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Gerard

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3.05 | 5 ratings | 2 reviews | 0% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 1994

Songs / Tracks Listing


1. Into The Dark (7:16)
2. Shinjitsu No Ai No Shomei (Evidence Of True Love) (9:25)
3. For Piano (4:53)
4. Don't Leave Me Now (4:37)
5. Wasureene Senritsu (The Memorable Melody Of The Song) (4:52)
6. Trio (6:23)
7. Tenshi Ga Maiorita Yoru (Save Knight By The Night) (4:55)


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Line-up / Musicians


- Egawa Toshio / keyboards
- Hasegawa Atsushi / fretless bass
- Igarashi Kota / drums
- Sawamura Taku / guitar
- Fujimura Yukihiro / vocal
- Geraro / voice & model

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3.05
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Review by ozzy_tom
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3 stars This 4th album of Gerard (here presented as "Toshio Egawa's Gerard") brings much different line-up compared to previous and next releases of the band (bassist Hasegawa Atsushi from future line-up & Fujimura Yukihiro from the past one, but here only on vocal duties + new drummer, guitarist & additional female voices). However it's not as good as later - "power trio"+vocalist reincarnation - it's still enjoyable effort.

1. "Into The Dark" - first composition is an instrumental track which begin with some soft digital piano notes and synth background but very fast changes into powerful tune with constant swirling organ (which became a trademark of Egawa), synthesizer flights and stomping drums. New guitarist Sawamura Taku also provide some brief solo near the end. Very good beginning.

2. "Evidence Of True Love" - first version of "Evidence Of True Love" - which was later re-recorded in 1997 and released on EP called "Evidence Of True Love" - is as good as their later version with Robert G. Suchy on vocals, however Fujimura Yukihiro's English isn't as good and that's why lyrics are sometimes difficult to understand. But never-mind, who listen to Gerard because of good vocals anyway?! The most important are of course keyboard sounds created on Egawa's huge keyboards instruments ring! And after softer vocal part, Toshio presents us long, bombastic synthesizers soling witch we always expect from him.

3. "For Piano" - it's exactly what title suggest: 5 minutes of beautiful piano compositions (with some eerie synths in the background), where Toshio proves his fantastic skills even in so soft composition like this one.

4. "Don't Leave Me Now" - the shortest track on the album is more in the pop-rock vain. It's generally vocal-laden (Japanese lyrics this time) song with some very nice electric guitar solo. However Hammond organ - evoking classic, 70s staff - throughout the whole song is the best element here.

5. "The Memorable Melody Of The Song" - very soft ballad based on acoustic piano and mellow synthesizer sounds. Vocals are mixed here, both Japanese and English.The biggest problem of this song is that melody of it, isn't as memorable as title says... For sure the weakest track on this album...

6. "Trio" - ...but followed by the best one! "Trio" is a fantastic instrumental composition which was some kind of preparation for future power-trio formula of Gerard. It begin rather calm but when the huge organ sound arrives you know that you're in ELP fans heaven. Hammond organ solo with all of these crazy sounds and shimmering effects in the middle is truly great.

7. "Save Knight By The Night" - final composition is mostly very calm instrumental. First half is based on soft acoustic guitar tones but later fanfare-like keyboards are building more symphonic atmosphere. Near the end acoustic guitar "strikes back". No drums at all here. Not so good closing of the album if you want to know my personal opinion...

In general it's better to start your "adventure" with Gerard from their later, ELP-ish releases or first two neo-prog albums. However if you like more laid-back atmosphere and softer approach this album can be a very enjoyable experience for you (just like their previous one called "Irony of Fate"). And even if you like constant attack of bombastic organ/synths, you will also find something for yourself (especially tracks "Into The Dark" and "Trio"). To sum up: 3,5 stars from me.

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Review by apps79
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Neo Prog Team
3 stars ''Irony of fate'' was undoubtfully the less inspired Gerard album to date and problems begun to show up.Reputedly differences regarding the band's direction led to the departure of original guitarist Yukihiro Fujimura shortly after,quite strange because both Gerard and Fujimura's band Vienna played no more or less the same style of Symphonic Hard Rock around the period.Egawa still recorded a new album with the remaining Gerard members with ex-Moondancer guitarist Taku Sawamura replacing Fujimura,who only contributes on vocals.Because of Fujimura's departure Egawa renamed the band to ''Toshio Egawa's Gerard'' with the new album seeing the light in 1994 on King Records under the title ''Save Knight by the Night''.

Check the front cover to realize how egocentric Egawa was by the time,even giving himself the name ''Geraro'' for the photo-shoot!Musically the album sounds like a mix of the old'n'good Gerard and the newer Hard Rock approach.Tracks like ''Into the dark'', ''Evidence of true love'' and ''Trio'' are absolutely fascinating and bombastic Symphonic Rock arrangements with Egawa's flashy synths on the forefront, sudden breaks, grandiose solos, dramatic atmospheres and excellent bass work.''For piano'', ''The Momorable Melody of the Song'' and the eponymous track are all piano-led compositions with some programmed instrumentation added,which are somewhat spoiled either from the cheap production or the cheesy vocals, with the exception of the last part of ''Save Knight by the Night '', which offers a grandiose Symphonic/Electronic atmosphere.The dull ''Don't Leave Me Now'' is what we all turn our backs on Gerard for: a straight Hard/Glam Rock number for a track with syrup lyrics and funny vocals to say the least.

Reasonable enough, the departure of Fujimura left Egawa alone to lead the Gerard crew and thus his new album is dominated by his work on piano and synthesizers. Despite his egoistic approach Egawa managed to compose some material slightly better than the previous Gerard release with the most symphonic tracks being a great example of his talent.Recommended, especially to all fans of keyboard-driven prog.

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