Title - Excalibur V - Move, Cry, Act, Clash!
Artist - Alan Simon
For those not aware, Move, Cry Act, Clash! is the fifth part of French musician and producer Alan Simon’s legendary Celtic rock opera series Excalibur.
The glorious recordings features such notable musicians as Alan Simon himself along with the late John Wetton, Steve Hackett, Bernie Shaw, Jerry Goodman, Martin Barre, Jeremy Spencer, Michael Sadler, Roberto Tiranti, John Helliwell, Jesse Siebenberg, Shira Golan and Miriam Toukan.
Move, Cry, Act, Clash! concludes its 12 tracks with The Vision featuring the aforementioned legendary John Wetton (King Crimson/Asia) in a beautiful tribute to the friendship and respect between these two musical giants.
1. Move, Cry, Act, Clash
2. The Prisoner
3. The Last Bird
5. I Said Shout
7. The Lady of the Lake
8. When Your Feelings Grow
9. Wake Up (Before the Last War)
11. A Brand New Day
12. The Vision
This simply magnificent fifth part of French musician and producer Alan Simon’s legendary Celtic rock opera series Excalibur opens on the highly atmospheric title track Move, Cry, Act, Clash and then some harder prog guitar comes to the fore on The Prisoner, before we get the pure gossamer of The Last Bird, the Celtic mid-tempo balladry of Messaline and then both the upbeat and euphoric I Said Shout and the low key, troubadour-imbibed Heaven.
Next up is the free flowing storytelling of The Lady of the Lake which is itself backed by the foot-tapping guitar rocker When Your Feelings Grow, then comes the ornately structured, percussion-layered Wake Up (Before the Last War), the languishing Hey, the album rounding out on the soaring A Brand New Day, closing on the wondrous opus The Vision.
John Wetton (Asia / King Crimson)
Steve Hackett (Genesis)
John Helliwell, Jesse Siebenberg (Supertramp)
Bernie Shaw (Uriah Heep)
Martin Barre (Jethro Tull)
Jeremy Spencer (Fleetwood Mac)
Michael Sadler (Saga)
Roberto Tiranti (Labyrinth)
Jerry Goodman (Mahavishnu Orchestra)
Shira Golan & Miriam Toukan (The Peace Tent Project)
“Excalibur brought me a lot of happiness because by creating this musical round table, I had the great chance to collaborate with incredible rock and folk legends, pillars of mythical groups: Yes, Supertramp, Fleetwood Mac, King Crimson, The Moody Blues, Alan Parson, Asia, Barclay James Harvest, Genesis, Fairport Convention, Runrig, Jethro Tull, Saga, Uriah Heep.”
“Since its creation 20 years ago Excalibur has represented 5 studio and 3 live albums including 120 original tracks. Offering a new album is not trivial. You have to give everything. So I made this opus V by investing myself 100% with an old-fashioned production. No home studio but the joy of living in a large studio (Drums code studios in Italy) with great soloists and a fantastic symphony.”
“Then I contacted magical interpreters that I like. What a joy to hear the guitars of the legendary pillars of Genesis and Jethro Tull: Steve Hackett and Martin Barre or the voices of Supertramp from Saga and Uriah Heep: Jesse Siebenberg, Michael Sadler and Bernie Shaw without forgetting this incredible talented singer Roberto Tiranti.”
“We spent 6 months in a mixing studio with an average of 100 tracks per title. I hope that this more rock album than the previous ones will sign a real return on stage of this universal legend, ‘ever green’ say the English. Thank you to all those who supported Excalibur.”
“After 300,000 spectators in 4 tours, I hope that this musical round table finally finds its audience under the aegis of sharing. These 12 new songs underline the urgency to get moving for our planet.”
“More than ever our destiny is in our hands. And everything is good to take. The concept of Excalibur and its musical knights must contribute to this new start. Artists can (and must) get involved more than ever.” - Alan Simon.
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