Alan Reed and Rob Reed release piano and voice version of Pallas's Sanctuary

Alan Reed and Rob Reed
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Alan Reed and Rob Reed have released a video for a new piano and voice version of Pallas's Sanctuary, which you can watch below. The track is available as a free/pay what you want download on Bandcamp (with paying supporters also getting unlimited streaming via the free Bandcamp app).

The song was captured during a solo set by the singer at Magenta’s annual homecoming gig at Acapela on the outskirts of Cardiff.  Rob - who’s long been a fan of the Scots’ singers’ work - suggested they do a reworked version to mark the occasion.

“To be honest, I wasn’t sure it’d work," says Alan. "I’ve previously released a stripped-down solo version of the song, but Rob assured me he could re-arrange it just for voice and acoustic piano. He sent me a demo. He was right!’  

"I’ve always loved this Pallas song," adds Rob. "I remember buying it on the 12” EP when it came out, and it was my hi-fi test song because of the low taurus pedals that came in after the almost ice like opening. So when Alan came down to do an acoustic show with us, I suggested we play Sanctuary.

"Even though on record it’s a massive production, I always thought there was an amazingly emotional song at its heart. The performance was only rehearsed once in the afternoon, then we went for it. It was such a special moment for me to hear Alan sing it."

Aland and his band, the Daughters Of Expediency, recently recorded a session at The Quiet Room, just outside Cardiff. Rob is one of the brains behind The Quiet Room which provides subscribers with streaming access to exclusive ‘acoustic’ performances by a number of prog performers.

"I can’t wait to hear and see it," says Alan. "It was such an intimate vibe, and I hope that comes across."

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Jerry Ewing

Writer and broadcaster Jerry Ewing is the Editor of Prog Magazine which he founded for Future Publishing in 2009. He grew up in Sydney and began his writing career in London for Metal Forces magazine in 1989. He has since written for Metal Hammer, Maxim, Vox, Stuff and Bizarre magazines, among others. He created and edited Classic Rock Magazine for Dennis Publishing in 1998 and is the author of a variety of books on both music and sport, including Wonderous Stories; A Journey Through The Landscape Of Progressive Rock.