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4.38 | 35 ratings | 4 reviews | 37% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 1976

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Green Ray (9:48)
2. Machine Desperation (10:22)
3. Running Beyond A Dream (19:46)

Total time 39:56


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Line-up / Musicians

- "Zanov" (Pierre Zalkazanov) / keyboards, ARP synths

Releases information

LP Polydor ‎- 2393 151 (1976, France)

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ZANOV Green Ray ratings distribution

(35 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(37%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(34%)
Good, but non-essential (14%)
Collectors/fans only (3%)
Poor. Only for completionists (11%)

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Review by philippe
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5 stars Green Ray is an exceptional and top class kosmische electronic album in the vein of the most vibrating synthesized soundscapes written by Klaus Schulze during his late 70's classic era (Moondown, Mirage, Body Love...) Zanov is an electronic artist and keyboarder from France. With Didier Bocquet he represents the french answer to seventies German kosmsiche music (Tangerine Dream, Klaus Schulze, Adelbert Von Deyen, Robert Schroeder...) Green Ray is without any doubts the most achieved work from Zanov. The alchemic, looped and slow moving opening theme (Green Ray) is almost more amazing than spacey, proto-new agey stuffs from Schulze. With the help of analog synthesizers and sound effects this composition delivers a mesmeric, dense and emulating electronic piece that physically transports you in deep astral space. The sequenced hypno-minimal patterns are sustained by catchy, sci-fi epic melodies. It also reminds me Tim Blake's extended synthscapes in Crystal Machine. The second piece Machine Desperation is a more moody / claustrophobic electronic soundscape featuring ultimately dark hypno synth pulsations and haunted, glacial, otherworldy sounds. This fascinating composition is among my favourites from Zanov and from vintage space synthesized analog music in general. Green Ray is constantly brilliant and impressive. Among the very best 70's kosmische electronic albums from France with Eclipse (Didier Bocquet), Prophecy (Bernard Xolotl) and a few others.

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5 stars Green Ray is the debut album of French electronic music pioneer Zanov. It stands out as prime example of cosmic music and experimentation in analog synthesis. Recording the album at his home studio solely on an EMS VCS 3 and a TEAC 4-track recorder, Zanov takes full advantage of the renowned synt ... (read more)

Report this review (#1475605) | Posted by Replayer | Tuesday, October 13, 2015 | Review Permanlink

5 stars It's funny the amount of electronic acts that went past my radar scope for all these years. Case in point: Pierre Zalkazanov, French electronic musician who goes by the name of Zanov. It blows me away how this was never reissued on CD, because this stuff simply blew me away. and ever be glad I own ... (read more)

Report this review (#845359) | Posted by Progfan97402 | Friday, October 26, 2012 | Review Permanlink

4 stars Think of Zanov (and particularly here on Green Ray) as the dark counter-earth twin of Jean- Michel Jarre. If Jarre is poppy, impressionistic, romantic, melodic and accessible, then Zanov is moody, expressive, gothic, atonal and thoroughly uncompromising. His expansive soundscapes reverberate w ... (read more)

Report this review (#278491) | Posted by Rocketboy | Monday, April 19, 2010 | Review Permanlink

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