Saturday, 28 March 2020
IQ - Seven Stories Into 98 (1998)
The seventh album from this British band.
The band was a seven piece big band on this album with a lineup of keyboards, guitars, bass, drums, percussion and vocals.
This is not really a new studio album. This is a re-recording of their 1982 cassette album where some of the stuff was kept on. Hence the band being a seven members big band at this album.
The band must have had a great affinity for this 1982 cassette album. That explains why they re-recorded it.
And the band was not wrong.
Most of this fifty-two minutes long album is instrumental. The instrumentals are really epic with good guitar solos. They very much deserved to be heard on a CD too.
The vocals tracks are also epic and well rooted in the neo-prog scene.
Yes, the band did a good thing by re-recording this 1982 album as this is a a good album.
It is a different album than their previous album and the other IQ album. Seven Stories Into 98 is indeed an oddity in their discography. Nevertheless, it is a good album.