Kompendium – “Beneath the Waves” – rerLP008
Posted on September 23, 2012
Put your headphones on. Turn out the lights. We’re winding back the clock …
Remember when major record labels had big bucks to spend on creating aural masterpieces? When commercial musicians were given creative freedom and their work was released on sleek vinyl encased in gatefold sleeves? Those years may be a fond memory but Magenta’s keyboard player Rob Reed has wound back the clock to produce a breathtaking concept album; Kompendium‘s Beneath The Waves. When Rob contacted Ritual Echo Records about releasing the album on vinyl … well, what else could we say.
Beneath The Waves features a guest list of Prog Rock’s most respected musicians including Steve Hackett, Gavin Harrison, and Mel Collins. The album is a dark Celtic fairytale set in Ireland at the turn of the 20th century and is about a man whose wife commits suicide, only for them to be reunited in death. Steve Balsamo, recently with Jon Lord’s band, takes on lead vocals.
Limited edition 2LP set, available in both black (200 copies, £21.95) and transparent blue (300 copies, SOLD OUT) 180g audiophile vinyl. The album is housed in a laminated gatefold sleeve with full colour inners, bringing Geoff Taylor‘s specially commissioned artwork to life.
Mercy Of The Sea
Beneath The Waves
Il Tempo È Giunto
A Moment Of Clarity
One Small Step
For more information, click to go to the Kompendium web site.