Monday, November 24, 2014

Dave Bainbridge "Celestial Fire"

Country: UK
Sub GenreProgressive Rock
FormatCD, digital
Release dateNovember 24, 2014
  1. Heavenfield - 1:05
  2. Celestial Fire - 15:18
  3. See What I See - 6:03
  4. The First Autumn - 4:03
  5. For Such a Time as This - 10:30
  6. Innocence Found - 5:51
  7. Love Remains - 13:03
  8. In The Moment - 14:23
  9. Heavenfield Reprise - 0:47
  10. On The Edge of Glory - 3:07
Dave Bainbridge (Iona): 6 and 12 String Electric & Acoustic Guitars, Bouzouki, Mandolin, Piano, Organ, Keyboards, Autoharp, Finger Cymbals, Darbukka, Chimes, Indian Leg Bells, Beer Shaker, Tambourine, Backing Vocals
Collin Leijenaar (Neal Morse, Jordan Rudess, Affector): Drums, Mellotron Choir
Randy George (Neal Morse, Alan White): Bass Guitars, Taurus Bass Pedals
Gabriel Alonso: Gongs, Timpani, Percussion, Cymbals, Gongs, Crotales, Shaker
Damian Wilson (Threshold, Headspace, Rick Wakeman, Landmark): Vocals
Sally Minnear: Vocals
Yvonne Lyon: Vocals
Julia Malyasova: Vocals
Joanne Hogg (Iona) : Ethereal Vocals
Andrea Alonso: Vocals
Debbie & Evie Bainbridge: Backing Vocals
David Lyon: Backing Vocals
Graeme Duffin: Backing Vocals
Troy Donockley (Nightwish): Uilleann Pipes, E Low Whistle and D High Whistle
David Fitzgerald (Iona) : Tin Whistle, Flute, Chinese Flute, Soprano, Alto, Tenor and Baritone Saxes
Martin Nolan: Uilleann Pipes, Tin Whistle
Frank van Essen (Iona) : String Ensemble, solo Viola, solo Violin
Todd Reynolds: Solo Electric Violin
Corinne Frost: Cello

Celestial Fire delivers its sound primarily from three primary directions. Ten tracks run for almost an hour and a quarter. In addition to the rockier side of Iona, listeners will also hear gentler Celtic sounds in several tracks, especially the brief one minute opener "Heavenfield" and its reprise in the ninth track. But for us the surprise was a very strong classic Yes influence with sweeping electric guitar and keyboard parts joining powerful vocal layers. The album features four epic length masterpieces including the title track.
 Read the full review at musicaldiscoveries.com


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