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Secret Space

by Guitar Garden

Guitar Garden makes a bold move into classic progressive rock on its second release, SECRET SPACE. This record was voted #6 BEST ALBUM of 2006 by Delicious Agony.com, the noted prog-rock radio station.
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1. Passchendaele (Song of the Mellotronia)
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2. Evolution X
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3. War Echo
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4. Proggy Mountain Breakdown
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5. Secret Space (Blues for R.S.)
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6. The News at 11
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7. Waltz of the Dead
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8. Mandolin Blue
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9. Brahms
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10. Suddenly (a 4-part improvisation)
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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\"The BEST progressive rock CD I\'ve heard so far this year.\" --Greg Allen, Right Balance radio

\"SECRET SPACE is one of the most compelling instrumental prog-rock platters that I can recall.\" --Dutch Progressive Rock Page.com

\"One of the most satisfying instrumental albums of the year!\" --www.dailyvault.com

\"Strap on some headphones and prepare to take an adventurous ride on the latest from Guitar Garden\" --Pete Pardo, Sea of Tranquility.com

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If you like serious progressive guitar, then Guitar Garden is for you. On its brand-new CD, SECRET SPACE, the volume is cranked up and the beats are heavier, making for a potent and melodic instrumental experience from Guitar Garden\'s lead guitarist, Pete Prown.

“I spent a lot of the last year listening to vintage and new progressive rock bands, notably Yes, Genesis, Pink Floyd, and the Flower Kings,” says Prown. “That music is so melodic and cleverly arranged that it drove me to push Guitar Garden in that proggier direction. At the same time, I was also listening to vintage ’70s jazz-rock, like Return to Forever, the Mahavishnu Orchestra and those early, jazz-influenced Santana records. Those bands still blow me away. All of the this gives SECRET SPACE its unique sound...prog-fusion, for lack of a better name.”

Key tracks on the new album include the ferocious guitar rocker, “Evolution X,” which pays homage to great players like Al Di Meola and Carlos Santana in a series of blistering solos from Prown and guest guitarist, Rich Maloof. Meanwhile, the moody title track, “Secret Space (Blues for R.S.),” is an homage to Flower Kings guitarist Roine Stolt. “Roine reminded me that it’s okay to play blues guitar in a prog context. And he does it so brilliantly—he’s such a soulful player. I just had to pay him back, even just a little bit, for that bit of inspiration.”

Mastered by longtime Al Di Meola engineer Rich Tozzoli, SECRET SPACE also involves a few “surprise” tracks, like the country-flavored (and wryly titled) “Proggy Mountain Breakdown” and also “Mandolin Blue,” a refreshing track featuring an angelic mix of mandolin, echo-laden electric guitar, and lush acoustic melodies.

On the production end, Prown is especially proud of “War Echo,” which bears its space-rock influence on its sleeve, and slowly builds to a dramatic crescendo and guitar solo. There is plenty of improvisation on the album, too. “Suddenly” was composed of four improvised guitar parts, laid on top of either other, in under an hour. “Everything you hear on that song is either electric guitar or guitar synthesizer—even the piano and string parts,” says Prown.

In all, SECRET SPACE is one of the most compelling instrumental-rock platters of recent memory. Notes Prown, “When I finished the sessions, I realized that no one is making records like this anymore. Most bands seem more concerned with airplay or sales, but I decided to make a record that I would want to listen to in my free time. One that rocks, but at the same time, has strong melodies and dramatic arrangements. I think SECRET SPACE will be the blueprint for all Guitar Garden records to come.”

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J-Sin

The compositions are elaborate and intricate works of art...
Following up on “China Rose” with their sophomore release, Guitar Garden maintains a progressive instrumental feel with an atmosphere of ethereal melodies floating up and away. Compelling instrumentals that boast Asian influence as well as Latin and rock that are dripped overtop of downtempo beats, “Secret Space” is a soulful journey. The compositions are all elaborate and intricate works of art.
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Pete Pardo--Sea of Tranquility.com

Stunning Santana-meets-Al Di Meola guitar solos!
Strap on a pair of headphones, get comfortable, and be prepared to be taken on a sumptuous and adventurous ride with the latest from Guitar Garden. "Secret Space," the follow up to 2005's "China Rose," is a treasure chest of dreamy guitar tones and textures, bubbling synths, and soaring melodies. Much of the album pays tribute to some of Pete Prown's (lead guitarist) heroes. Highlights are "Evolution X", with its stunning Carlos Santana-meets-Al Di Meola styled rhythms and solos, the David Gilmour influenced "War Echo", and the proggy blues of the title track, a tribute to Roine Stolt and The Flower Kings. Other fun tunes include the Mellotron drenched "Passchendaele (Song of the Mellotronia)", the hard rock & fusion sounds of "The News at 11", and the ripping improvisations that permeate "Suddenly".

Secret Space is an all-round refreshing take on the instrumental guitar oriented release. Prown though takes a different approach by resisting the temptation to non-stop shred, and instead serves up many soothing melodies by creating lush guitar tones mixed with a myriad of keyboard sounds. It's a great homage to some of the best progressive and fusion bands of the last few decades.
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Greg Allen, Host/Producer of The Right Balance

The best progressive rock CD I've heard so far this year...
Guitar Garden's instrumental prowess is remarkable. Their "soundation" includes the likes of King Crimson and Pink Floyd, yet they are often original and always dynamic.
"Secret Space" is the best progressive rock CD I've heard so far this year.
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Jason Warburg, The Daily Vault

One of the most satisfying instrumental albums of the year...
On "Secret Space", leader Pete Prown produces a fresh take on the progressive-rock genre that makes this one of the most satisfying instrumental albums of the year. RATING: A-
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Jim Deluth

Stunning Guitar Work!
This album has GREAT guitar playing, and really memorable songs. It's like Pink Floyd meets Return to Forever! Amazing stuff.
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Dutch Progressive Rock Page

One of the most compelling instrumental prog rock platters that I can recall
This is the second album from Guitar Garden, an instrumental band making serious progressive guitar and keyboard music. This new album has turned into one of the most compelling instrumental prog rock platters that I can remember. I prefer the guitar driven songs like "Evolution X," "Secret Space" and "Suddenly." Here lead guitarist Pete Prown plays some wonderful and intriguing solos. "War Echo" is a space rock song with Pink Floyd-like slide guitar work, giving me gooseflesh every time I listen to it.
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jeff pavlock

so much to say
A great release which I am sorry took me so long to get . A wondeful instrumental prog release. I cyber met Pete through the Flower Kings/Flora Majora project. This man has great ideas and songwriting abilities. Don't hesitate...BUY IT and CD Baby is a nice little company too
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Vin Zanfordino

REALLY enjoying the music
REALLY enjoying the music, and especially like the nod to the Flower Kings for their influences.
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pH carpenter

FEELS SOO GOOD LIKE HOME
10/05/08 Thank You. I\'m so relieved to finally find this music. Just added to the list to order this CD. I Will definitely enjoy it. Al, Carlos, Roine, and more...Puh-leeze!
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