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    Posted: June 03 2012 at 13:24
Released privately in 1978, here is short info from a re-release in 2012:

Originally released privately in 1978 and long sought after by collectors, III was the one off album by this Dutch progressive rock band. The dual guitar driven quartet injected a touch of anarchy into their mix of improv and Crimso influenced prog. This release marks the first time it has ever appeared on CD. It comes with extensive unreleased bonus material, detailed liner notes and unpublished photos. The album was mastered by audiophile engineer Bob Katz from the original analogue master tapes. This is a strictly limited edition of 500 copies and arrives housed in an old style mini-LP tip-on sleeve. From here.

Original track listing 1978:
1. Voor Mekaar (10:33)
2. Kanon Pittoresk (11:07)
3. Ritme 7000 (2:41)
4. Drei (4:58)
5. Karotten (15:19)

Here are some samples, more detailed biography is below.







Experimental group led by the Planteijdt brothers that started around 1972 and ended in 1978. At the same time they played in the popgroup Door Mekaar. After the group broke up all the musicians played in numerous bands, both as member and guest. Gert-Jan Blom played in bands like Bauer, Fay Lovski and The Beau Hunks. Wilfrid Snellens played in Black Slacks but sadly died in 1997. Dolf Planteijdt became a well known producer of punk bands, but also played in Morzelpronk. And Wouter Planteijdt was a member of (a.o.) Corry & De Grote Brokken, Morzelpronk, Sjardinís Terrible Surprise and Sjako!.

Let me start by saying that this album is Hollandís best kept secret. It is an excellent album that contains some of the best progressive music recorded in the Netherlands. It is experimental, complex and very exciting.
The Pandorra Ensemble was an experimental band led by the Planteijdt brothers, who both played guitar. The music is completely instrumental, and except from one track, it is bass (in the style of Chris Squire or Peter Vink), drums and lots of guitars. If compared to other bands, they have something in common with King Crimson. This shows in their avant garde type of rock and also in the guitar playing of Wouter Planteijdt which resembles the style of Robert Fripp. If Crimson had recorded an album in 1978, this is how it could have sounded. Other references are Djam Karet and mathrock from bands like Don Caballero.

The album consists of three long tracks and two shorter ones. The first track is Door Mekaar. The main feature of this track is two guitars playing together and against each other. The opening has a Canterbury feel over it. After a quiet center part the song is build up again with a bass solo and ends with a fantastic guitar solo. A great track that realy defines the sound of the Pandorra Ensemble. The second track is Kanon Pittoresk. With itís repetitive themes the start of this track it is the closest they come to mathrock. Halfway the most breathtaking minutes of the album pass you by. The rhythm of the song changes and a guitar solo that bring tears to your eyes start. At the end the same solo is played again, but this time up-tempo.

To slow thing a bit and or the listener to take a deep breath, the album follows with two shorter tracks: Ritme 7000 and Drei. The first is guitar and bass and on top of that a flute, played by Roland Brunt. It is a nice little tune. The second is best compared to the opening of Crimsonís Larkís Tongues In Apic, part 1. In the middle a few people shout number in German, although almost not audible. This is a sort of intro to the closer of the album, Karotten. This one starts very quiet but soon they pick up some sort of groove with a heavy bass guitar and some great soloing ( a mix between Akkerman and Fripp). When the song becomes quiet again and you think the album is over, they play a sort of reprise with a very beautiful and melodic piece of music.

The musicianship of all players is very high. But a special word goes out to guitarist Wouter Planteijdt. He can easily be added to the list of great dutch guitarist, where he completes the top three with Jan Akkerman (Focus) and Joop van Nimwegen (Finch). The production of the album is also very good. There is one point of criticism about this release: this album should be released on cd as soon as possible. And not some vinyl rip, but a proper remastered album. And then everybody who wants to add an excellent album to itís collection can get it.
(Agemo, Dutch Progressive Rock of the Seventies)

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Post Options Post Options   Quote Finnforest Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: June 18 2012 at 21:23
Cool stuff.  Sent to the Eclectic team for eval.  Thanks for the suggestion.


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Post Options Post Options   Quote Epignosis Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: June 06 2013 at 12:30
Added!

Didn't even take us a year... Cool

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Post Options Post Options   Quote twseel Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: June 10 2013 at 05:11
The name should be with two r's: Het Pandorra Ensemble.
Can anyone correct that?
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Post Options Post Options   Quote twseel Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: June 29 2013 at 02:23
Please, can this be corrected?
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Post Options Post Options   Quote seventhsojourn Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: June 29 2013 at 09:33
^ Thanks, will have a look.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote twseel Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: June 29 2013 at 09:45
You're too late, someone posted it in a different thread where someone corrected it.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote seventhsojourn Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: June 29 2013 at 09:48
Originally posted by twseel

You're too late, someone posted it in a different thread where someone corrected it.
 
That's me told then, eh?
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Post Options Post Options   Quote twseel Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: June 29 2013 at 09:52
Yeah, Snow Dog fixed it five hours ago.
I should have mentioned it here.Embarrassed
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