Moondrive Remastered & Expanded is − as the title already explains − a fully remastered and expanded version of the Moondrive mini-album, which was originally released in 1997. Odyssice are a Dutch instrumental progressive rock band formed around master guitar picker Bastiaan Peeters. This former mini-album can now be purchased in an extended version with a second CD containing early demos and songs from live shows in the year 2001. The original album consists of four tracks, but on this extended version the two remastered pieces Losing Her and Power Loc (2003) have been added, as well as the two demo tracks Tearless Crying and A Day In March.
Just as on the original album, the track Frustrations opens this new version. It's a great piece filled with excellent guitar solos in the vein of Andy Latimer (Camel). However, my personal favourite is the guitar ballad Different Questions, featuring high-pitched guitar arpeggios. The beautiful guitar melodies in this track give me goosebumps every time I listen to it. From the additional tracks I would like to mention Losing Her taken from the compilation album Exposure (1988) published by the former Dutch prog rock magazine Sym-Info. With this one I'm really going back in time to Camel albums like The Snow Goose (1975) and Nude (1981). People who doesn't possess this fantastic album could still buy it now, as Moondrive belongs to one of the best instrumental prog albums ever recorded in our small country.
**** Martien Koolen (edited by Peter Willemsen)
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