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The Presence

by Ian Bartlett

A magnificent melting pot of dark and uplifting progressive rock
Genre: Rock: Progressive Rock
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1. Parallel Universe (You Better Think Twice)
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8:06 album only
2. Psychles Parts 1 & 2 (Instrumental)
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10:15 album only
3. The Twelfth Dream
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11:32 album only
4. Go Down Slow
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5:06 album only
5. The Presence
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27:29 album only
6. Parallel University (You Better Learn Fast)
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6:05 album only
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Album Notes
“The Presence” is a progressive rock project by multi-instrumentalist/singer-songwriter Ian Raggatt ( formerly Bartlett )

The title track is a 27-minute 5-part suite outlining the story of Aury, a very beautiful but loose young woman who torments her husband Edwin with numerous affairs to the point that one night he can take no more and takes a shotgun to her ... killing her outright!

The twist is, Aury has realised that her errant ways will eventually result in Edwin (A handsome man himself) getting so sick and tired of it all, that he will find someone else! So Aury has returned home to beg forgiveness of Edwin and now has a steely resolve to mend her ways ... But before she can tell him ... Edwin fires the fatal shot! CRUEL!

In the thin veil that separates this life from the afterlife, Aury is in a rage that she has been denied the chance to show Edwin that she REALLY does love him. So her spirit comes back to haunt Edwin with a twisted vengeance!

The Full Track Listing Is As Follows:

1 Parallel Universe (You Better Think Twice)
2 Psychles (Parts 1 and 2) - Instrumental
(1) The Dawn Of Dusk
(2) Vivid Red Skies
3 The Twelfth Dream
4 Go Down Slow
5 The Presence
(a) The Ghost Of Aury
(b) Den Of Iniquity
(c) Awake
(d) Contemplation - Instrumental
(e) The Karmic Law - Instrumental
6 Parallel University (You Better Learn Fast) - Instrumental

Total Running Time – 68:36

Ian Raggatt – Guitars, Keyboards, Vocals

All songs © Ian Raggatt 2008/2014


Ian Raggatt ( formerly Bartlett ) is a home-based progressive rock musician from Bristol UK. He is self-taught and works in his home studio to compose and record his music. Although he has been playing guitar and keyboard and writing lyrics for many years, it was only in 2006 that he decided to promote his music on the internet. He has completed two albums \"Beyond\" and \"Psychles” but this third album “The Presence” is his first commercial release, due to an ever-increasing cult fan base. In addition, he is featured on the Anubis Spire Tribute CD \"The Gods Have Chosen\" doing his own version of \"Talisman of the Dreamer\", a song written by Bill Mackechnie, from the album \"Old Lions in the World of Snarling Sheep\". . Ian has also appeared on a Kid Antrim rock compilation CD as well as the local Bristol CD \"Music From The Heart Of Our Community\" with an instrumental called \"Perfect Alignment\" when he was cutting his musical teeth in 2002. Ian has built up a steady cult following on the internet due to internet chart hits such as \"Beyond\", \"The Twelfth Dream\", “Parallel University (You Better Learn Fast)” and \"Parallel Universe (You Better Think Twice)\" amongst others. He has gained radio airplay from Fox FM and K94 Rocks in the US as well as a number of stations in the UK, most notably BBC Radio. He has also been featured on Progpriestess Melo’s Progcasts. Ian’s material is atmospheric and makes the best use of his lyrical and musical talents, dealing with such subjects as life after death, dreams and the supernatural. These are subjects which have long fascinated him, hence his musical explorations. The musical themes in his compositions vary from dark and heavy moods with Eastern influences to uplifting and melodic soundscapes.

One reviewer described his music as “Just bursting with the all raw power and energy that made the early days of prog rock so damn exciting”. He then went on to say that “Some of Ian’s music brought to mind Carlos Santana’s devil-worshipping evil twin on a Marillion trip”.

Ian has also had high praise from Bill Mackechnie of the cult prog rock band Anubis Spire, who has said that Ian plays “Incredible original progressive music with the emotion and fire that has been so long missing from today’s prog scene”.

Bio updated 2014 by Sarah Raggatt


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Bill MacKechnie (ANUBIS SPIRE)

NOW you're gonna hear something special!
I just heard through the Myspace grapevine that Ian's 'The Presence' had finally been released and rushed right over to put in my two cents! I have been waiting for this album ever since Ian was kind enough to let me have a sneak peek and I found myself getting so mesmerized by the story and music that I honestly thought he must have somehow found a way to warp the space-time continuum and draw me into another dimension for duration of the CD! Ian has truly crafted a mind journey so full of incredible beauty and eerie emotive power that it will take your breath away at every turn. His signature keyboard and guitar tones (and especially his unique and haunting voice) have never sounded better! I hope that this CD will find it's home in every prog fan's collection and that Ian will continue to take us all on many future journeys. I for one can't wait! If you miss the golden age of prog when music was an adventure, BUY THIS CD!!!

Electric Shadow...Jerry & Candace Willard

"The Presence"... A journey for the mind
If you are a lover of Prog...you are in for a wicked kewl experience with this Epic monster!! The "Presence" by Ian Bartlett is stunning to say the least. It takes you on a journey for your mind with an unbelievable soundscape which will dazzle your imagination. The multidimensional media experience will satisfy all of your cravings for astonishing entertainment for your heart, mind & soul.

Ian's brilliant musical talents & writing capabilities puts him among the top Progressive artists of today.
The songs are emotion laden & will stir your senses, so sit back, buckle your seatbelt & get ready for the ride of a lifetime!!!

Rommie Angelo

Wow! Amazing album!
I was told about Ian by a friend of mine and having heard the album, I must say that I'm amazed by the range of different musical styles used on one album. His music is very different from what I'm used to listening to, but I'm hooked now and keen to hear more. Ian's voice is full of emotions and his lyrics are like stories, taking the listener to undiscovered places. Even though some of the songs are on the long side, the melodies are memorable and pop into my head at random times - a sign of a good songwriter to be able to make people think of their songs a while after hearing them. Great album, I'll be looking out for more.