This is a solid and entertaining release from Red Jasper, and the fact that the songs linger in the memory long after the CD has stopped spinning is a testimony to their quality. True, the music is not overly complex and the arrangements relatively fuss-free, but that only adds to the appeal.
Dutch Progressive Rock Page (May 2015)
Opening with the title track the Red Jasper sound is still reassuringly there, as a short lush symphonic intro soon gives way to Clifford’s fine vocals delivering the story telling lyrics with perfect clarity, both here and throughout the album; there’s also mellotron-swathes plus bouncy vintage Marillionesque synthesiser (Lloyd George) and lovely guitar work (Robin Harrison).
Classic Rock Society (March/April 2015)
The Great And Secret Show is an excellent symphonic prog album that completely came out of left field. Fans of melodic progressive rock should love this.
Sea Of Tranquility (March 2015)
Their fans will be thrilled, beginners may want to review previous albums. One would expect a little more with the passage of time but it’s still good material. Rating: 4/5
Richard Hawey (Profil) (March 2015)
Musically things are also faithfully Neo Prog, Lloyd George’s early Marillion-era keyboard sounds bouncing keenly off Robin Harrison’s darting guitar lines; making the politically dissatisfied (always an RJ lyrical theme) ‘Living The Life’ and ‘The Great And Secret Show energetic surges of Prog power…it’s a really good album…
Fireworks magazine (March 2015)
‘Living The Life’ picks up the joie de vivre theme, although there’s a typical English guilt rolled into its theatrical charm which switches into a dream-chase, and living that dream might be this great and secret show each of us participates in. More so, it’s the force behind the band’s resurrection – not a misstep here. *****
DMME.net (February 2015)
As for the epic title song, yes, the circus macabre has come to town – with a promise to kill off the clown and with unique acts for everyone! Musically, the songs blow across various sonic realms and we’re talking quite a vintage sound here, with echoes of Jethro Tull and Dutch prog-rockers Focus.
Feel free to enter – come and see the hanging, come and hear the music!
Music-News.com (January 2015)
Strongly reminiscent of Solstice or a more folky, less scary Twelfth Night, Red Jasper utilise a combination of the expected neo tropes: soaring guitar solos, classic keyboard sounds, acoustic guitar and a gently affected, over-enunciated vocal delivery from frontman David Clifford. Slabs of Mellotron underpin the title track and the jauntily majestic An Hour Of Time, sultry sax adds colour to The Time Is Right and Robin Harrison’s guitar wrings emotion from Ray Of Darkness…This is an excellent album for those who hanker after more innocent, less sonically polished times.
Classic Rock Prog magazine