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Art Rock Circus


Tell a Vision

Year: 2005
Format: CD
Label: Tributary
Genre: [Art Rock/Progressive Rock]
Overall Rating: 8.0
Music: 8.0
Production: 7.5

It took three years for John Miner and Nolan Stolz to finish the fifth album of Art Rock Circus. Titled as "Tell a Vision", this album is definitely a labour of love. The music comes on two discs, both of which contain roughly about forty minutes of music.

The music of Art Rock Circus is simply art rock... however, to provide a more specific description of their music, I'd say ARC blends art rock and progressive rock into a form of musical. Although ARC hasn't performed this record as a musical like they did with their Heavens' Cafe, it's very possible that they will do that one day. In my view, the material on this album would work rather well in a musical. Actually, there are some really cool sections on this album every now and then that would serve as great peak moments if performed live. Nonetheless, I reckon the material on this album isn't as cohesive as it was on Heavens' Cafe.

With this release John Miner's intention was to capture a vintage sound, so analog equipment was used to record the whole album. I've got to admit that Miner has been really successful in capturing the sound of 60's and 70's. There are even some faults audible. However, it's a shame the drums don't sound as good as I'd wish. Nonetheless, I've got to praise Miner for recording an honest album with natural reverb present in the mix. There really aren't too many records done anymore that don't use digital technology to their advantage. Basically one hears a live performance, when he/she listens to this album.

Without a doubt, Tell a Vision is a must-have album for every Art Rock Circus fan. I also recommend this album to the listeners of 70's art & progressive rock bands. Check it out!

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- MAGE (June 7th, 2005)


Miner, John: All Guitars, Lyrics, Piano and Background Vocals, Lead Vocals
on Tracks 7, 10 & 11
Stoltz, Nolan: All Drums, Keyboards, Triangle
Ashmore, Todd: Lead Vocals on "Tell a Vision"
Miche: Lead Vocals on Tracks 1, 8 & 10
Manning, Kelton: Bass on Tracks 1, 2, 5, 10, 11, 13 & 14 and Pipe Organ on
"Begins Before Becomes"
Burris, Timothy: Monologue on Tracks 1 &10
Branco, Tony: Keyboard Solos on Tracks 1 & 10
Jentgen, Camille: Electric Oboe Solo on "Tell a Vision"
Hornbeck, David: Vocals on Tracks 2, 5, 11 & 13
Milo: Keyboards and Electric Sitar on Tracks 2, 5, 7, 8 & 11
Wallo, Karen: Vocals on "Begins Before Becomes"
Syroid, Erika: Violin on Tracks 4 & 13
Martino, Jim: Bass on Tracks 7, 8 & 11
Producer: Miner, John
Mixing by: Miner, John
Mastering by: Castaldo, Vinnie
Art Rock Circus - Tell a Vision  CD  Cover Image
Disc One
01. Tell a Vision
02. The Cell
03. Art of Bells
04. Begins Before Becomes
05. The Ballad of Joan Allen

Length: 39:36

Disc Two
06. Oregon Trail Song
07. The Cult on Hammer Hill
08. Poem from the Sea
09. String Theory #1
10. Rainbow Sun
11. Desert Song
12. Song for a Fifth Season
13. The Ripper
14. Synopsis in "A" Minor

Length: 44:08

Total Length: 83:44
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