domingo, 17 de janeiro de 2010
quarta-feira, 13 de janeiro de 2010
Banda da Alemanha com um som totalmente voltado para o estilo Jazz-Rock de Canterbury. Este é o primeiro album da banda que ainda gravaria mais um em 79 antes de terminar. Piano, flauta, violino e um lindo vocal feminino que vez ou outra me faz pensar em Annie Haslam. As duas faixas bonus não acrescentam muito, mas também não comprometem este que é realmente um verdadeiro achado arqueológico. By A Paixão de Roderick
Thoughts - 1978
terça-feira, 12 de janeiro de 2010
segunda-feira, 11 de janeiro de 2010
sexta-feira, 8 de janeiro de 2010
From Kangsala, Finland, Tabula Rasa was founded in 1972 by guitarist Heikki Silvennoinen, drummer Asko Pakkanen, and bass player Tapio Suominen. During the band's run, Mikko Alatalo played the Peter Sinfield role as contributing lyricist, and unofficial member. They are considered one of the top finish prog bands, but tend be overlooked when put alongside Wigwam, and Tasavallan Pesidentti (sort of like the Kinks next to the Beatles, The Who, and The Rolling Stones). Along with opening for Wigwam, they gained notoriety by becoming runner up in the 1972 "Best Finnish Pop Group" contest.
For the 1975 self-titled debut, the band had been filled out by vocalist Jukka Leppilampi, flautist Jarmo Sormunen, and pianist Jim Pembroke. 1976's "Ekkedien Tanssi" saw some changes in personnel. Jarmo Sormunen was gone, Jukka Aronen replaced Pakkanen on percussion, and keyboardist Jarno Sinisalo replaced Pembroke. Vocalist Jukka Salmela took the lead on the last two tracks. Wigwam's Jukka Gustavson made a guest appearance, and co-produced the album.
The band split in 1977 as Aronen and Silvonnoinen joined Coitus Inc, and other members followed different philosophical paths.
The music is mellow, and melodic. The obvious comparisons are made to their Finnish contemporaries, but there is also a strong resemblance to Camel (and even a bit of Steve Hackett).
Ekkedien Tanssi - 1976
terça-feira, 5 de janeiro de 2010
sábado, 2 de janeiro de 2010
This band's career spends over five albums released between 1974 and 1983. Often referred to as the Belgian answer to ZAO, they offer a mixture of prog rock, jazz and Canterbury styles, drawing their influences mainly from MAGMA, KING CRIMSON, HATFIELD AND THE NORTH, and of course, ZAO. They are led by flautist/guitarist Daniel Schell and feature the unique vocals of his wife, Pascale Son, who uses nonsense syllables to suggest a semblance of language; she also plays the oboe. The rest of the regular cast include Robert Dartsch on drums, Alain Goutier on bass and Charles Loos on keyboards.
Each of their albums has its own sound: "Babel", emphasizes Pascale's vocals; "Swiss Chalet" has a particular African feel; as for "Pasiones", it is a strange mixture of styles (SOFT MACHINE, Canterbury, operatic and Latin American). However, their strongest are their first two releases, "Postaeolian Train Robbery" (1974) and "Viva Boma" (1976). They are a mixture of jazzy and surrealistic sounds with some off-beat, humorous twists.
If you like the idea of ZAO or MAGMA with a real goofy edge, then these two albums are highly recommended.
Lise (HIBOU), CANADA
Postaeolian Train Robbery - 1972