Welcome is both the name of the first album and the band for this trio of Swiss musicians. They recorded only this and one other album before disbanding in 1981, largely undiscovered.
As for what they sound like, take Fragile-era Yes, kick out Steve Howe and Rick Wakeman and replace them with Keith Emerson ... well, maybe Jurgen Fritz of Triumvirat ... on distorted Hammond and synthesizers, give Jon Anderson a cold and a German accent. Now, kick out Eddie Offord too and replace him with an inexperienced studio man and you have a good idea of what the Welcome sounds like.
But that's a bit negative-sounding. Yes, they owe a whole lot of their sound to Yes, but the compositions are good, and the Hammond playing is quite complex and enjoyable. The Andersonesque vocal harmonies are sometimes a little off, but I blame this more on the care taken during the recording process (or lack thereof), and not the band themselves. This is a good band, and a reasonable recording. If you like Yes and Triumvirat and can forgive some less-than spectacular recording quality, then you will probably enjoy this. I did. -- Fred Trafton
01 - The Rag Fair 8:53
02 - Dizzy Tune 7:40
03 - Glory 3:43
04 - Chain Of Days 8:50
05 - Dirge 12:32
Bernie Krauer - keyboards, vocals
Tommy Stebel - percussion, acoustic guitar, vocals
Francis Jost - bass, vocals
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