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Lightspeed - 2004 Waves

ARTIST: Lightspeed
ALBUM: Waves
LABEL: Self Released
YEAR: 2004
CD REISSUE: 2006, Majestic Rock, MAJCD096
SPONSOR: Rod Chappell and Lightspeed


LINEUP: John Persichini - vocals * Gene Murray - guitars, vocals * Gary Chappell - keyboards, vocals * Rod Chappell - bass, guitars, vocals * Terry Crawford - drums, guitars, vocals

TRACK LISTING: 01 Peak Fires * 02 Things To Come * 03 Young At Heart * 04 Waves Of Emotion - i waves * 05 ii - Breath Away * 06 iii - One Last Time * 07 iv - Innocence Of Life * 08 Bridges * 09 Let Me In * 10 Razors Edge * 11 Fly Away


Canadian progsters Lightspeed return to the podium, proving that no matter how long you stay out of the spotlight, you are always guaranteed a return. It's been a decade or more since their last studio album 'On Second Thought'. In between times everyone has been off working on other projects, while the seed for Lightspeed's vision and sound remained in hibernation. All of the musicians bring a lot to the table, the result thankfully a cohesive fusion rather than a disjointed collection of ideas, which tends to happen on occasions like this. The other saving grace is that the Lightspeed team are all thinking along the same lines, the final product for 'Waves' coming off sounding a hell of a lot commercial than I would've anticipated on first listen. Perhaps a mix of eighties based Styx and Rush is the complimentary theme. Put it this way, it has more lightweight prog appeal to me than fellow luminaries Enchant or Tiles for that matter!

The Songs
Vocalist John Persichini adds a lot of colour to 'Waves', on occasion sounding like Dennis De Young, and is given the space to deliver amid a swirling musical environment. Starting out with 'Peak Fires', it is typically prog based, while 'Things To Come' shuffles more to the commercial hard rock part of the sidewalk. The change-up comes as early as track three, with 'Young At Heart' being a superb acoustic piece. Ten years ago this could've been Gary Cherone and Nuno Bettencourt doing the rounds. A lovely tune nonetheless. Probably the band's piece de resistance is the four-part 'Waves Of Emotion'. A sweeping journey which takes us through phases. The mid-tempo 'Waves' leads us into the parping keys influence of 'Breath Away', which in turns takes a more sombre reflective turn with 'One Last Time'. The melodic prog lines return with 'Innocence Of Life' - again, more hard rock than prog. Coming in not long after is the rather excellent 'Bridges'. A crisp rhythm section give this song a tight feel while the keyboards and guitars give breadth and texture. 'Let Me In' is more introspective, taking up the role of the 'thinking mans' song on the album, not a million miles away from latter day Saga. As with the name, 'Razors Edge' does have an abrasive quality about it, the harder rockin' style a good contrast. Check out the OTT bass-lines from Rod during the middle section! The warm acoustic/electric mix in tandem with the organ backdrop on 'Fly Away' sends this album off on a great finish. Though it is 7 minutes, the passages wind down gently to the end.

In Summary
'Waves' is a surprisingly good album, considering the band have been out of action for a few years, but obviously have not lost any chops as a result. Check them out at their website URL shown below.

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#1 | Nick C on August 23 2008 15:03:37
Lightspeed....can't say anything bad about them, their 3 albums (so far) are well worth checking out for any self respecting pomper/progger as some of their stuff is blindingly brilliant.

Waves was given a further release on the Majestic label a couple of years ago with a different sleeve...not sure if it was remixed or anything (I should really grab the new version).
#2 | rkbluez on April 24 2009 18:33:13
Great band Great least the Majestic one was pressed on a silver CD...but I'm glad I bought both the Majestic version and the Majestic obviously burnt the band royalties wise so at least they made something when I bought the CDR version.
#3 | trillion1999 on October 31 2011 21:15:56
I used to see the Japanese editions of So Exactly Where Are We and On Second Thought in a legendary now closed record-store.I had the American editions but had never heard them back then.Had I heard them I for sure would have picked them up.All three albums for sure has memorable stuff for the pomp/prog-fans.
#4 | swazi on November 02 2011 11:57:01
This is the front cover of the Majestic release:

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