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Locomotiv GT


Eclectic Prog

1.85 | 15 ratings

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1 stars I won't mince my words here, this release represents the absolute pits in the band's entire career. A concept album, designed to mock American music culture - if only to curry favors with the authorities of the time. It was performed as a theatrical work with actors singing most parts.

The title translates as "Imaginary Report On An American Pop Festival" and designed to focus on negative aspects the audience may have encountered at events like Woodstock. Drugs, alienation, despair. A truly nasty and thoroughly one sided approach where music was largely disregarded. Not worthy of a respectable artist.

Sure enough, former co-leader FRENREISZ (Fender bass, saxes, vocals) refused to participate and left the band in disgust, forming his own reasonably successful rock band, SKORPIO.

From then on, LGT has become PRESSER's vehicle heading into a different direction. His longtime friend and former (early) OMEGA member Tamas SOMLO was given a few days worth of crash course to learn the bass (!) and LGT was "saved".

Somlo was previously a circus performer and in future concerts he could be observed playing while walking on stilts and entertainment often came at the expense of quality music. To his credit, he also plays quite credible tenor sax and his singing voice is exceptionally powerful and unique. Also, as a composer his rare tunes on future LGT releases shine amongst the rather mediocre material the band has collectively churned out over the years.

Shortly after the release of this album, both LAUX (drums) and BARTA (guitars) have emigrated to the US where ironically, the latter has soon met his maker over a drug deal gone wrong. Poetic justice? Probably, but also a sad waste of an exceptional talent.

Musically, this album represents zero interest in any style, let alone as Prog, with one notable exception. The featured remake of an earlier piece "Ringasd El Magad" stands out and probably one of the best tunes the band has ever produced. The driving, throbbing rhythm complemented by excellent drumming and sensational guitars is in stark contrast with the rest of the material. No, I couldn't bring myself to purchase this album, but managed to get a copy of that tune alone, courtesy of an overseas friend.

Rating? For content and music it almost hurts that I can't go below 1 star, but that outstanding tune I referred to is a 5 in my books. Strange world we are a livin' in...

BORA | 1/5 |


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