив рок група PENDRAGON. – Обичам да правя музика, въпреки че понякога си задавам въпроса “Защо не си избрах работа като на Мики Маус в Дисниленд?”. Друг път ми се иска да върша нещо съвсем различно, но за това се иска много време. Защото да пиша музика ми отнема доста време, аз съм много критичен към това, което правя и не спирам да го преработвам докато не ми хареса. И има още едно нещо, което искам да правя – да накарам хората да се смеят, да се радват, нещо което, повярвайте ми, е много трудно.”

Концепцията на албума “THE MASQUERADE OVERTURE” или “УВЕРТЮРА КЪМ МАСКАРАД”е илюстрирана на обложката му, която тук представя вечната битка между доброто и злото като дуел между елфа Тоф, с лък от цигулка в ръка и композитора Антонио Салиери, уж убил Моцарт, посегнал да извади рапира. Хората на площада Сан Марко носят маски като по време на Венецианския карнавал, метафора и на маските в живота.

Този албум ще чуем в събота, 11 март, в предаването “Картини от една изложба” на програма “Хоризонт” на БНР, след новините от 21.00 ч.

В предаването на 11.03.2017 г.: Pendragon и албумът “Увертюра за маскарад“

PENDRAGON
THE MASQUERADE OVERTURE
Date of Release Sep 10, 1996


SONGS/TRACKS:

1. The Masquerade Overture (Barrett) - 3:03
Keyboards [Kurzweil K2000], Orchestrated By, Programmed By – Nick Barrett Lyrics By [Translation] – Luca Benporath Vocals – Anthony Plowman, Gwen Ross, Simon Clew

2. As Good as Gold (Barrett) - 7:15
Backing Vocals [Additional On Chorus] – Simon Clew

3. Paintbox (Barrett) - 8:38

4. The Pursuit of Excellence (Barrett) - 2:36

5. Guardian of My Soul (Barrett) - 12:41

6. The Shadow (Barrett) - 9:55
Backing Vocals [Additional On End Chorus] – Tracy Hitchings

7. Masters of Illusion (Barrett) - 12:50
Backing Vocals [Additional On Chorus] – Simon Clew Backing Vocals [Additional On End Section] – Tina Riley, Tracy Hitchings


• Bonus Tracks:

08. Bird Of Paradise (6:55)
09. Midnight Running (7:44)
10. A Million Miles Away (3:22)

Digitally Remastered 2007

©2007, 1996 Toff Records


CREDITS:

Words By, Music By, Arranged By – Nick Barrett

Producer – Karl Groom, Nick Barrett

Guitar [Guitars: Fender Stratocaster Plus Deluxe Guitar (EMG Pickups, Khaler Trem), Fender Stratocaster Plus Guitar], Acoustic Guitar [Yamaha APX Acoustic Guitar], Electronics [Solando Amp Rat], Effects [Boss Effects Pedals, Zoom And Lexicon Rack Effects], Vocals [Using VTL Vocal Mic], Synthesizer [Kurzweil K2000] – Nick Barrett

Keyboards [Korg 01W FD, Moog, Kurzweil K2000, EMU Vintage Keys, Roland Vintage Keys, Korg Wavestation SR, EMU Proteus 2, Orchestral Roland D110, Roland D50, Roland JD800, Yamaha SY77 And 35] – Clive Nolan

Bass Guitar [Fender Jazz Bass Guitar (With EMG Pickups), Wal Fretless Bass Guitar], Electronics [Trace Elliot Amp], Pedalboard [Moog Taurus Bass Pedals] – Peter Gee

Drums [Remo Drums], Cymbal [Zildjian Cymbals] – Fudge Smith

Backing Vocals – Anthony Plowman, Gwen Ross, Nick Barrett, Simon Clew, Tina Riley, Tracy Hitchings

Recorded at Halfway Houses Maidenhead, UK from July 95 to Jan 96.
Mastered at the Townhouse.
Engineer, Mixed By – Karl Groom
Mastered By – Bunt Stafford Clark*
Technician [Manufactured By Prosoft Logistics: Overseen By] – Ron Elliott (11)

Design Concept [Illustrations: Concept By] – Nick Barrett
Graphics [Reprographics] – Gyragraphics, Phoenix Print Services, Rainbow Graphics
Illustration [Illustrations] – Simon Williams (11)
Photography By – Martin Beckett


LYRICS:

As Good As Gold

As the stars begin to fall away
Our breath as close as a summer's day
I open my eyes and look up to the skies and I dream

A moment of magic as we lay
As candles flicker and the shadows play
I open my eyes and look up to the skies and I dream
Dream that a new life will be born

Kicking and screaming into the world
Tolerance threshold low
Bowing to demands of a guilty conscience
And out of your control
Innocent eyes tell forgivable lies
In a spirit that's so pure
Marching into the madness of youth
And no hope of a cure

Chorus:

He's trying he's fighting all the laws of gravity
No sign of achievement no responsibility
In a world of his own

Cos the right of the world pushed him too far
But his Mother always said he was good as gold
Cos the right of the world pushed him too far
But his Mother always said he was good as gold
Cos the right of the world pushed him too far
But his Mother always said he was good as gold

Tricking and scheming into the world
Flying his flag so high
From the turret of a battle tank
Drowned out by his own war cry

Chorus

Paintbox

Painting pictures of a thousand different paths
We sketch an outline of a love that hopes to last
Casting a wand over imaginary hopes
And close our eyes so we don't fell the ebb and flow

Chorus :

And paintbox you are my only hope
Of covering the faded past and starting out once more
With a fortune in new colours new hopes to inspire
I paint the path I want to take and paint a life of fire

Marking out our lives full of different plans
Excitedly we hold the key to change our hearts and hands
We climb the hill to see if green fields lie beyond
Only to realise they've faded now and gone

Chorus

Painting pictures of a thousand different paths
We sketch an outline of a love that hopes to last
Casting a wand over imaginary hopes
And close our eyes so we don't fell the ebb and flow

Chorus


The Shadow

I'll come dancing through your door
With hands out to the poor
And you won't know my name
But you will play my game
And through your eyes will sleep so very deep
It can't keep me from your door
Like a vampire I will call

And when the Sandman comes to you at last
I'll take the reins

Like a river flowing south
A virus coursing through your blood
Bursting its bank and over the land
Washing away the grains of sand
And after all the faded years
I look in the mirror on the edge of tears
It seems I might have finally seen
That haunting shadow was really me
There's a man who's followed me
Just about all my life
Being to you what I couldn't be
I call him my insecurity
He was strong when I was weak
Spoke outloud when I couldn't speak
He takes your hand from your carriage
And kisses you under the silver moon
Taken by his charm hand on arm
This white knight of gestures can never do wrong

I ran and I ran to go as far as I can
Looking over my shoulders
But always seeing that man
Running after me on the horizon forever

He takes your hand from your carriage
And kisses you under the silver moon
Taken by his charm hand on arm
This white knight of gestures can never do wrong

Shining bright a silver light
On the long tall shadows of the night
Spiralling down and out of control
I know it's a dream but I can't let go

Cries for help fall on stony ground
There's so much noise I can't hear a sound
Forever falling and I can't sleep
I pray the Lord my soul to keep

Looking for somewhere that's home to me now
The king of the castle and his sacred cow
I've travelled the world
And by chance that is how
The lies became true
Between me and you
Free spirit I've travelled so follow me now

[repeat]

I'll come dancing through your door
With hands out to the poor
You won't suspect at all
Like a vampire I will call


Masters Of Illusion

On the far west reaches of your mind
All of the things you've done so far
Will come to you for evermore
And I am here to make sure
Lightning strikes right between your eyes
As you walk the plank for all those lies
I'm not the welcome guest
But the price must be paid and I'm here to stay

I'm the master of illusion the master of disguise
Making worlds disappear
Right before your very eyes
Everyday I hide away in honesty and discipline
No good to anyone least of all myself
I can always pull a neat trick from the hat
Breaking all the rules and treading on the fools
Kick out the weak with the Rollers and the pools

Chorus:

I follow the river of gold as it flows
And will always be at your side
Offering a hand that holds
The future to your dreams
But I stay when I know I should go

I'm the master of illusion a master of surprise
Ready to pounce on the weak
And the weary should they dare close their eyes
Milking those with needs
Who'll never see the woods for the trees
Everyday I'll hide away in honesty discipline
No good to anyone least of all myself
I can always pull a neat trick from the hat
Breaking all the rules and treading on the fools
Kick out the weak with the Rollers and the pools

Chorus

Standing face to face daggers drawn at dawn
You dreamt of king and queens
You were only a pawn in the patchwork quilt of life
Thrown in the ring to fight
The serpent on the left of me the lamb
Stands to the right

Standing face to face daggers to the death
Like a thief in the night
Stealing your last breath
Hypnotised by sorcery
Mesmerised by treachery
You have the heart you have the will
But does your conscience fight you still?

Misdemeanour it was only by default
That you got this far
The road ahead is a path of hot coals
Dragging you back to the start
For he that has the wisdom will see
Through the masquerade

Now the cold winds blow
Where there was once only warmth
As the day comes to an end and I must go
Take my hand one last time
Hold it so close to your faint heart
Part of me is dying with you
I can't stay anymore
The book is closed

As the cold hail rains down on you
And your whole life flashes
Right before your very eyes
So it comes as no surprise I sympathise
But I can't let you go my childhood friend
And as your final hour comes to the fore
A light as bright as the sun penetrates my eyes
I'm the master of illusion a master of disguise
And you won't fear the world anymore.........

BIOLINKS:
http://www.pendragon.mu/

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