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A TIME BEFORE THIS

Julian's Treatment

 

Eclectic Prog

3.74 | 39 ratings

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Dark Nazgul
3 stars Followers of Robert Heinlein, Arthur Clarke, Philip Dick and Robert Sheckley, this could be for you!

Julian Savarin, musician and writer of science fiction, is the author of one of the the most striking albums of the early '70s. "A Time Before This" is an interesting "sci-fi opera" with characters such as Alma, Dark Lady of the Outer Worlds, and Altarra, blue-skinned alien princess. Musically, the entire album is based on the organ played by Savarin, while other instruments like flute and guitars do not have the same relevance. The warm and bluesy female vocals of Cathy Pruden is perfectly in tune with the band's psychedelic approach; without doubt the interpretation of the singer makes an important, perhaps crucial added value to the album.

Not always the music is extraordinary, but much of the album is extremely enjoyable. Although the length of the record, the listening is pleasant and surely not too challenging, often based on rather catchy organ riffs.

All songs are played in psychedelic/jazz-rock style, with the omnipresent Hammond organ. The best moments are in my opinion The Coming Of The Mule, Phantom City, The Dark Tower, The Terran, Fourth From The Sun, Alkon, Planet Of Centauri, and Strange Things; the two prophecies of the oracle help to create a wonderful sci-fi atmosphere. Not always, howewer, the quality of the music is excellent, for example in the closing title track and in Alda, Lady Of The Outer Worlds.

Surely not a masterpiece of progressive, but an album of good quality, accessible to all lovers of classic rock, funny and original. Final rating: 6 / 10.

Best song: Strange Things

Dark Nazgul | 3/5 |

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