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TEA is a heavy progressive rock band formed in 1971 in Switzerland. The founding members were drummer Roli EGGLI, guitarist Armand VOLKER, and bassist and vocalist Turo PASHAYAN. The band's name is derived from these three member's first initials. In 1972, the band augmented their lineup with lead singer Mark STORACE. The band heavily toured in Switzerland and France, earning a name for themselves before they had even released any material, which led to them landing a spot on television, unheard of for many bands in their day, in 1973. In 1974, the band finally began to release music, beginning with a few singles that led up to, although they were not included on, the band's debut self-titled album in 1974. After the album's release, they even toured with international superstars QUEEN as the band's "special guests."

1975 saw the band's second album, "The Ship," The album protracted a similar positive buzz as the first album, with many positive reviews published about the album. The band again toured across Europe. In 1976 the band released their third album, "Tax Exile." Yet another European tour commenced, which even included singer STORACE'S native Malta. Although the band had enjoyed great success up to that point, the band played their last concert in 1977.

In 2007, however, EGGLI, VOLKER, and STORACE began thinking about a reunion. The band began rehearsing as a trio, as KIENHOLZ declined to be included in the band and PASHAYAN was discovered to be in a German prison due to fraud charges. 30 years after the band's dissolvement, the band released their fourth album "Reloaded," which was a retrospective album that included lesser known works non-album tracks. The band began to play shows again in December of 2009 again, with Chris EGGER on keyboards and Dan ALLENSPACH on bass.

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3.83 | 18 ratings
3.21 | 10 ratings
The Ship
3.00 | 5 ratings
Tax Exile

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5.00 | 1 ratings

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 The Ship by TEA album cover Studio Album, 1975
3.21 | 10 ratings

The Ship
Tea Heavy Prog

Review by b_olariu
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3 stars From Switzerland appears in early '70s this obscure band named Tea with 3 albums released in their little more then 5 years career. They had quite a prolific live activity around their second album The ship issued in 1975, touring with Queen and Uriah Heep, but with all that they remaining quite unknown to larger public. Musicaly speaking is a combination of progressive rock with hard rock moves, quite popular around that time, being similar with bands mentioned above. There are some good tunes here, specially the longer ones, the opening 7 min. Breakdown and 8 min plus I'd Never Have Bothered, nice arrangements, nice guitars and keyboards and pretty solid vocals coming from well known vocalist Marc Storace who will make history with legendary Krokus. All in all from the 3 albums released I think The ship to be the most consistent release from their catalogue, nothing special but worth for a couple of spins. They disbanded in spring of 1977. 3 solid stars.

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