Craven, Ben - Monsters From The Id CD + hi-res / 5.1 DVD-A

SKU DC 1017
“Monsters From The Id is the logical realization of Craven’s musical trajectory thus far. It’s an album of two halves, each containing a traditional progressive rock “epic” the length of a side of vinyl. The two pieces are comprised of flowing parts and movements with both rock and Hans Zimmer-esque orchestral arrangements, punctuated by Ben’s distinctive lead guitar and vocals. Yet the album is predominantly instrumental.
“Lyrics are incredibly important to me” explains Craven, “but this music was not driven by words or language. It’s pure other-worldly escapism. It’s playing dress-up, wanting to make the world look much bigger than it seems right now. Trying to recall the feeling that anything is possible, no matter how unlikely that might be.”
Visually, the album cover is a treat, featuring breathtaking artwork by Freyja Dean adorning the triple gatefold CD/DVD wallet. Sonically, things are equally ambitious. A 5.1 surround mix is included on the DVD, as well as the main album audio in stereo 24bit/96kHz.”

"Australian progressive-rock guy Ben Craven’s new album Monsters from the Id is just a wonderful way to “Take a little trip back with father Tiresias” to the days when side-long (and quite brilliant) epics were the vinyl du jour of music lovers who just happened to possess (in the always willing pre-frontal cortex!) rather lengthy attention spans.
And, as the great Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. once wrote, “Nice, nice, very nice.”
This is what we did — we music buffs of the ’70s: We brought our newest purchase home on a Friday night (after deliberating at the local record store for hours because, of course, although we had loads of cool albums, very few of us had actual girlfriends!). Indeed, “Rock went to college.” And also, to quote Mary Hopkin, “Those were the days, my friend.” Think of the prog-rock albums that graced the shelves and our turntables back then: Thick as a Brick, Foxtrot, Tarkus, Dark Side of the Moon, Demons and Wizards, and Close to the Edge — which, despite its quasi-cool mysticism (cribbed from footnotes in The Autobiography of a Yogi) and complex music, reached the No. 3 spot on the Billboard 200 Chart!
And, yeah, we’re all old now and have purchased way too many reissues always claiming to be “from the master tapes” but Monsters from the Id (great title, that!) is like spending time with a young relative who has discovered the glorious grooves of his dad’s precious (and now worth a lot of money) vinyl record collection. Ben Craven has created a great big progressive-rock epic, smack dab in the midst of our very modern, rather silly Masked Singer world, and with two side-long tunes to boot! This is the real deal. ...."-Something Else Reviews
  • Format TypeNTSC
  • Region CodingAll Region
  • LabelDesert Comb
  • UPC727785242240
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