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HYPOTHESIS

Vangelis

 

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friso
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4 stars Vangelis - Hypothesis (1971)

Friso's 100th review celabration!

Tuut tut tuuut tut!

The quality of this record has been dinied for long enough now! This is withoud question the best Vengelis record, although it doesn't sound like a Vengelis record. It's a hard record to get into, for it has much dissonant parts. No constant flow of melodies, but a flow of sounds.

Spacerock influenced jazz/fusion with freejazz elements and jamsession like structures. That's the best way I can discribe this. The record has one big flow and there mustn't have been lot of compositions for this record, for it sounds improvised. The expectations of the coverart will come true when the abstract organ sounds accompanied by Vegelis' strange deformed voice start the album (tuut tuut tuut whaha).

There's only a great bassist and drummer to follow Vengelis' free exploration during the whole record, but they succeed very well. On side two a violin is added for some effects. Sometimes you can hear the musicians searching, but most of the time the music feel like a complete piece. This reminds me of the free forms of Krautrock expressed in the same period in Germany. The recording is done good, but somehow the sound and atmosphere of this record is extremely good!

Conclusion. A record that always amazes me! No les then four stars for this one! Proggers interested in jazz, krautrock, improvised music, dissonant music and space rock should check this out!

friso | 4/5 |

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