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Close to the Fire

a Studio release

Release Year: 2000

Date Label Catalog # Comments
Added To Proggnosis Database on: 12/5/2001 12:00:00 AM
Entry Last Updated on: 1/11/2016 12:00:00 PM by: DBSilver


  1. Close to the fire (8:11)
  2. When hearts grow old (3:08)
  3. Dream child (3:30)
  4. Frozen flame (6:34)
  5. Forever (4:48)
  6. World aparts (5:12)
  7. Crusader (4:39)
  8. Two wrongs (don't make a right) (3:35)
  9. Anybody's child (5:01)
  10. Here today (3:34)
  11. Just a matter of time (3:34)
  12. Full circle (5:55)
  13. Ruthless queen (5:00)

Japanese release bonus tracks:

  1. Cried for love (3:23)
  2. Love lies (3:42)

Ton Scherpenzeel
Piano, Organ, Keyboards, Accordeon, Backing Vocals

Pim Koopman
Drums, Backing Vocals

Max Werner
Lead & Backing Vocals, Percussion

Rob Winter
Electric & Acoustic Guitars, Backing Vocals

Bert Veldkamp
Bass Guitar


Andy Latimer: Guitars (12)

Syb vd Ploeg: Lead Vocals (3)

Sytze Broersma: Backing Vocals (13)

Peter vd Ploeg: Acoustic Guitar (13)

Annet Visser: Flute, Recorder (1,7)

Femmes Vattaal: Percussion (1,12)

Lorre Trytten: Violin (12)

Arthur van Pol: Additional Vocals (1,3,6,8)

Holger Schwedt: Additional Percussion (3,6,12)

Reviewed by Plamen on 05 Dec 2001

This was the first Kayak CD I listened. It reminded me when I heard for the first time ‘Sheer Heart Attack’ of Queen. Then I was astonished by the medley part on Side 1 starting with ‘Tenement Funster’ and finishing with ‘Lily of the Valley’. The same harmonies, purposeful of the passages, running one after vocals and in the same time creating an incredible consonance, are available here complimented with contemporary prog sound. My tempted musical prog experience has caughting from time to time influences of Eloy and Camel but the sound has stayed relatively unique. The hits in the album are Close to the Fire, Dream Child, the ballad Frosen Flame, Full Circle and, of course, Ruthless Queen.
I still don’t know which is the best Kayak album but this one will stay in my favorites. Chao, my friends! I am going to explore the other Kayak albums!

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