All the individual instruments can be heard much clearer than on the original mix of Especially the Mellotron parts by Martin Orford sound better and warmer and his fine playing on the synthesizers sound brighter than before.
In the guitar parts performed by Mike Holmes you'll hear much more details. Unlike the original record Peter Nicholls sounds crisp and clear. All the extra sounds that were included to give the music some additional effects can be heard more in the forefront of the final mix. This can be heard, for instance, in the intro to the opening piece The Last Human Gateway , or in the children's voices on Through the Corridors Oh!
Shit Me. Tales from the Lush Attic at AllMusic. Categories : albums IQ band albums. Hidden categories: Articles with short description Short description is different from Wikidata Articles with hAudio microformats Album articles lacking alt text for covers All articles with unsourced statements Articles with unsourced statements from September Track listings with input errors. In the style of some classic progressive rock albums, Tales from the Lush Attic consists of one epic song filling out almost an entire side of the original vinyl and other shorter songs composing the other side.
The Giant Electric Pea re-release features a bonus track, "Just Changing Hands", which is credited as running for but in reality is long and features a hidden track, a short nameless exotic sounding instrumental. Get promoted. Thursday 21 May Friday 22 May Saturday 23 May Sunday 24 May Monday 25 May Tuesday 26 May Wednesday 27 May Thursday 28 May Friday 29 May Saturday 30 May Sunday 31 May Monday 1 June Tuesday 2 June Thursday 4 June Friday 5 June Saturday 6 June Sunday 7 June Monday 8 June Tuesday 9 June Monday 15 June Tuesday 16 June Wednesday 17 June Friday 19 June Saturday 20 June Sunday 21 June Monday 22 June Tuesday 23 June Wednesday 24 June Thursday 25 June Friday 26 June Saturday 27 June Sunday 28 June Monday 29 June Tuesday 30 June Wednesday 1 July Truly an excellent addition to any prog collection.
Furthermore, Peter Nicholls' voices is strongly similar to Peter Gabriel's. Recorded in only in five days, the composition is also not always mastered. However, the music manages to bring a few scattered new 80's elements and the result is overall pleasant. The 20 minutes "The Last Human Gateway" is one of the longest progressive suite from the beginning of the 80's. It contains different ambiances typical of symphonic rock, mixed with eighties' sonorities: hard rocking epic passages, haunting atmospheres, calm spacey interludes, as well as average and cheesy moments.
The synthesizer solos are not always convincing, the result is uneven and sometimes sounds unbalanced. However, this song is overall varied and nice. After all, at this time, progressive music was not very popular, and not many tracks were this adventurous.
The short "Through The Corridors" is a punchy pleasant hard prog piece. Nonetheless, the best track of side 2 and of the record is "The Enemy Smacks". It features a catchy opening, nervous moments and melancholic atmospheres different from the seventies' classic prog material. The bonus track "Just Changing Hands" is optional. Although a bit immature, not always mastered and marked by the influences of Peter Gabriel and co.
The musical identity still needs refining. Anyway, this second opus was welcomed in the desert progressive landscape of A good entry point to discover IQ and the neo-progressive sub genre. Nice drumming. Peter Nicholls as a Peter Gabriel imitator? Who knew? Kind of classical. Trying to go super fast. Martin Orford was really good!
And they made history with this release because along with Script for a Jester's Tear, it is considered one of the first true neo-prog albums.
But unlike the Marillion's debut, the sound of this self-produced album is not so great, especially in terms of vocals. In this album Peter Nichols does not sings in the refined, sharp and elegant style of more recent albums. Let's be honest, he sounds like a lousy iteration of Peter Gabriel. That's a pity, because the quality of the album is otherwise excellent.
The epic The Last Human Gateway is awesome and should be rewarded as one of the best neo-prog songs of the 80's. The rest of the record is a bit more irregular, especially the shorter tracks and this fact along with the aforementioned weak production is the reason that this album does not achieve a higher rating. Conclusion: despite the bad production, Tales From the Lush Attic is an obligated record to understand the birth of the neo-prog sub-genre. Putting all these critiques aside, this albums isn't loved for no reason.
Right from the opening keyboard theme from 'The Last Human Gateway' you can hear the love for the progressive genre. When Nicholls enters with his theatrical performance this moment can still be relived as a sort of reunion of seventies sentiments. This twenty minute suite unapologetically fires all that was good about symphonic prog; waves of synths, time-signatures, epic guitar leads and of course that conclusive finale in which everything comes together.
On side two 'The Enemy Smacks' reaches equal peaks. The short 'Through The Corridors' has guitar solo's serving as riffs and suffers terribly for it. To bad, because without it side one would have been better.
Whether you'll really appreciate this album will depend on you having forgiving ears or not when it comes to the production. Its historical importance can't be denied - as does the love put into writing it. The artwork is quite good! Only the limited first run has the blue frame and you're more likely to find a red one.
I myself will however remain a frequent listener of their more recent output. I'm generally not a big fan of neo-prog subgenre. I just like Marillion's Fish era and a little bit of Pendragon's work. I became more interested in IQ's music because I saw many 5-rated reviews for their last album, but after a few plays of Resistance, I could not give it more than 3 stars.
So I de Excellent beginning for this band approaching now 40 years of existence. To their credit, please remember it's the 80's and prog music was effectively in an all-time low, yet they resisted producing it as only few bands dared to at the time.
On this, as on future albums, they excel particularly Beautiful way to start a band. Beatiful way of express yourself in a world where Disco and Punk has ravaged the musical world and got bands like Genesis and Yes running for cover. This is the band that, with the help of Marillion, put the word "progressive" again in the tongues of many, many I love IQ, especially after seeing the 'Stage' DVD concerts, which clearly show a well-oiled machine going through its motions.
I absolutely loved all of Genesis Gabriel era. Why then did I not discover this album and IQ back then when this was released? No clue relating to the answer to that question however I know today Although Iq are consider one of the greater bands of neoprog, i don't consider much this album. Here there is a totally absence of melody!!! Iq should stay totally in symphonic prog, because they aren't so melodic or accessible like the other neoprogressive bands Whilst their debut album "Tales From The Lush Attic" didn't come quite as fully formed, didn't sell nearly as well, and wasn't as instantly iconic, there is a lot to enjoy, and This album is better than "Script for a Jester Tear" from Marillion, is better than "The Jewel" from Pendragon, is better by short than "Live at the Target" from Twelfth Night and is better than "The Sentinel" from Pallas, just because Tales from the lush Attick is the only one from the five first On this their debut album, IQ writes the blueprint for the sound they would carry on all their Nicholls fronted releases, gracefully melodic interplay between Holmes' guitar and Orford's keyboards, with Nicholls' emotional delivery of his obscure poetic lyrics.
They begin with a minute a swirling While I like this album, there is no denying two obvious things: 1. They are wearing their influences Genesis in particular, Yes to a lesser extent, and even 80's new wave very prominently on their sleeve.
The production is atrocious. I really think this is a must-have. In , after recording some demos, and a cassette named "seven stories into eight", finally IQ recorded the first official album: "Tales from the lush attic". Several people claim, even today, they are a copy of Genesis.
I think not. But I do think they took Streams Videos All Posts. Styles Neo-Prog Prog-Rock. Recording Date August 2, - September 2, Track Listing. The Last Human Gateway. Through the Corridors.Originally released , Tales From The Lush Attic was IQ's first album and is now available for the first time as a U.S. release. Recorded in August '83 in only 5 days this record contains the two all time favorites The Last Human Gateway and The Enemy Smacks in their original studio clubexandalynewlapeconmembspanat.coinfos: