Exposé Online banner

Haze — In the End: 1978 - 1988
(Kinesis KDCD1006, 1988/1992, CD)

by Bob Netherton, Published 1994-02-01

In the End: 1978 - 1988 Cover artIn the End: 1978-1988 is a compilation of various tracks that chronicle the 10 year existence of one the more undeservedly obscure UK progressive bands. In their early days, the band suffered from personnel turnover, but interestingly enough all the material on the CD was recorded from the same lineup: brothers Paul McMahon (guitar, bass), Chris McMahon (bass, guitar keyboards) and Paul Chisnell (drums). All the material has a rather sparse sound, mostly a result of four-track tape masters and an almost live-in-the-studio recording style. The earlier material has a soft spacey feel mixed with a healthy dose of 1974 era Barclay James Harvest. Later tracks begin to sounds a little like early Saga, particularly on the track "Mountain." Haze toured with Solstice and Pendradon, so that should give you some indication of the type of music they play. Most of the tracks include an extended instrumental section where the playing can get quite spirited. As the band developed, a number of conflicting influences can be heard. Paul McMahon seemed to be moving in a more funky direction where the rest of the band was improving on their original format. For the most part the result is not good. This eventually led to the end of the band shortly after the 10 year anniversary show, of which the track "The Red Room" hails. I really have tried to dislike this disc but it hasn't worked. I can't put my finger on it, but there is something about this disc that I do like. It might be the nonpretentious vocals, the simple song construction, or subliminal messages. Whatever it is, it works.

Filed under: Archives, Issue 2, 1992 releases, 1988 recordings

Related artist(s): Haze

Latest news

2018-07-09
Soft Machine Set to Release New Music – It's been 50 years since The Soft Machine changed the face of music with their first album. Their blend of psychedelic rock and jazz was unique, and while the band went through many changes before disbanding in 1981 — by which time there were no original members remaining — they remained an innovative force with a style all their own. » Read more

2018-07-01
7d Surfaces Happy Rhodes Back Catalog – We've covered singer Happy Rhodes before, both for her solo work and recently with The Security Project, but her 11 albums have been hard to track down. Until now. 7d features high-quality downloads of all her releases, and several of them are also available on CD. » Read more

2018-06-25
Fred Chalenor RIP – We have news of another sad passing in the world of creative music. Bassist Fred Chalenor, whose creativity featured on albums by Tone Dogs, Caveman Shoestore, and many more, died on June 23, 2018 after a long battle with Alzheimer's. Tributes have poured in from the many musicians and fans whose lives he touched. » Read more

2018-06-13
Jon Hiseman RIP – One of the great drummers of the rock era has died. Jon Hiseman was a veteran of such ground-breaking groups as Colosseum (I and II), Tempest, John Mayal's Bleusbreakers, and was a founding member of the innovative large band United Jazz + Rock Ensemble. » Read more

2018-06-05
Koenjihyakkei Seeks Funding for New Album – It's been quite a few years since the last new studio album by the amazing Koenjihyakkei. Now they are preparing Dhormimviskha for worldwide release, and they're asking fans to pre-order via a Kickstarter campaign to help it happen. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Gong - Camembert Eclectique – Seminal French space prog band Gong may be best known for their pioneering work in the early to mid 70s, as evidenced by the indispensable Radio Gnome Trilogy of albums: Flying Teapot, Angels Egg, and...  (1995) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues