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Flame Dream


Symphonic Prog

3.43 | 44 ratings

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5 stars The full power of prog genre !

This FLAME DREAM "galatea" captures all richness, inventiveness and good taste that prog genre can provide. Certainly these gifted Swiss musicians materialized a lot of brilliant ideas.

To me in "galatea" FD album, the Gentle Giant philosophy to create music is taken to the limit, and what's more important : they achieve the state of art, as complexity is in tasteful realm. There are hints of Yes and Genesis (and even ALQUIM 2 first albums from Holland comes to my mind) here and there, but NO direct influence like you can perceive in "out in the dark" 1981 FD album.

If you like the following albums, a more accurate reference to "galatea" could go to the Italians ALUSA FALLAX (1974), the Belgium BANZAI "hora nata" or ATLAS "bla vardag" for the creativeness diversity and intensity. The "galatea" brilliant use of saxophones don't bring me to mind jazzy influences, do you think that VDGG has jazz influence only because they use saxophone ?! I don't for sure.

Have you listened Patrick Moraz "the story of" (1975) ? So you can get a glimpse of how far Swiss musicians can go. In this album Patick Moraz realized what seems impossible : to blend Brazilian samba and other rhythms with killer prog solos and arrangements.

No matter if "galatea" is unknown or if it's unreleased in CD format so far (what?!), also Vincent Van Gogh art was only recognized after his death, unfortunately the genius died sad and poor !

Prog_Veteran | 5/5 |


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