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RIDING ON A TEAR

Zomby Woof

 

Symphonic Prog

3.81 | 59 ratings

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Tarcisio Moura
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4 stars A really surprising one shot band from germany. Zomby Woof release this jewel in 1977, and it is no surprise there was no follow up. The times were not good for prog acts any more, specially new ones that relied too much on the traditional symphonic sounds that were so popular early in that decade. Well, there was a second album, but I heard it was a much pop oriented one and I donīt know if it was released or not. Whatever happened to their sophmore efford, this one is really good. And if youīre into the german prog scene of the 70īs, it is one you should not miss.

The first thing I noticed was the high quality of the production and the music that comes from the CD. Garden Of Delights did a great job on the remastering. It sounds fresh and very clear. For some time I thought Zomby Woof was a contemporary retro group. The band itself proved to be quite good too, at least at the instrumental part of the CD: terrific vintage keyboards, fantastic bass, good drums and guitars. The vocals are the weakest part, but they are not bad either. In fact, they compensate their lack of technique and range with passion and conviction.

The tunes are all good, the band had fine songwriters. The CD as whole is quite varied and the arrangements are very tasteful. And good as they are, they hardly sound like anybody else I know. As a reference I can cite only Eloy and maybe Grobschnitt, but they had their own personality already. Quite energetic compositions, with strong emphasis on melody and rhythms (the instrumental Doraīs Drive is maybe the best exemple of that). The CD version comes with four bonus tracks, two being edit versions of songs from the original LP and two unissued. the new songs are as longer than the others, not so well produced, but showed they were getting even better. The group was indeed a great promise, what a shame Zomby Woof didnīt make it!

Rating: 4 stars. Another fine band that had a short career. But should not be forgotten and Riding On A Tear is an excellent addition to any prog rock music collection. Highly recommneded.

Tarcisio Moura | 4/5 |

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