Het Pandorra Ensemble - III (limited edition/mini-lp sleeve)
So great to see this little-known but quite excellent 'one and done' Dutch band, who were somewhere between progressive rock and jazz/rock, get a 'deluxe and delightful', tip-on mini-lp sleeve, carefully remastered from the master tapes, first-ever CD issue. Only 500 will be made of this! Pricey, yes, but extremely high quality and completely and utterly recommended.
"Taking Side 2 of King Crimson's "Starless and Bible Black" as a blueprint, Het Pandorra Ensemble went about releasing one of the more bizarre progressive rock albums of the era. There's quite a bit of ambient atmospherics, augmented by louder rock sections with compressed fuzz tone Frippian guitar. But unlike the decidedly atonal Crimson, Pandorra follow the European model of melodic, almost jazzy, progressive rock. This is a one of a kind album, with no regards to any kind of pre-conceived audience...Despite the title, "III" is their debut. Strange lads."-Tom Hayes
"Originally released privately in 1978 and long sought after by collectors, III was the one off album by this Dutch progressive rock band. The dual guitar driven quartet injected a touch of anarchy into their mix of improv and Crimso influenced prog. This release marks the first time it has ever appeared on CD. It comes with extensive unreleased bonus material, detailed liner notes and unpublished photos. The album was mastered by audiophile engineer Bob Katz from the original analogue master tapes. This is a strictly limited edition of 500 copies and arrives housed in an old style mini-LP tip-on sleeve."