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2.18 | 19 ratings

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1 stars This is an extremely embarassing album. I have liked Ramses very much at the time of release of their best album "La Leyla" in '75. Thier second effort was still a good album. But this one ! What a desillusion !

The great symphonic songs are not from this Ramses any longer. Of course, times have changed : punk and new wave have devastated Europe and bands like Ramses had little choice but change, I guess. But falling this low is pretty sad. This album sounds as a poor ELO one (you know like any of their eighties album). Disco-ish, insipid rhythm for most of the "songs".

Only very few of them will escape from this nighmare. It is hard to say that a song like "Force Of Habit" is probably one of the few audible song of this album. I guess that it would not even be included as bonus tracks on their previous two albums. There is very little to say about this release (and actually, very few people made comments about this album). Two minutes of it are brilliant : the intro of "Across The Everglades" which is the last song featured on the original album.

There will be a bonus track on the CD release (1994). "Noise" is the name of the track. I should say the new name. Because it is a remix of "War" one of the songs from "La Leyla". The original one was a protest song against the war in Vietnam. This remix, will be available on the US release of "Light Fantastic". I guess that to be polically correct, they re-wrote the lyrics of this good original song. Shame on you Ramses.

This is a very bad album. Poor stuff, unfortunately. There is no hesitation : if you want to listen to a very good album, have a try on their debut one. To prolong the experience, you can investigate "Eternity Rise" but do not go further. This is absolutely no prog. What is this actually ?

One star.

ZowieZiggy | 1/5 |


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