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Studio Album, released in 1980

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Fly (3:25)
2. Lying World (2:48)
3. Relax (3:00)
4. Champagne In Amsterdam (4:02)
5. Memories (3:50)
6. Turn Off (3:45)
7. A Life (3:35)
8. Playboy (3:35)
9. So Clear (3:25)
10. Fade Away (4:38)

Total time 36:03

Bonus tracks on 1994 CD release:
11. Turn Off (Live #) (8:17)
12. Sai (Fly Italian version) (3:28) *
13. Let It Roll (9:25)
14. Song For Poland (3:02) *
15. Swindler (3:11) *

* Previously unreleased

Bonus Tracks on 2010 CD release:
11. Sai (Fly - Italian Version) (3:29)
12. Fly (Fly-O / Live @ AB) (6:08)
13. Playboy (Live #) (5:28)
14. Relax (Live #) (4:15)
15. Memories (Live # (4:14)
16. A Life (Live #) (4:08)
17. Turn Off (Live #) (8:18)

# Recorded on 14.2.81 at "Forest National" , Brussels

Line-up / Musicians

- Mario Guccio / vocals, sax
- Thierry Plas / guitar, backing vocals
- Roland de Greef / bass, synth, backing vocals
- Marc Ysaye / drums, vocals

- Dany Lademacher / guitar (13), producer

Releases information

LP Harvest ‎- 1A 064-23980 (1980, Belgium)

CD Spalax - CD 14257 (1994, France) Remaster by Jerome Sandron & Marc Ysaye w/ 5 bonus tracks
CD EMI Music Belgium ‎- 50999 948622 7 (2010, Belgium) With 7 bonus tracks

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MACHIAVEL New Lines ratings distribution

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Review by Sean Trane
1 stars Released in 83 it is even worse , than its predecessor , it is the respect for the drummer that stops me from sinking this lower than the Titanic , but let's face it: Genesis was doing Abacab, Yes did 90125 , Asia stunk, Styx Stunx, Jethro did the awful Wraps album,the Moody Blundered, letting only KC (without the Sunshine Band please) save somewhat the days with its trilogy (Discipline , Beat, Pair), so don't go expecting poor old Machiavel to save the world.
Review by ZowieZiggy

Machiavel is at the peak of its popularity in Belgium. They have received a gold disc for both "Mechanical" and "Urban Games". They have played in the largest concert halls (Cirque Royal and Forest National) for the respective "Mechanical" and "Urban" tours.

This album marks their evolution OFF the progressive genre and is more rock oriented; even hard at times. FYI, Marc is an absolute Led Zep fan and the first band he formed with Roland was called "Mobby Dick"...Hence the harder sound of some of the songs featured here.

"New Lines" will be a gold disc as well and they will play Forest for the second time. The commercial success of their single "Fly" is huge in Belgium. The fans still love this song very much. Even today, the band plays it an average of two to even three times during concerts.

So yes, while other famous bands went pop, AOR or disco Machiavel went rock and reggae. You'll have to judge which is the worst. Of course, several numbers here are very weak : "Relax" being absolutely awful. Several other songs will mix reaggae flavours with rock like "Lying World" and it sounds OK to my ears. "Memories" is average. It seems that Machiavel is willing to reproduce a hit a la "Police" ("Roxane", "Can't Stand Losing You" etc.). I can't really say that they succeeded..."A Life" is another of these ones but by this time, it is hard to stand, just like "So Clear" (although the rhythm is more upbeat, almost new wave).

"Playboy" is a simple rock song, not great but not bad either while "Fade Away" closes the album in a soft manner (a la Lou Reed - Berlin mood).

My fave are "Fly" of course, "Champagne in Amsterdam" (again a pleasant mix of rock / reggae), "Turn Off" (a very good rock number with a great beat and a solid part of their live sets) but I guess that it is not enough to make a good album.

Two stars.

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