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Beyond Rock

by Prog, Rock & Jam (various artists)

Ranging in style from Yes to Allan Holdsworth, Kate Bush, King Crimson, and ELP; Beyond Rock is an exciting progressive-rock/art-rock sampler featuring ten of Seattle's most adventurous ensembles. A must for the prog-rock enthusiast. Read the reviews.
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Skull Bongo - Sadhappy
4:16 album only
2. Uncharted Thoughts - Epiffanie
7:56 album only
3. In the Shadow of a Dream - Terry Palmer
Terry Palmer
5:45 album only
4. De-sensitivity - Keturah
Keturah Knutsen
6:38 album only
5. Communion/the Outlaw Within - System Seven
System Seven
8:55 album only
6. Dangerous in Deed - Jam Camp
Jam Camp
7:50 album only
7. The Color Blue - Ministry of Love
Ministry of Love
7:22 album only
8. Ancient Ones - Astoria
7:32 album only
9. The Prisoner - Jef Bear
Jef Bear
5:15 album only
10. Jade Cycle - Karl Welty
Karl Welty
9:57 album only


Album Notes
Progressive-rock in the truest sense, BEYOND ROCK features ten of the Seattle's most eclectic ensembles pushing past the limits of formulaic pop to create original, intelligent music for thinking listeners. The music compares favorably with the art-rock experimentation of bands like Soft Machine, Yes, Pink Floyd, Renaissance and UK. The cover of this masterwork boasts the surreal "Headspin", a mind-blowing original oil by Northwest artist Matthew Skenandore.


***Look for more JAM CAMP & JEF BEAR releases here at CD Baby!***


Beyond Rock reviewed in
Compact Discoveries
By Anil Prasad

This release features 10 of the Seattle area's finest up and coming progressive acts. All share the common goal of breaking free from formulaic pop/rock cliches to explore new musical horizons.

Artists like System Seven, Jam Camp, Karl Welty and Epiffanie place the emphasis on diversity here. Each merges forms including acoustic and electronic landscapes, hard rock, jazz, serene ballads and fiery instrumentals into a surprisingly cohesive whole.

The album's finest moment is found in Sadhappy's "Skull Bongo". Virtuosic doesn't even begin to describe this band. The track is a blistering four-minute fusion workout featuring some of the most killing bass work heard in years.

For the most part, Beyond Rock lives up to its name. In a world where musical "product" reigns supreme, it's a breath of fresh air.

Beyond Rock reviewed in
i/e Magazine
by Dean Suzuki

A terrific sampler which introduces not only some of For Art Sake's artists, but is also representative of the ever-thriving and evolving Northwestern scene. All of the bands/artists who have been chosen for this sampler have a distinct thing in common other than geographic region: they have no lack of imagination, ideas or musical ability. Sadhappy kicks in with their usual romp and pomp, an uncompromisingly witty session called "skull Bongo." Epiffanie's "Uncharted Thoughts" creates a gorgeous and sumptuous atmosphere with only acoustic, electric and bass guitars and drums. Terry Palmer, playing all manners of guitars (MIDI and otherwise), serves up some captivating fusion a la Kazumi Watanabe. Keturah are an excellent jazz/folk/fusion band modeled after Rousseau or Ragnarok. The aforementioned System Seven and Jam Camp (prior reviews) are present, with appealing slabs of post-Camelisms and snazzy Jean-Luc Pony meets Pink Floyd work-outs respectively. Ministy of Love, on their piece "the Color Blue," merge spooky, echoed electronics with found vocal samples and some Renaissance-styled folk backed up by an IQ-ish rhythm section. Weird. Astoria's "Ancient Ones" sounds like Sally Oldfield fronting an early-'80s Anthony Phillips guitar symphony, along with delicate, shifting drums. And finally, two dandy instrumentals top off this quite cool collection: Jef Bear's "The Prisoner," and the Tony Banks meets Eddie Jobson rave-out called "Jade Cycle" (Karl Welty). Quite simply, Beyond Rock is beyond reproach. Anyone wishing to experience a taste of what's exciting on the U.S. scene should pick up this collection - and the eventual full albums from the artists-in-waiting.

Background Magazine
The Netherlands
Stephen van de Ven

'Beyond Rock' is a good introduction to either some American bands and American progressive music. Don't expect and MARILLION or GENESIS clones, don't expect European oriented progrock compositions nor standard progrock. It is all American progressive rock music. This CD contains as many styles as bands (of which we discussed SYSTEM SEVEN, KARL WELTY and JAM CAMP in BM before) which range from funk oriented progressive music with jazz-rock influences to DJAM KARET and KONG influenced bands. It is a bit difficult to describe ten different styles and bands on a seventy-two minute CD, but the general message here is that progressive music isn't limited to Europe, and that American bands certainly have much to offer people that like progrock with real progressive developments and are interested in musical developments.

'Beyond Rock' is a well-balanced and well-produced compilation. I am convinced we will hear more from both For Art Sake and the bands on their label. If you go for true progressive music then 'Beyond Rock' should be in your collection.

Beyond Rock reviewed in
Music Uncovered
By Dan Peeters

This sampler is my first exposure to any of these ten artists, all of whom work within the loose bounds of progressive music. Seattle has a reputation as a source of bands breaking out and I fully expect to hear more from these artists. An impressive and diverse collection, this CD also boasts a great cover and striking graphics. This set is evenly divided between songs and instrumentals.

SADHAPPY'S "Skull Bongo" is buoyant, sassy, and has a beat you could dance to. Who says all progressive music is introspective and melancholy? A trio consisting of Paul Hinklin (bass), Skerik (sax), and Evan Schiller (drums), SADHAPPY have a fresh sound and attack.

For a little melancholy, try "Uncharted Thoughts" by EPIFFANIE, an exercise in musing. The last section has a line that goes "I live for tomorrow" and it sounds like an anthem. Perhaps one of the presidential candidates will pick it up for his campaign theme. Well, probably not, but its not a bad idea.

"In the Shadow of a Dream" by TERRY PALMER evokes imagery of medieval times and heroic fantasy. The recurrent main theme could be the hero's theme and the softer parts suggest romance. PALMER over-dubbed layers of guitars to spin out this tale.

A lady with a haunting voice given to whispering sighs, KETURAH asks us if we hear our inner voices on "De-sensitivity." "Somewhere inside of you/can't you feel the pain."

One of the things I like best about all these artists is the use of bass and drums. The rhythm section adds a solid bottom to songs like "De-sensitivity" and ASTORIA'S "Ancient Ones," which otherwise might have become to light for their own good. For my money, a live drummer and bass player beat the hell out of drum machines.

SYSTEM SEVEN gets adventurous in two tunes, both about flawed and interesting characters. "Communion" mixes a preacher with "shallow pleasure" and leaves him with a bottle in hand. "The Outlaw Within" gleefully takes what doesn't belong to him and has a hell of a time doing it, despite the pursuit of vigilantes.

JAM CAMP is "Dangerous in Deed" in this cooking, jazzy piece with great interplay between Steven Munger (sax), David Broyles (guitar), and Michael Smith (guitar).

Sooner or later in everyone's life, someone close to them dies. In the aftermath, we look back on their life and review our own. MINISTRY OF LOVE, with "The Color Blue" seem to do just that. "What about death/How about life?" they ask. I found the sound to be just a touch reminiscent of early Genesis. MINISTRY OF LOVE touch a lot of bases in this song's loose structure.

With "Ancient Ones," ASTORIA, a fine sextet, draws us to a mingling of spirituality and nature. This is a dreamy, pretty composition. Nancy Kaye's lead vocals are augmented by a chorus of backing voices, guitars, keyboards, flute and drums. I want to compare them to Renaissance, although ASTORIA may be headed in a parallel direction rather than similar.

The opening to JEF BEAR's "The Prisoner" is reminiscent of King Crimson in their "Red" period. From there, BEAR's guitar work blasts away in broad strokes, like a prisoner trying to climb walls. He falls down then tries again. A fiery, burning piece.

KARL WELTY is this CD's musical coordinator and he also plays on JEF BEAR's and KETURAH's tracks. His contribution, "Jade Cycle," is a nine minute plus exploration of a recurring theme. It moves along at a good clip, what I call driving music, because it makes a great soundtrack for driving (speeding!) in the country.

The pop/rock mainstream has gotten to be pretty boring the last few years. At the last turn of the century there was an infusion of new artists in many fields. It's time for the artists who'll make a statement for (the next) century to emerge. BEYOND ROCK, all hype aside, may be the first look at them.

Beyond Rock reviewed in
Camera Obscura

"Beyond Rock" - apparently a collection of otherwise unreleased cuts by ten overachieving Pacific Northwest bands, gathered onto a label that immediately rivals the best of the indies (Multiphase, Art Sublime, Palace of Lights, etc.). This is 71+ minutes of pure pleasure and delight. This label REALLY knows how to gather the right kind of music, not to mention some of the best of its kind, it also knows how to present it: the cover to this treasure trove is a phantasmagoric Psychedelic Sistine Chapel In The Round (Square) by Matthew Skenandore. I won't even try to describe it, it has to be seen, but suffice it to sat that it's strikingly reminiscent of what would happen if an artist tried to marry trompe l'oiel with Robert Williams "Barycenter". Mind blowing.

Needless to say, this anthology is highly, highly, highly recommended. No other compilation this strong, professional, imaginative and thoroughly artistic comes to mind. And the engineering on this is something Sterophile and the high-end rags could well rhapsodize upon.

Beyond Rock reviewed in
The Rocket
Bryson Alden

You wouldn't necessarily know it if your only source of information was the national press, but there's been a lot more going on in the Seattle music scene than Nirvana and grunge rock. This sampler showcases some of the best progressive rock-being recorded, featuring performances by Sadhappy, Jam Camp and Ministry of Love, among others.

Beyond Rock covers a lot of musical territory, from jazz to rock to a surprisingly aggressive "Dangerous in Deed" by Jam Camp. Of particular note is Sadhappy's "Skull Bongo"... which is a wonderfully melodic work featuring the sax work of Skerik, and some really tasty bass licks from Paul Hinklin. Jef Bear's "the Prisoner" and Karl Welty's "Jade Cycle" are also worth the price of the disc, and will appeal to those of us who like to crank it up until our ears bleed.


Also check out: Jam Camp (1990), Black Hills Jam (2004) and Jam Camp Live! (2006), and Jef Bear's Opaline (2006) also available here at CDBABY... get 'em all!




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