quinta-feira, 1 de julho de 2010

Dragon - Dragon (1976 Belgian Hard Prog Psych)

RARÍSSIMO ALBUM DESSA OBSCURA E MAIS INTERESSANTE BANDA BELGA QUE JÁ OUVI!! FAZIAM UM SOM QUE CAI MAIS NA CATEGORIA DE UM HARD PROGRESSIVO COM PITADAS PSICODÉLICAS, MAS ACHO QUE DEVE AGRADAR MAIS AOS AMANTES DO PROG PSYCH !! A BANDA APRESENTA UMA GRANDE RIQUEZA E DIVERSIDADE INSTRUMENTAL COM O USO DE MELLOTRON, GUITARRA, TROMPETE, TROMBONE SAXOFONE, TECLADOS, FLAUTA, ETC...!! VENENO BELGA RECOMENDADO!!
Dragon are much more consistent and interesting than the most expensive Belgian rarity Waterloo, but they fall into the category of psychedelic rock with progressive leanings and an overall crude sound. This works to their benefit actually, and all members of the group show an ability to contribute something unusual and interesting to the 6 tracks on the LP. Late 60s pop influences come in on "Gone In The Wind" and "Leave Me With Tears" whereas "Lucifer" and "Crystal Ball" are more ominous sounding with some fractured sounding instrumental and vocal parts. The sound Dragon come up with is rich in fuzz guitar, atmospheric keyboards, and driving rhythms. Their psychedelic heavy progressive sound draws from US bands and early Pink Floyd (particularly Saucerful Of Secrets). This is a really good album, and much more satisfying than good but not great records like Holland's Group 1850 and England's Arzachel who they share similarities with. Definitely Dragon are the most interesting Belgian group I've heard, and as you can tell from their names they come from near the French-Belgian border. They are creative, interesting, and a little bit off-beat. I particularly like the swirling organ sound and the vocals have a druggy acid drenched vibe to them that makes for an all round very good listening experience. The one thing you have to ignore here are the hysterically bad lyrics to much of the songs which sound like somebody in the group's idea of a clandestine-to-the-listener joke. Dragon overall are a band who offer much to the progressive and the psychedelic listener. The quantity that were around years ago have vanished, so the record should be bought when you see a copy. You will be much more rewarded with this than with the afformentioned Waterloo or the horrendous Machiavel. Definitely an intriguing and talented band.

Bernard Callaert - guitar, backing vocals
Christian Duponcheel - keyboards, synthesizers, Mellotron, strings
Jean-Pierre Houx - bass, piano, synthesizers, trombone, backing vocals
Georges Venaise - drums, vibes, flutes
Jean Venaise - lead vocals, lead guitar, strings

1. Introduction (Insects)
2. Lucifer
3. Leave Me With Tears
4. Gone in the Wind
5. In the Blue
6. Crystal Ball

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