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Valensia - 2004 The Blue Album


VALENSIA - THE BLUE ALBUM (2004, ESCAPE MUSIC, ESM 099)
Aldous Valensia Clarkson - all instruments

Background
Fans of Dutch AOR/pomp will have known about the feats of one 'Valensia' since this time a decade ago. Purveyors of pomp and circumstance, with an ode to Freddie Mercury (RIP) and Queen, Valensia has taken a slightly different path to that other Dutch demi-god of pomp Robby Valentine. Now, as fate and luck would have it, the Japanese have been blessed by the joint collaboration of Messrs Clarkson and Valentine - the resulting 'V' album from 1999 a passing nod to the power-pop filled sixties (Beatles anyone?). Both their individual albums have fared pretty well over in the land of the rising sun, but their recorded material is pretty hard to track down on the western side of the border.

The Songs?
In the case of Valensia, Escape Music have somehow taken the punt to re-release what was a previously released effort from the man, originally released in Japan during 2002. Just why I'm not so sure.. perhaps the EM guys have a love affair with his music? Whatever, the final result to these western ears is a little bit offputting.. and thats being nice! To be perfectly honest, this music does as much to stir my musical fires as an ice-cube down the front of my trousers. I'm sorry to say that listening to this 57 minutes of pomp wonderment went way over my head, as I'm sure it did with many other listeners (Japanese fans withstanding). Now I can understand the love affair with all things Queen, but this surely takes the cake? The music is (as you would expect..) quirky, even our Swedish friends A.C.T would have a hard time digesting this!

In Summary
Somewhere there is a good album emanating in Valensia, I'm not sure I've heard it yet. If you really want to listen to a band who does the 'Queen' thing down-hat, I'd suggest you dust off the debut Russia album instead, and hear our mate Griff Stevens ham it up!

Track Time: 56.38
Sponsor: Escape Music

Track Listing:
01 Mayte
02 Hello Pianist
03 Inshallah
04 The Echo
05 The 1st Born
06 Goodnight Orion
07 Alyssa
08 The Flying Dutchfan
09 Life Is A Killer
10 The Amateur
11 The Line
12 A Night In Spain
13 Bonen Hood
14 Burying Heather
15 Valensian Jazz

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Valensia - 2004 Blue Album


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#1 | Eric on June 14 2008 01:05:19
Like a pomp rock Disneyland- over the top and then some. Incredible stuff and one of his best. This guy is a treasure.
#2 | gdazegod on June 14 2008 02:38:12
haha.. I was probably the wrong person to review this CD Eric. You should've got the job instead! lol
 
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