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Studio Album, released in 1979

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Force Funk (2:46)
2. Mysteries Of Eleusis (6:09)
3. Entropy (11:52)
4. Images From the Abyssal Plain (6:08)
5. Nebular Trajectory (14:27)

Total Time 41:22

Line-up / Musicians

- Trevor Tiplady / drums
- Barry Tiplady / bass
- Len Henderson / guitar

Releases information

YPRX-1548 (ACR-001)

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Review by apps79
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2 stars A very unique band to present,QUASAR was an Australian trio recording and performing from mid-70's to early-80's.Information are hard to come but to my knowledge they were formed in 1974 in Brisbane and featured a keyboard and trumpet player in their early years along with the standard bass/guitar/drums instrumentation.Sometime after their formation they moved to Melborne for about a year,before returning in Brisbane now as a trio with brothers Trevor and Barry Tiplady on drums and bass respectively and Len Henderson on guitars.

''Nebular trajectory'' came out in 1979 on ACR Records in a small amount of 500 copies and this was a very hard listening for the time.Actually it still remains one of the most complex stuff I've ever heard.A totally instrumental complicated release,offering trippy jazz/prog with ultra-complex guitar work and a freaky rhythm section.While I am often reminded of KING CRIMSON listening to this album,this is even more experimental music to my ears using KING CRIMSON's influence only as a guide.Henderson is the man here,delivering obscure soloing and heavy parts with his guitar with Trevor Tiplady being a monster behing the drum kit,often having his solo moments.His brother Barry plays the bass in a more varied style,flirting here and there even with funk.A few keyboard effects can also be heard at the starting moments on a couple of tracks.Compositions sound sometimes too abstract,but the overall performance is very professional and could be a nice example for the trully technical side of prog.

For anyone who wants to explore what trully experimental prog means,I recommend this album warmly.For the non-mystified,prepare for an unmet painful experience...2.5 stars.

Review by Magnum Vaeltaja
2 stars Another oddball release.

Quasar's debut album, "Nebular Trajectory" is an instrumental avant-garde jazz album played by a drum, bass, guitar trio. The music is generally chaotic, not unlike King Crimson's "Larks Tongues In Aspic", though if I were to liken Quasar's sound to any other band's, I might first go for the Crimson-esque Canterbury fusion group Quiet Sun, a similarity that can especially be heard on the opener, "Force Funk". I like to think of this album as a jazz equivalent of Swiss eclectic prog band Island's "Pictures". Very complex, head-spinning music that leaves you feeling sort of sick the first time you hear it, but can be rewarding if you're devoted enough to getting into it. Unlike "Pictures", however, Quasar is far looser in structure, not quite as memorable and ultimately doesn't offer quite the reward as you grow on it. Having said that, "Nebular Trajectory" is still the stronger of Quasar's two releases. There is some interest to be aroused in the sparseness of the cosmic soundscapes and the occasional, unconventional bursts of explosive energy.

Certainly not an album for the prog layman, "Nebular Trajectory" is the sort of material that will probably only appeal to the most devoted fans of avant-garde music and unconventional jazz fusion. Listen with caution.

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