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CAMEL On The Road 1972

March 30, 2011

WHOOOAAAAAA…!!!!!

Gara-gara mas Hippienov menyebut album live ini, saya jadi terpancing membuka tret baru sambil menikmati musiknya sekalian … Biyuh ini album jadul yang luar biasa ….!!! Cuman empat lagu tapi semuanya huwenaaaaaak pol. Track pembuka LADY FANTASY menurut saya adalah lagu terbaik dari Camel. Uwediyannn!!! Monggo dibahas. Jangan kaget kalau di progarchives saya memberikan nilai LIMA BINTANG untuk album live ini ….

Camel Camel on the Road  1972 album cover

Live, released in 1992

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Lady Fantasy
2. Six Ate
3. White Rider
4. God of Light Revisited

Total Time: 44:18

Lyrics

Search CAMEL Camel on the Road 1972 lyrics

Music tabs (tablatures)

Search CAMEL Camel on the Road 1972 tabs

Line-up / Musicians

- Andrew Latimer / guitar, vocal
– Peter Bardens / keyboards, vocals
– Doug Ferguson / bass, vocals
– Andy Ward / drums

Releases information

Camelproductions
CP-003CD

Review saya di Progarchives:

Review by Gatot
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator

5 stars A True Masterpiece Prog Live album!

For the case of Sweden’s Pain of Salvation – they wrote music as a concept and performed it live before no one has ever heard the music before and a year later they released the official studio album “Be”. Another year they released the live DVD BE Live. It’s different case with Camel. They wrote music, played it live in 1972 before they never existed in studio album – which only happened in 1973 and only one song “Six Ate” from the performance in 1972 was recorded in first self titled camel album. Twenty years later (1992) they released “Warning: Camel On The Road 1972″. As Latimer put it in liner notes [quoted here to give you the perspective and context]: “Although the essence of Camel changed when Doug left and we all grew apart musically, our frienships remain strong to this day. I chose this tape because it has the feel that inspired us to work together, despite it being nearly 20 years old and not the best quality .”


I have no other choice for this live album than giving it a masterpiece label for couple of reasons. First, the band took a bold idea recorded their music live even before they never had a studio album recorded yet. Even though I am not clear where this performance was done but the idea of putting it together as a live band is brilliant! The fact that they only released it 20 years later after they had been considered success does not really matter to me at all. With this tape we could even compare how the band was like before, say, “Lady Fantasy” had ever been recorded in their second studio album.

Second, musically .. this is a top notch performance and I dare to take any challenge from you that may disagree with my view here. Yes, you may compare this with Genesis’s “Foxtrot” or Yes “Fragile” which happened around the same period. But they are all studio album, and this one is a live one man . remember that! Wanna have some proof? See how powerful guitar melody and fills produced by Latimer – it’s so lively and I can feel a very strong drive of his guitar playing style. Andy ward plays his inventive drumming energetically. Doug Ferguson is one of the best bass players for prog music. Bardens? Come on .he’s a very talented Hammond organ player. His style of punching organ is killing many people man . So damn powerful!

Third, yes the sound quality is bad – so what? In fact this bad sound quality gives me great value of this record. Why? If the sound is as great as Dream Theater’s “Images and Words” sound quality, this album has lost its powerful nuance of “classic” seventies where the recording technology was very analog and the latest invention was only “stereo”. So I do enjoy the sound being like this – which I call it in my locality language as nuansamatik meaning the sound that represents the nuances where the album was made. I can assure you that I also experienced similar case with sound in radio broadcasting. Previously we had classic rock radio station operated at FM wave which finally defunct this year after ten years in business due to mismanagement. Luckily, there is a new born classic rock radio The Jakarta Alternative Station which operates in AM wave. First time I heard it, I was not happy. But later . hey by the time the classic rock was around in seventies all radio was operating in AM or SW waves – so it’s better with AM sound than FM – more nuansamatik.

Back to Camel On The Road 1972: If you proclaim yourself as prog lover, this is a must have in your CD collection. Buy it now man! You won’t regret. And .. don’t forget to tell the storekeeper: “Keep on proggin’ ..!”

Progressively yours, GW

 

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Scripting the Straw

March 28, 2011

Gimana jadinya yah kalau kita gelar “An Evening of (Early) Marillion Music Plus”? Pasti suweru. Yang dibawakan khusu lagu2 era Fish ajah…karena setelah Fish keluar namanya jadi Maril-cat ..ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ……

Jadi kita gelar lagu2 dari Script sampek Straw….. wuaaahhh keren jal!!!!

Scripting the Straw

An Evening of Early Marillion Music Plus

Flyernya kek gini mestinya cukup merangsang yo? JRENG!

Piye, setuju ra?

 

Genesis-an ala Arema

March 27, 2011

JRENG!

Baru aja usai nonton perhelatan arek-arek Malang (Arema) menggelar acara Genesis-an di Mario’s Place. Puwaslah dahaga jiwa dihibur oleh band penutup Cockpit yang memang piawai membawakan repertoire Genesis. Saya tak ingat persis berapa banyak lagu yang dibawakan Cockpit tapi menurut mas Yaya Muktio, drummer, total termasuk lagu-lagu meddley ada sekitar 23 lagu. Namun kalau diringkas ya sekitar 18, kata Krisna, kibor.

Cockpit: Krisna Prameswara, Odink Nasution, Ari Safriadi, Yaya Muktio dan Raidy Noor

Cockpit membuka konsernya kali ini ala Three Sides Live dengan “Behind The Lines”.  Sayang sekali sound nya gak dapet di lagu pembuka yang harusnya langsung “mak jreng”. Sepertinya Odink mengalami masalah dengan gitar nya karena dia beberapa kali mengecek baby cry nya dan membuat suara terasa tak nyaman. Musiknya terasa kosong karena kurangnya sentuhan cymbals dari Yaya Muktio. Secara keseluruhan lagu pembuka yang nyambung ke “Duchess” kurang memberikan nuasa Genesis yang pas. Bang Ijal yang hadir pas lagu ini dibawakan, mengatakan “warna”nya gak dapet. Namun setelah dua lagu pembuka dibawakan,  sound mulai membaik dan saya sangat menikmati saat “Back In New York City” dibawakan dengan apik oleh Cockpit. Lagu dengan komposisi ngerock nyleneh ini menurut saya sulit dibawakan karena perpaduan antara gaya vokal teatrikal Gabriel yang dibawakan cukup bagus oleh Ari Safriadi dan suara kibor aneh dari Banks yang dibawakan dengan baik oleh Krisna membuat penampilan tadi bener2 berkesan bagi saya. Selain itu, menurut saya, album terbaik Genesis ya “The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway” dimana Back In NYC adalah salah satu lagunya. “Robbery Assault and Battery” juga dibawakan dengan baik oleh Cockpit.

Krisna memainkan intro FIRTH OF FIFTH dengan menawan. Genesis aja kagak pernah live membawakan intronya lho! Opo ora nggajak tenan Cockpit iki rek?!!!

Pada saat Krisna masuk di intro “Firth of Fifth” pengunjung mulai panas dan mereka berame-rame menyanyikan lagu ini dengan kompak. Bayangkan, Genesis aja gak pernah konser membawakan Firth of Fifth secara lengkap dari intro yang sangat classical music itu. Merindhink saya menyaksikan bagaimana Krisna memainkan intronya. Selebihnya adalah untaian permainan indah dari lagu ini dengan versi Seconds Out. Mengapa saya katakan demikian? Karena permainan gitar solo Odink Nasution saat interlude diakhiri oleh lengkingan yang khas Seconds Out dan merupakan musical orgasm point bagi saya…. Wuiihhhhh….jiyaannn huwebiyatttss..!!! Saat Odink menyentil not terakhir yang melengking ini saya sedang berdiri di bagian depan panggung sambil merem menikmati indahnya not tersebut dipetik dibarengi dengan rofel dahzyat Yaya Muktio … Wis jiiyyyaaaaannn….muantebz ndhredhegh pol!! I thank you very much …Cockpit!!! Guwendheng tenan awakmu kuwi! Tak heran setelah Firth of Fifth usai dibawakan, ada penonton yang tereak beberapa kali “Pokoke jan jiyancuuuuukkk!!!” …bener2 dahzyat dah! Pada akhir lagu, kaget juga saya ketika Ari Safriadi menyapa saya di panggung sambil menunjuk ke arah saya: “Pokoknya top markotop …kata mas Gatot… Selamat siang mas Gatot..”. Wah …tersanjung isin aku jenengku disebut …he he he he …

Setelah itu Cockpit membakar penonton dengan men=mbawakan “I Know What I Like” berkolaborasi dengan pemain kibor dan bass dari arek2 Malang. Saat ini Ari memberikan mike kepada penonton untuk melantunkan “I Know What I Like”.  Saya melihat antusiasme penonton makin meningkat. Sayang saya kurang menikmati lagu-lagu dari album 80an seperti “Misunderstanding”, namun cukup membuat suasana hidup karena salah satu penonton ikit berduet dengan Ari.

Pada saat mebawakan In The Cage versi “Mama Tour” lengkap dengan meddley “Cinema Show – Colony of Slipperman – Unquiet Slumbers… – Afterglow” terlihat Krisna melakukan kesalahan dua kali saat interlude yang pasti diingat oleh penonton karena bagian tersebut merupakan salah satu yang terindah dari meddley ini. Namun secara keseluruhan meddley ini dibawakan cukup apik oleh Cockpit.

Di hampir setiap jeda saya selalu menereakkan “Supper’s Ready” dan ditanggapi oleh Krisna dengan “kedawan” (kepanjangan – red.). Namun saya kaget juga pas sekitar menjelang jam 3 sore Ari menanyakan “Bagaimana kalau kami bawakan Supper’s Ready?” …kontan saya bersorak. Dan …..beneran lho mereka membawakan “Walking across the sitting room, I turned my televison off …” HHOOAAAAAA….. adrenalin langsung muncratzz!!! Uwediyaaaannn..!! Memang tujuan saya hadir di MP ini yang menikmati Supper’s Ready dibawakan .. Aduh …suweneng biyanget! Kontan saya ikut nyanyi bersamaan Ari melantunkan liriknya ….  Pas Ari melantunkan “Coming closer with our eyes, a distance falls around our bodies…” Bang Ijal mendekati saya mengingatkan saat adzan Ashar telah tiba beberapa saat lagi …. Subhanallah …. Ya Allah terima kasih telah kau berikan aku teman yang selalu mengingatkan aku agar selalu ingat kepadaMu. Jujur aja…ini merupakan cobaan berat. Secara ilmu probabilitas, jarang sekali saya bisa menyaksikan Supper’s Ready dibawakan “live” ….dan lagu ini adalah lagu terbaik dari Genesis yang bener2 saya suka…. Namun, masalahnya, saya juga gak berani bilang bahwa kesempatan shalat tepat waktu belum tentu juga bisa saya lakukan …siapa menjamin saya akan bisa shalat ashar besok atau lusa? Bagaimana kalau tiba2 saya “DHUL” dipanggil Allah subhannahu wa ta’ala? Ya .. akhirnya di tengah gemelegarnya Supper’s Ready pas setelah Ari menyebut “A FLOWER?” saya ngacir keluar ruang MP menuju mushalla bersama Bang Ijal menunaikan shalat ashar. Ini kan lebih prioritas to rek dibandingkan sekedar Supper’s Ready? Kebayang gak sih shalat ashar diiringi Supper’s Ready yang suaranya tetap menggelegar terdengar dari mushalla? Subhanallah …pas shalat penggalan lirik inilah yang dilantunkan Ari …

 

There’s an angel standing in the sun, and he’s crying with a loud voice,

“This is the supper of the mighty One”,

The Lord of Lords,

King of Kings,

Has returned to lead His children home,

To take them to the new Jerusalem.

 

Band Arema

Sebelum Cockpit naik panggung ada dua band dari Malang yang juga membawakan lagu2 Genesis yaitu WATON MUNI BAND (hua ha ha ha ha ha ….namanya jiyaaann lucu pol!) dan BHAWIKARSU. Dua band ini cukup bagus membawakan lagu2 Genesis era Phil Collins. Waton Muni yang saya tahu memulai dengan “Land of Confusion” nyambung ke “Home By The Sea” (sayang ndak diteruskan ke Second Home By The Sea yang instrumental asik itu). Juga mereka membawakan lagu Phil Collins “In The Air Tonight” dan juga lagu slow Genesis “Your Own Special Way”. Menurut saya, Bhawikarsu kurang matang musiknya meski juga didukung oleh Noldy di gitar. Untuk dua band ini memang Noldy main di keduanya. Noldy tak asing lagi kalau membawakan lagu2 prog klasik seperti Genesis dan Yes. Inget permainannya saat membawakan YES di Mario’s Place dua tahun lalu kan? Oh ya ..band Malang ini juga membawakan “Burning Rope”. Sepertinya Bhawikarsu musti masih banyak latihan terutama vokalnya lemah.

Waton Muni Band - cukup bagus. Noldy main gitar dan cukup mewarnai band ini. Membawakan repertoire era Phil Collins.

Bhawikarsu. Masih perlu banyak latihan, kurang kompak. Vokal kurang power.

Noldy memperkuat Bhawikarsu juga. Top permainan gitar nya ...!!

Ketemu Temen2 Lama

Seneng juga di event ini ketemu temen kuliah Chairul Hakim bersama istri, juga Bowo. Selain itu juga ketemu mbak Nana dan suami, yang selalu hadir di setiap event Cockpit. Juga ada Koni, Wahyu Adi, Lutfie, Anung Citibank …dan tentu bang Ijal dan Krisna Prameswara. Next event, kata bang Ijal musti ngadain KANSAS. Namun kata temen2 kurang banyak penggemar, mendingan YES lagi. Gimana dunk??? Pokoke ngeprog lah!!!

Prog rock jan joz gandhoz!!! Jarene mas Edigimo …

 

“Live” On Tour in Europe by Cobham-Duke Band

March 25, 2011

Wah tadi malam menemukan harta karun kaset nuansamatik kemlitik pol yakny The Billy Cobham – George Duke Band rekaman Yess. langsung diputer dan luar biasa rekamannya masih jernih dan sangat nikmat disimak. Model kasetnya masih yang jadoel banget, belum model gradasi. Tapi saya heran kok kualitas pitanya masih bagus ya? Maxell UD soalnya ….

Desain kasetnya masih jadoel, tanpa gradasi blas….

Live, released in 1976

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Hip pockets (7:08)
2. Ivory Tattoo (4:28)
3. Space Lady (4:43)
4. Almustafa The Beloved (5:54)
5. Do What Cha Wanna (4:35)
6. Frankenstein Goes To The Disco (7:17)
7. Sweet Wine (3:55)
8. Juicy (7:20)

Total Time 45:20

Lyrics

Search BILLY COBHAM The Billy Cobham – George Duke Band: “Live” On Tour In Europe lyrics

Music tabs (tablatures)

Search BILLY COBHAM The Billy Cobham – George Duke Band: “Live” On Tour In Europe tabs

Line-up / Musicians

- Billy Cobham / percussion, drum synthesizer, background vocal (5)
– George Duke / keyboards, lead vocal (3,8), vocal (4)
– Alphonso Johnson / electric bass, Chapman Stick, background vocals (5), vocal (4)
– John Scofield /electric guitar, hole in the pants on stage

Releases information

LP Atlantic Recording Corp., SD 18194 (1976 USA)

Sepanjang yang saya tahu, belum ada CD nya ....

Review di progarchives: (baru aja ditulis langsung)

3 stars For some reasons, I have been playing a lot of music from the cassette media – the format that I used to collect music in the seventies – ranging from straight rock music like Gary Moore, Saracen, and The Concerts for The People of Kampuchea (Paul Mc Cartney’s idea), jazz-rock, progrock and finally I got this album by Billy Cobham – George Duke Band. I was amazed with the fact that I purchased this cassette tape in 1977 but the sound quality is still top notch by the time I played it last night. Secondly, I was amazed with the music which actually is not bad at all and in fact I did enjoy it very much. Billy Cobham drumming style has been consistent since I knew him the first time with “Spectrum” album because Tomy Bolin of Deep Purple fame played in the album, especially the wonderfully crafted “Stratus”.

Of course I had listened to the cassette in the 1977 but it was not in my top list because I’d rather play the tapes of Yes or Genesis at that time. And I thought last night that it’s gonna be more fusion type of thing. But I was stunned, in fact, by the guitar playing of John Scofield. Wow man ….!!! It’s really a great musical adventure featuring Cobham unique style and powerful keyboard work by Duke – accentuated beautifully by Scofield guitar work. There is dynamic bass guitar work as well as solo that sounds like a walking bass by Alphonso Johnson. In fact, I thought it was Stanley Clarke who played the bass. The opening track “Hip pockets” demonstrates how fusion kind of music is composed nicely by these two gentlemen. The other track “Almustafa The Beloved” is quite interesting to enjoy. Of course I like “Do What Cha Wanna” because it has bluesy style performed in vintage style as well. “Frankenstein Goes To The Disco” demonstrates the excellent drum solo work by Cobham.

Overall, this is a very good jazz-rock music with intense progressive music content as well. Recommended.

Peace on earth and mercy mild – GW

“Voyage of The Acolyte” by Steve Hackett

March 23, 2011

Mumpung album ini disinggung oleh mas Hippienov, saya langsung posting aja di sini. Memang cukup aneh, debut album Hackett ini tak dikeluarkan full-album oleh Yess, tapi hanya sebagai side B dari Anthony Phillips. Secara musikalitas album Voyage ini lebih bagus dari pada The Geese and The Ghost nya Anthony Phillips. tapi ya begitulah sejarah …. Mau diapain lagi … Kita telen ajalah ….

Saya inget sekali saat nonton Uriah Heep di Bandung, ada beberapa band pembuka lokal dari bandung. Salah satunya adalah band yang menamakan dirinya G’Brill dimana salah satu pemainnya adalah Yuke Semeru. Keren nih pemain bass guitar yang satu ini … Gak tahu lagi dia dimana sekarang. Saya ingat mereka membawakan lagu keren “Ace of Wands” yang merupakan track pembuka album Voyage ini.

Steve Hackett Voyage Of The Acolyte album cover

Studio Album, released in 1975

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Ace Of Wands (5:23)
2. Hands of the Priestess Part I (3:28)
3. A Tower Struck Down (4:53)
4. Hands of the Priestess Part II (1:31)
5. The Hermit (4:49)
6. Star of Sirius (7:08)
7. The Lovers (1:50)
8. Shadow of the Hierophant (11:44)

Total Time: 40:52

Lyrics

Search STEVE HACKETT Voyage Of The Acolyte lyrics

Music tabs (tablatures)

Search STEVE HACKETT Voyage Of The Acolyte tabs

Line-up / Musicians

- Steve Hackett / electric & acoustic guitar, Mellotron, harmonium, bells, autoharp, vocal, effects
– John Hackett / flute, Arp synthetizer, bells
– Mike Rutherford / bass guitar, bass pedals, Fuzz 12-String
– Phil Collins / drums, vibes, percussion, vocals
– John Acock / Elka, Rhapsody, Mellotron, harmonium, piano
– Sally Oldfield / vocal
– Robin Miller / oboe, cor Anglais
– Nigel Warren-Green / solo cello
– Percy Jones / extra bass on “Tower”
– Johnny Gustafson / bass on “Star”
– Steve Tobin / parrot and cough

Releases information

LP Charisma-CA-1-2170-Can-1975
CD Virgin-CASCD 1111

 

Ini review saya di progarchives:

4 stars It’s hard to argue with this excellent debut album from the guitar maestro Mr. Stephen Hackett. When I reviewed his live archives album couple months ago, I did mention that for some of you, you might have known Steve only from his tenure with Genesis and probably still label him with something like “ex Genesis guitarist” and you might not know what his work after he left the band. Nothing wrong with that. That’s the same case with me when I got the cassettes of his first two albums, I still considered Steve as Genesis guitarist instead of Steve as a solo artist and did not play the cassettes intensely. Until one time when a support band of Uriah Heep Live in Bandung, Indonesia sometime in 1980, there was a local band that played Steve Hackett’s “Ace of Wands” excellently. It clicked me to replayed the cassette. That’s the first love I got with Hackett music. I was hooked with “Voyage ..”, “Please Don’t Touch”, “Spectral Morning” and “Defector”. For me, Steve has produced many great prog tunes that I consider now as a classic, such as: “Every Day”, “Star of Sirius”, “Ace of Wands”, “Narnia”, “Clocks”, “Shadow Of The Hierophant”, and many more great tunes. “Ace Of Wands” is a great track – and has become my favorite track – started with a dazzling drum. The intertwining works of guitar, keyboard and flutes are really good. Oh man . this is a wonderful track and it’s so uplifting.

Being a debut album, it’s heavily influenced by early Genesis – not that two members of Genesis (Mike Rutherford and Phil Collins) contributed, but musically I can sense the flavors of “Supper’s Ready” in “A Tower Struck Down” (track 3). You won’t argue that the rhythm section is totally Foxtrot-ized. Nothing wrong with this. I especially like this track during the keyboard solo – it’s stunning. Stand-alone, this third track is probably not an attractive one but as this track is positioned in between “Hands of the Priestess Part I (3:28) and Part II (1:31)” with mellow Genesis guitar style, it becomes interesting to enjoy. The Hermit (4:49) continues the same style and nuance with Hands of the Priestess with Hackett on vocal. Phil Collins takes a vocal role in the next track “Star of Sirius” (7:08) that starts mellow with good guitar fills and keyboards. The music turns into faster tempo with drums and other instruments.

The peak of this album, IMO, is “The Lovers” (1:50) – “Shadow of the Hierophant” (11:44) whereby the first part serves similar to Horizon of Genesis’ “Supper’s Ready”: an acoustic guitar work augmented with mellow keyboard. The music continues seamlessly to “Shadow of the Hierophant” with a blues-based rhythm and nice quieter passage where fabulous voice of Sally Oldfield enters the music. Uh . it’s really cool man .. In a way, it reminds me to Renaissance’s music – not because the lead singer is female but it shares similar nuance. In fact, Sally and Annie Haslam have different timbre – so both cannot be compared. But the song is really great and I now remember that this song was featured in a compilation cassette of “Heavy Slow” sometime in the eighties. It’s a great tune.

In summary, this is the kind of classic prog album that you don’t want to miss. Excellent composition and musicianship. Highly recommended. Keep on proggin’ .!

Progressively yours, GW

“Lost in thought in search of vision. As the moon eclipsed the sun.” – “Shadow of the Hierophant” by Steve Hackett.

 

 

“Concerts for the People of Kampuchea” by Yess

March 23, 2011

Nyuwun sewu yo konco2 …. Aku lagi gandrunk menikmati musik dari kaset. Jangan heran kalau banyak postingan tentang kaset ya …. Bukan apa2…ternyata kaset itu nikmat lho didenger kualitas suaranya, apalagi yang rekamannya bagus seperti dari Yess. Saat ini saya menikmati “Concerts for the People of Kampuchea” yang sejatinya adalah double album. Itupun konon sudah banyak yang dipotong, misalnya lagu2 the Who itu aslinya berdurasi 3 jam live performance tapi hanya beberapa lagu saja ditampilkan di album. Ceritanya ini adalah ide dari Paul McCartney dan Kurt Waldheim (Sekjen PBB saat itu) untuk menggelar konser di Hammersmith Odeon selama empat hari dalam rangka pengumpulan dana untuk kaum yang di dzolimi oleh Pol Pot di Kamboja. Artis yang terlibat banyak banget termasuk The Clash. Lha …Kapan lagi menikmati musik The Clash tapi rekaman Yess gitu lho! Opo ora ngguajak? Lha ini saya juga heran … Yang nonton di sana pada bulan Desember 1979 saat konser digelar, uang mereka dari membeli karcis konser disumbangkan ke Kamboja….. Lha kok saya malah kurang asem membeli kaset bajakan ya? Gawat ya? Ndap progresip blas nih saya ….

BTW, seperti kaset2 Yess saya lainnya, kaset yang ini rekamannya jan ciamik pol pakde! Serasa mendengarkan pringan hitam saking analognya… Bass nya pulen, treble nya alus kayak bakso alus gitu .. wis pokoke nyamlenk lah ….

Ada yang punya kaset ini? (Kalau gak punya, kemana Anda habiskan hidup anda?!!!!)

Kualitas rekaman masih top!

Ada beberapa lagu yang tak dimuat soalnya double album (90 menit). Tapi lah ...namanya juga bajakan jal!

“Heavy Slow 3″ by Yess

March 22, 2011

Inget jaman normal saat kaset rekaman AR (Atlantic Records) bertajuk DREAM EXPRESS merajai perhelatan musik slow rock di seantero tanah air? Telat jal! Jauh sebelumnya Yess Bandung sudah merilis koleksi lagu2 slow progrock bertajuk HEAVY SLOW. Jujur aja saya lebih “sreg” dengan versi Yess karena lagunya ndak ada satupun yang pasaran – a class of its own…. alias bahasa masa kininya no cassette like it .…emang tegel opo? Wis jiyan ngawur pol yo? Yo ben lah sing penting rak ngeprog to?

Sebetulnya HEAVY SLOW nya Yess by concept was totally different if we compared with DREAM EXPRESS because the focus was more on the first word “HEAVY” which meant … “progressive” lah …. Dream Express nya AR itu adalalah slow rock (tanpa embel2 prog blas). Secara target market pun beda. Kalau Heavy Slow target marketnya adalah anak muda yang suka hidup yang keriting. Dikasih hidup cuman sekali yang dipilih musik mbulet ra karuan alias progresip kayak ELP, Van der Graff, Gentle Giant, Yes, Genesis and the like. Sementara Dream Express target marketnya adalah anak muda yang suka mencerna musik yang sekali denger langsung bisa dicerna trus bisa langung “pup” (baca: “ngising” – red.) ditempat .. hua ha ha ha .. Jiyan …nggilani tenan jal! Lha yang salah siapa? Yang salah ya yang baca blog ini … kok mau diajak ngomong yang “nggilani” tenan?

Singkat cerita .. tadi malam perjalanan nuansamatik saya berlanjut dengan menikmati Heavy Slow 3. Ya Allah .. Ya Gusti …….menangis rasanya menikmati lagu2 indah jadul jaman normal yang nyrempet ke ranah progressip. Simak aja ada band Belanda Pretty Things, ada Popol Ace yang terkenal gara2 AKTUIL bikin kompilasi “Rock Vibration” ada lagunya Popol Ace “Music Box”. Ada juga Udara Bengkok (baca: “Curved Air” – red.), Ada David Byron nya Uriah Heep..udah deh pokoknya kuweren tenan. Apa lagi kalau dinikmati melalui kaset …. BIYUH! Apa ndak ngguweblak?????

Monggo disimak kaset nuansamatik ini ….

 

Cover depan nya standar dari volume I sampai dengan XI

Maap banyak salah ketik tuh ...he he he ...

Koleksi lagu2nya unik kan? Ada Esperanto juga lho ….. “Song of Innocence” itu juga ada di kaset YES Player rekaman Perina Aquarius.

Salam,

G

 

 

 

“Please Don’t Touch” by Steve Hackett

March 20, 2011

Malam ini melanjutkan perjalanan nuansamatik menikmati musik progrock dengan media kaset. Malam ini giliran Steve Hackett “Please Don’t Touch”. Keren nih album. Monggo dikomentari ye ….

Kaset Yess nan nuansamatik. Suara masih kemrinchink markotop! Nomer seri 221.

Side B nya masih "nak-ndulur" sama Steve Hackett ... Opo tumon?!

Studio Album, released in 1978

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Narnia (4:06)
2. Carry On Up the Vicarage (3:11)
3. Racing In A (5:07)
4. Kim (2:14)
5. How Can I? (4:40)
6. Hoping Love Will Last (4:09)
7. Land of a Thousand Autumns (1:57)
8. Please Don’t Touch (3:39)
9. The Voice of Necam (3:11)
10. Icarus Ascending (6:21)

Total Time: 38:38

Lyrics

Search STEVE HACKETT Please Don’t Touch! lyrics

Music tabs (tablatures)

Search STEVE HACKETT Please Don’t Touch! tabs

Line-up / Musicians

- Steve Hackett / guitars, vocals, keyboards, percussion

WITH:
– John Hackett / flutes, piccolos, bass pedals, keyboards
– Steve Walsh / vocals
– Richie Havens / vocals, percussion
– Randy Crawford / vocals
– Dave LeBolt / keyboards
– John Acock / keyboards
– Tom Fowler / bass
– Chester Thompson / drums, percussion
– Phil Ehart / drums, percussion
– James Bradley / percussion
– Graham Smith / violin
– Hugh Malloy / cello

Releases information

LP Charisma-9211 4011-Can-1978
LP Caroline (CAROL 1861-2) UK 1978

Review saya di progarchives:

 

4 starsExcellent Classic Prog Rock!

This was the follow-up album from the success of Hackett’s debut “Voyage”, and by this time the guitarist has formally left Genesis in 1977. It took 3 years elapse time from the debut – it’s probably due to his commitment with Genesis. At the end he decided to have a career as solo musician. There is still some Genesis nuance in this album but Steve had pushed it forward the music into different venture. He no longer need helps from Genesis friends as he did with debut. What’s the point, leaving the band but still expecting some helps from old band mates? It might interfere the making of his own music. Instead, he grabbed two top notch musicians from legendary Kansas: Steve Walsh (vocals) and Phil Ehart (drums) on some songs. It’s an excellent move as their contribution has enriched the texture of Hackett’s music.

The album opener is a kind of marriage between Kansas and Genesis but if in Kansas you will obviously hear violin, in “Narnia” the violin is replaced by acoustic guitar fills. It’s a nice song that has now become a legendary tune from Hackett. It continues with a funny song “Carry On Up the Vicarage” with children play background and choral section combined with soaring keyboard sound and Taurus pedal. It’s another favorite of mine. The third track is a song that later would become the style of Hackett’s music, it’s called “Racing In A” where Walsh and Hackett contribute in vocals department. “Kim” is an acoustic exploration with guitar and flute; it’s dedicated to Steve Hackett’s wife.

“How Can I?” starts with an acoustic guitar followed with vocal by Havens. “Hoping Love Will Last” is a very nice song with Randy Crawford on vocal. It’s composed in the vein of Genesis’ “Blood on A Rooftop” with bluesy touch and great piano sounds. It has become a classic tune and considered as legendary. Introduced through a short piece “Land of a Thousand Autumns” the music continues with another great classic “Please Don’t Touch” which also represents the style of Hackett’s music. It’s a high-light song of this album. It continues seamlessly to “The Voice of Necam” through a smooth keyboard sound that serves as a bridge. The concluding track is an excellent song performed mellow: “Icarus Ascending” where Havens and Hackett contribute the vocals.

It’s a regret if you miss this legendary album. Highly recommended. Keep on proggin’ .!

Progressively yours, GW

“There are many ways of seeking my fortune. I don’t really have to lose my mind. On the highway, (my) thoughts always racing.” – “Racing In A” by Steve Hackett.

 

 

The Waton Muni Band “Live”

March 19, 2011

JRENG!

Ini baru event progresip kemlisip pol! Critanya beberapa hari lalu saya ketemu temen lama yang alumni SMA 3 Malang. Dia bilang mau ngadain event Genesisan pada tanggal 27 Maret nanti. Dia minta tolong supaya disebarkan ke khalayak umum karena event ini untuk umum. kemudian dia mengirim flyer acaranya. Begitu saya liat, saya langsung ngguyu nguwakan kemekelen nganti kepoyoh-poyoh (tertawa terbahak-bahak sampai kebelet pipis – red.). Apa pasal? Itu lho …nama band nya kuweren pol … Namanya WATON MUNI BAND …whoa ha ha ha ha ha … lutjuuuuu…!!! Tahu gak artinya? AsBun! Asal bunyi! Ha ha ha ha ha …. Dasar arek Malang kreatip! Kalo gak kreatip namanya bukan arek Malang rek!

Pada waktu ketemu saya dia hanya bilang yang main COCKPIT. Tapi ternyata banyak band nuansamatik dari Malang yang juga main yaitu Gang Voice, Bhawikarsu dan …itu dia yang bikin ngakak .. Waton Muni…hua ha ha ha ha ha ….tertawalah sebelum dilarang ….ha ha ha ha ha ….

Hayo pada datang ke Mario’s Place. kalau liat Cockpit manggung, udah gak heran dan pasti bagus. Tapi kalau WATON MUNI? Nah …itu dia uniknya rek! Trus jangan salah ya …Gang Voice itu band nya Kera Ngalam tahun 80-an dan terkenal piawai main lagunya Genesis. Salah satu personilnya ya Noldy yang waktu itu di event0nya i-Rock! bersama PARALLELS band mebawakan musiknya YES. Pokoke JRENG tenan acara ini ….

Genesisan arek2 Malang ... Tuooobzzz!!!

Malam Nuansamatik

March 19, 2011

Tadi malam kerja di rumah sampe malam. Seperti biasa, stamina kerja tak kan bertahan lama bila tanpa diiringi musik. Khusus tadi malam, adalah malam spesial. Apa pasal? Tadi malam adalah malam yang berbeda dengan malam2 sebelumnya lantaran media pemutar musiknya DILARANG dalam bentuk format digital, kudu ANALOG dan kudu kaset. CD bener2 tadi malam dijuthak (dicuekin – red,) karena tak kan melekat makna nuansamatiknya kalau menggunakan CD. Gimana mau nuansamatik kalau pake CD atau iPod? Itu kan perangkat moderen sementara kitorang termasuk golongan jadul-jumadul yang hidup di jaman normal (kata bang Ijal) dimana musik rock mencapai masa keemasannya.

Kaset diputer pake Walkman yang tersambung ke ampli NAD dan speaker B&W. Nimmast tenan!

Tak ada preferensi jenis musik yang kudu diputer tadi malam, as long as kaset. Mau gambang kromongnya Benjamin Sueb pun ok asalkan diputer dari kaset yang diterbitkan disekitar 70an sampe pertengahan 80an; pokoke sebelum Tuan Geldoff bekoar mengacak adul industri kaset jaman normal. Pertama yang saya setel adalah GARY MOORE “We Want More” yang direkam Yess, sekaligus memperingati kepergiannya. Gak hanya itu sih, sekalian ini biar aku ‘ndak didukani’ karo bro Apec lantaran melewatkan begitu saja kepergian gitaris handal ini. Biyuh ….album We Want More ini bener2 muantebh ndhredegh (pinjem istilah bang Ijal)… Rasanya ingin meneteskan air mata menikmati rekaman kaset yang masih kemrinching keren buninya ini. Meski dibeli tahun 1984, ini kaset masih mulus dan kagak bakal saya jual (siapa mau beli? ha ha ha .. GR amat!). Di konser ini gitar solonya juga dahzyat. Yang main drums di sini Ian Paice lho. Abis nyetel bolak-balik, saya ganti ke album lainnya “Victims of The Future” … Asik pokoke menikmati permainan Gary Moore via kaset. Oh ya, perangkat sound system yang saya gunakan: Walkman Sony yang dihubungkan ke amplifier NAD dan speaker B&W. Muantabsz suaranya.

Kualitas rekamannya masih jempolan!

Puas dengan Gary Moore, saya nyetel GENESIS “Wind and Wuthering”. Sekali lagi …airmata terasa ingin menets saat kaset ini mengumandangkan track pertama “Eleventh Earl of Mar” yang sungguh menohok sukma. Heran deh…ini lagu keren tapi kok rasanya gak pernah (baca: jarang- red.) dibawakan live ya? Keren banget nih .. aduh biyuuuuuung. Yang perlu dicatat adalah kualitas audio rekaman Yess masih tetep kemrinchink dan bass nya mantab. Udah pernah bandingkan suara bass kaset dan CD? Saya bilang lebih empuk kaset lho. Kalau CD bass nya terlalu power sehingga meelahkan kuping.

Begitulah kisah nikmatnya bekera tadi malam dengan disertai kaset2 jaman normal (Baca: bajakan – red,). Yang unik justru menikmati musik dengan cara konvensional begini membuat kita dinamis karena setiap 30 menit selalu ada tugas membalik kaset sekaligus refreshing. Jiyaaannn ….nuikmat tenan pakde …..!!!

Salam,

G

 


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