Splendid Iceolation
Ninth iCE KiNG album, released as Compact Disc in 2020, as well as digitally







I. Seven Islands Bay
Guitar and vocals composed by Bas L.G. Verdin
Verses from "The Bay of Seven Islands" by John Greenleaf Whittier (1807-1892)

II. Renaissance
Guitar and vocals composed by Bas L.G. Verdin
Verses from Lucius Annaeus Seneca (c. 4 BC - AD 65), Benedictus de Spinoza (1632-1677) and chiefly "Something Left Undone" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807-1882)

III. The Reason We Fight
Guitar and vocals composed by Bas L.G. Verdin
Verses from "Valkyriur Song" by Felicia Dorothea Hemans (1793-1835)
(Alternate version on Gallus X as Poséidon)

IV. Ivanhoe
Guitar and vocals composed by Bas L.G. Verdin
Verses from "The Crusader's Return" and "Saxon War-song" by Sir Walter Scott (1771-1832)

V. Excelsior
Guitar and vocals composed by Bas L.G. Verdin
Verses from "Excelsior" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807-1882)

VI. Titanheart
Guitar and vocals composed by Bas L.G. Verdin
Verses from "Prometheus" by James Russell Lowell (1819-1891)

VII. For the Brave and Free
Guitar and vocals composed by Bas L.G. Verdin
Verses from "The Minstrel Boy" by Thomas Moore (1779-1852)
(Earlier recording on TWiCE KiNG)

Pars Altera Trilogia (Instrumental Speech III):
Guitar composed by Bas L.G. Verdin
(Instrumental Speech I on VIrtue & VIrtuosity)
(Instrumental Speech II on TWiCE KiNG)

VIII. Blue, Red and Blood - Pars Altera Bis
(Blue, Red and Blood - Pars Altera on EpiC CentrE)
IX. Tour of Honour - Pars Altera Bis
(Tour of Honour - Pars Altera on Victory iV)
X. Evensong - Pars Altera Bis
(Evensong - Pars Altera on Second Sailing)

XI. Anacreon
Guitar and vocals composed by Bas L.G. Verdin
Verses from Anacreon (c. 582-485 BC) and chiefly translations of Anacreon by Lord Byron (1788-1824)
(Alternate version on Gallus X as Niemandsland)



Booklet painting: "The Bard" by John Martin (1789-1854)

Simultaneous projections of paintings, live or online, respectively:
I. "Ein Seesturm an der norwegischen Küste" by Andreas Achenbach (1815-1910)
III. "Battle of Clontarf" by Hugh Frazer (1795-1865)
VII. "The Bard" by Thomas Jones (1742-1803)



"Splendid isolation" was originally employed and misemployed to describe the British policy in the Victorian era

"The sleeve note for this 9th, through and through iCE KiNG disc can be brief, yet all the more important! Behold my definition of goosebumps, in 59 minutes and 59 seconds..."