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    Main » 2010 » November » 12 » Fireballet ~ 1975 ~ Night On Bald Mountain
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    Fireballet ~ 1975 ~ Night On Bald Mountain
    Fireballet ~ 1975 ~ Night On Bald Mountain
    genre: sympho prog
    country: us
    quality: lossless (ape, cue, log, scans)
    time: 1:17'16" size: 467 mb
     
    ProgArchives:
    This is one of the gems from the USA progrock history. The band featured Jim Como (lead vocals, drums, percussion), Bryan Howe (Hammond - and pipe organ, celeste and vocals), Ryche Chlanda (electric - and acoustic guitars, electronic devices and vocals), Frak Petto (piano, electric piano, ARP 2600 synthesizer, Mellotron, electronic strings, Oberheim DS-2 digital sequencer and vocals) and Martyn Biling (bass, 12-string guitar, Moog Taurus bass pedals). 
    Their first album "Night on Bald Mountain" was released in '75 and produced by Ian McDonald (KING CRIMSON). It sounds like a very tasteful progrock stew with elements from GENESIS, GENTLE GIANT and YES. The very disappointing second LP ('76) is entitled "Two, two ... ", no surprise that it turned out to be their swansong. 
    The album debut-album "Night on Bald Mountain" from 1975 is a bit unknown beauty, other USA prog rock bands NETHERWORLD and LIFT got far more attention from the prog fans all over the world. The twelve compositions (including seven bonus tracks, "All Killers, No Fillers" would Greg Walker from Syn-Phonic say) contain alternating and captivating music with strong echoes from early GENESIS and also GENTLE GIANT and YES. But many twists and turns give the music an original approach, including exciting arrangements from classic composers (MUSSORGSKY and DEBUSSY). The singer sounds powerful and has a wide range, the 'vintage' keyboards are very lush with spectacular synthesizer solos and the guitar work has a beautiful, 24-carat symphonic tradition. Highlight on this splendid CD is the epic title track (almost 20 minutes): wonderful changes of climate, great breaks, impressive pipe organ (evoking "Close to the Edge" from YES) and beautiful HACKETT-like guitar work. Also worth mentioning is Ian McDonald's contribution to this album, he plays flute on two tracks and saxophone on two tracks, his sound is very distinctive. Highly recommended! ~ Erik Neuteboom, The NETHERLANDS
     
    1. Les cathédrales (10:16) 
    2. Centurion (tales of the fireball kids) (4:46) 
    3. The fireballet (5:15) 
    4. Atmospheres (3:40) 
    5. Night on bald mountain: (18:55) 
    a) Night on bald mountain 
    b) Night-tale 
    c) The engulfed cathedrale 
    d) Night-tale (reprise) 
    e) Night on bald mountain (finale) 
    bonus:
    06. "Great Expectations" 4:30
    07. "Chinatown Boulevard" 6:37
    08. "It's About Time" 6:12
    09. "Desire" 2:46
    10. "Flash" 4:05
    11. "Carrolon" 5:54
    12. "Montagne En Fili Gree" 4:51
     
    Jim Como: Lead vocals, drums, timpani, xylophone, glockenspiel, Chinese bell tree, gong, finger cymbals, tubular bells, triangle
    Bryan Howe: Hammond Organ, pipe organ, celeste, vocals
    Ryche Chlanda: Electric guitars, acoustic guitars, electronic devices, vocals
    Frak Petto: Piano, electric piano, ARP 2600 Synthesizer, Mellotron, electronic strings, Oberheim DS-2 digital sequencer, vocals
    Martyn Biling: Bass, 12-string guitar, bass pedals, Moog Taurus pedals
     
    Ian Mcdonald plays alto sax on "Night on Bald Mountain" and "Les Cathedrales" and flute on "Atmospheres" and "Night on Bald Mountain"
     
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    2 Lamz   (29.12.2010 00:06)
    avatarbiggrin This is an upgrade with the bonus tracks of my vinyl rip.

    1 Dan   (13.11.2010 09:50)
    avatarOh, I'm familiar with this. This is fully realized symphonic prog of high quality, rich, melodic, & high energy, in this idiom among the very best ever to come out of the US.

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