Alive - Swans Of Avon - ALIVE - A Collection Of Unreleased Songs (CD)

Sea Epic is an orchestral epic tale about a man on a boat praying to God, whom The humor here is the flavor that brings interest to the music. Lastly, there's - accordingly, to lyrics sites - the band's most viewed song, She's a Dancer offers an unforeseen funky grip on the track, whose solo section also could be deemed as "progressive". The lyrics' buildup to the "plot twist" is pretty interesting, and will most likely leave you with a grin. If you like hard rock, whether or not proggy, listen to this track.

It's guaranteed you'll enjoy at least one of the abundant tracks. If you're into humor, then that's a plus. I guess the vocalist is really good at sounding like other people. First of all, this video brilliantly captures that essence of CTS and is extremely enjoyable, especially for long time fans and those who have actually had the opportunity to see them live.

The video shows off the undeniable raw talent of the musicians even as they move forward into their senior years.

Many bands that have been around for the same period have long lost their technical edge. That is not true with CTS. They still perform with the same precision and energy as they did in the mids. This video includes many of the musicians that played with the band throughout the years. Almost like a "Yes-Union" version of the lineup, including a rare appearance of the original bassist Joe Macre.

The first half dozen songs of this performance includes the opening songs from set lists of the past. For any fan that has seen them multiple times this is a very enjoyable aspect of the video. Of course as any CTS fan would know, this band was a generally overlooked by the masses and should have been in the history books with the classic progressive bands such as Yes, Genesis, Kansas, Pink Floyd and King Crimson. The video is clean, and the audio is fantastic. The performance is exceptional and should be a must-have for any progressive rock aficionado.

This is their funkiest record ever. Yes, you can dance to it. I choose not to but that's just how I roll. I prefer to sit and chill and groove and brother, there's plenty to groove to here. Ostrich opens with "The Box", very reminiscent of Vrooom-era King Crimson with angular guitars and interesting Floydian effects.

You better ""hold on" The band slams like guys with something to prove! And btw, the band hasn't fessed up to this, but this IS a concept record! Well right there you can see the ostrich connection. The subject is a modern day isolationist who knows what he knows and not much else. The next track "Happy Happy Happy" shows our subject walking around so blissfully ignorant of what's going on in the world that all you can do is pity the chump.

Raw with a giant heart on the sleeve! Masterpiece- soundscape and lyrics. A worthy cause to contribute to, besides it is a hell of a song with wonderful lyrics, but then again: expect nothing less of an artist like Matthew Ryan. Eric van Dorland. Living Water by Shannon Lay.

Go directly to shout page. View all similar artists. View all trending tracks. Loading player…. Scrobble from Spotify? Connect to Spotify Dismiss. Search Search. Years Active — present 28 years. Swans of Avon was a gothic rock band from Germany, formed in The band was signed to Consequence Records.

The band was signed … read more. Related Tags gothic rock darkwave deathrock gothic germany Add tags View all tags. Similar To Kontakt Buy Loading. More Love this track. Albums Sorted by: Most popular Most popular By release date. Play album Buy Loading. Similar Artists Play all. Trending Tracks 1. Features Exploring the local sounds and scenes at Noise Pop Fest.

Albums of the latest and loved, and the ones to look out for discover By okspud1 15 Feb am. All Things Hyped: Last. Love this track. More Love this track Set track as current obsession Get track Loading. Play track. Thursday 26 March Friday 27 March Saturday 28 March Monday 30 March Tuesday 31 March Wednesday 1 April Thursday 2 April Friday 3 April Saturday 4 April Sunday 5 April Monday 6 April Tuesday 7 April Wednesday 8 April Thursday 9 April Friday 10 April Saturday 11 April In his final period, Shakespeare turned to romance or tragicomedy and completed three more major plays: Cymbeline , The Winter's Tale , and The Tempest , as well as the collaboration, Pericles, Prince of Tyre.

Less bleak than the tragedies, these four plays are graver in tone than the comedies of the s, but they end with reconciliation and the forgiveness of potentially tragic errors.

It is not clear for which companies Shakespeare wrote his early plays. The title page of the edition of Titus Andronicus reveals that the play had been acted by three different troupes. Although the performance records are patchy, the King's Men performed seven of Shakespeare's plays at court between 1 November , and 31 October , including two performances of The Merchant of Venice.

In Cymbeline , for example, Jupiter descends "in thunder and lightning, sitting upon an eagle: he throws a thunderbolt. The ghosts fall on their knees. It contained 36 texts, including 18 printed for the first time. Alfred Pollard termed some of the pre versions as " bad quartos " because of their adapted, paraphrased or garbled texts, which may in places have been reconstructed from memory. The differences may stem from copying or printing errors, from notes by actors or audience members, or from Shakespeare's own papers.

In the case of King Lear , however, while most modern editions do conflate them, the folio version is so different from the quarto that the Oxford Shakespeare prints them both, arguing that they cannot be conflated without confusion. In and , when the theatres were closed because of plague , Shakespeare published two narrative poems on sexual themes, Venus and Adonis and The Rape of Lucrece.

He dedicated them to Henry Wriothesley, Earl of Southampton. In Venus and Adonis , an innocent Adonis rejects the sexual advances of Venus ; while in The Rape of Lucrece , the virtuous wife Lucrece is raped by the lustful Tarquin. A third narrative poem, A Lover's Complaint , in which a young woman laments her seduction by a persuasive suitor, was printed in the first edition of the Sonnets in Most scholars now accept that Shakespeare wrote A Lover's Complaint.

Critics consider that its fine qualities are marred by leaden effects. In , two early drafts of sonnets and appeared in The Passionate Pilgrim , published under Shakespeare's name but without his permission. Published in , the Sonnets were the last of Shakespeare's non-dramatic works to be printed.

Scholars are not certain when each of the sonnets was composed, but evidence suggests that Shakespeare wrote sonnets throughout his career for a private readership. It remains unclear if these figures represent real individuals, or if the authorial "I" who addresses them represents Shakespeare himself, though Wordsworth believed that with the sonnets "Shakespeare unlocked his heart".

The edition was dedicated to a "Mr. It is not known whether this was written by Shakespeare himself or by the publisher, Thomas Thorpe , whose initials appear at the foot of the dedication page; nor is it known who Mr. Shakespeare's first plays were written in the conventional style of the day. He wrote them in a stylised language that does not always spring naturally from the needs of the characters or the drama. The grand speeches in Titus Andronicus , in the view of some critics, often hold up the action, for example; and the verse in The Two Gentlemen of Verona has been described as stilted.

However, Shakespeare soon began to adapt the traditional styles to his own purposes. The opening soliloquy of Richard III has its roots in the self-declaration of Vice in medieval drama. At the same time, Richard's vivid self-awareness looks forward to the soliloquies of Shakespeare's mature plays. Shakespeare combined the two throughout his career, with Romeo and Juliet perhaps the best example of the mixing of the styles.

He increasingly tuned his metaphors and images to the needs of the drama itself. Shakespeare's standard poetic form was blank verse , composed in iambic pentameter. In practice, this meant that his verse was usually unrhymed and consisted of ten syllables to a line, spoken with a stress on every second syllable. The blank verse of his early plays is quite different from that of his later ones. It is often beautiful, but its sentences tend to start, pause, and finish at the end of lines , with the risk of monotony.

This technique releases the new power and flexibility of the poetry in plays such as Julius Caesar and Hamlet. Shakespeare uses it, for example, to convey the turmoil in Hamlet's mind: []. Sir, in my heart there was a kind of fighting That would not let me sleep. Methought I lay Worse than the mutines in the bilboes. Rashly— And prais'd be rashness for it—let us know Our indiscretion sometimes serves us well After Hamlet , Shakespeare varied his poetic style further, particularly in the more emotional passages of the late tragedies.

The literary critic A. Bradley described this style as "more concentrated, rapid, varied, and, in construction, less regular, not seldom twisted or elliptical". These included run-on lines , irregular pauses and stops, and extreme variations in sentence structure and length. The listener is challenged to complete the sense. Shakespeare combined poetic genius with a practical sense of the theatre. This strength of design ensures that a Shakespeare play can survive translation, cutting and wide interpretation without loss to its core drama.

He preserved aspects of his earlier style in the later plays, however. In Shakespeare's late romances , he deliberately returned to a more artificial style, which emphasised the illusion of theatre. Shakespeare's work has made a lasting impression on later theatre and literature. In particular, he expanded the dramatic potential of characterisation , plot, language , and genre.

The Romantic poets attempted to revive Shakespearean verse drama, though with little success. Critic George Steiner described all English verse dramas from Coleridge to Tennyson as "feeble variations on Shakespearean themes. These include three operas by Giuseppe Verdi , Macbeth , Otello and Falstaff , whose critical standing compares with that of the source plays. In Shakespeare's day, English grammar, spelling, and pronunciation were less standardised than they are now, [] and his use of language helped shape modern English.

Shakespeare's influence extends far beyond his native England and the English language. His reception in Germany was particularly significant; as early as the 18th century Shakespeare was widely translated and popularised in Germany, and gradually became a "classic of the German Weimar era ;" Christoph Martin Wieland was the first to produce complete translations of Shakespeare's plays in any language.

Some of the most deeply affecting productions of Shakespeare have been non-English, and non-European. He is that unique writer: he has something for everyone.

Shakespeare was not revered in his lifetime, but he received a large amount of praise. Between the Restoration of the monarchy in and the end of the 17th century, classical ideas were in vogue.

A series of scholarly editions of his work, notably those of Samuel Johnson in and Edmond Malone in , added to his growing reputation. During the Romantic era , Shakespeare was praised by the poet and literary philosopher Samuel Taylor Coleridge , and the critic August Wilhelm Schlegel translated his plays in the spirit of German Romanticism. The modernist revolution in the arts during the early 20th century, far from discarding Shakespeare, eagerly enlisted his work in the service of the avant-garde.

The Expressionists in Germany and the Futurists in Moscow mounted productions of his plays. Marxist playwright and director Bertolt Brecht devised an epic theatre under the influence of Shakespeare. The poet and critic T. Eliot argued against Shaw that Shakespeare's "primitiveness" in fact made him truly modern. Wilson Knight and the school of New Criticism , led a movement towards a closer reading of Shakespeare's imagery.

In the s, a wave of new critical approaches replaced modernism and paved the way for " post-modern " studies of Shakespeare. He encloses us because we see with his fundamental perceptions. Shakespeare's works include the 36 plays printed in the First Folio of , listed according to their folio classification as comedies , histories , and tragedies. In the late 19th century, Edward Dowden classified four of the late comedies as romances , and though many scholars prefer to call them tragicomedies , Dowden's term is often used.

Around years after Shakespeare's death, doubts began to be expressed about the authorship of the works attributed to him. Shakespeare conformed to the official state religion, [k] but his private views on religion have been the subject of debate. Shakespeare's will uses a Protestant formula, and he was a confirmed member of the Church of England , where he was married, his children were baptised, and where he is buried. Some scholars claim that members of Shakespeare's family were Catholics, at a time when practising Catholicism in England was against the law.

The strongest evidence might be a Catholic statement of faith signed by his father, John Shakespeare , found in in the rafters of his former house in Henley Street. However, the document is now lost and scholars differ as to its authenticity. Scholars find evidence both for and against Shakespeare's Catholicism, Protestantism, or lack of belief in his plays, but the truth may be impossible to prove. Few details of Shakespeare's sexuality are known.

At 18, he married year-old Anne Hathaway , who was pregnant. Susanna, the first of their three children, was born six months later on 26 May Over the centuries, some readers have posited that Shakespeare's sonnets are autobiographical, [] and point to them as evidence of his love for a young man.

Others read the same passages as the expression of intense friendship rather than romantic love. No written contemporary description of Shakespeare's physical appearance survives, and no evidence suggests that he ever commissioned a portrait, so the Droeshout engraving , which Ben Jonson approved of as a good likeness, [] and his Stratford monument provide perhaps the best evidence of his appearance. From the 18th century, the desire for authentic Shakespeare portraits fuelled claims that various surviving pictures depicted Shakespeare.

That demand also led to the production of several fake portraits, as well as misattributions, repaintings, and relabelling of portraits of other people. And when she joined Swans in , they became an entirely new band. Their partnership is more like a tag-team match between a werewolf and a ghost. The Great Annihilator ; Invisible. And it ends with the sound of a child laughing.

A little twisted. But it also reflects a lighter side of Swans. And it shows its head pretty frequently on The Great Annihilator , despite the fact that this is still a dark, punishing release.

It is Swans, after all.

a nickname for William was invented by Ben Jonson in a poem he wrote in the First phrase refers to the swans (= large white water birds with long necks) on the River Avon at Stratford, where Shakespeare was born, and also to the ancient Greek belief that the souls of poets pass into swans.

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