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Triumvirat - Mediterranean Tales (Across The Waters) CD (album) cover




Symphonic Prog

3.61 | 213 ratings

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4 stars ELP should take notice.

When it comes to bass/keyboard/drums dynamics, you have choice in this vast progressive world. You could set out for the best, but why not go and have a look at the rest?

The rest is Triumvirat, but it's also in my humble opinion, the best. ELP is ultimately famous and still packs auditoriums after 30 years just with their name. It's also true, Triumvirat never brought 65, 000 shouting fans at one venue (Olympic Stadium, Montreal PQ 1976). Despite all the fame and fortunem, this is why I love Triumvirat: the constency or the quality and the lack of by-product filling in their albums. Take their first album here: solid classical/progressive debut that could hoedown with any ELP album, even for a young band.

The maturity is tangible: Fritz on keyboards is more melodic than being an Emerson show-off (i'd say 60- 40 ratio) but his classical background is as impressive. He shreds when the time is right but he switches often in a song so it's not always a cavalcade of notes. Triumvirat is also well backed with Hans Bathelt on drums, perhaps one of the most underrated drummers of the 70's. He's playing with a modest kit (although compared to Peart's, every kit is modest), but he's killing it with off-time beats, great bass drum/ snare combos and toms fills.

I have nothing bad to say against the 3 first Triumvirat albums, and especially not about this one. It's a good (if not very good) purchase although a bit short.

Long live the Gross-Wurst-und-Kartoffeln German accent! Mach Shäu!

Menswear | 4/5 |


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