David Sancious & Tone"Dance of the Age of Enlightenment" (USA,symphonic jazz rock,1977) I have got some CD-Rs or mp3s of this album to the date . But they were not my favorite ones about sound quality. However,at last ,I've got excellent lossless file . So glad to enjoy this unreleased real treasure with all of you together !
In those days around 1977 ,David Sancious & Tone were an anomaly to Columbia-Epic and also Arista. They didn’t know how to market the band. The band told the companies to just put them with all the fusion artists, but those marketing boys were kind of crazy. .....Sometimes they can’t see the forest before the trees as they say.....It was the big problem with ‘'Dance of the Age of Enlightenment”. Both Columbia-Epic and Arista couldn’t conceive of the concept of a symphonic fusion band. People didn’t realize that "Dance of the Age of Enlightenment" was scored for 20 woodwind, 20 string and 20 brass parts. That’s 60 singular individual orchestra parts that were all done on “ONE” yes one single minimoog synthesizer by David .The engineer, Bruce Botnik almost had a nervous breakdown (lol) as they had to sync three (3) 24 track MCI Tapedecks together and calibrate them every fifteen minutes to keep all the tracks sync’d up. ......Quite an undertaking.The record companies didn’t think that anyone would buy it so they tabled the project one month before the release date.It was very disappointing to the band. But it led to them creating the " True Stories " which is by far one of better produced records of all time. Eddie Offord was truly a genius. This record were disposed soon although they were manufactured 1000 copies first.No album cover, although one was created .Never went into production.............
The album was recorded twice .......First recording was July 1975 - February 1976, and the second rekoding was May 1976 - June 1976 (total 200 times dubbing). The progressive rock GEM in Indonesia. combining elements of Western and Bali music.
This albums was selected as best Indonesian albums 150 in 2007 (as No 2 rate )
This is once vinyl reissued by Shadoks in 2006,but it is not a legit one......from a cassette rip.... Guruh Gipsy is always (LOL) scheduled to be reissued in Indonesia,but always (LOL) failed until today because of the problems of copyright ...... Hope it will be reissued as CD as soon as possible in the near future because it is a real GEM for us progheads .... B-4 is a bonus track,and it is no relation with Guruh Gipsy ? Some one knows about the bonus track ? A-1
BTW,the other day(in August ?) ,Guruh Gipsy's tribute album was released in Indonesia (2 CD set).
Rick Wakeman performed in the album.
The following is the PV about the tribute album..(Rick is also watched for a moment...)
This file was ripped from youtube and split into tracks and removed noises and remastered (volume control and both speakers balance control...and so on....) Thanks a lot the original ripper (darkfakt). It is rumored that only 300 were pressed A 1 The Michaeline Hymn 2 Wintes Glade 3 The Palmer 4 Rhiannon B 1 Riddling Maid B 2 Sand Dancer B 3 The Arthurian Trilogy
(1) Morgan Le-Fay (2) The Ballad Of Bedivere (3) Merlin's Song
If you ask me your request from youtube, I will help you. RYM Discogs
God Bless "Cermin" (1980,progressive HR ,Indonesia )
God Bless is an Indonesian legendary HR band that has released 6 albums to this date.
Unfortunately ,only this 2nd album "Cermin" never released as CD in spite of the best album of their 6 albums.
That's why the master tape can not be used anymore because of the broken condition.
Yockie Suryoprayogo (key) played in almost of their albums ,but about "Cermin" Abadi Soesman (ex- Guruh Gipsy) played on all the tracks ,and he blew his a lot of jazzy and progressive feelings into the album,so we prog lovers can accept it as one of the Indonesian prog masterpieces ...
Abadi has rejoined God Bless as a regular member since 2002 after withdrawing from the band in 1980 (?).
I bought the CD very soon because it has been my favorite one for long years.
But ,unfortunately, the CD has terrible sound too much .....
Who made the CD ...??? oh my.....
So you must not buy the CD (I'm not sure about the vinyl )
I will upload my lossless file and mp3 from the cassette ripping because more prog lovers will know why this excellent music is real GEM through my ripping ,not the terrible CD .....just like a bootleg sound....(about the package,excellent one,beautiful package ,perfect making,I think)
The band's vocalist "Iwan Madjid " died on July 18 ,2014.....RIP.......
This album's value is ★★★★★ for me.
I purchase not only Cuban original vinyl but also Mexican vinyl (purple front cover ),but I think that Cuban one has better sound ,so I ripped it.
After releaseing this album ,he began to lose his interest about prog music ,and went on releasing pop and AOR music albums ,and as the result,he got a great success in Cuba.
He has played with famous Cuban prog band "Sintesis " around late 70s to early 80s.
Amaury re-recorded all tracks of the album with his friends and released 2CDs + 1DVD set ,1CD is the original version,and the other is the new recorded version with other Cuban artists (here ) ,the video above is the footage at that time. .I purchased the CD just now ,and will upload here when it arrives.
As you know ,Gonzalo Rubalcaba (from Cuba) is one of the greatest jazz pianists all over the world.
In his early career ,he recorded this brilliant jazz rock live album in 1987. You will be surprised his miraculous progressive keyboard playing a lot. The following album is the same as my post....Discogs BTW It is famous that Cuban vinyls are not good condition very much....but mine is really near-mint one,so happy you will enjoy this forgotten gem without any mental stress. And,he also released "vol2" but I don't own it yet,so please share it if you have the file.
It was surprisingly easy to find the complete original rip of Chez Wahlberg on a Friday night I had nothing better to do... good for you guys to have found out it was incomplete, which I never thought would happen and in fact had forgotten about. On the same backup CD I found the album she did after the Vol. VI one (obviously) which was distinctly inferior, though there are a couple of great songs, esp. the "Over the Weekend" number and the incredible sound of the electric piano on "Free Again". There must be only a handful of people in the world who even knew of the existence of this album, at least until now.
The gorgeous track "After Me" that closes the album out should have been a hit.
Check out the hilarious lyrics for "Loving in the present tense:"
I'll do this first since as you can tell from what I wrote this is one of my favourite discoveries from the last couple of years. I'll post a wav, please use a standard program like xrecode to convert to mp3. If anyone can help with these reuploads I would appreciate it greatly.
Apologies for being so quiet, but I would like to open the door to any requests in the meantime.
And thanks to http://progressreview.blogspot.com for helping fulfill some requests. I urge everyone to bookmark that website and follow it daily as I've seen so many interesting things in there. I believe it may still prove to be a worthy successor to this location and I might switch to contributing there.
Everyone please have a happy holiday period and merry christmas as the case may be, in particular to isabelbc, wherever you may be.
This was requested in the Quartet Music posts. I asked the "new kid on the block" if he had it, and he apparently does. So I'll send you to him, because for now, I am going on vacation for a few weeks. Good luck everyone, and hopefully you will be entertained in the meantime there, it seems you will. http://progressreview.blogspot.com
I guess people might have misunderstood a bit what I was doing in the last few weeks, I meant to post my own personal favourites-- maybe using terms like best or masterpiece was wrong-- that I heard in the last year or so. I guess few read the introduction, which is OK, and I understand since it was pretty long-winded. I wouldn't claim that it will turn out these are the favourites for everyone, it's obvious people have different tastes, so I apologize if you're disappointed, I honestly do. Please, no more crazy fighting, my purpose is to share music with as many people as possible and I've said that multiple times. I guess the odd thing is there are people who don't like it. But you can't make everyone happy, as you can see from the political situation in the United States. In fact you can't even make a minority of people happy.
As usual I check nowadays to make sure a post hasn't been posted before -- I've had enough comments about that issue already (and again, sorry about the mistake with matrix, I was completely wrong with that one, though I still think it's great music!) So I was shocked and fell off the chair to see this unknown new blog had already posted this album: http://progressreview.blogspot.com/
So I'll just send you there.
A representative piece is the "Morning Song," which has a fugue-like structure played between organ, flute, and electric guitar, with the drummer giving a wave-like sound with his cymbals in the background. Simply astonishing.
What a beautiful cover! The paintings with musical instruments and nature scenery are a hallmark of the Eastern European covers, right? We've seen them before. But I love this one, so typical of the seventies, with its darkly surrealistic background similar to an Yves Tanguy.
To make up for yesterday's pulled-down post of Matrix (which I urge everyone to buy to hear) I'll post this one, which probably hasn't been released to CD yet, though I might be wrong since I scarcely have time to check on all these things. Derived from the famous hoard of Berlin I alluded to earlier, this one compared to Matrix is interesting in that it is squarely in the European fusion style or perhaps Russian fusion style, versus the Matrix which was US-style fusion. On the other hand, it suffers slightly from featuring over-long improvisations in my opinion.
After today I'll say goodbye until after my holidays for a bit.
After their collaboration on "First Wind", they made these three interesting albums. Frank Ricotti was a session musician and library music contributor as you can see here: http://rateyourmusic.com/artist/frank_ricotta
He did make this highly interesting album called "Vibes" in 1981 which features a couple of very well-written and progressive tracks, though the majority of it is library muzak. Worth hearing for the great 2-3 tracks.
As for de Albuquerque, he moved into the pop-prog direction, away from the folk of "First Wind" with two phenomenally well-composed albums. http://rateyourmusic.com/artist/michael_de_Albuquerque
These are the kind of professionally-played and smooth pop prog records only the British could do well, think Argent, Greenslade, Mike Hugg, or perhaps Stackridge. The imaginativeness of the arrangements, as was the case with The Beatles, is what I love the most here. There are ordinary tracks, but then out of the blue you hear some really interesting progressive chords or passages. Highly recommended!
Simply the best fusion you can imagine on one album. Notice the track called 'Thetan' -- a reference to scientology, most likely because one of the members was one? It's a bit unlikely since in the early seventies this was still part of the most secret inner rituals of scientology. Thanks to multiple exposes and the internet, everyone can now read the 'secrets of scientology' involving thetans that were supposed to cause people to die of shock when they read them-- more likely die of laughter... Here you can have a listen to Thetans:
All the usual comments apply, the things I've said dozens of times before:
-the compositional quality is so high this rivals anything written by Stravinsky, Prokofieff, etc.
-why is this not played in symphony halls instead of the same tired old classical compositions we should all be so sick of hearing?
-the amount of work these composers put into this record is utterly incredible
-the cover art is so beautiful in these old masterpieces -- what is the chance some of our favourite album covers will be displayed in art galleries someday?
-there is no more advanced or perfect music than such a combination that uses everything humanity has created: pop, rock, classical, folk, and jazz, and combines all streams into a seamless whole
-what is it about music that makes it so beautiful? of all arts, it seems to be the most abstract kind of intellectual exercise, although rooted in the auditory sense, it has a level of abstraction not achievable with any other sense and functional MRI shows, as I said before, multiple levels of brain from the bottom emotional areas to the topmost cortex are involved in its enjoyment
For comparison purposes, this album is similar to the amazing Kolibri - Winterserenade which isabelbc posted here some 2 years back or so. (Btw, when I looked at that post recently I read some comments requesting their first album Tsamadou. I listened to that one and was very disappointed, it's purely ordinary folk and even has cover versions of pop songs like some Jim Croce (if I remember correctly). Not one to request.)
On the back of the record this comment: "Three composers, interpreters and improvisers reveal to us their universe: an original new chamber music which molds and transforms many resonances of classic, jazz, and folklore..."
Regarding the title, I read with great sadness a recent article discussing the last stands of the baobab tree in Madagascar, as usual, the suggestion that they will be all gone in a few years if the environment continues to deteriorate. For those like me who grew up on the baobab thanks to Le Petit Prince such information is especially depressing. I've spoken often about how cooperation evolved in humans and made them the masters of the planet, but this altruistic impulse is forever at war with the more basic selfish impulses which have existed in life forever. Simply, cooperation evolved at a time when humans were in small groups and competed with other small groups for scarce resources (like prog albums?). Obviously a cooperative group did much better than a group of selfish cheaters. However, we are now all one tribe, one huge tribe, and in our society it's the selfish cheaters who are favoured, for various reasons. It's interesting that now nature has set us up for a huge challenge since we must all cooperate to preserve the earth as our living home, the question arises, will the new instincts of altruism win out and thus will we preserve ourselves as a species? or the old selfish instincts win and we fall into fighting and murderous competition for a dwindling supply of food? This huge moral combat will play out in the lifetimes of my children who are now 4 and 6, which is why the subject is so intensely interesting to me.
Like the little prince, will we feel so sad about our lost home that we will go back to our friend the snake and let him bite us?