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Everett has a great and sustained guitar solo for the last several minutes to end this side of the album. This is also the only track composed solely by Harrell. Everett again cuts loose with some tasty guitar work, but for the most part this is a rhythmic but rather restrained track that describes the stirring of the third estate and the beginning of the assault on the French royalty.

Surprising restrained considering the subject matter. And finally the overthrow occurs. Everett adds piano and a fairly prominent organ track to the mix here, and after a brief lull in the music and a martial beat the deeds are done amid recorded crowd noises, anticlimactic feedback and muddled monolog. The ending to the album is surprisingly abrupt. This is a really seductive album that loses much in my rather sterile description of the various tracks.

These are the albums that true progressive music fans live for — ones that are like gems buried beneath granite rocks just waiting to enrich our lives when we discover them.

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In Third Estate's case the campus was Southeastern Louisiana University, and the music is rather difficult to classify. The band's music is equally balanced between acoustic and electric guitar, with heavy emphasis on picking and strumming but also highly rhythmic and melodic compositions. The lyrical themes range from nostalgic to historical, with the primary theme of their one album being of an historical bent.

The walls are sweating. It was with this fever that Third Estate made the next step, breaking into bigger joints like Water Street Music Hall, where their all-ages shows drew huge crowds. Grooving on the expanding fan base while sharpening their sound, Third Estate wanted more and aimed high.

Real high. To increase its exposure and impress those who count, the band knew it would have to tour. An industry insider noticed the band and invited it to join the Vans Warped Tour a rolling summer concert tour for everybody who's anybody in punk. The band readily accepted, and immediately started paying some heavy dues.

The band was starting at the top. Or was it the bottom? We did the set up at the Its Time - Third Estate - Its Time (CD) Tour everyday and we could play.

We had to earn it. We didn't get paid. We didn't get food or water," Foster says. It's like, 'This is it. The pilot has had a heart attack and you have to fly the plane.

For nearly 10 weeks the boys of Third Estate were thrown head first into the deep end of the Its Time - Third Estate - Its Time (CD) without their swimmies. They went hungry. They went thirsty. They never slept. We'd drive 12 hours between the four of us and at six in the morning, the person that got finished driving would have to go out and find the tour director, who would place us and give us our plot.

Then you'd have to walk back and find the van and get into the area, which was a hassle because security would never let us in, with laminates or not. Despite such conditions, the band was in heaven, rubbing elbows with its heroes. When offered amenities that hadn't initially been promised, like food, the band proudly declined. The band's DIY approach also included some clever promotion recruitments. If you work for us and pass out fliers and promote, we can get you in. The band played morning and afternoon sets, sold merchandise, stuck stickers everywhere, made new fans one at a time, and didn't let the downside take over.

Everett and Harrell both seem to have explored the various riffs quite a bit, possibly helped in their creative endeavors by stimulants or maybe just by the mood of the times. After the opening guitar instrumental one Fae Ficklin possibly the same young lady who appears with outstretched arms in a white robe on the back cover of the album, not sure offers up the first vocals on the album. For some reason this is the only track she appears on, which is too bad because she has one of those timeless Its Time - Third Estate - Its Time (CD) rich folk voices that seemed to be so plentiful back then.

Its Time - Third Estate - Its Time (CD) composition seems to be intended to establish the mood of the people of the third estate in the late eighteenth century leading up to their revolution, with lyrics telling of despair Its Time - Third Estate - Its Time (CD) a pending upheaval. The liner notes say there is only a guitar on this track but there is clearly an organ of some sort being played in the background, probably by Everett.

Thematically this seems to be the transitional song to the back half of the album where the events of the revolution itself unfold. Around the three minute mark the music morphs into a soft folk-rock, Al Stewart-like ditty that is musically undistinguished but which does seem to make the appropriate mood shift to the more forceful tracks that will follow. Everett has a great and sustained guitar solo for the last several minutes to end this side of the album. This is also the only track composed solely by Harrell.

Everett again cuts loose with some tasty guitar work, but for the most part this is a rhythmic but rather restrained track that describes the stirring of the third estate and the beginning of the assault on the French royalty.

Surprising restrained considering the subject matter. And finally the overthrow occurs. Everett adds piano and a fairly prominent organ track to the mix here, and after a brief lull in the music and a martial beat the deeds are done amid recorded crowd noises, anticlimactic feedback and muddled monolog. The ending to the album is surprisingly abrupt. This is a really seductive album that loses much in my rather sterile description of the various tracks.

These are the albums that true progressive music fans live for — ones that are like gems buried beneath granite rocks just waiting to enrich our lives when we discover them.


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