(Total 76:19) 1. Prelude (3:18) 2.
For A Thousand Years (4:58) 3. The World Prepares 4.
Soldier On Tom (11:18) 5. Not Just A Phoney War (4:54)
6. Face The War Alone (6:50) 7. Is This The Shape
(3:43) 8. Alone In The Dark (5:23) 9. This Is The
Shape (3:03) 10. Reap The Whirlwind (4:24) 11. Overlord
(5:09) 12. The Killing Grounds Of Falaise (2:39) 13.
For All Our Tommorrows (4:11) 14. Poor Buggers 1 (4:31)
15. Poor Buggers 2 (3:03) 16. Tommorrow's Going
To Be A Lovely Day (5:05).
This has to be the best release of 1995. Before
I review this album I am strongly recommending that you go our
and buy this album straight away as I am selecting this album
as my album for 1995.
The album opens with a short instrumental piece
of music entitled"Prelude", this features
lots of voice samples which tell of the rise of the German Nazi
partly just before the outbreak of the Second World War. "For
A Thousand Years" sounds absolutely brilliant, sounding
very much like Pink Floyd in style, one automatically
thinks of the classic album "The Wall".
The vocals here are stunning and remind you very much of Roger
Waters, even the female backing vocals stand out well.
"The World Prepares" again has a very
distinctive Floyd sound to it which makes it
a very interesting piece of music. The female backing vocals sound
very familiar to those used on "Dark Side Of The Moon".
"Soldier On Tom" is a mellow sounding
piece of music which features vocals not unlike those of Roger
Waters. I particularly like some of the samples used
here like Winston Churchill.
"Not Just A Phoney War" starts off
with some fine acoustic guitar and vocals which again give this
excellent piece of music a very rich feel to it. "Face The
War Alone" is a beautiful piece of music which features some
amazing guitar and saxophone passages. This is one of the best
tracks on the CD and could almost be single material. "Is
This The Shape" starts off with a sample of Winston
Churchill's voice, then an orchestral piece of music
gently flows in. The vocals and saxophone work blend in really
well together, making this a beautifully crafted piece of music.
"Alone in The Dark" reminds me a lot of Peter
Gabriel, the vocals sound very similar in style, even
the music has the same feel about it.
"This Is The Shape" is brilliant, it
stars off with a sample of one of Winston Churchill's
speeches, then merges into what sounds like he's doing a rap.
The electric guitar work is amazing, totally mind blowing. "Reap
The Whirlwind" is my personal favourite on the album. The
drums are what make this track stand out from the rest of the
material on this CD. Again the guitar work is excellent and gives
this excellent piece of music a certain bite to it. "Overlord"
features eerie samples which then forms into an excellent piece
of instrumental blues style of music. "The Killing Grounds
Of Falaise" is another melodic piece of music that features
symphonic keyboard sounds and harmonic vocal work. This very sombre
piece of music which tells of all the horrors of war.
"For All Our Tommorrows" again features
some excellent saxophone playing. The guitar work is again superb
and stands out very well. "Poor Buggers 1/2" is basically
one track which has been grafted together, but sounds totally
amazing. This is another standout track that could do well if
released as a single. It has a really dynamic sound to it. The
album closes with "Tommorrow's Going To Be A Lovely Day".
It features various samples taken from VE Day in 1945 and tells
of the joy of peace at last. The vocals are really emotional and
work well on this closing piece of music.
All in All, an amazing album by Lee Saunders
and deserves to do well. I would strongly advise giving this album
a listen. Don't take my word for it, this is a totally mind-blowing
album and should be in your collection.
Reviewed by Dave Roberts.