'Year Zero' will soon be available again on CD after an absence of several years.
This edition, in conjunction with Oskar Productions, marks the 10th anniversary of the original release of the album, has also been re-mastered and includes a second live 'official bootleg' CD containing a rare live performance of the album almost in it's entirety at Mr. Kyps in Poole, Dorset in October 2002.
2012 has been a very busy year for Galahad having released TWO new studio albums (‘Battle Scars’ and ‘Beyond the Realms of Euphoria’) as well as a live CD/DVD (‘Whitchurch 92/93 – Live Archives Vol. 2’). 2012 is also the Tenth anniversary of the release of their ‘Year Zero’ album which is available once again , after a long absence, re-mastered and expanded in a brand new digi pack format.
‘Year Zero’ is actually a loose concept album performed as one piece of continuous music and is the most instrumentally orientated album Galahad has recorded. However the music was split in to fifteen separate sections in order to make it more CD and ‘download’ friendly!
As you would expect with a Galahad release, ‘Year Zero’ contains a myriad of styles including classical, baroque and Jazz interludes, a heavy psychedelic section incorporating techno beats and industrial grooves as well as the usual nods to traditional prog and heavy rock punctuated by some quieter, more sensitive passages before the album reaches a grand, rousing choral crescendo to finish.
As well as the core band members, including the late and much missed Neil Pepper, ‘Year Zero’ also features performances from the Cantori Catholic Choir, Sarah Bolter on woodwind and backing vocals as well as John Wetton (UK, Asia, King Crimson) on guest lead vocals, who even momentarily re-visits a classic Asia refrain, albeit in an extremely subliminal fashion!
This expanded edition also contains a rare live performance of ‘Year Zero’ taken directly from the desk of a Galahad show at Mr Kyps in Poole, England in 2002.
Whilst ‘Year Zero’ is quite different from subsequent Galahad releases it is equally as valid and shows a band still evolving and experimenting to great effect with a range of musical and lyrical ideas. ‘Year Zero’ is a must for all Galahad aficionados but should also be of interest to those wishing to explore the Galahad back catalogue further as the album is, in our opinion, an often overlooked gem from the early noughties!
So sit down, relax, turn up the hi-fi, close your eyes and let ‘Year Zero’ take you an extraordinary musical journey……
I Year Zeroverture
II Belt up
III Ever the Optimist
IV The Charlotte Suite
VII Baroque and Roll Dementia
VIII A Deeper Understanding ?
IX The Jazz Suite
X Take a Deep Breath and Hold on Tight
XI i Hindsight 1 - Piano and Clarinet
XI ii Hindsight 2 - A very clever guy indeed
XII The September Suite
XIII World Watching
XIV Deceptive Vistas /Postscript – Perspective
CD 2 - Mr Kyps, 19th October 2002
I Year Zero Parts I - IV
II Year Zero Part V
III Year Zero Part VI - XI
IV Year Zero Parts XIii & XIV
V Richelieu's Prayer