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TELLAH

Eclectic Prog • Brazil


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Tellah biography
Based on Brasilia, a city where they managed to get a consistent fan base, TELLAH had to struggle a lot of years before they had the chance to release an album at all, and even then, the album "Continente Perdido" didn't achieve the public attention it surely deserved. For 6 years, the band played lots of gigs in many Brazilian cities - on many occasions they served as opening acts for fellow bands such as O TERÇO, JOELHO DO PORCO and OS MUTANTES. Their instrumental input is usually the most intense of their repertoire, showing influences from YES, "Moon Madness"-era CAMEL and RUSH, while their sung material leans closer to the realms of melodic prog with a definite romantic touch (not unlike other Italian and South American bands).

The band got started in 1974 as a DEEP PURPLE-inspired rock band with an original line-up of Cláudio Felício (guitars), José Veríssimo (bass) and Felipe Guedes (drums). Expanding their artistic interests, this line-up made the soundtrack for a theatre play called "O Cavalo de Guerra". It wasn't until the first half of 1978, when drummer Dênis Torre and bassist/keyboardist Marcone Barros entered in replacement of their respective counterparts that TELLAH decided to pursue a progressive prog trend. Barros' extensive use of synth and organ and Torre's precision at the handling of complex rhythm patterns stimulated a sense of virtuosity shared by the threesome organically. Between April and August 1980, in a 8-track studio of Rio de Janeiro, "Continente Perdido" was recorded. The album's repertoire included a couple of alien numbers penned by members of O Terço and Joelho do Porco, besides their own material. For the next 4 years their activities became more scarce: still, their farewell concert in 1984 was a very special event in Brasilia, in which they even played a couple of unreleased tracks (now released as bonus tracks for the CD edition of their album).

Since TELLAH's music has got an overt Brazilian prog feel to it, it's only natural that I recommend it to lovers of SAGRADO CORAÇAO DA TERRA and O TERÇO; this album is likely to appeal to devoted fans of highly melodic prog and art rock.

: : : Cesar Inca, PERU : : :

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3.06 | 9 ratings
Continente Perdido
1980

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 Continente Perdido by TELLAH album cover Studio Album, 1980
3.06 | 9 ratings

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Continente Perdido
Tellah Eclectic Prog

Review by b_olariu
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3 stars 3.5 really

Tellah is a brazilian symphonic prog band formed around 1974 in Brasilia, the capital of Brazil. They release only one album in 1980 named Continente perdido (Lost continent) and re issued on CD by the famous and already well known label Progressive Rock Worldwide few years ago. The music is a cross between symphonic prog not far from Yes, but little rouigher and unpolished then the masters, some Bacamarte moments, but here are some doubts , bothe bands were in same generation so I don't know who from who were taking influences, and the typical sounth american atmosphere in all pieces. Also here are some folk moments, some more heavy prog aproach, some more quite and romantic elements, but always very good, eeven the album is not excellent, specially the sound is mediocre, even in CD format are problems with this issue, as a whole Continente perdido is a winner. Some instrumental pieces are present showing that Tellah were one of the most promising bands from late '70's early '80's from Brazil, but with all that they disbanded soon after and gone almost into oblivion. Anyway nice arrangements, some fantastic guitar parts like on Renascenca, Segmento or the smooth Tributo ao Sorriso. My CD has two bonus tracks from 1984, recorded live, and the final prestation of the band. So, a good record, that worth some spins from time to time.

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 Continente Perdido by TELLAH album cover Studio Album, 1980
3.06 | 9 ratings

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Continente Perdido
Tellah Eclectic Prog

Review by Cesar Inca
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3 stars "Continente Perdido" is, in many ways, your typical South American symphonic prog album: richly melodic, very introspective and sometimes, very romantic, instilled with a peculiar sensibility in all places. The album can be described as a musical cohabitation between energetic instrumental interplaying and smooth singing parts. Regarding the former, Tellah sounds very related to early Camel, classic Yes and their compatriots Bacamarte. Regarding the latter, the band explores their melancholic side with a tighter approach to acoustic folk-oriented stuff and melodic pop-rock, although the progressive essence somewhat manages to stay firm "even in these quietest moments", so to speak. IMHO, the album's apex is comprised in the sequence of the first four numbers, which, as a whole, reflects the before description in its most solid expression. The enthusiastic guitar leads and the cohesive rhythm section are properly enhanced by the keyboards in both the catchy opener and 'Segmento' (the most complex piece in the album); meanwhile, the namesake title and 'Magma' beautifully combine the essential cadence of Camel-esque symphonic prog and the melodic candor of popular Brazilian Creole music. Unfortunately, the second half of the album (tracks 6 - 10) tends to concentrate excessively on the band's romantic side, a factor that drives the potential of progressive colors to unnecessary understatement. It is really a pity, since beautiful melodies such as the ones that make the nucleus of 'Triangolo' and 'Feixe de Luz' could and should have benefited from a more sophisticated labor on arrangements and thematic expansions. The last two tracks on the CD version are registered from the last gigs that Tellah ever did, back in '84. 'Cacador de Mim' and 'Visitante' (none of them penned by any Tellah member) show how the band intended to persist on the progressive road that they had already exposed on the album's most successful numbers. All in all, this is all that there is, and "Continente Perdido" remains an album that could have been excellent had their creators been a bit bolder. But let's go for the more positive side of things: this album must be appreciated as a beautiful musical work. As such, it will please all avid prog collectors with an undeterred love for melodic prog and art rock.

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