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The Enid - 1976 - In The Region Of The Summer Stars (Re-issue) 
Genre: Symphonic Prog
Country : United Kingdom
THE ENID biography (Progarchives)
British group THE ENID were formed around the founder/keyboardist Robert John GODFREY (BARCLAY JAMES HARVEST) and his fellow founder-members, guitarists Stephen STEWART and Francis LICKERISH in 1974. Almost like a combination of classical and rock, the band combined vast orchestral movements, exclusively classical instrumentation, rigourous construction completely well-written and romantic rock music led by composer Robert John GODFREY. For the most part the albums have some orchestrated sound, all created using the standard guitars, basses, keyboards and drums. THE ENID are probably the TOP of the symphonic tradition.
THE ENID - In the beginning Part I (1972 - 1980)
In 1969 Robert John GODFREY (RJG for short) became of BARCLAY JAMES HARVEST (BJH) and it was he who developed the orchestra and co-wrote some of the music for which BJH are now so famous. He remained with BJH until 1971. At the end of 1972 he recorded a solo album on the Charisma label "The Fall of Hyperion" showed the musical foundations on which his future music with THE ENID would be built on. In 1974 he became friends with Steve STEWART and together with others they found the highly individual and now very respected rock band known as THE ENID.
They released their first album in 1976. "In the Region of the Summer Stars" is one of those epic symphonic progressive rock albums for the seventies that are a must for every serious collector of progressive rock. Two years later the group followed that release with "Aerie Faerie Nonsense". Fans of the "heavier" or jazzier side of progressive rock might find this album somewhat too classical. However for all those who love to hear majestic with broad classical ovetones, this album is a MUST. The group's third album was called "Touch Me" and was released in 1979. Once again there is the return of an amount of response between various rock and classical modalities, though the classical features are much more prominent. The last album in the first part of THE ENID's history, "Six Pieces" was released in 1980 with next to no promotion at all. The cover of the album, which up till then was always an elaborate affair, this time round had six portraits of the band members as chess pieces. Instead the album poses as series of relatively short works each of which is completely Independent of the other. The group, for all intents and purposes, broke up for a time after that album.
THE ENID - A new chapter & The end? Part II (1980 - 1990)
The original trio of GODFREY, STEWART and LICKERISH had been reduced to a duo with LICKERISH having gone his own way. However, they wound up continuing on as a two-piece, recording "Something Wicked This Way Comes" in 1983. This also meant a change in musical direction with the inclusion of vocals, a stronger emphasis on the guitar/rock sound and overall a stronger appeal to a wider audience of people who like progressive rock. That same year saw the release of a two-disc live set, "Live at Hammersmith". In 1985 the group released "The Spell", yet it saw a return to the grandeur of classically based music. In fact the album is more of a classical work than a rock album. The following year saw the release of "Salome". In 1988 THE ENID performed a farewell gig and called it a day. The show was later released as "Final Noise". This live album was to be the final concert for THE ENID as a partnership between RJG and Stephen STEWART.
THE ENID - Rebirth and interruption Part III (1990 - 2000)
However, the end was not permanent as the band reformed in 1994. Since then they have released four new albums. "Tripping the Light Fantastic" (1995) was part of THE ENID's experimentation with the dance music revolution in the early 90's and exposed a new facet of THE ENID's technical skill - combining their trademark sound with new technologies. "Sundialer" (1995) was an album that featured some new material together with remixes of vintage ENID material between the music of the past ENID and the new musical direction. A return to basic, "The White Goddess" (1998) could be compared to albums such as their second release, "Aerie Faerie Nonsense". Thank God for that as it has regaled us with another fantastic ENID album. "Tears Of The Sun" (1999) coincided with the twenty-fifth anniversary of THE ENID. It remains a perfect introduction to the music of this eclectic band and founder member and composer Robert John GODFREY.
THE ENID have some great stuff and start with "In the Region of the Summer Stars" (1976), "Aerie Faerie Nonsense" (1977), "Touch Me" (1979), "Something Wicked This Way Comes" (1983), and "The Spell" (1985), or "The White Goddess" (1998) and "Tears of the Sun" (1999).
Album review (Progarchives):
This record was a case of being in the wrong place at the wrong time. Punk swept in just as this glorious swathe of prog rock appeared, even though it had been recorded a year earlier. A concept album based on the tarot deck, it features Robert John Godfrey's orchestral keyboards pushing against guitar work that ranges from the sublime to the metallic. Like so many prog bands, the classics raise their heads here, in influence if not in cribs, whether it's the Rachmaninov-style piano of "The Lovers," the Bartók harmonies of "The Fool...the Falling Tower," or the epic "The Last Judgement," where a rhythm based on Ravel's "Bolero" builds into a theme from a Latin mass before soaring to a climax. The title cut, on the other hand, is lazily pastoral and lilting, reflective until the heavier middle section, then slowly fading away. Really, the closest this band comes to rock as we know it is on "The Devil," where heads get down, but never quite bang. It's well worth noting that the CD version is different from the original vinyl, not only in tracks but even down to re-recording some tracks without some of the original members, which offers a different perspective. Comparing the two, it has to be admitted that the original version comes off better in its delicacy and freshness, although the newer recordings do make better use of the available technology.
1. The Fool……The Falling Tower (6:16)
2. Death, The Reaper (3:59)
3. The Lovers (5:17)
4. The Devil (4:14)
5. The Sun (4:39)
6. The Last Judgement (8:12)
7. In The Region Of The Summer Stars (6:19)
Total Time: 38:56
Fool, The Tower of Babel, The Reaper, The Loved Ones, The Demon King, Pre-Dawn, Sunrise, The Last Day, The Flood, Under the Summer Stars, Adieu.
Bonus track on CD (Inner Sanctum version): Judgement, In The Region Of The Summer Stars
- Robert John Godfrey / keyboards
- Stephen Stewart / guitars, bass
- Francis Lickerish / guitars
- Glen Tollet / bass
- Dave Storey (Robbie Dobson credited instead) (on original album only) / drums and percussion
- Chris North (on re-recorded version only) / drums and percussion
- Piano solo on "The Lovers" by RJG
- Dave Hancock / trumpet solo on "The Sun" and bridge passage between "The Judgement" and "In The Region"
- Neil Michell / solo trumpet on "Fool", "Pre-Dawn" and "The Flood"
LP: BUK Records BUK INS 3005 (1976) / CD: Inner Sanctum ENID001CD (2001)