Gara-gara di salah satu komennya mas Cosmic nyebut band bernama ODIN ini, maka saya bongkar koleksi CD saya yang sudah lama tak saya sentuh lantaran lagi gandrung sama kaset jadul. Dulu saya bangga banget bisa hunting dan dapet CD antik ODIN ini … Meski rekamannya kemlothak namun nuansamatik dan langka nya itu membuat cita-rasa tersendiri …he he he … Makanya saya tampilkan saat ini di blog gemblung. Ulasannya saya copas aja dari review saya di progarchives dan semoga mas Andria gak mlipir … Ntar saya terjemahkan ke boso Jowo mas ..ojok kuwatir …
Studio Album, released in 1972
Songs / Tracks Listing
1. Life Is Only (10:55)
2. Tribute To Frank (1:58)
3. Turnpike Lane (3:43)
4. Be The Man You Are (2:45)
5. Gemini (8:54)
6. Eucalyptus (2:51)
7. Clown (8:35)
Total Time: 38:11
Line-up / Musicians
– Jeff Beer / keyboards, vibraphone, percussion, vocals
– Rob Terstall / guitar, vocals
– Ray Brown / bass, vocals
– Stuart Fordham / drums, percussion
Review by Gatot
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
The album starts with “Life Is Only” (10:55) which has a combination of hard-rock and symphonic prog composition. Ray Brown, the bass player, plays his instrument dynamically and it lays strong rhythm section coupled with stunning guitar solo by Rob Terstall. The vocal department has two singers : Rob Terstall and Ray Brown. The beuty of this song is its structure – not quite straight forward, in fact it has multi styles – as well as Hammond / keyboard work. The keyboard work reminds me to vintage rock music. Next is a short instrumental track “Tribute To Frank” (1:58) which has vibraphone work and a bit reminds me to Gentle Giant but with less complex arrangement.
“Turnpike Lane” (3:43) is basically an instrumental track because the singers are basically not singing any lyrics, as they do singing ini “aaaa . aaa..” instead of lyrical verses. The key characteristic is the combined vocal and guitar work. I do enjoy the stunning guitar solo in the middle of the track. Oh yeah, the bass lines are as usual, excellent! “Be The Man You Are” (2:45) is basically a ballad and I don’t favor this track – because it has repetitive and boring chords.
“Gemini” (8:54) is another proggy (sort of) track. The music reminds me to bands like Frumpy, Atlantis or Babe Ruth but the vocal quality is similar to Cuby + Blizzards (Dutch) blues band. The structure of the song is basically hard-rock but the keyboard work combined with guitar solo remind me to symphonic prog kind of music. In terms of composition, this is as good as opening track “Life is Only”. The soaring keyboard work that accompanies guitar solo is really nice. Having played as rhythm section, the keyboard performs its solo like Jon Lord performs in Deep Purple.
Overall, Odin has laid down quite a solid debut album. It has good songwriting, arrangement and performance. Unfortunately this was the only album they have ever produced and was only distributed in Germany. It’s recommended to all of you who want to explore prog music in the old days – vintage prog rock. Keep on proggin’ ..!
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