A calm 3 minutes in then the organ comes in as it builds. Vocal melodies 8 minutes in to end it. This is catchy with a GG flavour. A calm follows with fragile vocals.
The piano replaces the vocals before 6 minutes but the vocals are back quickly then it picks up. This sounds better 8 minutes in. Like the debut this is a good album but i'd go for their third record if I were you. Review by Gerinski Prog Reviewer. Well more precisely both their eponymous debut and their last album Minorisa do have some fusion, but this one Fusioon 2 nicknamed "Crocodile" to differentiate it from the debut has little if any, instead being a delightful combination of Eclectic, Symphonic and Canterbury.
We can find two main broad styles, the tracks with vocals sung in spanish Farsa Del Buen Vivir and Dialogos sound very Gentle Giant, with intriguing harmonies that achieve that delicate balance between orthodox melody-harmony and dissonance.
The 10 min last track Concerto Grosso has a few vocals but is mostly instrumental and combines both broad styles, fusing all the aforementioned influences over a more symphonic, nearly classical song structure as the title suggests. Instrumentally the focus is on the fantastic keyboards work by Manel Camp, combining classical influences with aggressive soloing, and the drumming of Santi Arisa being also very good, these guys were among the finest musicians of the catalan scene in the 70's.
But what I really love is the compositions, they are musically challenging and competent and perfectly reflect that kind of genuine, unadulterated prog inspiration which flourished in the first half of the 70's. Many consider their third and last album Minorisa their best but although that one is also excellent and probably more technically elaborated, personally I prefer "Crocodile", it is more eclectic and does not have excessively experimental sections as Minorisa does.
The best album by one of the best spanish prog bands of the 70's, so you can be sure it's damn good. Being catalan I recognize most of the tunes, but the adaptations are so free that they hardly bear any resemblance to the originals except for some phrases here and there bringing up the original melodies and some of the original backing chord progressions transposed onto jazzy rythms on which they play their solos and improvisations. The album is totally instrumental, very good fusion with classical flavour, with quite a lot of piano organ, synths and mellotron not lacking either and great musicianship all around.
The songs are all short between 3 and 5 minutes which makes the album flow swiftly. There are saxes and flute too making the music more diverse.
But in this debut they do not use their musicianship for showing off and they are not too adventurous, no pyrotechnics, no agressive nor stunning music. As good as it is, it feels a bit like just "innocent jazz-rock", the songs feel rather simple and it's in the details where you realise their quality. In their next two albums Fusioon would truly unleash their talent and challenging spirit and venture into top-level eclectic-symphonic-fusion prog in Fusioon II and back to fusion- symphonic-experimental but at a vastly more sofisticated level in their last album Minorisa.
Post a Comment. About RSS Contact. It sounds like a tasteful stew with classical, folk, jazz and symphonic elements. This record is a mostly instrumental one a few scatting one the opening track , but this does not hamper the enjoyment of the music: they have a fairly unique sound and the music has some very subtle Spanish overtones but not in the Flamenco realm.
If the jazz colours are the main characteristics of the album, the classical influences peak here and there, most notably in Negra Sombra Dark Black. The odd flute, sax and clarinet actually un-credited but drummer Arisa is the one playing them says D-E Asbjornsen and bring touches of brilliance.
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