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3.19 | 22 ratings

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erik neuteboom
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3 stars


This is the third and until now final effort by the Italian progrock band Standarte. Their second album entitled Curses & Invocations is one of my favorite 'vintage keyboards' CD's, what a cascades of Mellotrons, Moogs and Hammond organ, Progheaven! On this album Standarte has added a guitarist to the line-up but the focal point remains the keyboard work, especially the Hammond organ, evoking lots of late Sixties and early Seventies 'Heavy Progressive' bands like The Spencer Davis Group, Atomic Rooster, Uriah Heep and early Jane. The 10 compositions doesn't sound very surprising, in fact Standarte delivers quite simple music but the atmospheres are very pleasant and I love the powerful organ and fiery guitar, at some moments I am carried away by swirling Hammond organ soli in the vein of Eddie Hardin (ex-Spencer Davis Group). The first five tracks are recorded in the studio, the next 3 tracks are 'live in Stockholm' and the final two songs live broadcasted on the radio. Don't mind the vocals and the weak compositions, just enjoy the great Hammond sound along some Mellotron waves!

erik neuteboom | 3/5 |


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