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Sebastain Hardie is one of those rare '70s Australian prog groups (there just weren't that many of them). The first attempt at this band was formed in 1967 by bassist Peter Plavsic, and guitarist Graham Ford, under the moniker Sebastian Hardie Blues Band. This incarnation did not last long. In 1968 Plavsic and Ford tried again, with drummer Alex Plavsic (Peter's brother), keyboardist Anotol Kononowsk, and vocalist Joe English. This time the 'blues band' was left off the name. They had much success as a rock cover band, and even became the backing band for Australian legend Johnny O'keefe. Anotol left the next year to pursue his education, and the band continued without a replacement.

In 1972 Jon left to play Judas in "Jesus Christ Superstar," which led to a successful solo career. Alex also left to join the band Tapestry. This venture wouldn't last through the end of the year. Alex brought along Tapestry's keyboardist Steve Dunne for another reformation of Sebastian Hardie (including Peter and Graham). This time they started to dabble in some progressive experimentation, while primarily remaining a cover band.

Things really began to take shape over the next couple of years, when Mario Millo replaced Ford, and Toivo Pilt replaced Dunne. This incarnation focused on an original musical direction, and would become Australia's first symphonic prog sensation.

1975's "Four Moments" was a huge success, and the track "Rosanna" won an award for best instrumental single. "Windchase" was released in 1976, and both albums are considered (by some people) to be prog classics. They at least stand out in the realm of Australian symphonic.

Soon after the release of the second album, the band broke up. Millo and Pilt adopted the name Windchase, and released one album. 1977's "Symphinity" stayed close to the Hardie sound, but didn't find much of an audience.

Pilt has gone on to write music for television advertising. The Plavsic brothers got involved with the business side of the music industry. Millo has had a great amount of success as a solo artist and film composer. The original four-man group reunited for some gigs in the early '90s.

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3.85 | 94 ratings
Four Moments
1975
3.20 | 36 ratings
Windchase
1976
3.58 | 52 ratings
Blueprint
2012

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3.35 | 10 ratings
Live in LA
1997

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 Four Moments by SEBASTIAN HARDIE album cover Studio Album, 1975
3.85 | 94 ratings

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Four Moments
Sebastian Hardie Symphonic Prog

Review by sinslice

5 stars Mellotron and guitar dominate.

Without any doubt, Four Moments is the transcendent work of Millo and company, including any work that its members have participated, together or separately.

The title track to the album, with its four sections, is one of the classic epic that contains all the ingredients necessary: symphonic, variety and musical passion. An essential work.

Rosanna is a delicate piece, more intimate. The Millo skills as a guitarist are displayed, as in Openings. It consolidates the power of band to perform with balance, strength and melody. The only shortcoming I find in it, and the album itself is its length. It gets a bit repetitive in their main guitar lines.

Obvious references to Camel, and some Focus too. However, the compositions are distinctive and interesting, and memorable perfomance.

4,5 stars.

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 Blueprint by SEBASTIAN HARDIE album cover Studio Album, 2012
3.58 | 52 ratings

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Blueprint
Sebastian Hardie Symphonic Prog

Review by KeepItDark

4 stars From memory, I first heard Sebastian Hardie at Melbourne University in the mid or late 70's with a cover of Tubular Bells. A very impressive four piece perhaps on the softer side of Yes and Genesis.

Their first two releases "Four Moments" and "Windchase" we were received by local prog fans. It has been a 35 year wait for the third release "Blueprint" although guitarist Mario Millo has released several albums (and soundtracks) in the intervening years.

Blueprint follows very much in the same vein as "Four Moments" and "Windchase" and I am certain some of the earlier themes have been revisited.

Toivo Plit's keyboards are close to Tony Banks' style with some nice restrained keyboard solos, Mario Millo's guitar is reminiscent of the softer side of Steve Howe but neither dominants.

Overall, this is a very good collection of tracks. Maybe the lyrics are a bit puerile but this is mainly an instrumental album with very limited singing.

It does leaving the listener wondering what may have been had these guys continued through the 80s and 90s. They certainly had the strength in musical ability with Plit and Millo and songwriting to deliver some classics?but now are most likely to become a footnote in prog history

Recommended for 70's prog fans. 3.5 stars.

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 Blueprint by SEBASTIAN HARDIE album cover Studio Album, 2012
3.58 | 52 ratings

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Blueprint
Sebastian Hardie Symphonic Prog

Review by sl75

3 stars If you're looking for the cutting edge of contemporary prog rock, you won't find it here - but then, if you were looking for the cutting edge, you would never have been a Sebastian Hardie fan in the first place. Apart from the considerably more ragged vocals, there is nothing here that doesn't sound like it was recorded in Sebastian Hardie's mid 70s heyday - Toivo Pilt uses the same keyboards, Mario Millo has the same melodic guitar style, and the same ability to suddenly reel off a searing solo. On the downside, he still also has his sentimental pop side - most to the fore on "Art of Life", an expression of nostalgia for their past glories allied with an attempt at a profound statement on advancing age. (Mike Rudd from Spectrum covered those themes so much more thoughtfully on their recent Breathing Space EPs.) One disappointment is that Millo has reasserted his stranglehold on the compositional credits - I'm one of the rare people who preferred Windchase's Symphinity to the first two Sebastian Hardie albums, largely because Toivo Pilt asserted himself far more as a composer in the renamed band, and I found his music more interesting than Millo's.

So nothing cutting edge, just a well-captured rediscovery of the classic 70s symphonic sound. And why not?

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 Blueprint by SEBASTIAN HARDIE album cover Studio Album, 2012
3.58 | 52 ratings

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Blueprint
Sebastian Hardie Symphonic Prog

Review by Mellotron Storm
Prog Reviewer

3 stars It's been over 35 years since Australia's own SEBASTIAN HARDIE released a studio album. And as you might expect they've created a modern sounding album that is more in the Prog- Related style instead of the Symphonic genre like in their early days. And yes they have retired the mellotron unfortunately. A mixed bag here really in my opinion, but I was impressed with a couple of tracks.

"I Wish" is very uplifting until it settles before 3 1/2 minutes and the vocals come in. The magic suddenly leaves. "Vuja De" kicks into gear before 1 1/2 minutes to an uptempo instrumental. This is really good. "Art Of Life" is a relaxed and reflective vocal track. Not a fan.

"I Remember" doesn't have vocals until before 3 minutes as a hazy mood sets in. I like the lyrics too. Nice guitar before 6 minutes. Good song. "Another Spring" is probably my favourite. I really like the instrumental section 2 1/2 minutes. Some excellent organ and guitar work here. Vocals return 6 minutes in. "Shame" ends it and it's an okay tune.

A good album but nothing more in my world. Great to have them back though.

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Blueprint
Sebastian Hardie Symphonic Prog

Review by Conor Fynes
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4 stars 'Blueprint' - Sebastian Hardie (7/10)

Sebastian Hardie was among the few classic prog rock bands to come out of Australia. Although I had never heard of them before this comeback, I am led to believe they put out a pair of records back in he heyday of 'prog', both of which having now received the status of an underground gem. The past year has seen many of the classic prog bands- both legendary and obscure- come out with something new, and considering that the last album by this group dropped in 1976, there has been quite some down time for Sebastian Hardie. 'Blueprint' is a matured and tender reflection upon life, and though the band's sound comes across as a little tame, 'Blueprint' is an enjoyable slice of melodic prog that's bound to earn the band some fans in the new millennium.

Sebastian Hardie's music draws from the same set of sound as classic-era Genesis, though their approach is noticeably more melodic. Although Sebastian Hardie's style is a little too based in the lush orchestration of symphonic prog to call them 'AOR', 'Blueprint' does not underrate the importance of melody . The more accessible tracks, 'I Wish' and 'Art of Life' are filled with memorable vocal lines from singer Mario Millo, whose voice feels strong, if not very distinctive. The lyrics here are nostalgic and filled with reflections upon life. Like much of the music on 'Blueprint', the lyrics tend to wash harmlessly over the listener, for better and worse. Sebastian Hardie give a fairly optimistic view of life, at times brushing against the threshold of cheesiness. Although the vocal melodies feel fairly tame and predictable from a 'prog' standpoint, there is passion and sincerity here, and unlike plenty of like-sounding artists who disguise themselves behind a wall of esoteric lyrical nonsense, Sebastian Hardie keep their message straight and to the point.

Though it may seem counter-intuitive, Sebastian Hardie's melodies are at their best when they are purely instrumental. Although the songwriting is often built around the singing, the instrumental passages on 'Blueprint' are what really elevate it above mere decency. The instrumentals are rooted in the canon of symphonic prog, complete with lush keyboards and guitar flourishes that remain difficult to dissociate from Yes' Steve Howe. Tracks 'Vuja De' and 'Shame' are excellently composed pieces of music. Although the instrumentation may at times flirt with complexity, the melody is still at the forefront of what Sebastian Hardie are aiming for with their music, but it comes off as much more interesting than the more restrained vocal moments. 'Blueprint' is essentially a split between the excellent symphonic prog instrumentals and decent, laid-back art rock. The two directions Sebastian Hardie take with the album are similar stylistically, but weigh differently in terms of perceived quality and enjoyment. Had Sebastian Hardie put out a full album that rivaled the orchestration of 'Vuja De' or the album's closer, I would have been blown away. As it stands, 'Blueprint' is a very good, but not quite excellent record from the Australian group. Symphonic, or even Neo Prog lovers will find much to love in this, but the album fails to impress me throughout.

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 Windchase by SEBASTIAN HARDIE album cover Studio Album, 1976
3.20 | 36 ratings

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Windchase
Sebastian Hardie Symphonic Prog

Review by sl75

3 stars This album is pleasant, but slight. Which was also a good description of their first album. However, this is easily the inferior product. The title epic from Four Moments was in some ways one of the best constructed symphonic prog epics ever - not overly ambitious, not overly complex, but with sections that flowed seamlessly and an overall sense of unity. The title epic of Windchase completely lacks this quality. The music listlessly moves from one moderately interesting section to another, with no real feeling of unity, despite the late and half-hearted attempt at a rhythmically-transformed recapitulation of the original theme. The second side contains one cheesy pop song in "Life Love and Music" (this time Paul McCartney's Wings seem to have displaced Air Supply as their chief pop influence), and several slight instrumentals. It's not a bad record, but it's not an exciting one either.

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 Four Moments by SEBASTIAN HARDIE album cover Studio Album, 1975
3.85 | 94 ratings

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Four Moments
Sebastian Hardie Symphonic Prog

Review by sl75

4 stars I used to be very down on this album when I first heard it, because I heard what what the harsher critics here also heard - the derivative nature of the music (sounding very much like Focus, Camel, and in parts of the title track like Yes - the guy who sold me the album described Sebastian Hardie to me as his favourite Yes cover band), the commercial pop edge (I could hear the Air Supply comparison too), and also just the general simplicity of the music where I wanted to hear complexity - the fact that eg "Openings" basically repeats the same chord pattern for 13 minutes without much variation. I still do not regard it as a masterpiece, but I've come to love it over time, particularly the title suite on side one. Firstly, one has to admit that it has a couple of great melodic hooks - you can't help but like it. Secondly, it is very well-constructed, the different sections flowing seamlessly, and strongly unified through the recapitulation of the major themes at different points. Most of prog's side-long epics, even some of the greatest (even much revered examples like "Close To The Edge"), have some feeling of having been scotch-taped together. "Four Moments" does not have that feeling - it is a structurally sound piece that carries your interest from beginning to end without ever jarring. And then (more obviously on the CD release), the final coda sets up a theme that will recur in the first track on side two, "Rosanna". Clearly a lot of thought has gone into the construction of this album. I'm not as excited by side two. "Rosanna" is a pretty piece, a melodic guitar driven instrumental, but not essential, and "Openings" never really goes anywhere, although it's nice enough as background music. Australia was not an hospitable environment for symphonic prog - local exponents of the sub-genre did not begin to appear until the mid 70s (after the genre had peaked elsewhere), they were few, and Sebastian Hardie was the only one to have any level of commercial success (probably because of Mario Millo's ability to weave great pop hooks into his symphonic epics). I agree not the best Australia has to offer, and not offering anything radically different, but still some mighty fine music

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 Four Moments by SEBASTIAN HARDIE album cover Studio Album, 1975
3.85 | 94 ratings

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Four Moments
Sebastian Hardie Symphonic Prog

Review by AtomicCrimsonRush
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4 stars Symphonic beauty.

Australian symphonic prog is a rarity so it is with gratitude that I am able to immerse myself in the beauty of "Four Moments" by Sebastian Hardie. I heard this on vinyl at a friend's place in the 80s and have since had this on cassete for years, and now the CD enhances the listening pleasure tenfold. I had forgotten how achingly beautiful and uplifting this music is. There is some incredible musicianship on this and it is not without its virtuoso moments especially some of the guitar lead work and organ phrases. The band consist of Mario Millo on vocals, guitar, mandoline, Toivo Pilt on keyboards, mellotron, Alex Plavsic on drums, and Peter Plavsic is bassist.

'Four Moments: 1 Glories Shall Be Released' begins this exporation of symphonic beauty. The orchestral keyboards are complimented by a melodic guitar and the percussion and bass rhythm prowess. Ater a long intro of melodic powerful keyboards, Mario Millo's vocals come in; "now you feel the heat of the sun upon your face, and as you reach out you really can embrace everything is real."

'Dawn of Our Sun' is a gorgeous piece of music with haunting flute sounds on keyboards, and a very effective phased psychedelic guitar picking rhythm, with cymbal splashes that add a sense of majesty to the sound. Vocals by Millo add to the sense of mystery; "time moves on, our sun will be gone, leaving our sky, and night time will come, deep in our minds, memories live on, lost in a haze, soon we will be gone." The melancholica of the lyrics are augmented by soaring lead guitar and uplifting mellotron.

'Rosanna' is a showpiece of exquisite music with violining guitar, and infectious melodic elegance. It is the biggest track for the band and is a popular live favourite. On the last track we have perhaps the best of Sebastian Hardie. 'Openings' is a 13 minute mesmirising journey into beautiful soundscapes. Camel influences abound, especially with the Andy Latimer guitar style. The melody is nice, and it is very relaxing music with tranquil synths and orchestration. The organ is excellent especially when it launches into a solo and shimmers with effervescence alongside pipe organ and piano. The feel of the piece is on the same steady time sig but it builds in intensity and is replete with passages of exquisite crystalline keyboards. The dreamy musicality is superb, and the violin style of guitar over the spacey textures of mellotron is exemplary. I love how the heavy riff locks in toward the end and it changes into a diferent rock style using the same melody but quicker tempo.

This is an excellent album with swathes of mellotron and guitar lead work, a must have for lovers of Camel, Yes, Eloy, The Moody Blues and symphonic prog.

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 Four Moments by SEBASTIAN HARDIE album cover Studio Album, 1975
3.85 | 94 ratings

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Four Moments
Sebastian Hardie Symphonic Prog

Review by Quirky Turkey

4 stars Australia takes part in 70s symphonic prog and it's great. Four Moments is very good for a band's first album and since this I don't think Sebastian Hardie have done better. The music sounds like it's been influenced by Focus and Camel. The guitarist Mario Millo shines here and his own unique sound dominates throughout. He also does the singing which is minimal but good.

The first four songs join up to create an epic, 'Four Moments'. Second part 'Dawn of Our Sun' is majestic and contains classic symphonic elements; lush mellotron and flute. Wonderful stuff. Third part 'Journey Through Our Dreams' is a mini prog epic with a lot of guitar soloing (which reminds me of 'Birth' by Focus) and then an amazing synth solo. In my opinion, best piece of music Sebastian Hardie has made.The first and last parts of the epic are sort of similar and are probably the weakest parts of the album, but vital to the overall structure of the epic. Not bad.

The second half contains a pleasant simple instrumental song, Rosanna, which contains Mario Millo's distinct melodic soloing. (If you like this check out his solo album 'Human Games' which has a better version of this song with an orchestra.) Closing the album is 'Openings' which sounds like a long epic jam between the band. Lots of repetition and lots of soloing, but still enjoyable.

Overall this is an underrated album and an excellent addition to any prog collection. 4 stars.

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 Four Moments by SEBASTIAN HARDIE album cover Studio Album, 1975
3.85 | 94 ratings

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Four Moments
Sebastian Hardie Symphonic Prog

Review by Warthur
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3 stars Sebastian Hardie's debut album was a long time coming - the band had been around in one form or another since 1967 - so you can't say the band didn't have plenty of time to thrash out an individual and distinctive identity for themselves. It's therefore something of a disappointment to listen to the album and find out they hadn't - the group work through the various typical symphonic influences (focusing on the mellow and pastoral end of the genre with bands like Genesis, Yes, Camel) and tick all the boxes without really presenting any new ideas of their own.

The performance is competent and listenable enough to convince me that Sebastian Hardie were probably a decent prog covers band in their time, but the material here contains nothing particularly head-turning. I can't see myself saying "You know what, I'm really in a Sebastian Hardie mood" - whilst the album is pleasant enough to listen to, it's even more enjoyable to listen to the classic albums it was influenced by all over again.

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