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Belgian Heavy Progressive band 'Waterloo', comprising Dirk Bogaert (lead vocals, flute), Gus Roan (guitar), Marc Malyster (organ), Jacky Mauer (drums) and Jean-Paul Janssens (bass) were formed in the autumn of 1969, out of the ashes of Brussels-based blues-rock power trio 'Adam's Recital' and Ghent's 'Today's Version'.

The band's only album, 'First Battle', containing photography shot within the Waterloo Battlefield Museum, was released under the French 'Vogue' label in February 1970, with a pressing run of only 'several thousand copies', with the album only being distributed in Belgium. A more elaborate version of the track 'Meet Again' was released as a single however, leading to a subsequent album release in Portugal, under the 'Roda' label.

Although a 40 date tour followed, including the opportunity to support 'Family', and an opening slot at the 1970 Ghent festival, the band's demise was initiated by Marc Malyster's departure, to work on other side projects. Although he was replaced by John Van Rymenant
who as a saxophonist, brought to the band a jazzier emphasis, the demos for 1972's follow-up release 'The Youngest Day' remained unreleased, as the band parted amicably.

Waterloo's debut album would appeal to those who enjoy a more Eclectic feel to their music, with Heavy Progressive undertones. The album clearly demonstrates the band's ambition to mix rock, jazz and classical influences into an ambitious personal repertoire; their musical formula being built around Dirk's flute and vocals, and Gus's integration of jazzy harmonies into a classical/ prog rock structure.

If you enjoy early Jethro Tull, Blodwyn Pig, the eclecticism of early King Crimson and the organ soundscapes of Keith Emerson, then this album would be highly recommended.

Jared Butcher (2009)

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First Battle
1970

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 First Battle by WATERLOO album cover Studio Album, 1970
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First Battle
Waterloo Heavy Prog

Review by Sean Trane
Special Collaborator Prog Folk

4 stars One of the rarest (and most expensive) vinyls of Belgium, First Battle is also Waterloo's only battle, but they won it brilliantly. This quintet was made from the remains of two established groups, Adam's Recital and Today's Version (the former even managing a spot in the Windsor Festival) and soon enough Waterloo was born in October 69. After a few months composing and touring, their album was recorded in Soho during the Christmas break and released early the next year with a Napoleon-ian artwork on the French label Vogue, where the group would tour extensively along with Belgium.

Sonically Waterloo is a mix of short (under 4-mins) psych rock and jazzy proto-prog tracks (except for the 11-mins finale), often reminiscent of jazzier early Tull albums (especially This Was). Opening on the single Meet Again (which through an amazing succession of feats got some major French airplay under the Waterloo moniker from an unknown group), but it is hardly the album's best piece with its 60's aura, even if you can hear Malyster's Emerson influence on organ. Much stronger are the superb Why May I Not Know with some heavy Anderson-ian flute, which coupled with Malyster's organ could lead to think of Aqualung tracks and the frantic Black-Born Children with its constant breaks. Further down the album (past the bluesy Problems), the dramatic Wrong Neighbourhood and the hard- rocking Heep-ian Lonesome Road are also much worthy of the proghead's attention. Of course the alnum's cornerstone is the lengthy Diary Of An Old Man, which an awesome progressive jazzy blues rock track with plenty of excellent solos and interplay between all concerned, but particularly Roan's guitar, but Bogaert's flute has its Tull-ian say as well.

Some bonus tracks are tagged on the original album, and they consist of the non-album singles that were following or preceding the First Battle release, but most feature a changed line-up as Malyster and Janssens leaving and being replaced by Wuyts (ex- Wallace Collection) and Musette respectively, and the addition of saxman and bookstore owner Van Rymenant, thus creating a slight jazzier shift in the group's sound. If Plastic Man and Smile are very 60's bubblegum, Nobody But You gives a slight brassy ELP feel, at least in its first part, before very Colosseum-like. Clearly the major gift in these bonus tracks is the 7-mins+ Youngest Day, an outstanding prog track that shows that the group was sliding towards their future Pazop-style of fusion. The Heep-ian Bobo's Dream (reminiscent of Gypsy and Hensley in some ways) and Bad Time show that the band was ready to move further into uncharted territories.

Long available on the great Musea label (and maybe long OOP), Waterloo's only album now receives a Guerssen label release with the same bonus tracks as before and the same group's history texts, courtesy of Musea's Francis Grosse. Singer Bogaert, drummer Mauser and keyboardist Wuyts would surface two years later in Pazop and record another superb album (but apparently never-released), this one still available on the Musea label. Much worth it, if you're into late-60's & early-70's proto-prog.

 First Battle by WATERLOO album cover Studio Album, 1970
3.42 | 24 ratings

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First Battle
Waterloo Heavy Prog

Review by toroddfuglesteg

2 stars The pioneers of Belgium prog

The first Belgium progressive rock band, according to themselves. The album was re-released through Musea a couple of years ago.

The music is a mix of rock, funk, some jazz and JETHRO TULL plagiarism. Yes, the flute player is very much an Ian Anderson copyist. The problem with this album is that it has no real good tunes and no identity. It is a pretty bland album which never present anything good. You get guitars, bass, the flute and some moog. The vocals are both very weak and annoying. This album has no orginal ideas. Being a debut album, it is not too bad. But this is not an album I will remember in this day and age. But I guess it was a good album back in 1970. But it has not survived the test of time.

2 stars

Thanks to jared for the artist addition.

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