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4.03 | 9 ratings | 2 reviews | 33% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 1980

Songs / Tracks Listing

A1. Encounter (7:44)
A2. Nightmist (6:24)
A3. Abyss (3:29)
A4. Ocean Of Dreams (5:25)
B1. Penguin (4:38)
B2. Along For The Ride (9:13)
B3. The Hunt (4:21)
B4. Snail's Pace (3:36)
B5. Agent's Lunch (2.28)

Total time: 47:18

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Line-up / Musicians

- Robert Reekes-Parsons / keyboard synthesisers, vocoder (A2), strings, electric piano, tubular bells, fragmented guitar, vocal effects
- Paul Fisher / guitar synthesiser, electric guitars, acoustic guitars, keyboard synthesisers, electronic effects, grunting

Additional:

- John Haffert / drums
- Kym Martin / military snare (A4)
- Lindon Lisk / bass (A4)
- Brook Mostyn-Smith / swimming

Releases information

LP: 1980, YPRX 1939, Cement Records Australia
LP: 1983, KS 80.044, Innovative Communication (Germany)

All compositions and arrangements by Peak (Robert Reekes-Parsons, Paul Fisher)

Producers: Robert Reekes-Parsons, Paul Fisher, Jim Barbour
Engineering: Robert Reekes-Parsons, Paul Fisher
Recorded: Burnt Soil Productions
Mixed: Studio 202, Adelaide, Australia
Art: Andrew Peno
Art direction, graphics & sleeve design: Fish
Solarised photography: Steve Reekes-Parsons

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PEAK EbondÓzzar ratings distribution


4.03
(9 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(33%)
33%
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(44%)
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Review by T.Rox
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4 stars A little known Aussie effort that is worth a look!

EbondÓzzar is a reasonably rare album from Australian duo Peak - Robert Reekes-Parsons and Paul Fisher - with able assistance on drums by John Haffert. It is a purely instrumental affair with vocals limited to vocoder output, effects and grunting.

EbondÓzzar has been issued twice on vinyl. The original Australian release was in 1980 on Cement Records, followed by a re-issue in 1983 by Innovative Communications from Germany. Despite two different releases the work appears to be relatively unknown.

EbondÓzzar has nine tracks with the longest, "Along For The Ride" clocking in at a little over the nine minute mark. Having said that, all the tracks from side one segue seamlessly making a suite of sorts with a running time of 23:02, though each track is quite different and there is no real hint of a concept. (All tracks on side two are clearly segregated.)

Not a masterpiece by any means, EbondÓzzar is an album of varied soundscapes, journeying mostly into the territories of electronica, space rock and possibly Krautrock. At one point there is a step towards synthesized heavy prog as "The Hunt" goes into full flight in its last half. And to cap things off there is even a hint of blues rock with the final track, "Agent's Lunch". With the variation presented on EbondÓzzar it is a difficult album to pigeonhole.

Highlights are: the hypnotic "Along For The Ride" opening with nice guitar and synthesiser interplay that moves into a Kraftwerk-style of electronica; "Encounter" with guitar synth pyrotechnics conjuring visions of King Crimson, before turning a corner into the symphonic realm; "Nightmist" with vocoder voices and its soaring sequencer melody so readily reminiscent of Tangerine Dream; and the dreamlike "Ocean Of Dreams" that opens with the peal of tubular bells before the synthesisers takeover, and then with the synths being overlaid with military-style snare drumming and tubular bells for much of the journey.

I like this album, but have a bias towards works from Australia. That said, I don't believe fans of electronic music or space rock wherever they be from would be disappointed if they were to stumble upon EbondÓzzar in their travels. For the Dinosaur a 3.5 star rating, moving to 4 stars seems appropriate.

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4 stars This subgenre isn't my specialisation, but I'm on somewhat of a mission to collect as much vintage Australian prog as I can, hence I tracked down this album. I love it more than I expected I would. The compositional style is fairly minimalist, most of the pieces are built on simple repeated patte ... (read more)

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