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2.88 | 25 ratings | 3 reviews | 0% 5 stars

Good, but non-essential

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Studio Album, released in 2000

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Rainy Night in Saigon, Parts 1 & 2 (7:46)
2. Everything's Wrong (5:08)
3. Lisa (4:18)
4. Now I Know, Parts 1 & 2 (6:13)
5. Lady Love (4:15)
6. Last Friend (3:07)
7. Sister Jane (definitive version) (4:25)
8. Sun (6:04)
9. Fly Away (4:08)

Total Time 45:24

Line-up / Musicians

- Hervé Acosta / lead vocals (1,3,5,7,9)
- Khanh Mai / electric, acoustic & slide guitars, vocals
- Angelo Zurzolo / synthesizer, programming, keyboards, piano
- Stephan Caussarieu / drums, percussion, piano, keyboards, lead vocals (2,4,6,8)

- François Ovide / electric & acoustic guitars
- Manu Ducloux / bass

Releases information

CD XIII BIS RECORDS ‎- 152 552 MU863 (2000, France)

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TAÏ PHONG Sun ratings distribution

(25 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(0%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(32%)
Good, but non-essential (44%)
Collectors/fans only (20%)
Poor. Only for completionists (4%)

TAÏ PHONG Sun reviews

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Review by Marty McFly
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Errors and Omissions Team
2 stars So they're back. I quite liked their "Last Flight" album, but this time ? Well, it's no disaster, after all, we're not talking about life of 70s Symphonic Prog band in desperation of 80s, are we ? But it's not a big win either. But this was to be expected. Album released after so much time would either be killer, or big nothing. There is nothing Prog, it actually remind me more calm (without "power" element") version of Asia. Backed with Symphonic sound (strings), but songs are extremely simple. So even it can be nice, easy listening music, it's not strong stuff (on the contrary), so

2(+), for pleasant music, but not much more.

Review by kenethlevine
3 stars A long 21 years after "Last Flight" failed lift-off, TAI PHONG reformed, admittedly with only 2 long time members. While "Sun" is not really a prog album, it retains enough of their trademark sound - high pitched male vocals, appealing harmonies, occasionally soaring lead guitars and varied keyboards - to be worth a listen or two.

The 2 lengthier tracks would be of most interest; even if not exactly epic, they each have two parts in deference to a time when suites were de rigeur, and they appear to have been well thought out. Vocals are predominant and the instrumental breaks don't flex as they did during the band's heyday, instead expounding upon the vocal themes effectively. "Rainy Night in Saigon" is well arranged and incorporates a children's choir without sounding sappy. "Now I know" is more upbeat and dramatic but in a similar vein.

A couple of ballads are also noteworthy, these being "Everything's Wrong" and the lovely and languid "Fly Away" that closes the disk. These manage to encapsulate some of the qualities that made TAI PHONG darlings of the slow dance in their day. Unfortunately, they criminally re-recorded the one legit hit, "Sister Jane", in a ghastly apparition which sullies its legacy a bit. I mean, have another go at it by all means. But don't call it a "definitive edition", no matter how good you think it is. And it isn't. Apart from the so-so "Last Friend", the rest is perhaps slightly below the level of "Last Flight", which is to say entirely dispensable.

While "Sun" doesn't come close to eclipsing the mid 1970s offerings by TAI PHONG, it does thoroughly avoid casting a shadow on the band's history in the eyes of those who care. 2.5 stars it is, rounded up.

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4 stars This album didn't sell well, the band had a lot of trouble getting anything released at all, and it seems this are still cursed by the voodoo of music business nowadays. I saw Taï Phong live in Vincennes only a few hours after receiving the infamous Sun album, and I was already enough in love wi ... (read more)

Report this review (#138946) | Posted by Nao/Gilles | Tuesday, September 18, 2007 | Review Permanlink

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