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ORFORD MARTIN - The Old RoadNew and final CD ex-IQ keyboard player Martin Orford with many guests
Format: CD / Cat No: GEPCD1037 / Released: 27/10/2008

Track Listing: Grand Designs / Power And Speed / Ray Of Hope / Take It To The Sun / Prelude / The Old Road / Out In The Darkness / The Time And The Season / Endgame

More information: Martin Orford is best know for his 26-year career as keyboardist and main songwriter with legendary progressive rock band IQ, though he was also a significant player for many years in Jadis and also the John Wetton band. The album features an all-star line-up including John Wetton (Asia), Nick D’Virgilio and Dave Meros (Spock’s Beard), John Mitchell (It Bites/ Arena), Dave Oberlé (Gryphon), Gary Chandler (Jadis) and Steve Thorne. Martin describes the album as “unashamedly retro and proud of it”, and the overall theme of the CD reflects a celebration of traditional ways and a rejection of the less attractive aspects of the 21st century. An outspoken critic of the Internet and the “free music” culture, Martin recently announced his complete withdrawal from the music industry at the end of 2008, and this album provides a fitting and poignant farewell.