Friday, 12 July 2013

White Willow - Ignis Fatuus, expanded remastered edition

White Willow were one of a few bands from the Scandinavian regions who helped to regenerate interest in progressive rock in the early 90's. Along with Anglagard, Anekdoten, Par Lindh Project and Landberk they wholeheartedly embraced the core essence of 70's progressive rock, utilising the intrumentation of that period like analogue synths, mellotrons and bass pedals.

This new edition of their debut album has been expanded with an extra CD of outtakes, demos and live cuts. The quality of these is actually very good and includes a rather sprightly version of King Crimson's "Moonchild". As can be seen from the photo the artwork has been completely revamped. The original CD had some very nice artwork, but the new design is more streamlined and you can actually read the lyrics! Nice notes by Sid Smith too. The original CD was mastered by Bob Katz and sounded pretty good, but the album has been analogue remastered and sounds very detailed and warm. The tracks on the bonus CD were transferred as is. More reissues are promised soon, which is welcome news.

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