Inilah buah positip dari perhelatan ProgRing ke 5 yang baru aja digelar, namun memorinya masih menggaung sampe detik ini dan rasanya sulit buat menghapus memori indah ini … Emang cuman Chrisye (alm) dan Yockie aja yang bisa membangun memori ala Badai Pasti Berlalu? ProgRing pun bisalah! Rasanya saya ndak rugi lho, setelah minggu ini terserang demam lantaran ujan2 nekad ngonthel sepedah tanpa jas ujan, nekad mrogring juga. Buktinya, saya mendapatkan harta karun yang selama ini entah kemana kaset side B dari TRACE ini … Lagian saya lupa, side B dari band apa yah? Rasanya Pink Floyd lah …tapi lupa album apa. Udah gitu gak kumplit lagi karena di side B pun udah kesunat dua lagu dari band Side A. Nasib ….
Namun…inilah berkah dari konsistensi mengikuti progring, tanpa dinyana, ujug-ujug mak gedebug lha kok mas Yuddi (yang sumprit setengah hidup, baru malam itu saya ketemu beliau ini!) mengeluarkan dari tasnya CD dari album ini. Whoooaaaaa…..!!! Dengan senang hati “tak tampani” dengan hati terbuka bungah sumringah …. Alhamdulillah, namanya juga rizqi masak ditolak sih?! Mas Yuddi pancen uapik tenan orangnya! Bravo mas Yuddi! Bravo prog! Lho?
Pokoke jan ora rugi blas mrogring! Sepulang dari progring sambil ngonthel sepedah saya membayangkan di rumah menikmati “Confrontation” yang dah luaaaamaaa biyanget ndak pernah saya dengar lagi. Aduh biyung, ndak kebayang betapa atiku dag-dig-dug rasane arep “mencolot” aja itu hati. Sambil ngonthel tak nyanyiin itu lagu dengan penggalan lirik yang ngawur, sing penting muni (bunyi – red.).
Setelah ngisis sebentar begitu sampai rumah, maklum ngonthel 15 KM jal!, saya setel lah CD nuansamatik kemlitik tanpa rheumatik ini … Whuadouw biyuuuuung Gusti Alloh Nyuwun Ngapunten…!!! Baru menikmati tiga not sentilan piano Rick van Der Linden di Prelude aja saya udah ngguweblak nggulung-koming ping kopang kaping nganti lambeku nyonyor ketatap pinggiran mejo … Subhanallah! Musik kok melodine nunjek yo??? Uwediyaaann!!! Merindhink disco tenan aku …. Menikmati album ini ndak bisa sepotong, kudu paripurna satu album penuh alias boso Jowone “in its entirety”!!! Malam itu kututup mataku dengan alunan indah musik TRACE ini …. Ulu atiku bonyok udah kena tunjekan dahzyat melodi klasikal dari album TRACE nan nuansamatik ini…. Return to the jadul days tenan …!!!
Matur nuwun mas Yuddi ….Aku ora rugi blas mrogring meski awakku rasane yo jik greges-greges ngono mas …
Selama tiga hari tak puter terus album ini dan akhirnya kutulis sebuah review di ProgArchives.
Studio Album, released in 1976
Songs / Tracks Listing
1. Legend Part 1
2. Interlude 1
4. Interlude II
5. Dance of the White Ladies
7. Trace I
8. Witche’s Dance
10. Interlude III
12. Legend Part 2
13. Interlude IV
14. The Rescue
15. Trace II
16. Back Home
18. Flash Back
Search TRACE The White Ladies lyrics
Music tabs (tablatures)
Search TRACE The White Ladies tabs
Line-up / Musicians
- Rick Van Der Linden / keyboards
- Cor Dekker / bass
- Peter de Leeuwe / drums
- Dick Remelink / saxes, flute
- Hans Jacobse / additional keyboards
- Hetty Smit / vocals
- Harry Schafer / narrato
LP RCA 21815 (1976)
LP Vertigo 6360855 (1976)
CD Musea FGBG 4189.AR (2001)
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Review by Gatot
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator
Hi hello …! I have been so long not writing any review and this time I have a strong reason to write regardless my tight schedule. Well yeah….it’s about the music that colored my world when I was a teenager and I was so eager with prog and rock music at that time. It was triggered by a an event we called it as ProgRing (progressive gathering) which already the fifth recently conducted in Jakarta. A friend of mine (a proghead, of course) by the name of Yuddi brought me a CD of this legendary album by TRACE. Why do I call it legendary? It was part of the prog music that I listened to in the seventies where all of my collection was in the form of cassette. Unfortunately my cassette was not in quite good quality so that I could only grab 70% (approximately) of the whole album content. But one thing for sure, there was one song that was very popular at that time in my country: “Confrontation” …. oh man what a fabulous and wonderfully crafted song this one is! I have been searching so long to find the CD and only recently I found my friend Yuddi brought it to me. Once I reached home I played the CD repeatedly and until now I am still playing it as I really want to fulfill what has been missing so far with one of my favorite vintage prog rock album. Thanks a lot Bro Yuddi for giving me a chance to return back to the glory days of prog rock in the seventies, the time when I rode my bicycle wherever I go. And now I still ride a bicycle ? that means I have no progress in equipping myself with better, state-of-the-art vehicle as a transportation means.
By that time I was quite familiar with the Dutch’s EKSEPTION fame where Rick van der Linden was one of the key forces in the band. Mid seventies was the time when Rick career was at his peak. The fact that his name was put separate from the name of TRACE gave us a signal that this album was personally driven by Rick van Der Linden who is a maestro in keyboard playing. The story was actually adopted from the Dutch’ medieval age story about ghosts called “The White Ladies” which were described as driving whomever being kept by the ladies someone will dance forever throughout walks of life, forgetting about the world. It’s quite a fascinating story.
I always consider this album comprises two long songs, actually, that were put on two sides of the LP; in every song there are many movements like in the classical music. Rick is basically a classical music influenced musician whereby in this album he refers on Beethoven’s. I always listen to this album in its entirety because I do not want to lose the context of the concept album; it’s like watching a movie, how can you stop in the middle?
Musically, this is an excellent album as the composition is strong in five major components that I usually look for in any prog album. Melody-wise, I can bet that most of you would like this album as most movements have their beauties in the melody side. On harmony, even though the music is predominantly comprising inventive keyboard-work, the combined instrument work is excellent too. I can notice the bass playing is really excellent, played by Cor Dekker. The music flows beautifully from soft piano work at the opening track followed by a very good narration that sets the overall tone of the story. As “Confrontation” is my long-time ever favourite, I find “Doubts” (which later came into the Ekseption’s 78 album) is very interesting as well. The Hammond organ work reminds me to Procol Harum …. it’s really nice. Even though the music is not that complex, overall, but there are many tempo changes throughout the movements and sometimes there are elements of jazz inserted also, like those after “Doubts”. On the last mark, i.e. the structural integrity I find this album is excellent as well. The whole movements in the album form a cohesive whole. While listening to the album I am imagining if the plot has ever been made in the form of the drama where there are many parts with dance style.
It’s classic, it’s legendary, and ?it’s excellent!
Overall, you should not miss this album because of the music and also the history whereby this album was one of the legendary concept albums like you find with Genesis “The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway” or Yes “Tales from Topographic Ocean” or Jethro Tull “Thick As A Brick” and other prog concept albums. You must have a copy of this album if you really want to know the complete history of progressive music. Keep on proggin’ .. JRENG!
Peace on earth and mercy mild – GW