Shorrock adds a slightly sappy 'go USA' tribute with the self-penned "Statue of Liberty" that really doesn't seem to belong here "hey you, get out the way - anything can happen in the USA! Given the folk and soft-rock influences of several members not to mention the presence of an acoustic guitar player, cellist, violist and both 1st and 2nd part violinistsit was inevitable the band would include a slow acoustic number as well, which they saved for the end of the original vinyl on "Move Away".
CD reissues of this album include three bonus tracks. I'm not quite sure but I believe the one of vocalists here is Keith Christmas, who appeared on some of the demo tracks the band brought to England and who would become the band's lead vocalist for their second release 'Danse Macabre'.
Shorrock remains the lead singer here as well though. And "Emma" is another slow tune with a twangy guitar riff and vocals that remind me quite a bit of the bands America and Home circa around the same time period. The large lineup, classical-music-meets-Broadway sound of the band could be compared to a blend of bands like Carnegie, Trans-Siberian Orchestra and the 5th Dimension.
I'm not sure this really qualifies as true progressive music, but it is a good introduction to some of the more complex and ambitious work the band would employ on their next two releases. A decent record to have in your collection; not a masterpiece but worth picking up especially if you are a fan of strings with your rock music.
Three stars and recommended to fans of representative eclectic progressive rock from the mid-seventies. This multi-national band with among others British and Belgian members released three albums in the first half of the 70's. I didn't know anything about Still Life - Esperanto - Last Tango until recently when I was quite impressed with their third album, Last Tango. This previous album, however, is a far less enjoyable experience for me. While Last Tango was varied and memorable, Danse Macabre is far more dense and impenetrable and does not leave any lasting impression on me.
There are no songs here like Painted Lady or the title track from Last Tango. Those more melodic songs brought an appealing diversity to that album that is wholly absent here. The piano and keyboard work is very similar to that of Keith Emerson and there is a lot of in the opening track, The Journey. Esperanto relies heavily on violin, viola and cello in their sound rather than guitars.
There are male and female vocals, but the vocals are not very much to the front - they function mostly as just another instrument. There is no doubt that the musicians involved here are skilled, but instrumental prowess is hardly a guarantee for great music. Danse Macabre can be a difficult listen and I strongly recommend to start with the much better Last Tango before taking on Danse Macabre.
This band with British and Belgian origins released three albums in the first half of the 70's. I didn't know anything about them until recently, but was quickly impressed. The closest comparison I can make of the band's sound is to those of Curved Air and early Electric Light Orchestra mostly due to the strong presence of cello and violins but also due to the Still Life - Esperanto - Last Tango vocals that sometimes remind strongly of Sonja Kristina, particularly on Painted Lady which could have come straight from a Curved Air album.
The male vocals remind rather of Roger Chapman of Family. But the band is really as eclectic as the language from which they have taken their name. Still Life - Esperanto - Last Tango not having any guitars in the band, the band's sound is surprisingly aggressive. Whatever could be done with electric guitars is here done with cellos and violins to great effect.
The bass guitar is Chris Squire-like and often functions as a lead instrument rather than merely as Still Life - Esperanto - Last Tango of a Andreas Thomopoulos - Born Out Of The Tears Of The Sun section.
In addition there are keyboards and drums. But despite the absence of guitars, Esperanto often has a harder and more aggressive sound.
The three shorter tracks are slightly more conventional but no less good. Painted Lady in particular is a great song that, as I have said already, remind of Curved Air. The closing title track is indeed a Still Life - Esperanto - Last Tango of a tango. And finally we have the 12 plus minute The Rape which Sheila - Puhdys - RockNRoll Music a strong number that represents the album very well.
Last Tango is an enjoyable and recommended listen. Starting the album on one of the craziest version of Eleanor Rigby, the least we can say is that Esperanto starts all four wheel and eight cylinders biting the asphalt on the highway to your heart. But hat to say of the sublime Still Life with plenty of drama and intense string interventions. The weird Painted Lady is sonically sticking out of the rest of the album, but crazy little features like those sardonic laughs are making still not out of line.
The stunning Obsession is another beauty of a Juggernaut - Stever - Idiot Savant, even if playing on an easy-to-please terrain, but the execution is so immaculate and they're pulling all the right c h ords that it's close to perfection.
On the flipside, in comes the disturbing mins The Rape, where the groups climbs up and down every alley of sanity with their string section and the lyrics referring to Manson's rape and murder Sunday Still Life - Esperanto - Last Tango ballads and we're hearing the Helter Skelter stolen to Eleanor Rigby's creators. The closing section of this epic is a Still Life - Esperanto - Last Tango crescendo, which allows to recuperate from the previous madness. The album-closing title track is indeed a tango, one that could've been sung by Queen, if it hadn't been for the string section.
Difficult to make a better album than this Last Tango, especially given the group's inhabitual construction of the group. While not perfect, I find few albums that I keep coming back to over the last 30 years and listen with such delight, even if the periodicity of spinning is down to a couple times per year. Much recommended. Copyright Prog Archives, All rights reserved. Please consider supporting us by disabling your ad blocker. Esperanto biography Esperanto is a language invented Still Life - Esperanto - Last Tango by Zamenhof, who combined bits of various Romance language to make what he hoped would become a vehicle of universal communication.
The Belgo-English band of the same name at the beginning of the 70s had a short but intense career and produced an extremely varied musical repertoire thanks to the Still Life - Esperanto - Last Tango different nationalities, origins and outlooks of its members. It all started at the end of '71 when the Belgian violinist Raymond Vincent, leader of the Wallace Collection wanted to embark on a more adventurous musical endeavour in spite of his Winter Wonderland - Brent Barrett - Christmas Mornings predilection for hard rock after his band had broken up.
After playing for a short period with Dany Lademancher and Roger Wollaert who had left Kleptomaniathen with Dirk Bogaert of Waterloohe got in touch with Bruno Libert who was Neverman Platz - I R - Spálený his musicology studies and playing piano every night in Brussel's theatres that were putting on "off Broadway" musicals, which were quite fashionable at the time.
Raymond told Bruno about his new project and showed him some musical ideas. He also played him a promotional album, Metronomics, that he had written for an advertising campaign. The two musicians agreed to launch the project and started to look for other musicians. They started Sweets For My Sweet - Various - This Is Soul rehearse in the back room of a small cafe, wrote a series of new numbers and recorded a first demo-tape at "Cathy" studio in the Brabant Wallon region, owned at the time by Marc Aryan Belgian singer successful Ragazzina Di Periferia - Maurizio (31) - Simmo Figlie E Mammà the beginning of the 70s.
The four musicians took their demo to England, where they met David Mackay who had produced the Wallace Collection and The New Seekers and later produced part of Esperanto's first album. David was interested by the project and agreed to recruit more musicians in order to strengthen the line-up which was quite limited on the first demo violin, piano and Hammond organ, bass and drums.
Soon, he contacted Glenn Shorrock, an Australian singer who was living in London at the time and had left his group, the Twilights. David also played a series of records from his collection to the musicians to try to Still Life - Esperanto - Last Tango female singers. Raymond and Bruno were immediately convinced that Cliff Richard's trio of backing singers would fit the bill.
Esperanto is a language invented in by Zamenhof, who combined bits of various Romance language to make what he hoped would become a vehicle of universal communication. David set up an appointment with Joy Yates, Janice Slater and Bridget Dudoit who had released a record under the name of Bones and easily convinced them to join the group as they were quite enthusiastic. The band was also looking for a guitarist and more string players in order to form a quartet. David Mackay found Brian Holloway, We Are The Pronouns That You Leave - Danae Stefanou - [herewith] Australian guitar player.
As he regularly conducted recording sessions in London studios, it was also easy for David to assemble a modern-sounding string section, unlike Belgian strings which tended to sound more classical. Tuesday 8 October Wednesday 9 October Thursday 10 October Friday 11 October Saturday 12 October Sunday 13 October Monday 14 October Tuesday 15 October Wednesday 16 October Thursday 17 October Friday 18 October Saturday 19 October Sunday 20 October Monday 21 October Tuesday 22 October Wednesday 23 October Thursday 24 October Friday 25 October Saturday 26 October Sunday 27 October Monday 28 October Tuesday 29 October Wednesday 30 October Thursday 31 October Friday 1 November Saturday 2 November Sunday 3 November Monday 4 November Tuesday 5 November Wednesday 6 November Thursday 7 November Friday 8 November Saturday 9 November Sunday 10 November Monday 11 November Tuesday 12 November Wednesday 13 November Thursday 14 November Friday 15 November Saturday 16 November Sunday 17 November Monday 18 November Tuesday 19 November Wednesday 20 November Thursday 21 November Friday 22 November Saturday 23 November Sunday 24 November Monday 25 November Tuesday 26 November Wednesday 27 November Thursday Still Life - Esperanto - Last Tango November Friday 29 November Saturday 30 November Sunday 1 December Monday 2 December Tuesday 3 December Wednesday 4 December Thursday 5 December Friday 6 December Saturday 7 December Sunday Still Life - Esperanto - Last Tango December Monday 9 December Tuesday 10 December Wednesday 11 December Thursday 12 December Friday 13 December Saturday 14 December Sunday 15 December Monday 16 December Tuesday 17 December Ken Jay, Marge Cameron - Bimbo / Punchy The Clown Wednesday 18 December Thursday 19 December Friday 20 December The cost of touring was very high and the technical problems linked to this sophisticated musical genre necessitated a lot of complex equipment for the era difficulties of amplifying strings mixed with electronic instruments, etc.
This rupture marked the end of Esperanto. Nevertheless, they left as a heritage three remarkable albums, Still Life - Esperanto - Last Tango different and full of qualities that this beautiful re-release will allow you to discover or rediscover.
We can only regret one thing: considering the talent of the musicians and their musical evolution, the group had probably not said its last word. Although several important prog rock bands had already produced their main opus Still Life - Esperanto - Last Tango inthe door was still open for many talented bands as it was the golden age of prog, which faded several years later.
Many years have passed and we should simply enjoy this re-release. After a decade of Medusa - Deny The Urge - As Darkness Falls searching and efforts, you now have in your possession a rare testimony of the past.
I hope you will have as much pleasure listening to it as the musicians had playing it in the early Fright Train - The Darkraver* / DJ Gizmo / DJ Isaac - Heroes Of Hardcore. But the core of the group again remains intact, and still they don't find the need for a guitarist.
With a disturbing artwork about a disturbed dancer, this Still Life - Esperanto - Last Tango is even more impressive than the previous Danse Macabre. Read the excellent bio to see why this group stopped on top of their art. Starting the album on one of the craziest version of Eleanor Rigby, the least we can say is that Esperanto starts all four wheel and eight cylinders biting the asphalt on the highway to your heart. But hat to say of the sublime Still Life with plenty of drama Ecce Homo - Far From Mind - Breakpoint 33 intense string interventions.
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