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6 Degrees Entertainment

Title - Dark Fables
Artist - Clive Nolan & Oliver Wakeman

For those unaware, prog duo Clive Nolan and Oliver Wakeman have just released a standalone CD version of Dark Fables through Cherry Red Records this past November 5th, 2021.

The album originally featured as the third disc on the pair’s Tales By Gaslight box set which was released back in April.

Dark Fables features previously unreleased pieces that were intended to complete the trilogy and over 30 minutes of music conceived for the abandoned Frankenstein album and unused from The Hound of The Baskervilles.

These include The Man Called Sherlock which was the original version of the Overture and 221B, inspired by Sherlock Holmes’ famous address.

1. The Overture
2. I’d Give You Anything
3. The Mirror
4. Elizabeth
5. Why Do You Hate Me?
6. The Wedding Approaches
7. Time Passes
8. A Descent Into Madness
9. 221B
10. The Man Called Sherlock
11. The Baker Street Irregulars
12. The Jabberwocky

This bewitchingly sublime collection opens on the soaring The Overture and the stirringly operatic storytelling of I’d Give You Anything, and then moves seamlessly into a poignant endeavor within The Mirror, the beautiful piano work of Elizabeth and then comes the melodious goth-lite Why Do You Hate Me? and the ornate Renaissance-invoking The Wedding Approaches.

Up next is the jittery synth score of Time Passes and the frenetic synth meandering of A Descent Into Madness which are in turn followed by the short, but sweet, and greatly joyous 221B, the collection rounding out on the seven minute The Man Called Sherlock, the uplifting buoyancy of The Baker Street Irregulars, closing on the spoken word The Jabberwocky.

Clive Nolan (Pendragon, Arena) and Oliver Wakeman (YES, Strawbs) first combined their considerable keyboard and compositional talents to create the two aforementioned rock opera/concept albums in 1999 and 2002.

Peter Pracownik was the creative behind the original The Hound Of The Baskervilles artwork 20 years ago and has employed his talents again for the sleeve of Dark Fables.

Dark Fables features guest performances from an array of prog talent including Gordon Giltrap, Paul Manzi (The Sweet, Arena, Oliver Wakeman Band), Andy Sears (Twelfth Night), Karl Groom (Threshold), David Mark Pearce (Oliver Wakeman Band, Munroe’s Thunder) and Charlotte Dickerson.

Why Do You Hate Me? (Official Video)

Clive Nolan - Official Website

Oliver Wakeman - Official Website

Official Purchase Link