back to Live' is my very first close encounter with the progressive
universe of Dutch rock band Mangrove. This double live album was
recorded in Apeldoorn, Holland
on November 4th 2005 during their 'Facing the Sunset' Tour.
first part of the show - and first disc - features older songs from
their first two albums, and shows a melancholic and emotional rock
band with strong roots in the 70's English prog rock scene, Genesis
first of all. This is big sound collages, harmonies, soft and dark
symphonies, played with style and conviction. But the show some how
never really gets going... but just sort of flows nicely.
the second part - disc two - things do however change pace and
becomes very complex. 3 very long songs from the 3rd studio album 'Facing
the Sunset' shows a much more mature and determined band, which has
grown into an interesting progressive rock band worth taking notice
of. These 3 songs set a new standard for the band, and clearly show
a band moving in the right direction.
double header gives a nice introduction to Mangrove, and I really do
look forward to see where this will take the band. Progressive rock
fans should take notice, because this is a fine piece of music,
which should thrill fans of the English prog rock scene in
Do check it out...