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3.82 | 49 ratings | 15 reviews | 31% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 1975

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Ebusus (18:50)
2. Minorisa (10:57)
3. Llaves del Subconsciente (8:06)

Total Time: 37:53

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Line-up / Musicians

- Manel Camp / piano, keyboards
- Jordi Camp / bass
- Santi Arisa / drums
- Marti Brunet / guitar, synthesizers

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Aerola records

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3.82
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Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(31%)
31%
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(24%)
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Good, but non-essential (35%)
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Collectors/fans only (10%)
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Review by Steve Hegede
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5 stars The music featured on "Minorisa" is some of the most original keyboard-based prog that I've heard. FUSIOON's music is somewhat impossible to describe, but I can tell you that the album is made up of 3 long tracks. The first two tracks feature energetic, and playful, interaction between the guitarist and keyboardist. The listener will find a great mixture of symphonic and Spanish influences where the closest comparison that comes to my mind is Le ORME from Italy. My only complaint here is that the last track doesn't fit the atmosphere of the album. This track is basically an 8-minute analog electronic exploration. If the band had written just one more track similar to the first two tracks, this album would have been a masterpiece. Alas, expect 30-minutes of intense prog and 8-minutes of electronic noodling.

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Posted Sunday, March 21, 2004

Review by erik neuteboom
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3 stars FUSIOON is a Spanish quartet, in the first half of the Seventies they released three albums entitled "Fusioon I" (1972), "Fusioon II" (1974) and "Minorisa" (1975). Their best effort is the third record entitled "Minorisa", containing three long tracks. The first two tracks are an amazing blend of KING CRIMSON, GENTLE GIANT, ELP and even TANGERINE DREAM (flute- Mellotron like the "Phaedra-era") with lots of captivating musical moments, lush keyboards and strong interplay (guitar, keyboards, flute, bass). The third song is a maverick: a kind of sound collage, very electronic like TANGERINE DREAM, SYNERGY and Klaus Schulze with flute Mellotron, all kind of synthesizer sounds and fat Moog runs, a bit weird and not really satisfying end of this good album.

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Posted Monday, February 21, 2005

Review by hdfisch
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3 stars This one would be really an excellent album, just if there would not be the third track. The first two are great ones offering everything what a proghead's heart is desiring, complexity, fantastic keyboards-guitar interplay and just the right degree of strangeness without becoming too "pretentious". But the third one is much more than superfluous, it's just boring minimalistic electronic noodling and although it's the shortest one of the three it's still much much too long (exactly 8 minutes and 6 seconds too long). And since there is just a bit less than 30 minutes left of good music, it's just too little to deserve a fourth star. Still a quite good album, but I'm hesitating to call it an essential one. I'd give another half star if possible!

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Posted Saturday, March 19, 2005

Review by Cesar Inca
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5 stars Fusioon's final effort is their absolute masterpiece; "Minorisa" finds the band expanding their talent all the way up to their maximum intensity and to their most bizarre level of creativity. The three long tracks that fill the 37-minute time span of the album comprise some of the best prog music ever made in Spain's rock history, and generally speaking, it is a real treat for all those who enjoy good, original and exciting prog from any country in the world. The 19- minute monster suite 'Ebusus' kicks off the album with full splendour and immense extravagance: elegance and weirdness fuse into a sole sonic force during this multi-varied musical journey. The wide spectrum comprised in 'Ebusus' includes: jazz-rock, GG-influenced counterpoints and chord progressions, Zappa-esque vocal harmonies, touches of RIO-instilled moods, Arabic nuances, Catalonian folk, some Crimsonian guitar leads, Canterbury, "Mirage"-era Camel, surrealistic mellotron and synth adornments. and after all, the final result turns out to be quite unique. The guys of Fusioon actually managed to sound original beyond the myriad of influences that they evidently absorbed as writers and performers. It is also very odd that this sidelong track's structure feels so flexible and apparently chaotic, yet, if you listen from a deeper level, you will notice a distinct solidness that builds up a powerful cohesion that sustains the sequence of all successive sections and the reprises of some of them. What else can I say? 'Ebusus' is a gem in itself; this one alone makes this album worth the while of any particularly demanding prog aficionado. But let's not overlook the other two numbers, since they are great, too. The 11- minute namesake suite starts with a somber overture of Moog and bass guitar before the grand piano gets in to lay down the basic chords for the more epic "second" overture; the main motifs than come along soon after display an exquisite combination of Baroque-based symph prog and Catalonian prog in a very similar way to their fellow band Atila (and, to a lesser degree, similar to iceberg as well). The interplaying is as solid as it was for the first suite, but this time the bizarreness is a bit less intense: the band's major concern is focused on the melodic development of the main motifs for the 'Minorisa' suite. A special mention has to go to a beautiful pastoral passage that appears somewhere in the middle - a moment of captivating magic in the middle of the overall pompous frame that articulates and outlines the track's structure. The closure is a two-part Fripp & Eno-meets-Schulze electronic exploration: 'Llaves del Subconsciente' is a tour-de-force massively constructed on a foundation of synthesizer and mellotron, with additional processed sounds (guitar, piano, falsetto) soaring around in a most inscrutable manner. Even though it may sound a bit out of place to some, I personally find it very effective: something like an avant-garde manifesto, the announcement of the destruction of music as we know it (after many of its possible facets has been show in the previous two numbers) and a call for its most radical renewal in the present. General conclusion: a masterpiece!

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Posted Saturday, June 11, 2005

Review by Sean Trane
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Prog Folk
3 stars 3,5 stars really!!!

Last album from one of the most impressive group coming from the Iberic Peninsula, also maybe the least accessible but the most lauded one by progheads. Just three tracks (the Cd actually breaks down the last experimental track into two parts) and one of them a side- long epic. As it goes for the other two albums, they are incredibly tight here too, their unchanged line-up being one of the main reasons.

This album is more classically oriented and certainly more ELP-ish than the previous GG- esque Crocodile album. The Ebusus (an antique name for the Ibiza island) track is a very rocky ride and quite demanding on the listener at times but also holds many delicious moments certainly one of them being the funky bass-lead up-tempo with slight rap-like vocals around the 7min mark, however quickly dispelled by an ELP call and response between synths and other KBs and constant but sometimes needless changes. The second track , the 11min title track (also an antique name for their city Manresa) is sometimes interesting but I find it simply too much unstable for its own good and simply too derivative of classical music.

The last tracks differs strongly from the rest of Fusioon and rightly so, since it is the only track written by guitarist Brunet, but this does not mean that it is loaded with histrionics, far from it: it is completely analogue synthesized - among which Mellotrons and Moogs - is maybe the most interesting of the album and certainly the most adventuresome, sounding like a wild and unstable Krautrock, although like some colleague reviewers said elsewhere, it does stick out like a sore-thumb compared to the rest of the album, but their whole discography as well..

To me, this last album is certainly Fusioon's more extreme statement of the three albums, but maybe a little too extreme!!! At least to me.

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Posted Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Review by laplace
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2 stars As ambitious and proggishly definitive "Minorisa" is, this reviewer doesn't get a sense of excitement from this album. Although it's a pleasant enough rock application of classical influences, I feel the composition is lukewarm. It has all the correct surface elements, from the neo-classical melodies to the mellotron moments, to the expansive jamming fields, which may be enough for some, but as I don't necessarily and gratefully lap up every single symphonic prog album that comes my way, I find plenty of fault.

The first three minutes of "Ebesus" are great fun - the chanting is original and creepy, while the organic twiddling at least stalls the moment where the music settles into tradition; the rest is bland compared, sounding like a band attempting to cover for a missing member and not quite succeeding, as there is an empty to the remainder of the track.

The title song has a little more flourish and enthusiasm, capturing a mood that owes a lot to Banco del Mutuo Soccorso, and runs along similarly gothic lines. It feels rather average and artificially extended in places, but it can entertain if you're not looking for anything groundbreaking. Interestingly, the closing piece (cleaved in twine for the CD issue) is most interesting to this reviewer because, as Fusioon's music can be repetitive, a spacy and experimental environment feels more suitable than a symphonic rock foundation. "Llaves del Subsconsciente" is dramatic and drenched in layers of classic keyboard syrup and pinging, reciprocal guitar lines, and as such is blissfully psychedelic. Two stars mostly for this reason, and apologies to the band for my preference for their shortest experimental piece, forsaking the main thrust of the record.

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Posted Tuesday, July 03, 2007

Review by Gerinski
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4 stars This album holds a very special place in my heart as representing the first concert I remember attending in my life. My father was member of a small social club in our neighbourhood in Barcelona where social events and parties were organised. One evening Fusioon played there and my father took us all brothers and sisters, I must have been 9 years old, 10 at most (born in '66 and this album is from '75) . Honestly I don't remember much of the concert except that I was fascinated by the drummer, but I do remember that at the exit we were given a poster featuring the cover of this album, I remember it as being huge although probably it was not. The poster hang on the wall of our room for quite some years sharing space with the big bands of the period, ELP, Yes, The Who, Led Zeppelin, The Beatles, Purple etc (I shared room with my older brother and it was completely covered with posters, the 4 walls and ceiling). Funnily we did not own the album at home and it was only some years later that I bought it precisely to recover some memories of that first concert experience.

Sentimental aspects aside, this is one of those lovely examples of genuine experimental jazz-rock-based prog which one thinks could only happen in the early '70s. Fusioon was influenced by bands like Egg, The Nice and King Crimson and featured some of the most highly regarded musicians of the '70s spanish jazz-rock-prog scene, most notably drummer Santi Arisa and keyboardist Manel Camp. The music is basically instrumental regardless of a few weird vocal fragments in the first track.

The first 2 tracks, accounting for nearly 80% of the album, are really outstanding. The opener Ebusus (the roman name for the island of Ibiza) is a delightful display of originality, mostly jazz-rock based prog featuring some catalan folklore traditional melodies, basically instrumental except for 2 sections, the first one repeating a sentence in catalan which translates as "from the year 1930 we will keep a good memory, let's hope that for many years we can happily recall it" (I'm not sure what does the sentence refer to but it's likely to be the end of the dictatorship of Primo de Rivera which would eventually lead to the autonomous government of Catalunya in 1931). Later on they recite all the different names that the island has had during history. Great stuff with special mention to the outstanding drumming and keys.

The 2nd track Minorisa Suite (Minorisa was the roman name of their hometown Manresa) is also amazing, built up from 3 traditional catalan folklore melodies, arranged in jazz-rock- prog fashion, and although I'm not very fond of folklorical music the result in this case is great, lovely stuff.

The low of the album comes with the last track which is excessively experimental, especially the 2nd movement, it's just the guys playing with their synthesizers oscillators, may have been fun listening to it completely stoned in its day, but not my piece of cake right now, similar as to what happens with Egg's album The Polite Force. Fortunately it's only 8 minutes out of the total 38 so I won't drop the total rating too much because of it.

A lovely album, highly recommended to those who want to dig deeper in the origins of genuine, unadulterated, original, creative, I would even say "innocent", early 70's jazz-rock- based prog.

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Posted Friday, November 12, 2010

Review by Mellotron Storm
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4 stars This was a very pleasant surprise after what I felt was a disappointing debut from the band.This is their third and final album and it's just so interesting and left of center much of the time. Also there is an abuundance of melloton which only adds to my enjoyment. We get three long tracks and the opening song is a side long suite.

"Ebusus" is led by keyboards and drums early followed by bass and mellotron after a minute. Amazing stuff ! Mono-toned vocals 2 1/2 minutes in as the wind blows. It's heavier and darker before 4 minutes.This is so good. Prominant drumming after 5 minutes then some brief fast paced vocals. It's catchy with piano before 7 minutes with chunky bass as drums continue. Fast paced vocals are back before 8 1/2 minutes then a change before 9 minutes as it calms right down with mellotron. I'm reminded of AREA 10 minutes in then we get another calm before 12 1/2 minutes with mellotron. It kicks back in before 15 minutes and vocals follow. Mellotron 18 minutes in. Great song !

"Minorisa" opens with spacey synths and atmosphere. Mellotron joins in. Drums and piano take over before a minute then the synths return.The tempo changes often on this one. Church bells after 5 minutes then some heaviness with mellotron takes over. Synths and drums lead late. "Llaves Del Subconsciente" opens with mellotron then these strange and experimental sounds follow. Part II of this tune is very much an electronic soundscape that Klause Schulze would be proud of i'm sure.

No doubt a classic from Spain that the adventerous listener will eat up.

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Posted Wednesday, December 08, 2010

Review by Warthur
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4 stars Fusioon's best work takes the listener on a prog world tour, beginning with a very Egg-y flavour of Canterbury and proceeding to go all over the map, with ELP-style keyboard bombast breaking out at points before we reach our final destination in the electronic-Krautrockish outro to Llaves del Subconsciente. Displaying fusion chops that the likes of Area would be proud to boast of and an amazing capacity to combine different directions in progressive music into a coherent and individual sound all of their own, Fusioon manage to create a distinctive album which stands head and shoulders above its two predecessors as the crown jewel of their discography.

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Posted Sunday, October 02, 2011

Review by Guldbamsen
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3 stars Amazed & Confused

Pros:

Unfathomably talented musicians playing everything from Canterbury inspired jazz rock to lush grandiose symphonic prog.

Eclecticism.....and then some! Just around the upcoming corner a new and altogether different melody lies in wait. Fresh time signatures kindly handed over to the listener by what must be one of the most breathtaking rhythm sections I've come across in recent years. If I didn't know any better, I'd say it was a close cousin to the one on offer in the French purveyors of teutonic fusion, Magma. More than once during this album, I'm reminded of Jannick Top's boisterous bass booms as well as Vander's energetic tom work.........so close and still soooooo far away.

The electronics. Now many have described these as sounding particularly close to those of Tangerine Dream, and I couldn't disagree more. What you get with the electronics on Minorisa is an entirely unique kind of progressive electronic that is as adventurous and sharp in expression as a robotic shark swimming through myriads of small Lego soldiers. This somewhat strange facet does only show itself during the last cut, but you are most likely going to catch it - that is if your ears aren't made of seaweed and old Volvo parts.

Pomp and gusto! Oh yeah baby! There are some fantastic sections spread out during this album that'll cater to even the pickiest of prog afficionados. Be that the ending mellotron breezes of Ebusus that waft overhead you like diamond dust specks caught on the air, the sporadic ELP like moog flourishes or the overt shapeshifts that take place every once in a while, - if you're a proghead, then there's surely something to your liking on Minorisa.

Cons:

The musicians are so good that they tend to forget about the music. The first cut Ebusus takes so many strange and unforeseeable turns during it's 19 minutes, that you're in real danger of going numb or confused during it's first leg. A lot of this album feels like a project - a challenge. How many different and seemingly unrelated pieces of music can we string together in order to make a grand whole? As a result of this, I get irritated when those beautiful and powerful sections suddenly come to a hault, by the flick of the switch, and then run galloping in the other direction - now sporting an entirely different tune on it's lips.

Bewilderment........and not the good stuff. People who know me well will probably also know about my affinity for getting lost...and preferably stay there for a bit. I think it's healthy and it teaches you about the dark alleyways of life - all the stuff you often overlook for the in-your-face experiences that often only last the time they appear. On Minorisa though, there's a bewilderment on offer that doesn't take me places. It doesn't make me deliriously happy about the fact that we just went from a hundred miles an hour Canterbury inspired fusion to a warped version of Emerson fondling up his keyboard. It just confuses me, and that's actually pretty hard to do. I work with children and am often in charge of some 50 kids all on my own - each of em jumping and screaming for my attention. Yet that' s just fine with me, and I keep my cool.......Minorisa then manages to trump 50 kids on sugar and an incessant 'love-me' trip.

Electronics.....yep those were indeed also part of the cons, but here I am not referring to the last deranged de-constructed piece of prog electronic. No here I'm talking about the slap dash synths that ever so often pop up during the music, either to embellish on already existing atmospheres or to kick your arse with an earthshaking solo taken straight out of the ol ELP cookbook. The problem is not how they're played though, it's the sound. Damn..........I keep getting these mad images of a longhaired Spaniard trying his best to be virtuosi on Casio keyboards and other such Toys r Us instruments. I can't help it, but they sound so synthetic and plastic like. Often when I'm supposed to be experiencing Goosebump's City with soul orgasm and shivers alike, I get a smirk on my face and start laughing in short uncontrollable bursts.

So there you have it. Fusioon's third album Minorisa is just about the most confusing album I know of. It's very good at times - heck it is even wonderful during some sections, but then again it is also unbelievably irritating. If you can imagine the musical aesthetics of Gentle Giant transcribed onto ELP and Egg, then you're not that far off, and even making that comparison doesn't give them the full credit they deserve, because what this band has going for it, and has in spades, is uniqueness. You certainly won't find anything out there that sounds remotely close to this album.....for better or worse.

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4 stars It is somewhat tough to describe this,but I would say that this is somewhere along the lines of GENTLE GIANT,for the musical complexity,with a bit of ELP thrown in for the keyboard influences. The music is great on the almost 19 minute song ''Ebusus'',which has some funk influences between 6.5 ... (read more)

Report this review (#111932) | Posted by jasonpw. | Monday, February 12, 2007 | Review Permanlink

5 stars I'll add my voice to the others who rated this album very high. I suppose this is a kind of symphonic progressive rock - but a rather extreme version. There are Spanish and Spanish medieval musical influences found here but it's not without light-hearted moments. Denifinely interesting to thos ... (read more)

Report this review (#27007) | Posted by EMinkovitch | Tuesday, January 18, 2005 | Review Permanlink

5 stars Their best album. Don't lose the second track Minorisa suite (Minorisa is the name in latin of their town, Manresa -Catalonia-). It's completely amazing. You can find the most interesting mixes of traditional and religious music with progressive rock. ... (read more)

Report this review (#27006) | Posted by | Wednesday, April 14, 2004 | Review Permanlink

5 stars This is really a step further in music. If their first work is not too surprising the second & third are among the best music Iīve ever heard. Risky music with sikillful musicians, the keyboardist & drummer are outstanding. A contemporary mix between Area & Gentle Giant, but definitely different to ... (read more)

Report this review (#27004) | Posted by | Friday, February 27, 2004 | Review Permanlink

5 stars FUSIOON "Minorisa" SPAIN 1975 BMG Ariola (74321511512) This is what happens when you get a bunch of talented musicians together! The result is really sensational. The only problem is that the music is rather difficult to categorize due to the frequent interweaving. Just when you think you hav ... (read more)

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