1995 is the year it all begins. The first album of Arena was released, featuring Clive Nolan (keyboards) and Mick Pointer (drums), with Cliff Orsi (bass), Keith More (guitar) and John Carson (vocals). This excellent piece of work entitled Songs From The Lions Cage and released on Arena’s own ‘Verglas’ label, is very well received and a new progressive rock legend has been born.
A few critics react by saying that Arena clearly reflects shades of a Fish-era-Marillion, with Mick (ex-Marillion) on drums and a vocalist whose voice resembles elements of Fish’s voice. However, the music is vibrant and fresh, and the album contains instant classics like Jericho, the epic Solomon and the emotional Crying For Help IV. Typical for the album are the short instrumental interludes (the Crying For Help-series) that separate the non-instrumental tracks: a format that returns on their next album.
Released in 1995
Produced by Mike Stobbie
Engineered by Clive Nolan
Mixed by Teo Miller
Mastered at Abbey Road Studios by Chris Blair
Sleeve Design and Artwork by John Gosler