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EXCLUSIVE RAJA was a french rock band from Lille, led by Francois GOETHALS and Bertrand DUPOY. The band wasn't the only group in the world that was influenced by Robert FRIPP's guitar playing, but it was original in making up in more emotional singing and songwriting that is a bit absent from FRIPP's solo work. Music is of diverse range, sometimes it's an instrumental intertwined guitar accompanied by eastern melodies and sometimes they're tributes to BEATLES and covers of THE SMITHS. They released two albums in the early 90's, and the band was kind enough on their first 'Off The Map' album to warn the listeners of their music with a disclaimer 'To Be Listened To Without Any Restriction - Grunge And Noise Won't Exceed 12% Of The Content'.

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3.09 | 3 ratings
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3.09 | 3 ratings

Off The Map
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3 stars Short-lived 90's band from Lille, headed by multi-instrumentalists Bertrand Dupouy and Francois Goethals.On their first album appear also bassist Michel Boria and drummer Jean-Bernard Hoste.This was recorded in various studios around France and live and it was released on Musea Parallele in 1993 under the title ''Off the map''.

This is a 50-min. long album, consisting of 15 short tunes and the musicianship is actually a total mixed bag.Many tunes have a strong KING CRIMSON flavor from their mid-70s age with complicated guitar workouts, often with a dual approach, very deep bass lines and an overall very mechanical sound, reminiscent of PHILHARMONIE.The rest of the album is very smooth in its approach, reminding of a calm guitar-driven CARAVAN or CAMEL, but not during the prog heydays than rather on their late-70's works.Very melodic stuff with clean sensitive vocals and an emotional content, like a breeze of fresh air between the more adventurous and slightly improvised material.There is also a cover of The Smith's "Nowhere Fast!" in an Exclusive Raja approach with a light rock feeling as well as a track as a tribute to THE BEATLES.

Certainly one of the weirdest albums in the prog league.Not extremely consistent or widely conveincing but definitely deserving some fame for its unique style.Recommended overall.

Thanks to historian9 for the artist addition.

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