TALES FROM THE TOWER

by The Tirith

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Alrihkh
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Alrihkh Gosh, darn...what to say? This music is thought provoking and down to earth; organic food for the soul. Instrumentation is very creative and clever; complementing the lyrical content very well. Smart and catchy...easy to immerse oneself in. It swept me away and left me eager for more. Great solos and great overall flow...
Osvalto Di Camillo (le rescapé d'Aboukir)
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Osvalto Di Camillo (le rescapé d'Aboukir) The Tirith est un groupe de rock culte des années 70, et pas du tout , je cite ; "un ensemble très plan-plan et très lisse" ….
Un style mélodique propre à The Tirith, des bases techniques progressives solides et inventives, des musiciens et compositeurs de talent, difficile de résister……!(extrait de Prog Critique) Il aurait pu prétendre à l'album du Mois …...Pardon , il l'a été en….. Octobre 2015
richard scott
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richard scott superb prog album Favorite track: Lost.
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1.
I’m going back to the place I once knew I’m going back there before you tear me away I’m sailing homeward you’ve got the stars The sun will go with me Somehow I need it more than you do For the road I travel is a rough road The road I travel is stony and cold But it calls me so (calls me so) I see you waving peace signs in the air The night is drawing close; one day I’ll see you again sometime Our hearts are beating we know it must end I’ll silhouette you now, OK we’re travellin on For the road I travel is a rough road The road I travel is stony and cold But it calls me so (calls me so) We’ve been the misty people We’ve known too many secrets We’ve climbed too many mountains They said we wouldn’t last They said we wouldn’t dare To cross the path of the running stream To lie in wait for the recurring dream To smile to actually smile In this land where to live is considered sad And to enjoy ecstasy Farewell Fair Laurien, Farewell Fair Laurien Farewell Fair Laurien, Farewell Fair Laurien Nearing home I’m going back to the place I once knew I’m going back there before you tear me away I’m sailing homeward you’ve got the stars The sun will go with me Somehow I need it more than you do For the road I travel is a rough road The road I travel is stony and cold But it calls me so (calls me so)
2.
Gin Lil 06:59
I thought that love was silence Until I heard of Gin Lil Some would say she is a siren Calling them to her Gin Lilith She drains them dry to stay alive Gin Lilith is their plight Succubus of the night No man can resist the temptation Of this evil sensation Love with a beautiful stranger They’re unaware of the danger She makes them cry then eats them alive Gin Lilith is their plight Succubus of the night I thought that love was silence Until I heard of Gin Lil Some would say she is a siren Calling them to her Gin Lilith She drains them dry to stay alive Gin Lilith is their plight Succubus of the night
3.
Laurelae 04:40
O maid of Avalon when the world was new Shimmering vision sunlight on the dew Her hair fell like water flowing stream She smiled and gently came to me O Laurelae Genevia Her beauty’s written in the stars O maid of Avalon, she sings to me On the wind across the sea There’s a jet-black sky and the days are dark The stars shine through her eyes into my heart And in the spring life is renewed She’s picking flowers in pastures new O Laurelae Genevia Her beauty’s written in the stars O maid of Avalon, she sings to me On the wind across the sea O Genevia Laurelae Stay forever young but time must pass And in the end I’ll see her no more Her sun sets on a distant shore O Laurelae Genevia Her beauty’s written in the stars O maid of Avalon, she sings to me On the wind across the sea
4.
I’m home from the sea Lost in a dream Sad as I seem Hope for the night Now shall we see Your victory over me Burn in your song Life is not long Oh, you sing a song Sleep in my arms Before you do me harm The night will not be long Pray God that it goes on I’m glad to be home Facing my fears Eyes full of tears Now nothing can save us Tears like the ocean Dark pure emotion Time may have changed us Our passions won’t betray us You take my heart We’ll make it through the night Our battles may subside In the morning we’ll lay calm Within each others arms I’m home from the sea Living the dream But what can that mean? The future could be broken I may have to leave To find myself at sea Riding the ocean Hiding my emotions You took my heart Sleep in my arms Before you do me harm The night will not be long Pray God that it goes on
5.
Once the daughter of the water smiled upon the sun Radiant in her mystic beauty as the day began She knew, all of the lies he had told And I seeing the light knew I’d never find a home, never find a way Always have to roam, to find a brand new day Even the sound of the dark had barred his way Endless the night formed a wall, against the day Even the trees and the grass ‘neath her feet were alive Tis said a man who fished the lake once saw her standing there Casting nets of web like texture he caught her in his snare He knew all the great oceans she owned And she falling in love knew She’d never find a home, never find a way Always have to roam, to find a brand new day Too soon the sun found a way through the wall of the night And I couldn’t hold back its power, yet I tried Stealing my bride he raised her to the sky, in a cloud Once the daughter of the water smiled upon the sun Radiant in her mystic beauty as the day began I knew all the great oceans she owned And she falling in love knew She’d never find a home, never find a way, Always have to roam, to find a brand new day, Too soon the sun found a way through the wall of the night And I couldn’t hold back its power, yet I tried Stealing my bride he raised her to the sky, in a cloud And despairing so, the water daughter took her own life
6.
The Quest 04:03
Along the stony road which led to the sea A horseman came riding who could easily be me He rode on a quest for a maiden so fair He knew he must keep searching but he didn’t know quite where She would be found, She would be found She would be found And so the golden sun finally sank into the hills In a burst of rusting sky which died against its will And dancing cross the plain in a silken starlight gown Came the spirit of love for she knew she had been found She had been found, She had been found She had been found My truth is like a sailor who has never seen the sea My body burns with anguish though I know it’s really me As lightning strikes my brain I know its time again I’ve come to start my searching for I know She must be found, She must be found Love must be found, Love must be found Love must be found
7.
The moon is shining bright tonight, riding high on Orion’s sword The nebulas of dust appear, another star is born The girl stood on the windswept beach, staring out to sea And all her dreams were carried in, on the waves of mystery Waiting for the waves upon the shore She’s calling futures from beyond She knew this could be the ecstasy Reflections that have yet to be Her future mapped out in perfect dreams Nothing spoiled or unfulfilled A new star lights up the sky, on this night of stars And now we are here most every night, waiting for the clouds to clear The planets chase across the sky, we see them disappear And though they’ve been round so many times, and the stars never seem to change I’ve been round and I’ve been down and I’ve been rearranged Waiting for the waves upon the shore She’s calling futures from beyond She knew this could be the ecstasy Reflections that have yet to be Her future mapped out in perfect dreams Nothing spoiled or unfulfilled A new star lights up the sky, on this night of stars She knew this could be the ecstasy Reflections that have yet to be Her future mapped out in perfect dreams Nothing spoiled or unfulfilled A new star lights up the sky, on this night of stars
8.
The Tower 03:01
Through the frozen air of that strange world, That clung to the sun as it hurled through space We saw the tower of an alien race And as we trudged through the methane snow We could not see its lofty top Above the clouds of helium gas We saw a tower without a wall, As we gazed on in wondrous awe The door drew back and so we saw ….
9.
The door drew back on the tower of the night And a light shone out through the mist We saw but a lone figure there singing And the two moons in the sky shed a strange light on her hair As we gazed at her terrible beauty And the song she sang was of such yearning Singing the Song of all Ages The song of a million sad faces The last of her race left to tell the tale What we saw just a holographic illusion The echoes of an alien civilisation Singing the Song of all Ages The song of a million sad faces And they built that tower as the planet had died The air became stale and the seas all dried A shining beacon in the depths of space There to witness a lost alien race Singing the Song of all Ages The song of a million sad faces
10.
We rode across the galaxy In a ship too old to be for real And all the stars that passed us by Were streaks of gold in our eyes You wouldn’t believe it Pioneers of the outer arm Living on our wits and our endless charm Our ship was made from scraps of old Held together with nuts and bolts And when we put it into overdrive We say a prayer and hang on very tight You wouldn’t believe it Pioneers of the outer arm Living on our wits and our endless charm Pioneers of the outer arm Living on our wits and our endless charm Oh seventy two miles, Oh seventy two million miles Oh seventy two miles, Oh seventy two million miles We saw a ship loaded up with stuff With fuel and food and booze enough So we hid behind a nearby sun Then opened up with the phaser gun You wouldn’t believe it Pioneers of the outer arm Living on our wits and our endless charm
11.
Lost 10:03
Beside the Sillian Sea I last looked in her eyes Beneath the purple trees watching the galaxies collide And all before us space exalts us Ever to go forth Off to the other side Riding the everglide I know you are lost in this world I know you are lost in this world And knowing so I am alone I searched the seven moons and the planets of Endearth But I couldn’t find my love although I’ll ever search And all before us space exalts us Ever to go forth Off to the other side Riding the everglide I know you are lost in this world I know you are lost in this world And knowing so I am alone Beside the Sillian Sea I last looked in her eyes Beneath the purple trees watching the galaxies collide And all before us space exalts us Ever to go forth Off to the other side Riding the everglide I know you are lost in this world I know you are lost in this world And knowing so I am alone
12.

about

And so it begins, where it all began so many years ago. This album is the fulfillment of a dream, once but a fleeting memory, now made real.

“Tales From The Tower” is a rare album of real songs performed, interpreted and recorded in the modern progressive idiom, and features the songs of Tim Cox and Richard Cory. Most of the songs on this album are from the time of the first incarnation of The Tirith, they are the classic Tirith songs of our youth. Those songs have been taken, rearranged in some cases, lyrics have been supplemented, and the songs have been reinterpreted and presented for a new century and audience. Additional material has also been written.
“Tales From The Tower” is not a concept album, but there is a theme that runs through several of the songs. It starts with “The Tower”, that alien Tower on a distant planet, surrounded by methane snow, that we envisaged long ago. The Tower was one of our earliest songs and ends with the line, “The door drew back and so we saw”. “Song of all Ages” follows this theme, it tells of what we saw when that door drew back, the lone figure standing there, with the two moons in the sky, a witness for a lost alien race. The subject of these two songs is reflected in the cover art. “Lost” and the former song “Monday Evening”, both early Tirith material have been re-invented within this framework, as “Lost” and “Pioneers of the Outer Arm”. The former a tale of lost love on a galactic scale, and “Pioneers” a tale of a hapless band of privateers (probably us) bungling their way across the galaxy (in a ship too old to be for real). “Lost” is the epic track, it brings the album to a climactic finish with its big build up and slow epic end section.

“Tales From The Tower” took 3 years to complete and has been expertly produced and mixed by Tim Cox bringing all of his production experience to bear on the tracks.

This is only the start ,The Tirith have much more material ready for recording, and we are currently writing more.

Contact Dick Cory racory@talktalk.net 07771 947175

Website www.theTirith.com

Facebook www.facebook.com/pages/The-Tirith/114622025396784?ref=hl
The Tirith, Tales From The Tower. Album Review.
Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating 8.5/10

Progressive Rock never truly went away, it might have lost its bearing for a while, it might have been mugged and left battered and bruised, bereft of its credentials by the doubters, haters and the advent of Punk in all its glorious shades giving it perhaps a giant kicking when the beast had lumbered on long past its first revolution. Progressive Rock never went away, despite it all and since 2000 has really been in a rich vein of form that has seen it out last time wise past both its original incarnation and the short but glimmering second coming spearheaded by the likes of Marillion.

So many years have passed since what could be called the Progressive Renaissance of the dawn of the new century, so many new bands have ploughed their own trophy filled field and given the genre such an appetite for inspection, for tales interspersed with a guitar solo so rich that it could afford to bail out a bank; if they so wished to sully their hands in the process.

Amongst the groups to shine a torch upon the once regal path and current democratic state of Prog is The Tirith, a band that straddles both eras either side of the second coming and yet feel so fresh and exciting that the urge to fold away the day and take the vinyl out of its various sleeves for a sojourn through Middle Earth verges on the edge of the mind.

Tales From The Tower is an album that captures the modern and the flowering beginnings of The Tirith, an album that explains with delicate precision why the sound they created were of such beauty but placed within the very modern mode. Interpretation is good for the soul and Tales From The Tower is nourishment indeed, a flavoursome adventure ripened by time but not allowed to decay or become dust; it is an album that really allows Time to become a natural friend.

With supplemented lyrics, rearrangements and the feeling of being lost but guided by a higher unseen power, songs such as Gin Lil, Home From The Sea, the excellent Daughter From The Water and the absorbing, beautifully adept Pioneers of the Outer Arm all find themselves chomping at the bit to bookend the various periods in which Progressive Rock has been vital; polished, full of big tunes and the feeling that the space between us all is not so very timid after all.

A tremendous creation, of rememberance and of fulfilment, The Tirith in any guise and form are a force to be reckoned with.

Ian D. Hall

credits

released September 30, 2015

All tracks written by Tim Cox and Richard Cory.
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The Tirith are:

Tim Cox – guitars including nylon guitar, keyboards and programming.
Richard Cory – vocals, bass, acoustic guitar, and pedals.
Carl Nightingale – drums

with;
Paul Williams – drums on ‘Farewell Fair Laurien’, ‘The Daughter of the Water’ , ‘Gazing at Stars’ and ‘The Tower’

Produced and mixed by Tim Cox

All drum tracks recorded at Quad Studios Leicester, except ‘Farewell Fair Laurien’, ‘The Daughter of the Water’, ‘Gazing at Stars’ and ‘The Tower’ recorded at Far Heath Studios Northampton. Overdubs and all other production work undertaken in London and Sheffield.

Mastered by Guile

Photography by Heather Burns
Artwork and cover design by Nathan Olsen

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The Tirith are one of the new UK-based Progressive / Classic Rock Bands. The band has a long history stretching back to the 70s, the present band reformed in 2010 and have been playing festivals and select gigs since 2011. The band is known for playing a wide variety of music within the Progressive genre and beyond. ... more

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