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ALPHA CENTAURY is a rare French band from the seventies. Like many others, they recorded one studio album, and that was it. As you can imagine, information is very hard to find. This is evidenced in the discrepancy in the spelling of the name. On the album, Centauri is spelled with a Y. However, if you try to search with that spelling, you find nothing. The band was comprised of Daniel Abherve on drums, Serge Nevez on keyboards and vocals, Bruno Nevez on guitar, bass and vocals, and Gilles on bass

ALPHA CENTAURY have a lot in common with other French artists of the time, though not entirely as they have a distinct style of their own. The closest comparison that could be made is the sounds of ASIA MINOR. There is that darkness that was prevalent with other bands of the era, but they have more of a jazz influence. This style is blended with a touch of space prog, almost psychedelic in places. There is even a sprinkling of an operatic tinge in some of the vocals. ALPHA CENTAURY's self-titled album was released in 1976 on Mellow Labels. It is a rather short album at 30 minutes in length but has some amazing lead guitar with the lush sound of Steve Hackett and keyboards that lean towards a blend of GENESIS' Banks and PINK FLOYD's Wright.

H.T. Riekels

UPDATED 2014 ---AtomicCrimsonRush (Scott Tuffnell)---

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 Alpha Centauri by ALPHA CENTAURY album cover Studio Album, 1976
2.83 | 18 ratings

Alpha Centauri
Alpha Centaury Symphonic Prog

Review by maryes

2 stars When I hear the first track " La montre" of this only album from the French band ALPHA CENTAURY (whitout know the line up), I thought - Oh ! The music is very similar to another great French band : In the case MEMORIANCE and his fantastic first album "Et aprés......" the record mix made me believe which I was hearing "twin lead guitars" as in MEMORIANCE... and ... I confess my mistake and worst my deception to hear the other 5 tracks ... these others don't have anything with "et aprés..." in fact the music that follows the beautiful first track sounds to me like a "jam" session , with the exception of last track "Sans nom" which are in a general way a good track, but, the final passage shows a suddenly interruption. Due this considerations my rate is only 2 stars !
 Alpha Centauri by ALPHA CENTAURY album cover Studio Album, 1976
2.83 | 18 ratings

Alpha Centauri
Alpha Centaury Symphonic Prog

Review by Sean Trane
Special Collaborator Prog Folk

3 stars 3.5 stars really!!! Just a single album from these guys (built around the Nevez brothers) and also a much too short album at that. 29 mins is simply too short on a CD for a full price - Mellow Records CDs are never cheap (found my copy in a second hand shop). The music developped here is typical symphonic French prog from the mid-70's not far away from Atoll , Carpe Diem. The sound production is just correct at best but this was the case for most French prog of that era (Magma excluded). It is nothing shameful either.

There are some very fine moments and the guitarist's lush sound is sometimes reminiscent of Hackett and the Kb are also superb leaning on a cross Genesis's Banks and Floyd's Wright. Reaching a musical orgasm is possible if you are symphonic prog-inclined but one must suffer from premature ejaculation because of the brevity of the album.

Although these guys appear to be from Britany (most western french region) , do not expect anything celtic.

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