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BUMMM !

Locomotiv GT

Eclectic Prog


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3 stars With their third album "Bummm!", Presser & Co. largely left behind their brand of heavy progressive rock in favor of a funkier sound complete with soulful vocals. Hammond has been replaced by rhodes and the heavy riffs are almost completely absent, with a few exceptions. Apparently Presser felt limited by the heavy progressive framework and decided to play in a style similar to that of 70s Traffic, much to Freinreisz's disdain, who had already left the band after the previous album was done.

"Ringasd el magad" is the continuation of last album's closing track of the same name(!). In its 5 minute playtime it foreshadows the typical Locomotiv GT sound for years to come: percussion driven groove-based jazz-soul-rock. The next track "Kek asszony" is a fantastic ballad that would be worthy of Lennon/McCartney's pen. The rest of the album is also of good quality, though no individual songs stand out - it's all a good mixture of funk, blues and hard rock - so you won't find much prog rock on this record, just good honest funk-rock.

After their American tour of 1974, the guitarist Barta Tamas decided to stay in the states, and so the band's future was uncertain. But they pulled through, releasing a string of solid albums throughout mid-to-late 70s, albeit very distant from their heavy roots.

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