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ESPERANTO ROCK ORCHESTRA

Esperanto

 

Eclectic Prog

3.18 | 28 ratings

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Sean Trane
Special Collaborator
Prog Folk
3 stars If the core/backbone of the group was Belgian - the Malisan brothers , Bruno Libert and Raymond Vincent came from the region of Mons, Belgium - the frontmen were from a little all over the planet - Australia , UK among others - and they recorded in London and were based there. Although tagged as international, the group's core musicians (the ones that stayed throughout the three albums) had previously evolved out of the Belgian scene, from bands like Waterloo, Wallace Collection, Kleptomania and they worked up a demo and took it to London. They knocked on a few doors and eventually were asked to relocate there and work with frontmen exterior to the group. With no other choices they accepted. This first album is the immediate result and has a bit of artificial flavour. Something that feels (pre-)fabricated and not exactly what the musicians would have done themselves. Almost as if it was a music industry product of the early 60's but done with the 70's means.

The music developed here resembles best Electric Light Orchestra gone overboard but not in a bad sense. This reminds me of the first four albums of ELO when they made still what could be considered their best orchestral works. I think that they had a very strong financial support at firs , just to have so many players. However the frontmen kept changing as the albums passed and although relative/moderate success was there , they disbanded after the third from lack of money. From memory , you should start with the last one and work backwards.

Sean Trane | 3/5 |

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