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3.52 | 17 ratings | 4 reviews | 12% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 1978

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Aurore (5:42)
2. Camara (9:25)
3. Ma vie dégénère (2:58)
4. Daisy (7:04)
5. Jungle's Jingle (6:32)
6. Confluence (4:46)

Total Time 36:27

Bonus tracks on 2007 CD release:
7. Rouge Champs (4:03)
8. ES Blues (4:23)
9. Open It Up (4:50)
10. Babylone (7:15)
11. Time Will Make It Better (6:19)

Line-up / Musicians

- Marius Lorenzini / guitar, synth, vocals
- Ann Ballester / keyboards, synth, vocals
- Francois Grillot / bass (1-6)
- Alain Gouillard / drums (1-6)
- Mireille Bauer / vibraphone, marimba, percussion

- Thierry Tamain / Fender Rhodes, clavinet (7-11)
- Emmanuel Binet / bass (7-11)
- Frank Raholison / drums (7-11)
- Fernand "Titi" Pena / vocals (7-11)

Releases information

Artwork: Marc Monty

LP RCA Victor - PL 37215 (1978, France)

CD Musea - FGBG 4418.AR (2007, France) With 5 bonus tracks recorded in 1980 for the never released 4th album

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EDITION SPÉCIALE Horizon Digital ratings distribution

(17 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(12%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(41%)
Good, but non-essential (41%)
Collectors/fans only (6%)
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Review by Progbear
4 stars Their third album was rather like ALIQUANTE, only more of it. Ann Ballester's singing voice gained in confidence, making this quite pleasing to listen to as she sings on three of the album's six tunes (I don't know if I'd quite consider the chanting on "Confluence" "singing" exactly). She's replaced her old ARP Omni (glorified string-synth) with an Oberheim polyphonic, allowing for an expanded palette of synthesizer tones. The Weather Report comparison creeps ever closer.

An extended guest-appearance by Gong's Mireille Bauer on marimba, vibes and other percussion really make this album soar. Really, one of the better fusion items from France, and highly recommended. I was disappointed to see two tracks from this tacked onto the end of Muséa's ALIQUANTE CD, a practice that practically screams out, "We have no intention of reissuing this in its entirety." A grave pity, as it's clearly their finest hour.

Review by Sean Trane
3 stars After the almost awesome Aliquante, ES came back the following year with a fairly different album, one that would be recorded in Chateau D'Hérouville and recorded by Laurent Thibault (see his section elsewhere in PA), with a very different line-up. Only the Lorenzini-Ballester couple remains with Gouillard on drums, bassist Turquenne passing through Magma (little wonder) and being replaced by Grillot and the group brings in ex-Gong Mireille Bauer (vibes & perc) as a sort-of guest on the way to Catherine Ribeiro & Alpes. It's my guess many progheads will prefer this present album over Aliquante, and no doubt the gatefold artwork will work subliminally for Horizon Digital, but you should trust (blindly) me on this one, go for Aliquante

One of the differences you will hear is a more Zappa-esque feel to HD, due to Mireille Bauer's vibraphones, this as noticeable on the fast tracks (Aurore) than on the slower moments (intro of Camara), giving a more Mother-esque feeling than a Gong-ian tone. Another difference is the much greater presence (and more intrusive) of Ballester's Steely Dan-esque vocals laced with weaker second-rate Zeuhlian influences. So overall the ES formula is returning to a sung popier format, Ballester's synths choices not being as successful as previously, and the group is even closing the album with a needless blues track.

If on the strictly vinyl album comparison point, Aliquante is a much better album than HD, once you get to the Cd reissues, Musea actually renders things more difficult, by adding five bonus tracks that were supposed to be ES's fourth album and recorded in 80. While remaining musically roughly in line with their third album, the group was now only a duo consisting of Lorenzini and Ballester plus guests, and by that time, they had been caught by a lot trends of the times, and tried to be much more song- oriented (as in commercially-oriented songs) with Ballester's voice returning to the fore, but the back up she got made the whole thing sound like Steely Dan and this time not just vocally, but musically as well. Actually the five tracks of the fourth unreleased album make a rather nice accompaniment to Horizon Digital's eight, but you will find a degradation of quality and inspiration, the pop thing being furthered even flirting with a reggaeish funk. Better first start with Aliquante and if that pleases you enough to find more about them, come to this one (and its successor as bonus) and then move to the debut if you're still interested.

Review by b_olariu
3 stars Horizon digital is their third album from 1978 and aswell their swansong. Almost same with predecesor but little les exciting in parts, keeping on first track Aurore the energic moments they used on Aliquante delivering some top notch passages. The instrumental section are great, maybe the vocal arrangements are not so intresting but never the less ok on Camara. Graced by an excellent gatefold cover art, Horizon digital desearves to be paraised but I don't think is their best work, Aliquante remains their most acomplished work from their career. All in all a fairly good album, but the magic of previous release here is not so present only on some passages. The Cd re issue by Musea has 5 bonus tracks, the pieces that suposed to enter on their forth album from 1980, but in the end the release never saw the light, they disbanded soon after in summer of 1981. 3 stars maybe in some parts 3.5 stars, still good but not so excellent as Aliquante.
Review by Mellotron Storm
4 stars Third and final album by this Jazz Fusion band out of France. They add a fifth member who was formerly with GONG playing percussion, vibes and marimba, and we get a new bass player. This isn't nearly as "showy" as the previous album "Aliquante" where I felt the drummer and keyboardist were more upfront in the sound than on here. More energy on the previous album as well plus I'm not the biggest vibes fan but I do like it as a flavour here and there. This album was recorded and engineered by none other than Laurent Thibault.

Top three would include the opener "Aurore" which opens wide with drums and vibes before we get some power with guitar over top. Synths will take the guitar's spot than a calm as electric piano takes over followed by drums, bass and a full sound. So much going on with those percussion sounds with bass and vibes. Another top three is "Jungle's Jingle" which despite the title actually has some credit. It's catchy and determined with vibes sprinkled in. The synths are interesting. Some nice bass 3 1/2 minutes in. So intricate and complex with all these sounds. Last top three is the closer "Confluence" and here we get some female vocal melodies which I like along with those intricate sounds as the tempo picks up early on.

A 4 star album for me but not quite as good as "Aliquante" their previous record.

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