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PSYCHILLIS OF A LUNATIC GENIUS

Pazop

 

Canterbury Scene

4.01 | 60 ratings

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Sean Trane
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Prog Folk
4 stars 4.5 stars really!!! WATCH OUT!!!!! This is the translation of the band's name from Brussels Flemish dialect. You might guess from their album title that these guys were wild and crazy enough that you better watch out they did not drive you crazy!!

Another pristine-perfect re-issue from Musea records with a thorough search on the life of the band's adventures both before , during and after PAZOP's short life. Musea even pushes the honesty by not including the four commercial tracks they had recorded before their first album (one of which was called Merry Jungo) because they thought this might ruin the enjoyment of the album. They do however include many tracks from their second unreleased album and I cannot thank them enough for it. Pazop came to form out of the ashes of Wallace Collection, Waterloo and Arkham but never really managed any real success because of bad management and non-respectful records label managers.

The music developped here is somewhere between Canterbury and some fusion bands of those same years and they are fairly distinctive-sounding because they have no guitarist in the line-up. The lead instruments are the flute, violin (played by polish origin Kuba Szczepanski) and keybooards. In the vocal dept , Dirk Bogaert is simply one of the better rock singer from Belgium at the time along with the lead singer from Irish Coffee. Jacky Mauer is a fantastic percussionist using all sorts in this record. Pazop is a perfect example of Belgian Zanyness on record and obviously they listened to Zappa and Robert Wyatt's Matching Mole. Crying From Disaster's Hands is an early peak in the album , Can It Be Sin nother and the hilarious In The Army another soon followed by Airport Formalities .

A real lost gem from 70's Belgium.

Sean Trane | 4/5 |

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