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Mellotron Storm
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5 stars Here's a band from the Czech Republic that promptly blew my head off. They originally arose from the ashes of FLAMENGO with the drummer and vocalist of that band joining forces with JAZZ Q's guitarist and bass player. The Communist government quickly banned the group citing the lyrics as being too provocative. They were pretty much playing Hard Rock at this time. So the band sort of imploded with ex-JAZZ Q guitarist Lubos Andrst keeping it alive by hiring Jazz players to fill out the new lineup. This is their first studio album and it's very much a MAHAVISHNU ORCHESTRA styled recording but with sax instead of violin. I have to say that the electric piano and guitar work is beyond incredible on this album.

I'm using the English song titles. "Morning Part I" is the opening side long suite. Outbursts of sound come and go then percussion only as drums then electric piano join in. Yes we have a drummer and a percussionist (congas) the latter brings SANTANA's music to mind at times. Deep bass lines come to the fore then sax. The guitar after 2 minutes starts to light it up. Sax replaces the guitar around 4 minutes and he's now ripping it up after 5 minutes. Electric piano and percussion also standout here. A calm before 7 1/2 minutes then percussion, electric piano and bass take over. The guitar joins in and eventually comes to the fore after 10 1/2 minutes and proceeds to light it up. It settles right down after 14 1/2 minutes then turns powerful again a minute later with sax playing over top. So freaking good.

"The Early Sunday" sounds great with electric piano, drums and bass leading the way as the sax joins in. "Night-Butterfly" opens with atmosphere as sparse sounds come and go. A change 2 1/2 minutes in as it turns powerful with bass and drums as the electric piano plays over top. The guitar starts to solo 4 1/2 minutes in. it settles back to that intro soundscape before 6 1/2 minutes right to the end. "Apotheosis" features guitar, electric piano, drums and synths throughout. "Morning Part II" is a great way to end the album reprising the opening track. This of course is a much shorter version. Percussion only ends it.

I have to give this 5 stars. So powerful and the guitar and electric piano are intoxicating to say the least.

Mellotron Storm | 5/5 |


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