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Album Review

Babylon's sole LP became with time a very sought-after collector item and a much-appreciated minor classic of the progressive rock genre. The band's style is influenced by Happy the Man, Yes, and mostly Genesis. Singer Doroccas has the same theatrical emphasis one found in Peter Gabriel (and would later be emulated by Marillion's Fish and IQ's Peter Nicholls, among others). Songs are complex and keyboard driven, but virtuosity is not gratuitous and everything remains very melodious. Lyrics are fantasy influenced and full of literary and artistic references. The standout track is definitely "The Mote in God's Eye," a strange disquieting piece packed with subtleties. "Before the Fall" is not as well constructed and suffers from overlong passages and forgettable melodies. "Dreamfish" is another highlight, an energy-packed number full of twists and turns. The music has been remixed and remastered for the 1999 CD reissue: results are wonderful, the songs sound crisp and clear. The beautiful booklet includes photographs of the band's live show. Any prog fan fond of Genesis' Selling England by the Pound would be well-advised to find a copy of Babylon. ~ François Couture, Rovi

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Old Memories!

It was 1974 and Babylon founder, Rick Lenoard and I were working together in a bar band called Zero in St. Pete Beach. I was the band's manager/roadie/sound man in those innocent days. In our off times, I would play my Genesis and King Crimson LPs to the band members. Rick was enamored with "Selling England by the Pound" and "Foxtrot". And he was a player! I got married and graduated from USF (the University of South Florida) in 1975, returning to Orlando to take a "real job". Rick, on the other hand, being a few years younger, was able to pursue his passions, forming Babylon - one of the un-sung great prog-rock bands of all time! If you like old-school Genesis, buy this album! And just a reminder, this was remastered by the late-great, musician/producer-genius, Kevin Gilbert- so it sounds great!

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OLD PROG GEM!!!!!!

LITTLE KNOW PROG CLASSIC I CAME ACROSS IN MY PROG BAND DAYS IN THE LATE 70'S,MOODY,STRANGE,REAL EARLY GENESIS FEEL. I STILL HAVE THE L.P. GREAT SONGS, TERRIFIC PLAYING, A MUST HAVE!!!!!!

Biography

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '70s

Florida was the home to '70s prog band Babylon. The group was formed in 1976 by Rick Leonard, Rodney Best, Doroccas, J. David Boyko, and Gary Chambers. They released one album, 1978's Babylon, before breaking up that same year. Since then, a couple of live albums have been released, Night Over Never --...
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