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NIGHT AND DAYDREAM

Ananta

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2.76 | 19 ratings | 3 reviews | 5% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 1978

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Vrindavan (4:30)
2. Behind the Mask (4:35)
3. Causal Ocean (3:34)
4. Home Sweet Home (3:24)
5. Wheel of Time (8:40)
6. The Game (4:10)
7. Be with You (5:00)
8. Fill Your Heart and Mind (4:45)
9. Night and Daydream (7:30)

Total Time 46:08

Line-up / Musicians

- Ilan Chester / vocals, piano, Moog, synthesizer
- Mark Francis / guitars, flute, saxophone, harpsichord, synthesizer, bass, vocals
- Patrick Bernard / guitars, vocals
- Jorge Spiteri / bass, vocals
- Charlie Spiteri / percussion, vocals
- Dave Early / drums
- Bradley Weinberg / backing vocals
- Virginia Weinberg / backing vocals
- Pamela Sidney / backing vocals
- Clapham Manor School Girls Choir / backing vocals

Releases information

Touchstone Records

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ANANTA Night and Daydream ratings distribution


2.76
(19 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(5%)
5%
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(16%)
16%
Good, but non-essential (37%)
37%
Collectors/fans only (26%)
26%
Poor. Only for completionists (16%)
16%

ANANTA Night and Daydream reviews


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Review by apps79
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
2 stars Short-lived band, based in London, UK, but formed in 1977 by Venezuelan imigrants Ilan Chester (vocals,keyboards), Jorge Spitery (bass, vocals) and Charly Spitery (percussion, vocals).The first line-up included also multi-instrumentalist Mark Francis, guitarist Patrick Bernard (who produced a good prog LP in 1981) and drummer Dave Early along with choirs by a few female singers.Ananta had their debut out twice, originally as ''Night and Daydream'' (1978 on Touchstone Sound) and later in the same year as ''Wheels of time'' (on Govinda Records).

While claiming to be a Progressive Rock band, Ananta were closer to Art Rock bands like late-70's BARCLAY JAMES HARVEST and even better QUEEN with a slight tendency towards a more Fusion sound.On ''Wheels of time'' Chester, who was the main composer of the band, decided to taste all possible aspects of (rock) music, the result however being the total pinnacle of inconsitency.And while the most proggy numbers sound quite decent, the majority of the album is a weird amalgam of commercial sounds with great chessiness and mediocre songwriting.The eponymous track is a great Symphonic Rock opus with both great keyboard and guitar parts, nice melodies and expressive vocals, maybe the only trully adventurous track of the album.''Behind the mask'' and ''Casual ocean'' are decent Fusion tracks with Chester's work on electric piano and synths on forefront, somewhat close to the sound of TRUE MYTH.''Fill Your Heart and Mind'' starts as a BARCLAY JAMES HARVEST ballad to become a good Progressive/Fusion piece along the way with nice flutes and piano parts.''Home Sweet Home'' and ''The game'' have strong QUEEN hints, characterized by their musical-like atmospheres with choirs and fast piano parts dominating, but failing to impress.The opening ''Vrindavan'' is just cheap Melodic Rock with no inspiration at all, while ''Be with you'' is even worse, a light piece of Soul music with dull vocals, totally unmemorable.''Night and Daydream'' is an extreme BARCLAY JAMES HARCEST copy, sweet vocals, smooth piano, calm electric guitars and a catchy chorus complete an average composition with little to offer.

Do not get fooled by the descriptions regarding this album, as ''Wheels of Time'' contains little prog but a strong amount of commercial-flavored Art Rock, so it would be a nice listening only for hardcore fans of the sound but just a mediocre item on a prog collector's shelf.

Review by Matti
PROG REVIEWER
3 stars I bought this LP some years ago second-hand, paid something like 2 euros. It seemed interesting enough -- maybe it might even be progressive, I thought, reading the list of instruments: moog, flute, saxophone, harpsichord, 12-string guitar, etc. I happened to dig the forgotten vinyl out of my shelves yesterday, so I finally give this obscure band its fourth review.

Six-piece, London-based group Ananta is said here to be Venezuelan. Well, the three founding members had immigrated from there to England, and the other three playing on this debut are British. The second album with another line-up came in 1980. The music (credited to four guys, one of them being the executive producer outside the line-up) is produced and arranged by vocalist-keyboardist Ilan Chester, and the other central member seems to be multi-instrumentalist and vocalist Mark Francis, who, apart from the drums, is the sole performer of the longest and the most progressive track 'Wheel of Time'.

This music is unmistakably from the late seventies. The sound has elements of American-style soft rock, QUEEN-like proggy pop eclectism with plenty of vocal harmonies, and a charming jazz/fusion flavour, often being much jazzier and more complex than Steely Dan ever were. The first two songs are rather bright jazzy rockers. 'Causal Home' is a very sensitive, Vangelis reminding, synth-centred insrtrumental, which also teminds me of the most esoteric moments in CAMEL's Breathless (1978).

'Home Sweet Home' is a short and simple -- and yet slightly Baroque flavoured -- song backed by synths only, and shortly featuring also a choir of school kids. The mentioned 'Wheel of Time' (8:40) is the highlight. It's an ambitious, semi-dramatic and introspective composition in the vein of SUPERTRAMP at their proggiest. As an almost one-man performance it has some minor weaknesses in the production though.

The second side is weaker. 'The Game' is a mediocre lively song like Queen at their merriest, and 'Be With You' is a slack and sentimental ballad with a light jazziness. 'Fill Your Heart and Mind' is somewhat slack too, despite some fresh flute playing and a cool electric piano solo. Stevie Wonder is one of the artists thanked for "their inspiration and help with our Worldwide projects" (whatever that 'help' was in practice; others are Carlos Santana, Dylan, G. Harrison, Neil Diamond and Bob Marley). But the album closes with another proggy highlight, the title track (7:30) which contains an instrumental section full of sound effects. Another Supertramp reference, especially to 'Fool's Overture' although the half-baked song itself misses its drama.

Yes, this album is very uneven: the least interesting pieces are barely worth two stars, while at its best it's much more charming and unique that I could ever have imagined when I found the obscure used vinyl.

Latest members reviews

4 stars Got the copy of this LP in 1979. It was brought to me by a friend who went on a student exchange trip to London. She brought back two copies, one for her and one for me. Ten years later I bought another copy from the streetseller in Cheltenham having to pay 5 pound for the mint condition. The fun ... (read more)

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