Spartacus Import, Original recording remastered
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Of course, Triumvirat still bears an inescapable resemblance to Emerson, Lake & Palmer ... but that's not a bad thing at all, and fans of the latter group should run screaming to their computer keyboards to order "Spartacus".
It would be lovely if the EMI folks would hunt up some old tapes from some live performances ... !
However, in all those reviews, I have seldom opined to content. I've always held music criticism in various forms of contempt: I'm old enough to have read the original reviews of many albums Rolling Stone magazine panned back in the 70's that they now hail as "classic" and "must-own" recordings.
As Irish author Brendan Behan once waxed best: "Critics are like eunuchs in a harem; they know how it's done, they've seen it done every day, but they're unable to do it themselves." And, as Harlan Ellison succinctly observed, Roger Ebert, albeit one of the pre-eminent film historian/critics of our time, will also, unfortunately, always be the guy who penned the original screenplay to "Beyond The Valley Of The Dolls".
Respectively, sage words and adroit perspective to live by, I always thought.
So, on to Triumvirat and "Spartacus".
Being an instant prog-fan with the first ELP, King Crimson & Yes albums in 1969, Spartacus knocked me out the first time I spun it on a turntable in `74.Read more ›
The original album contains about 42 minutes of great music, and this remastered version rewards the listener with three previously unreleased live versions of songs from the "Spartacus" album, plus two so-so bonus tracks recorded after this album (more in the prog-pop vein, and sung by the less likable [to me, at least] Barry Palmer). The highlight of the bonus tracks has to be the middle section instrumental of "March to the Eternal City" - they go from the dark and foreboding march theme to an almost funky(!) groove with a extended keyboard solo that sort of sounds like what the Alan Parsons Project would do if they had Triumvirat's chops and audacity. Pretty cool.
But back to the original album - what a fantastic treat this was for anyone into keyboard-driven prog. Jurgen Fritz was just a phenomenal keyboard player; he was fast and inventive and knew just the right time to use the piano or organ or synth or some combination of all. Helmet Kollen played a very busy and melodic bass, supplied some appropriate guitar riffs, and sang the English lyrics in a nice tenor that bore little German accent. The drumming by Hans Bathelt was crisp and clever.Read more ›
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sounds like a good cd album-very similar style to emerson lake and palmer very organ and keyboard orientedPublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
A truly remarkable album. It's like an ELP album that, sadly, was never produced. I love it. I used to listen to it in my childhood, and am glad that I found it here on Amazon. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Roman Wolf (Michael)
One of the masterpieces from the Prog era remastered. Awesome album and sounds good.Published 16 months ago by David W Studeman
While some Youtube-ers equate this trio with Emerson, Lake, and Palmer, they have a sound of their own. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Daniel P. Cochran