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EPITAPH Return To Reality SPV/Brain Revisted (2008)


Originally released in 1979 on the Brain label, the roots of this album date back to 1974 with guitarist/vocalist Cliff Jackson's writing.

Twin guitar and keyboards from Germany do make for a good album. Think American hard rock mixed with European prog. Drummer Fritz Randow (Victory, Saxon) was ex Eloy, as was bassist Harvey Janssen.

Opener "Set Your Spirit Free" is a solid rock number, riff led. "Strangers" could easily nod at Kansas, with some excellent guitar work, while "We Can Get Together" opens progressively and features am off beat guitar and a west coast rock/pop feel.

"Summer Sky" is largely an acoustic number, but the layering of keyboards and backing vocals fills the sound well. In contrast, "On The Road" is more of a metal number.

The album sound is good, an enjoyable atmosphere, although the production is a little dull.

Well packaged though, digipak, sleevenotes and a bonus track; one of the better hard rock albums to come out of Germany.


Review by Joe Geesin

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***** Out of this world | **** Pretty damn fine |
*** OK, approach with caution unless you are a fan |
** Instant bargain bin fodder | * Ugly. Just ugly

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