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3.55 | 20 ratings | 2 reviews | 15% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 1978

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Hep deliler bisi bulur (4:20)
2. Janata express (3:20)
3. Primadonna (5:10)
4. Cocorido (3:25)
5. Karin song (2:40)
6. Arlechino (7:50)
7. Chiaroscuro (2:17)
8. Jeff (4:45)
9. Matin rouge (3:08)
10. Violet (1:20)

Total Time: 38:15

Line-up / Musicians

- Michel Perez / guitars, synthesizer
- Gerard Maimone / keyboards, vibraphone
- Rido Bayonne / bass, percussion
- Patrick Garel / drums, piano

Releases information

LP Cobra (1978) (CD-Reissue Musea, 1998)

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SPHEROE Primadonna ratings distribution

(20 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(15%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(45%)
Good, but non-essential (30%)
Collectors/fans only (10%)
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Review by b_olariu
4 stars Second Spheroe album from 1978 entitled Primadonna is a step forward in their jazz rock sound. I've always liked this second album over the first. It's realy something strange that this band is so low rated here, the second album is not only low rated but aswell has no review, I wonder why. Still for me a very pleasent album with a lot to offer. Not necesarly an overblowing band from late '70's in jazz, but thie work, both albums are good and needs a better view if you are in this kind of musicc. I said this is more enjoyble than the first who was also a good one, but this time they are more confident in their skills and have better ideas than on first. Primadonna has the same ingredients as the previous one, jazz rock with some latino leanings, but not as DiMeola, they are more towards Iceberg and Return To Forever in places. All the pieces stands as good for me, in places even very good. I like very much the up tempo of the album with great interplay between musicians. A quite excellent parts , made to me to give easely 3.5 rounded up to 4. Pleasent all the way. One of those albums from the late '70's in jazz that are forgotten. The best pieces are all with a plus on Hep deliler bisi bulur and Arlechino.
Review by Sean Trane
3 stars Second (and last) album from this later-70's JR/F French quartet (the standard prog line-up as RTF); well within the artistic continuation of their self-titled debut album, even if the pieces on Primadonna are a little more elaborated. Ten tracks ranging from 1.5 to 8 minutes of instrumental fusion, mostly penned by keyboardist Gerard Maimone and drummer "Cactus" Garel make this Swiss-recorded (in July 78) album a fairly-usual artefact of those days in French prog scene, graced with back-alley artwork. Musically, this album is nothing to write home about, despite the group's relatively virtuoso capacities and apt songwriting, but there is nothing to differentiate it from dozens of other groups of the times. Obviously taking their blueprint from an RTF inspiration, their music sounds like a cross of Brand X and RTF, with a very funky bass, courtesy of African-origined Ribo Bayonne. Unlike a lot of French group, Spheroe doesn't seem to have been affected by the cumbersome presence of Magma in the French skies and concert circuit, as they don't sound Zeuhl at all. In the jazzy side of the French rock realm, Spheroe were not alone outside the Kobaian gravitation zone, but they don't sound like the Moerlen-lead Gong, but a bit more in the Transit Express mould, but if Primadonna doesn't lack energy, I wish I could say the same about enthusiasm and inspiration. This has a bit of a going-thru-the-motion feel, just content of doing what it does (well), but not searching for its identity. Don't get me wrong here, this is a fine album that consolidates the genre, but it breaks no ground at all.

The Musea re-issue (now in a Mini-Lp format, made by MALS in Russia) is an interesting but not essential addition to the JR/F-inclined proghead, but as mentioned above, the movement was slowly coming to an end, and Spheroe were not the most original group of the French scene.

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