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3.05 | 29 ratings | 4 reviews | 14% 5 stars

Good, but non-essential

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Studio Album, released in 1972

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Daybreak (2:32)
2. Anaïs (4:58)
3. Apocalyps (10:53)
4. The madman (1:21)
5. Orion (19:28)

Bonus tracks on 2001 CD release:
6. I want to know (2:42)
7. Masturbation (2:36)
8. Anaïs (3:27)

Total Time: 47:57

Line-up / Musicians

- Albert Veldkamp / electric & acoustic guitars, bass
- Ruud Woutersen / organ, spinet, celesta, piano, ARP synth, vocals
- Hans Boer / flute, alto & tenor saxes, vocals
- Rob Verhoeven / drums, percussion

Releases information

Artwork: Jan van Uden

LP Vertigo ‎- 6360 850 (1972, Netherlands)

CD Pseudonym ‎- CDP-1074-DD (2001, Netherlands) Remaster by Peter van 't Riet w/ 3 bonus tracks

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PANTHEON Orion ratings distribution

(29 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(14%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(34%)
Good, but non-essential (38%)
Collectors/fans only (14%)
Poor. Only for completionists (0%)

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Review by erik neuteboom
3 stars After the releases from Kayak, Earth &Fire and Finch the Dutch label Pseudonym Records surprised the progheads with the release from the obscure Dutch progrock band Pantheon. I had never heard of them, they existed between 1971 and 1974 and were once the support-act for famous fellow Dutch progrock bands Focus and Solution and The Steve Miller Band, their absolute highlight! In 1974 Pantheon called it a day because of the usual problems with money, at that moment the band members were no older than 21 years!

The five original compositions from their 1972 album Orion sound elaborate, melodic and varied featuring some wonderful twists and turns. The colouring of the songs is beautiful with organ, flute, saxophone and acoustic - and electric guitar, even a modular Moog synthesizer (in the short The Madman)! The musical influences are obvious from Ekseption and Solution (brass) but also Focus (organ sound and Jan Akkerman-like guitar work) but Pantheon doesn't sound as a clone. The highlight on this CD (that contains 3 bonustracks) is the long titletrack delivering lots of shifting moods, great build-up parts and powerful saxophone play. Enjoy this melodic and accessible progressive mix of rock, jazz and classic from my home country.

Review by ProgShine
COLLABORATOR Errors & Omissions Team
2 stars Panthéon is a duth band that released only one album, this Orion (1972).

If you're a bit Focus fan and thinks that Camel is a super band, so this is your record. Beginning to end. Because really, Orion (1972) is a lame copy of both bands, especially from their Duth neighbours.

Being this their first album you could try to leave this matter aside, usually bands on their prime days show lots of influences from their favorite bands, but here it's impossible to just forget that.

If the band were born in the computer days, such as ours, I would say that they open their favorite songs from their favorite bands on an audio editor software use a CTRL+C / CTRL+V and create 'their own songs'.

My 2 stars comes almost only because of the track 'Apocalyps', the only original piece of music.

Latest members reviews

3 stars An interesting release from this Dutch band. Their only release, I am afraid. PANTHEON's music can best be described as a mix of FOCUS and some bands from the Canterbury scene. Mostly the more jazzy tracks from these bands. A hint of CARAVAN can also be detected. But the flute and the brass d ... (read more)

Report this review (#203587) | Posted by toroddfuglesteg | Wednesday, February 18, 2009 | Review Permanlink

4 stars This album is the only album from a dutch band to be released on the Vertigo "Swirl" label. It is also the only album Panthéon ever released. Panthéon made music similar to Focus and Solution. Jazzy, canterbury like progressive rock. They started as a fivepiece highschoolband and won a recordi ... (read more)

Report this review (#76164) | Posted by Agemo | Monday, April 24, 2006 | Review Permanlink

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