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Mellotron Storm
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4 stars This record took longer than most do for me to really get into. I think part of the reason for that is the fact that this is not like any of the Zeuhl i've heard so far. This is lighter, with mostly slower to mid-paced songs. A lot of acoustic guitar as well, and the electric guitar is very well done I might add. Also this band is a trio instead of the usual "many" members that make up a lot of Zeuhl bands. UPPSALA played over 40 concerts before finally recording their first (and so far only) album in 1983. They had a terrible car accident in Belgium in 1979 in which the bass player lost the use of both his legs, and the drummer was seriously injured. Fortunately the main man Philippe Cauvin the guitarist / vocalist was unscathed. Dany Marcombe the bass player bravely returned, even though he would play bass in a wheelchair. My cd has three bonus live tracks on it that were all recorded in 1995 when they reunited to open for a band called FUSION that consisted of Christian Vander, Janick Top, Didier Lockwood and Benoit Widermann. Nice.

"Algarade" has an island feel to it at times. Vocal melodies, bass, drums and guitar lead the way until a minute in when the song calms down. Vocals are back before 3 minutes, and the guitar is great. "Coste And Jukka" is named after two Swedish guitarists they met while vacationing. Coste Apretrea from SAMLA MAMMAS MANNA and the great Jukka Tolonen. Actually they named the band after the Swedish town (Uppsala) that these two guitarists are from. It opens with the band having some fun as they are carrying on. There are some spoken words that come and go while we get some singing a minute in that turns into dual vocals. Some higher pitched vocals later. This is a very good tune. "Les Nouvelles" has a RUSH vibe to the guitar sounds.This song has such a relaxing melody with vocals after 5 minutes.

"Boucle Aux Oiseaux D'en Face" is another highlight with the acoustic guitar, vocal melodies, bass and drums. "Coup De Folie" has a good beat along with some steller vocals.This reminds me a little of THE TALKING HEADS. Some scorching guitar 2 minutes in. "Etude N 1" has some great guitar and bass work. The vocals are getting close to theatrical. "Uppsala" is the longest track. It is mid-paced as they just jam for over 12 minutes.The three live bonus songs also feature a guest trumpet and synth player named Freddy Buzon. "Antrada" has some serious atmosphere in the beginning before giving way to a nice acoustic guitar melody that is RUSH-like. Trumpet comes in after 4 minutes as the song becomes jazzy until bass and guitar take over followed by the drums 7 1/2 minutes in. "Chant De Nuit" has some strange vocals with not much in the way of a melody. "Entrechocs" has an impressive drum solo for 2 1/2 minutes that is followed by the crowd cheering. The guitar and bass then share the spotlight, with the guitarist playing a few bars from the happy birthday song.

This has grown into a 4 star record for me, but just barely. I really think all Zeuhl fans should check out this bands take on Zeuhl music as it is both refreshing and very well played. Well done !

Mellotron Storm | 4/5 |


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