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    Main » 2010 » April » 30 » Triumvirat - 1973 - Illusions on a Double Dimple
    Triumvirat - 1973 - Illusions on a Double Dimple

    genre: prog
    country: germany
    quality : mp3 128k, scans
    time: 42'08"
    size: 40 mb

    Cosmic Dreams:
    This is probably the best internationally known German symphonic rock band. Triumvirat's music was very keyboard-oriented, earning their reputation as the German equivalent of Emerson, Lake and Palmer, Ekseption or P.F.M. It is tempting to think that these bands always attempted to outdo each other with their pompous, vast instrumental exhibitions, often based firmly on classical themes. In addition, Triumvirat's conceptual albums were often based around moments from European history. Organist and leader Jurgen Fritz assembled the original trio in 1970. In 1971 Hans Pape become their bassist and participated in the recording of their first album Mediterranean Tales in the Electrola Studio, Cologne, January 1972. Hans Pape later quit and was replaced by Helmut Kollen. Illusions On A Double Dimple (1974) did so well in the USA that it entered the Billboard charts! It was the combination of accessible symphonic-progressive music coupled with good marketing by EMI that made this possible! In Germany, however, the band wasn't able to sell its' records so well. In the press, their music was slaughtered by the overcool music journalists, then as now! Spartacus (1975) is considered by many to be Triumvirat's best album. Old Loves Die Hard (1976) saw the addition of the vocalist Barry Palmer and the re-instatement of former bassist Dick Frangenberg. This album sweetened their style, moving them dangerously close to supermarket-muzak.

    1. Illusions On A Double Dimple (22:59)
    - a. Flashback (0:54)
    - b. Schooldays (3:20)
    - c. Triangle (6:55)
    - d. Illusions (1:40)
    - e. Dimplicity (5:28)
    - f. Last dance (4:42)
    2. Mister Ten Percent (21:22)
    - a. Maze (3:01)
    - b. Dawning (1:01)
    - c. Bad Deal (1:40)
    - d. Roundabout (5:49)
    - e. Lucky Girl (4:32)
    - f. Million Dollars (5:19)

    - Hans Bathelt / drums
    - Jürgen Fritz / keyboards, vocals
    - Helmut Köllen / guitar, bass, vocals
    - Hans Pape / lead vocals, bass
    - Peter Cedera / backing vocals
    - Hanna Dölitzsch / backing vocals
    - Vanetta Fields / backing vocals
    - Brigitte Thomas / backing vocals
    - Ulla Wierner / backing vocals

    From ProgressiveRock :
    Triumvirat hailed from Cologne, but their style was pure British classical rock. Their debut album Mediterranean Tales was recorded and released in 1972, with three Hans - Pape on bass and vocal, Bathelt on drums and Fritz on keyboards. Anchored by the classically trained keyboards of the later, it sat firmly in the Nice/ELP tradition, but contained enough originality to hold its own. Released by Capitol Records, the follow-up Illusions on a Double Dimple was their first in a run of albums that had significant chart success in the US. No doubt Triumvirat filled the void an inactive ELP left; it sounded exactly like the later! But its success lay not in the technically perfect execution, but perhaps in the bit-sized song format their concept albums were composed of. Pappe was replaced mid album by Helmet Kollen, who was more than capable with his English vocals. The band even toured the States in support of Fleetwood Mac. The following year Triumvirat released Spartacus to even further success, though little had changed musically. The album breached the US Top 30 and after further touring the band remained in LA. Kollen then left the band and was replaced by Dick Frangenberg on bass and UK vocalist Barry Palmer for the 1976 album Old Loves Die Hard, their last charting album. Triumvirat would continue till the end of the decade, changing line-ups with every album, to even further diminishing returns.

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