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Jazz Rock/Fusion

3.66 | 67 ratings

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Mellotron Storm
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4 stars This would be EMBRYO's third release and the first that would have a "World Music" flavour to it. The album cover is interesting as the Olympics were to be held in Munich that year (1972), so one of the band members wives took a picture of one of their roadies pretending to be a fire- eater in front of some of the buildings of the Olympic area. Well just as she snapped the picture a wind came up and blew the fire in his face as you can see, resulting in him being taken to the hospital with severe burns. I'm surprised they still used it as the cover but it's one of a kind that's for sure.

"The Special Trip" has this catchy rhythm that builds as violin joins in. Vocals 2 1/2 minutes in. They stop when the violin comes ripping in, guitar follows. Nice bass too. A big finale on this one. "Nightmares" is a short tune with acoustic guitar melodies. "King Insano" is a top three. It's laid back with gentle flute that reminds me of KING CRIMSON's debut. It kicks in after 1 1/2 minutes as guitar and violin light it up.This reminds me of AREA. The intro melody is back 3 1/2 minutes in to end it.

"Free" is kind of funky early with humerous lyrics that are pretty much spoken to follow.The vocals stop and they jam the rest of the way. Some interesting sounding guitar before 3 1/2 minutes, nice bass too. "The Sun Song" opens with flute, sax and atmosphere. It kicks in around 3 minutes with lots of percussion and sax. "Marimbaroos" of course has marimba in it along with percussion and violin. "Forgotten Sea" opens with intricate sounds coming and going. It's all so laid back and tasteful. Violin after 3 minutes, guitar 4 minutes in. Great sound after 6 minutes as the guitar continues.

I think any of EMBRYO's first 6 albums are a must, this one I would rate in the lower half of those.

Mellotron Storm | 4/5 |


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