quinta-feira, 9 de outubro de 2014

TRUE MYTH - True Myth (1979 Canada Progressive Rock)


ALBUM BEM RARO!! RARE ALBUM!!
BANDA CANADENSE QUE FAZIA UM PROGRESSIVO PARECIDO COM YES, MAS COM UMA INFLUÊNCIA DO JAZZ!! UMA BOA PEDIDA PRA QUEM GOSTA DE PROGRESSIVO!! UMA CURIOSIDADE É QUE ESSE ALBUM FOI O SEGUNDO A SER GRAVADO DIGITALMENTE (LEMBRANDO QUE 1979 ESTÁVAMOS ENTRANDO NA ERA DIGITAL)!! O PRIMEIRO ALBUM GRAVADO DIGITALMENTE FOI STEVIE WONDER COM SECRET LIFE OF PLANTS!! VENENO RARO!!!
 
Background
Tom Treumuth is a legend in the Canadian music scene. Producer, arranger, musician, record label owner.. you name it, he's probably done it. His origins as a musician go way back into the late 70's, with this band True Myth (clever name huh?). From London Ontario, the band members came together at a music school, where they reputedly spun this band off from a class music project. The music was described to me as a pomp/prog crossover, though upon hearing this, it definitely has leanings toward the progressive, with jazz/fusion influences heavy in the mix. Interestingly, and from a technical viewpoint, 'True Myth' the album, was unique in that it was the second album ever to be produced digitally (remembering 1979 was in the middle of the analog era). Warner Bros co-opted top producer Jack Richardson to utilise a machine called the Soundstream to record the band playing live into this two track digital system. For trainspotters, apparently the first ever digitally recorded album was Stevie Wonder's 'Secret Life Of Plants'.
 
The Songs
Music wise, True Myth are quite a technical sounding band, time changes galore, and an approach that fuses prog luminaries Yes and U.K and no doubt many others if I sit down and think about it a bit more. The musical chops displayed by this band is remarkable at times. 'Reach For The Heavens' takes us through several different passages, from Treumuth's stabbing piano work to Bollinger's dexterous drum work. 'Light Years Before' is full of piano rolls, clavinet and interesting synth parts. It takes on a Yes like personality, with Tony Cook doing his best Steve Howe rendition. Going down the pomp path is 'It's Got To Be', with strong multi-part harmonies and ever-present rhodes piano. 'Time And Time Again' again moves in a Yes direction, and considering how Messrs Anderson, Wakeman etc were obsessed with 'time' in their lyrics, it's a good fit! The obligatory ballad on the album 'Space Promenade' also happens to be an instrumental. 'In The Mist' features excellent vocals from Cumming, the track a progressive workout with everyone taking a lead. Though mostly restrained, 'Song Of The World' picks up momentum, it's etheric sound reminding us of latterday Stencil Forest and Starcastle.


Malcolm McGuigan (vocals)
Tony Cook (guitar)
Bob Stirajs (guitar)
Steve McKenna (bass)
Tom Treumuth (keyboards)
Kirk Devereaux (drums)
 
01-Reach For The Heavens  6:06 
02-Light Years Before  6:05 
03-It's Got To Be  3:13 
04-Time And Time Again  4:45 
05-Space Promenade (Instrumental)  4:28 
06-In The Mist  4:56 
07-Song Of The World  4:21 
 
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