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as the world

by echolyn

This album has been called one of the most important progressive releases of the 1990's.
Genre: Rock: Progressive Rock
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1. all ways the same
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2. as the world
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3. uncle
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4. how long i have waited
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5. best regards
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6. the cheese stands alone
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7. prose
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8. a short essay
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9. my dear wormwood
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10. entry 11-19-93
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11. one for the show
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12. the wiblet
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13. audio verite
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14. settled land
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15. a habit worth forming
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16. never the same
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Album Notes
"as the world" is the re-release of echolyn's 1995 SONY/550 Music/EPIC Records debut.

This album has been called one of the most important progressive releases of the 1990's!

In short, this release is everything echolyn - capturing some of the band's finest musical moments and celebrating the album's 10 year anniversary.

This re-release is the ultimate in includes:
*The original 1995 compact disc recording of "as the world" - Produced by Glenn Rosenstein, co-produced by echolyn, mixed by Jeff Balding and mastered by Greg Calbi
*A bonus DVD of echolyn performing the music from "as the world," filmed just 2-days before the actual release of "as the world" in 1995 in Michigan at The Ritz
*Special packaging with new full-color artwork



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Rob Kudla

stands the test of time
I have a love-hate relationship with As The World. On the one hand, it has some of my favorite moments in prog-rock, like "A Short Essay" and "A Habit Worth Forming", all angular and harmonic and melodramatic, and some sweet instrumental interplay on "The Wiblet" especially. All the instrumental tracks, in fact, are beautiful, albeit all very short. Nonetheless, they pull off instrumental virtuosity without ever crossing into instrumental wankery, an all too common trap in which many modern prog rock bands are caught.

On the other hand, the lyrics tend towards bitter, angry criticism of intelligence ("Wormwood") and rational thinking ("As The World", "Never The Same"), with some tedious appeals to superstition (even on "A Short Essay", my favorite) as well as awkward, whiny indictments of "the cool people" (almost every other track) not heard since before Neil Peart could afford a second house. "Mei" or "The End Is Beautiful" this isn't, but only lyrically speaking.

Overall, though, this disc has survived the test of time better to my ears than other prog-rock albums released around the same time by the likes of Spock's Beard, the Flower Kings, even Yes and King Crimson. Echolyn shows here that they may be America's finest prog-rock band, warts and all. Buy Mei first, but don't miss out on this, a document of what a progressive rock band can do when given a shot at the majors.

roberto cottarelli

a masterpiece ten years ago - a masterpiece today.

Bill Knispel

Finally available again after 10 years!
as the world is possibly one of the most important American prog albums of the 1990's. Sadly out of print for almost 10 years, this release offers not only their wonderful major label debut (originally released on Sony/550 Records), but a professionally shot DVD of their release party performance from 4 March 1995. Essential listening for all rock music fans!


After 10 listens it all makes sense. A really great album!!!


Even Better 10 Years Later
This album was landmark when it came out 10 years ago and it's even better today. The included DVD is a fantastic addition to the package. I had lost my original "As The World" disc almost five years ago and haven't been able to find it since. Thank God for this re-release. This album remains ahead of it's time a decade later and hopefully can have as big of an influence on a new generation of musicians and music fans.


Yes, the critics are right: As the World is really great. One of the top prog albuns of the 90's. It was well worth the wait.


impressive and beautiful
Echolyn created one of the most original progressive CDs of the 90's with As The World. The songwriting is excellent and the album is full of catchy, hook-filled and artsy songs that made it the best of its class. Impressive and beautiful, and I can honestly say I've never heard anything quite like it before. Recommended.

Yuriy Ishchenko

for those who miss 70-s gentle giant, jethro tull, genesis

Dave Tremper

Well worth buying!!
A very different and interesting sound by a band that's very tight. "Uncle" was the song that I heard on XM Music Lab (channel 51) that immediately hooked me. There are touches that I hear of Yes, Genesis, Dregs and the just plain uniqueness of Echolyn. I will check out the accompanying DVD and I'm sure I'll dig it. Echolyn is music to this drummer's ears. :-) Now where'd that name come from?


One of the best of '90
Wonderful sound!!!!Great prog music of the '90! Really
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