Jimmy Hotz ‎– Beyond The Crystal Sea

Vision Records (9) ‎– VR-777
Vinyl, LP, Album


A1 Observations Of A Larger Reality 8:04
A2 March Of Dead Souls 1:50
A3 Hand Of The Most High 6:14
A4 Night Passage 2:05
A5 Vision Ships 5:16
B1 Teton 3:07
B2 Beyond The Blues 4:37
B3 Alpine Magic 1:38
B4 From Love Life Did Begin 6:27

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April 18, 2017

Ask any in-the-know collector about the best Christian progressive art rock album and the answer is usually as toss up between Arkangel’s Warrior and this one. Beyond The Crystal Sea is the heavier and spacier of the two, plastered with what seems like layer upon layer of synthesizers. ‘March Of The Dead Souls’ pins your ears to the wall from the start with its hard space rock barrage and eerie banshee choirs. Hotz’s layered hard rock guitar is absolutely venomous on ‘Hand Of The Most High’ and the instrumental ‘Teton’, while ‘Vision Ships’, ‘Beyond The Blue’, and ‘From Love Life Did Begin’ are more reminiscent of the melodic lavish textures of Yes (though vocally Hotz brings to mind Peter Gabriel of early Genesis). Kemper Crabb is in here playing recorder on ‘Alpine Magic’. The production quality is superb as is the fantasy cover art. If you’ve got a good stereo you’re gonna wanna blast this up loud. It’s out of this world! (KS - Archivist)


January 20, 2014
Jimmy Hotz must be one of the forgotten musicians from the early '80's in progressive rock scene. He release a single album under his name in 1980 and entitled Beyound the cristal sea. A very good and full of intristing arrangements and is considered one of the best examples of early "Art Rock" by many collectors and critics. Something worth mentioning is : besides his career as musician, he is an inventor - inventing and developing the "Hotz Box"(MIDI Controller) and the "Hotz MIDI Translator" (Computer Software). This musical instruments help him to be very popular among musicians, he worked with Fleetwood Mac, Jon Anderson from Yes, some jazz musicians, actors, etc. Now about the album = Beyond the crystal sea from 1980, as I said is full of intristing arrangements, spacey sometimes and sometimes very edgy, this album is almost a forgotten jewel in progressive rock from the early '80's. Combining synthesizers with some hard space rock, the sound overall is very special, I mean not on every band I have the chance to hear such wall of sounds combined with stunning eerie banshee choirs. The music in places is reminescent of Yes (Going for the one era) and the voice of Hotz remind me of Gabriel era from Genesis, overall the album is pretty original, keeping in mind the time of the first issue - 1980, when prog rock was in decline big time. The production is ok, not the best I ever heard on an album from that period but ok, in stead the fantasy cover art is great who goes hand in hand with the music. All pieces are good with lots of instrumental passages, showing that Jimmy Hotz is a real talented musician.