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    Main » 2010 » December » 5 » Mainhorse ~ 1971 ~ Mainhorse
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    Mainhorse ~ 1971 ~ Mainhorse
    Mainhorse ~ 1971 ~ Mainhors
    genre: sympho prog
    country: switzerland
    quality: lossless (flac, cue, log, scans)
    time: 43'43" size: 275 mb
     
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    The history of MAINHORSE started in '68 but unfortunately, it's not very well documented. The prime mover was Patrick MORAZ, a very talented, Swiss born keyboardplayer. Other members of MAINHORSE were Peter Lockett (lead guitar, violin and vocals), Jean Ristori (bass, cello and vocals) and Bryson Graham (drums and percussion). In 1970 the band signed a contract with Polydor, a year later their eponymous debut-album was released. It remained unnoticed and when success failed MAINHORSE disbanded soon. Drummer Bryson Graham went to play with GARY WRIGHT and SPOOKY TOOTH. In '74 Patrick MORAZ founded REFUGEE and replaced RICK WAKEMAN in YES and in The Eighties he joined THE MOODY BLUES.
    The album "Mainhorse" opens with (how original) the song "Introduction": fluent 'heavy progressive' with floods of Hammond organ and fiery electric guitarplay, the sound has echoes from ATOMIC ROOSTER, THE NICE and early DEEP PURPLE. The following "Passing Years" is a slow, bluesy like song with mellow organ and a bit melancholic vocals. Then again 'heavy prog' with swirling organ and biting electric guitar in "Such a beautiful day", the climate evokes THE NICE and QUATERMASS. In "Pale sky" a wailing violin and howling electric guitar colour a bluesy atmosphere, topped by strong Hammond play and dynamic drums. This song features halfway a jam with violin, guitars, electric piano, experimental sounds and a hypnotizing rhythm-section, to end with a sensitive electric guitarsolo and loads of Hammond. Next is "Basia", an up-tempo and catchy song with strong organ - and electric guitarplay, a pumping bass and cheerful vocals, halfway MAINHORSE surprises with a swinging electric pianosolo. The track "More tea vicar" contains subtle changes of rhythm, from soft jazzy to fluent heavy prog with a classical sounding organ (like EKSEPTION), assorted percussion like glockenspiel and fiery electric guitar. The final composition "God" (almost 10 minutes) is the most alternating and dynamic one with many changes of climate with Patrick MORAZ on organ and the 'Klavio-synthesizer' and strong electric guitarwork, it sounds like a blend of THE NICE and ATOMIC ROOSTER. In my opinion this album deserves a second change, it's not very original but sounds powerful and exciting with good compositions. And, most important, this album contains the first impressive steps from Patrick MORAZ as a keyboard-wizard. ~ Erik Neuteboom, The NETHERLANDS
     
    01. "Introduction" 5:09
    02. "Passing Years" 3:56
    03. "Such A Beautiful Day" 4:44
    04. "Pale Sky" 10:17
    05. "Basia" 5:32
    06. "More Tea Vicar" 3:34
    07. "God" 10:31
     
    Warren Bernhardt / piano 
    Patrick Moraz / keyboards, vocals 
    Peter Cockett / guitar, violin, vocals 
    Bryson Graham / percussion, drums 
    Jean Ristori / bass, cello. vocals 
    Peter Lockett / guitar, violin, vocals
     
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    Total comments: 5
    5 Col   (22.09.2012 11:26)
    This was very original. Blew me away first time I heard it. Moran is a genius. Lis tending to "Relayer"as I type. Genius keyboard? Yes! Lost my copy of Mainhorse but remember it well? Worth a listen.i

    4 JFF   (22.10.2011 19:12)
    avatarI don't know this one but I like a lot Ekseption or Trace so I 'll love it. Thank you!

    3 adamus67   (13.01.2011 06:07)
    avatarOleg Man,you're great
    Many many thanks for that stuff!!!

    2 Patric   (08.12.2010 08:28)
    Amazing album. One of the best in the history of Music.

    1 Klaas   (07.12.2010 18:41)
    I like this a lot! 4 stars!

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