Kompendium, a side project of Magenta’s Rob Reed, will release their debut album, Beneath The Waves, next month. Featuring a veritable who’s who from the progressive world icluding Steve Balsamo, Steve Hackett, Nick Beggs, Gavin Harrison, Troy Donockley, Nick Barrett, Neil Taylor, Jakko Jackzyk, Francis Dunnery, John Mitchell, Mel Collins, BJ Cole along with fellow Magenta members Chris Fry and Christina Booth.
Also contributing to this mammoth project are Synergy, The English Chamber Choir conducted by Guy Protheroe, the London Session Orchestra conducted by Dave Stewart, plus opera singers Rhys Meirion and Shan Cothi.
Beneath The Waves will be released on 24th September and will be available in various formats including a vinyl version complete with gatefold sleeve cover. The cover artwork has been produced by illustrator and artist Geoff Taylor.
On the release Rob Reed has commented:
“It’s ridiculous, but it has taken three years to get things finished. The project has been massive, the idea being to emulate what people like Mike Oldfield, Peter Gabriel and Kate Bush used to do.
“This is classic prog with Celtic influences. It’s a concept album, and hopefully will appeal to those who enjoy War Of The Worlds, Dark Side Of The Moon and Tubular Bells.”
“I went back to some of my favourite albums and made a wish list of people I’d love to have involved,” he says.
“In the old days, when major labels were able to finance something like this, then there was never any problem in getting big names working on something like this. But that’s no longer the case, so you have to think outside of the box to try and get something so big off the ground. But now we’re so close to getting it released, I feel that we’ve done a special album.”
“I know there’s the tendency for people these days to put on music and then pretty much ignore it, and keep it just as muzak. But you can’t do that here. I want everyone to listen to what we’ve done. In that respect, it is going back to the days when albums meant so much to fans. When you put on a record and took the time to check out everything that was going on. And I feel we’ve created something along those lines here.”
“It will be a nightmare to organise, because I won’t cheat and use tapes. It has to be an honest performance, with as many people who are on the record involved as possible. That’ll take a lot of organising, and will probably only happen once. But I’d love to do it.”
An album trailer can be founfd HERE.