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Baker Gurvitz Army - Elysian Encounter CD (album) cover

ELYSIAN ENCOUNTER

Baker Gurvitz Army

 

Heavy Prog

3.73 | 27 ratings

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Gatot
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4 stars More rockin' and proggier ...!

I found this second album much more rockin' and proggier than the debut even though I only knew this album many years after its release date in 1975. Never mind, even though the name BGA was equal to their debut album with songs that were so familiar with me as at that time I got the tape of the debut. You will be amazed with how skillful the musicians are when you spin the opening track "People" especially with how dynamic the music flows and how guitar and drumming play their parts excellently with complex arrangements. Yes, structure-wise you might consider it like a straight forward rock music. But, please observe the subtleties of the way instruments are played: stunning guitar work, dynamic drumming wits fast beats as well as tight bassline. It's a wonderful opening track, really.

The second track "The Key" is a slower tempo one with sort of Santana's style and some flavor of reggae music. Well, you might say that this can be an excuse to enjoy reggae music. But look at the way guitar is played - its nice! "Time" brings the music back to faster tempo in southern rock style similar to bands like the Doobie Brothers. But of course this is a different outfit. "The Gambler" brings back into slower tempo, a bit poppy stuff, but it's still interesting to enjoy. "The Dreamer" has a nice guitar work and dynamic drumming. "The Remember" demonstrates excellent guitar work while "The Artist" indicates unique drumming style of Ginger Baker. "The Hustler" concludes the album excellently as this is at the same tempo as the opening track with great guitar solo.

Overall, it's an excellent addition to any prog music collection even though the music of BGA tends to be a combination of Southern rock, blues as well as progressive. Keep on proggin' ...!

Peace on earth and mercy mild - GW

Gatot | 4/5 |

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