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Regenerator 3017

a Studio release
by
Djam Karet

Release Year: 2014

Date Label Catalog # Comments
25 Feb 2014 HC Productions HC017

Released on 25 February, 2014 by HC PRoductions

Added To Proggnosis Database on: 1/23/2014 12:00:00 AM
Entry Last Updated on: 2/12/2014 5:05:00 AM by: DBSilver
  1. Prince of the Inland Empire - 5:35
  2. Living in the Future Past - 4:50
  3. Desert Varnish - 7:18
  4. Wind Pillow - 4:39
  5. Lost Dreams - 3:49
  6. Empty House - 6:07
  7. On the Edge of the Moon - 8:37
Gayle Ellett
guitar, keyboards

Mike Henderson
guitar

Henry Osborne
bass

Mike Murray
guitar

Chuck Oken, jr.
drums

Reviewed by Marc on 16 Mar 2014


Last year I reviewed Djam Karet’s excellent CD The Trip. About that CD I wrote: “it evolves in psychedelic and intense territories and a reference can be made to Pink Floyd's Echoes from their Meddle album.” This was in no way meant to say that Djam Karet were copying Pink Floyd, but just that their music was perhaps inspired by this great piece of music. By the way, I consider The Trip to be one of the best Prog album of 2013, and 2013 was a very good your for Prog albums.

Now, barely one year later, Djam Karet are back with another instrumental album: Regenerator 3017. I admit I was expecting a lot form this CD, but was also a bit anxious, because of the quality level of its recent predecessor. Also I did not really want to hear something to close to The Trip. Well my reservations were not warranted at all. Sure there are some similarities between the two albums; just about 40 minutes of instrumental old style Psych/Prog, and I still hear some early Pink Floyd influences, but to a much lesser extent. Regenerator 3017 is not a continuous piece of music, but consists of seven tracks ranging from 4 minutes to 8 minutes. They do fit very well together, having an obvious (at least to me) common thread between them.

If I were to pick a band and album as a reference for Regenerator 3017, it would be Camel’s Snow Goose. Also, when the music gets livelier, I am reminded of Happy the Man, mostly because of the “conversations” between keyboards and guitar. Again, I mention these bands only to give the reader an idea of what to expect, because the music on Regenator 3017 is not at all derivative in a "copy cat" sort of way.

Regenerator 3017 is certainly an excellent album. Those into the bands and albums I have listed in this review should really seek it out. Good news, it can be heard in its entirety on Djam Karet’s Bandcamp page.

Personally I always was a bit cold about instrumental Prog albums. But once in a while, a record really hit the mark with me, like Camel’s Snow Goose, that still to this day I cherish and listen to regularly. Well  I’m convinced that Regenerator 3017 is one of these albums.

My highest recommendation indeed.