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Scented Gardens of Mind: Locomotive GT sold more than 1.5 million albums in their homeland. They toured the eastern bloc, as well as Great Britain and the USA (the latter on a major tour with Grand Funk Railroad). The band was formed in 1971 by, amongst others, Gábor Presser and Jószef Laux, previous members of Omega.
Their first album maintained a good standard throughout, mostly centered around jazzy progressive rock in the style of Traffic (2nd album), Family, Joe Cocker, Blood, Sweat & Tears and Chicago, but also including a great blues instrumental (full of stinging guitars), a less convincing gospel ballad and a bluegrass parody. Gábor Presser's keyboards (mainly organ) have a prominent rote on most tracks. After hearing Locomotive GT in 1971, a critic with New Musical Express wrote: "the next rock sensation could come from the Rast, not West".
Their next albums mixed pop-rock and jazz-rock in a similar way, but also saw a decline of original ideas. However, their performance of Gábor Presser and Anna Adams's musical Imaginary Report From An American Pop Festival brought them more critical acclaim. This was the first East European rock opera, based on the 1971 novel of the same name by Hungarian writer Tibor Déry. This dealt with the Altamont festival and the experiences of a Hungarian who fled his country in 1956.
Twenty years later, in 1976, Locomotive GT's drummer Jószef Laux also fled Hungary, causing their fifth album to be banned after only some months in circulation. After a few years in limbo, the group resumed but played just commercial pop-rock.
Good starring points for those unfamiliar with their music would be their first album, the live album recorded in Poland or the 1992 collection.
Side One "Egy dal azokért, akik nincsenek itt" (Gábor Presser, Anna Adamis) – 5:04
"A Napba öltözött lány" (Károly Frenreisz, Adamis) – 4:54
"A kötéltáncos álma" (Tamás Barta, Adamis) – 3:33
"A tengelykezű félember" (Presser, Adamis) – 4:24
"Hej, én szólok hozzád" (Presser, Adamis) – 5:45
Side Two "Ezüst nyár" (Presser, Adamis) – 3:03
"Ordító arcok" (Barta, Adamis) – 4:17
"Sose mondd a mamának" (Frenreisz, Adamis) – 3:49
"Nem nekem való" (Frenreisz, Adamis) – 4:41
"Royal blues (Gipszeld be a kezed)" (Barta, Adamis) – 3:06
Tamás Barta – guitars
Károly Frenreisz – vocals, Fender bass, soprano saxophone, tenor saxophone, flute, guitar
József Laux – drums, percussion
Gábor Presser – vocals, organ, piano, vibraphone
Anna Adamis – lyrics
"Intuitio molto furtivamente" - 3:58
"Vivace kalapaccio" (Laux)
"Allegro, allegro" (Presser)
"Szólj rám, ha hangosan énekelek" - 4:40 (Presser, Anna Adamis)
"Arra mennék én" - 3:20 (Presser)
"Mindig magasabbra" - 3:54 (Presser, Laux)
"És jött a doktor" - 4:28 (Presser)
"Neked írom a dalt" - 5:20 (Presser)
"Álomarcú lány" - 4:47 (Somló, Adamis)
"Nekem ne mondja senki" - 3:57 (Somló, Adamis)
"Egy elfelejtett szó" - 4:05 (Presser, Adamis)
"Ülök a járdán" - 3:46 (Somló, Adamis)
Gábor Presser — lead vocals, organ, piano
János Karácsony — guitars, backing vocals
Tamás Somló — bass, alto saxophone, harp, backing vocals, lead vocals ( 8, 10 )
József Laux — drums, percussion
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