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MOVING

Moving Gelatine Plates

 

Canterbury Scene

3.39 | 21 ratings

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Mellotron Storm
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4 stars One of the worst covers ever(haha). Anyway, Didier Thibault the bass player decided in 1978 he wanted to start up MOVING GELATINE PLATES again,unfortunately he was the only original member interested. The band would go through many lineup changes before recording this studio album in 1980. As the liner notes say Didier wanted to maintain the musical spirit of the original band but this time in a more accessible idiom. Thibault would play acoustic guitar, bass and sing the lead vocals in French.

"Destruction" begins with a dark,atmospheric mood. This isn't too unusual for the band who opened their debut album with an experimental, spacey intro that was also unlike the rest of the record. The rest of this song features a nice uptempo melody. "Tout Autour De Toi" opens with gentle sax melodies and acoustic guitar. The other sax joins in after 2 minutes followed by synths. This is kind of dark actually and the sax becomes dissonant. The gentle sax takes over for dissonant sax as the mood brightens again. Cool song. "Frequence Nocturne" really sounds amazing. A laid back and breezy beginning. Some xylophone comes and goes before it becomes prominant 1 1/2 minutes in as it has turned jazzy. A sax solo with some nice bass follows. Then xylophone and bass become prominant. Sax joins in to end it. "Solaria" opens with sax,vibes and acoustic guitar. The tempo picks up a minute in with drums. Love the guitar solo 2 1/2 minutes in as drums pound to end the song. Nice.

"Syntheme" has an uptempo, sax led intro before synths take the place of the sax. Drums beat throughout. Vocals after a minute for the first time on the album. Vocals stop and sax returns. Beautiful guitar solo 3 minutes in. "L'Alchimiste" features an uptempo melody with humerous vocals. A really nice sax solo later in this whimsical tune. "Les Etres D'or" is mellow with higher pitched vocals for almost 2 minutes then the mood becomes serious. I like this section,the vocals sound great. A sax solo 2 1/2 minutes in before the original sound returns with another terrific guitar solo. This sounds so good. "Ombres" is a catchy, light tune with a different tone on the vocals again. This time he sounds like the singer for PFM. Very pleasant and enjoyable track. "Rire De Peine" opens with some cool sounding acoustic guitar. Heavenly. Some smooth sax joins in as well as some guest mini moog. Synths add to the mood as well. Reserved vocals come in later.

I really think this was a big success. I know it wasn't a success financially for the band but certainly musically it was. I really enjoy these songs a lot, and I do feel the spirit of the original MOVING GELATINE PLATES is felt.

Mellotron Storm | 4/5 |

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