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Quarteto 1111


Eclectic Prog

4.43 | 80 ratings

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erik neuteboom
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4 stars


As a Tronmaniac it was inevitable that one day I would stumble upon the album 10.000 Anos Depois Entre Vénus E Marte by singer and keyboard player José Cid, this is Mellotron Heaven on Earth! Then I discovered that José Cid once joined the Portuguese five piece band Quarteto 1111 and from that moment I was very determined to get an album. Thanks to a Portuguese PA friend (you know who you are) I got a copy and was finally able to listen to this highly acclaimed and most progressive Portuguese progrock effort.

Their third LP Onde, Quando, Como, Porquê, Cantamos Pessoas Vivas is from 1974 (in 2008 released on CD) and sounds typically late Sixties/early Seventies with hints from The Moody Blues (melodic, accessible, lots of Mellotron) but it also could have been a Seventies Italian progrock album (in the vein of I Dik Dik, Celeste or Apotheosi), especially because of the passionate vocals, the contrast between the mellow parts (warm vocals, acoustic guitar, flute-Mellotron section) and heavy or bombastic moments (violin-Mellotron section, Minimoog flights and fiery guitar work) and the intense atmospheres and emotional outbursts. And how about José Cid is role? Well, from the very first second it's Mellotron Heaven.

1. Onde, Quando, Como, Porquê, Cantamos Pessoas Vivas - Part 1 (13:58) : The intro delivers the violin-Mellotron section (with hints from Karelia by Anekdoten), then a slow rhythm featuring lush Mellotron, Minimoog flights and emotional vocals, followed by the distinctive flute-Mellotron (evoking Strawberry Fields Forever by The Beatles), blended with Minimoog runs, delicate Grand piano work and wonderful vocals (very expressive but not theatrical or screamy). The moods shift from mellow and slow rhythms to mid-tempo (heavy guitar play) and bombastic eruptions. The final part contains an unique combination of a fiery guitar solo, accompanied by lush violin-Mellotron, very compelling!

2. Onde, Quando, Como, Porquê, Cantamos Pessoas Vivas - Part 2 (16:52) : The second track starts with the compelling end of the first composition featuring expressive vocals and powerful drums and again lush violin-Mellotron. Then a dreamy part with flute-Mellotron, acoustic rhythm guitar and warm vocals, gradually turning into a slow rhythm with emotional vocals, Grand piano, Moog and Mellotron, culminating into again a very compelling, more bombastic final part with all those vintage keyboards in full splendor, goose bumps!


erik neuteboom | 4/5 |


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