Great & Terrible Potions

by Ben Craven

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Robert Wallace
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Robert Wallace Great Prog album with so much detail. Superb musicianship and very well constructed. Ben obviously loves what he does and so do I.
VERY enjoyable journey. Favorite track: Diabolique.
Michael Reilly
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Michael Reilly Great & Terrible Potions showcases the integral elements of progressive rock: a grand and inventive scope; extensive and creatively varied instrumentation; epic guitar solos; and a unique voice (all definitions). This is exciting, quality prog from a songwriter in great form. Favorite track: No Specific Harm.
Dr. Beaf
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Dr. Beaf I'm tipping Ben's dad has a very similar collection of records as mine. Force fed Yes and Floyd on road trips until we loved it. He's done a smashing job. Best symphonic style prog-rock release since the 80's. Favorite track: No Specific Harm.
Craigory Bacon
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Craigory Bacon This is THE BEST Prog release in years. Ben brings the goods with tons of lush keys and strings, piercing and precise guitar lines (ala David Gilmour), and two great longer compositions. Favorite track: No Specific Harm.
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1.
Diabolique 02:27
2.
New reinvention The perfect reception The hero returns again Shaking and stirring Lines of truth blurring The franchise is near the end Say you'll never die forever Promise evermore Egos are hurting Loyalty deserting Meeting its match again
3.
Aquamarine 05:07
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I used to be afflicted with an alien point of view I used to think the legends were true There never was any question, there never was any doubt I knew the mantras inside and out I'm ready to lose the battle, I'm ready to lose the war None of it seems to matter, not like it did before I don't wanna know your story, I don't wanna know the score Keep the buzz away from my door There's nothing that you can tell me I already don't wanna hear Won't be the one to boost your esteem I'm ready to lose the battle, I'm ready to lose the war None of it seems to matter, not like it did before I'm running a different direction, I'm running a different race Got to get away from this place Nobody saw me coming, no-one will see me leave I've torn the heart from outside my sleeve I'm ready to lose the battle, I'm ready to lose the war None of it seems to matter, not like it did before
5.
The Conjurer 04:13
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Fox among the flocks of Gilead Held on high by wings of chariots Covered by your shields of armoury I will tear you down I'll storm the pharaoh's palace I'll fill the poisoned chalice I'll lace the pomegranates I'll wish you no specific harm Merchants in your towers of ivory Marble pillars hang in galleries Keepers of your queens and concubines I will tear you down I'll storm the pharaoh's palace I'll fill the poisoned chalice I'll lace the pomegranates I'll wish you no specific harm Voice of sweetness, lips of honeycomb Beaming with your fairest countenance Eyes of doves in flaming coals of fire I will wear you down I'll storm the pharaoh's palace I'll fill the poisoned chalice I'll lace the pomegranates I'll wish you no specific harm
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Solace 02:43
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Say you'll never die forever Promise evermore New reinvention A natural selection The hero returns again
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A spoonful of fantasy A droplet of make believe Splashes of meant to be Four parts in harmony Essence of pixie dust helps you soar ever so high Drink me down gingerly, I'll be your best friend for life Invent your reality Beware of your tendencies For memories unbearable It's great and it's terrible Haunted by memories Poisoned by jealousies Nightmares unspeakable Ambitions unreachable Fed by impossible visions of what might have been Glorious futures extinguished before they begin Invent your reality Beware of your tendencies For memories unbearable It's great and it's terrible Hold on to reality Beware of your tendencies For memories unbearable It's great and it's terrible

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"Craven is a heavy-duty prog-rock monster that's unafraid of invoking irresistible hooks and melodies. The combination of expansive, orchestrated arrangements and intelligent songwriting make this one of 2011's most intriguing and captivating releases." - Anil Prasad, innerviews.org

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released August 15, 2011

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Ben Craven Brisbane, Australia

Ben Craven is a “cinematic progressive-rock singer-songwriter” from Brisbane, Australia.

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