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Agamemnon Agamemnon Parts 1 & 2 album cover
3.72 | 61 ratings | 4 reviews | 27% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 1981

Songs / Tracks Listing

Sise 1
1. Agamemnons Youth (19:26)

Side 2
2. Agamemnon, King Of Mykene (19:16)

Total Time: 38:42

Line-up / Musicians

- Erich Kuster / vocals, guitars, organ
- Werner Kuster / piano, keyboards, guitars, flute
- Walter Rothmund / bass, keyboards
- Urs Ritter / drums

Releases information

This album features the first two stories from the mythologic Greek hero

Recorded at Agamemnon Studio, Schweiz (1980-1981)

LP Self-released AGA 12410 (1981)

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AGAMEMNON Agamemnon Parts 1 & 2 ratings distribution

(61 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(27%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(56%)
Good, but non-essential (12%)
Collectors/fans only (3%)
Poor. Only for completionists (2%)

AGAMEMNON Agamemnon Parts 1 & 2 reviews

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Review by Eetu Pellonpaa
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
4 stars This mysterious 1980's album haunted my inspiration, and luckily I eventually found this Greek mythology inspired funny record. It is also a mythic heroic deed to carry the crown of 1970's progressive rock's crown trough the eighties, an era which is yet strongly present in the sound, especially in synths. Overall aural flavor resembles slighlty the tonal textures of Carol of Harvest's first record without the vocals, and also the albums of Streetmark. Lady vocals are not though used in this record, excluding some background sequences. Mentioned synths support strongly this folky soundrealm, and slightly clumsy but pleasant male vocals describe the epic tale in English. Flow of music is logical, relating to European musical heritage of both classical and traditional folk music leanings, performed trough post-psychedelic art rock philosophies. The duration of time used for studying the musical themes is quite amazing, as the dual parts are constructed from quite minimal basics. For example the first ten minutes concist from sole phasing between two key notes, which carry multiple layers of instrumental variations and innovations, giving birth to very stimulating and pleasant voyage. Also the cleverness in arrangements is evident, an factor not always coupling hypnotic underground music. The soothing vortex of symphatetic underground rock flow has cosmic and bucolic levels, where symphonic and psychelic traditional elements merge together as a good willing, mellow entity. I think this record could fit as basis of animated movie for the legend, or maybe could work for vintage gaming background music to early 1980's "Ulysses" PC game, or reading the Gilgamesh epic itself. So, "We were amused by this warmhearted artifact".
Review by DamoXt7942
FORUM & SITE ADMIN GROUP Avant/Cross/Neo/Post Teams
3 stars Another gemmy psychedelic obscurity. Looks like this mysterious album, produced and released on their own, would be predicated upon one of the heroes of Greek mythology, and feature two stories ... a track upon A Side be about his youth, and another upon B about his death. In spite of his bravery upon Trojan War, both tracks in this stuff are filled with tragic atmosphere along with keyboard-oriented theatrical psychedelia. No innovative development nor complicated structure is heard but dreamy, dynamic, dramatic storytelling notifies us of the impressive tragedy.

In an case above mentioned, this magnificent mythos should be determined, estimated massively by Werner's keyboard Fantasia. At every scene or phase, his keyboard domination can get to be an effective prescription for our inner mind. Sometimes gorgeous tonic brilliance, sometimes quiet fragility, and sometimes malformed symmetry should be launched via his unrivaled stage called keyboard play. Their voices or drumming is not so polished enough to give us an affirmative nod but who cares? Pretty important, impressive in this creation is the orientation by key works, crystallized with colourful, kaleidoscopic techniques and appearances. Keyboard-based delicate beauty can tolerate almost all of their weak points.

Let me say it's a pleasure for me to stumble upon such an obscure gem. No refinement can be found nor enough recommendation can be given though.

Latest members reviews

4 stars This is an enjoyable listen for space fans. This album has almost a DIY aesthetic, and the music is so unimaginative it's imaginative. It kind of reminds me of the Israeli group Atmosphera in that respect, although the vocals are less present here. Still vocals play a part, but keyboards domi ... (read more)

Report this review (#1369967) | Posted by Suedevanshoe | Tuesday, February 17, 2015 | Review Permanlink

2 stars Agamemnon sounds like it was recorded one decade earlier than it was actually recorded.. The whole project suffers from poor drumming and mixing. To tell the truth it is impossible for me to take any music serious unless a satisfying drummer is involved in it. But still I kept on listening to th ... (read more)

Report this review (#507257) | Posted by cavallo | Monday, August 22, 2011 | Review Permanlink

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