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Founded in Haarlem, Netherlands in 1976 - Disbanded in 2000

TAURUS are a Symphonic Prog group from the Netherlands formed in 1976. They released their debut album "Illusion of a Night" in 1981 with influences of GENESIS, KAYAK, and YES. It is not by coincidence that they included these influences in the music as Martin Scheffer's guitar work is Hackett like and bassist, Theo de Jong is ex-KAYAK's bass player. The album has a "Wind and Wuthering" feel, with Mellotron and strong symphonic passages.

A live album was released in 1983, "Tapes Live", and later another studio effort "Works 1976-1981" that came out in 1990. Another live album saw the light of day in 1993 "See You Again". The band returned to the studio one last time in 1994 to record "On A Journey".

The band underwent many lineup changes as follows:
Rob Spierenburg (keyboards), Martin Scheffer (vocals, guitar, 1976-82), Piet Traanberg (bass, 1976-79), Dennis Plantenga (drums, 1977-80, 1985-94), Theo de Jong (bass, 1979-80), Jos Schild (bass, double bass, 1980 onward), Rex Stulp (drums, 1980-81), Kees Wassenaar (drums, 1981-84), John Philippo (vocals, 1982-2000), Willem van Eijk (guitar, 1985-86), Spike Wolters (guitar, 1991-94), Roy Darman (drums, 1994 onward)

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3.19 | 12 ratings
Illusions Of A Night
4.22 | 9 ratings
Works 1976 - 1981
2.00 | 1 ratings
On A Journey

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3.19 | 12 ratings

Illusions Of A Night
Taurus (Netherlands) Symphonic Prog

Review by apps79
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3 stars In April 1980 Taurus, now with Jos Schild on bass, sign a contract with Phonogram and release the ''Meadow'' single in August of the same year.The producer pushed Taurus to record a second single instead of a full album following the limited sales of ''Meadow'' and the band let the contract expire, signing a new deal with CBS.Meanwhile Dennis Plantenga left Taurus, replaced by Rex Stulp.Eventually the debut album of the group ''Illusions of a night'' was recorded at the Fendal Soundstudio in Loenen aan de Vecht and sees the light in May 81'.

Taurus knew well that their old-style Progressive Rock was completely out of fashion at the beginning of the 80's and decided to abandon the long composing forms for shorter and more elaborate arrangements, the longest one clocking at 6 minutes.Still they denied to move away from their GENESIS-influenced Symphonic Rock and all compositions in the album recall the 70'-77' period of the British legends.With Rob Spierenburg as the main composer the music pieces are led by his balanced use of Hammond organ and synthesizers, filling the sound with dreamy, symphonic themes, supported by an excellent Martin Scheffer and his beautiful guitar lines.Spierenburg even uses the Mellotron in some tracks with an obvious mood to sound as closer as it gets to TONY BANKS' style.Other tracks are more synth-drenched, but even these are delivered in a melodic Symphonic Rock enviroment, maybe a bit closer to CAMEL's style, with very good guitar solos.Scheffer's vocals are along the lines of compatriots KAYAK, not very satisfying but not bad either.Originality seems to be an unknown word for Taurus, however the impressive musicianship and the beautiful passages in the album, full of grandieur and deep emotions, will reward the listener.

Thumbs up for this underrated Dutch group, which was still moving against the stream in early-80's.Very good Symphonic Rock with thrilling arrangements and strong melodies.Strongly recommended...3.5 stars.

Thanks to atomiccrimsonrush for the artist addition. and to Quinino for the last updates

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