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1994 reissue on Virgin of 1976 solo album for Charisma byMoraz, who has been a member of both Yes and the MoodyBlues. Moraz paints and sculpts 14 sonic structures via hiskeyboard playing here, including 'Impact', 'Warmer Hands'and 'Symphony in the Space'.


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Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 16, 1994)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: EMI Import
  • ASIN: B0000072BD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #92,109 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Mark D Burgh on November 28, 2003
Format: Audio CD
Patrick Moraz joined Yes for only one album and two tours, just in time for the solo album. A Swiss musician and composer, Moraz had toured with the world with a South American musical review, joined up with ex-Nice members to form Refugee, and in 1974, became part of Yes just as they topped the charts with the album Moraz should have played on "Tales From Topographical Oceans." Some Yes listeners don't like this album because of Moraz's musical choices - more third world than they might like, more jazzy than they can tolerate, less Yes-like that Steve Howe's or Jon Anderson's solo work, but this album is as good as any in the Yes canon.
Moraz displays his keyboard prowess and compositional chops on "The Story of I" in a vein that is more a true fusion of world, jazz, classical and rock music that other more well-known prog efforts. Set in a uptopia/dystopia, The Story of I is critical of materialism, alienation, and the Western Capitalist system. Inhabitants ot the mysterious tower of I rise up to the pinnacle of material success and then leap off into space.
Moraz's music is vicersal and exiting, combining his speed riffs with dense arrangements of Brazilian percussion on some tracks like "Dancing Now" (used in the Moog promotional film for the Polymoog), or meditative piano and multiple voices in the distinctly classical "Intermezzo."
This album is underrated; the playing is superb, and the compositions have a unity that is binding and compelling. The sound of this album isn't as clear as it ought to be, so the years haven't been kind to Patrick Moraz's album. The digital transfer is sort of murky too, but that may have more to do with the original's density.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Mackinnon on March 28, 2003
Format: Audio CD
Patrick Moraz started out training in classical piano, but decided in his teens "to break the mechanism" of this kind of playing: he wanted to keep the school discipline as a means to step free. It's obvious when you listen to his playing that he's got it in his backbone, but he often uses a wide range of keyboards and on this album - his first solo disc - he brings out a very inventive mix of samba, disco rhythms, flowing ballads and keyboard fire. No other Yes solo album comes near Moraz, to my mind.
The only albums that would compare are the debuts of Jaco Pastorius and Pat Metheny; both came around the same time as this one. There's the same floating sense of melody, the interest in percussion, and the way every track seems to tap a different style, but not in a patchy way. The opening six minutes: a ferocious fusion of singing, piano and glittering, aggressive synths and a drum track that speeds it on. If you've heard Yes' "Sound chaser" you're prepared, but you'd never guess the same man wrote the tender ballads "Best Years of our Lives" and "Like a Child in Disguise". Moraz has terrific chops but he never loses sight of that the music should tell us something.
There's some sort of theme to the album, on the vinyl LP an original story by Moraz told of a couple living in a cold and dehumanized hi-tech skyscraper world, where all true values and standards - life, love and death - are denied, and of how their love sets them apart. I don't know if this story is included in the new CD's booklet; my copy is of a japanese edition (around 1990). The music has the warmth and joy of a Rio carnival, but it often seems to play against a backdrop of cold and loneliness ("Descent" and the following funeral march, with actual chant and drumming from a Brazilian jungle tribe).
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By roberto.celis@iemonline.com on January 22, 1999
Format: Audio CD
Patrick Moraz did something unique among other experimental rock musician of the 70's: Combine widely disparaged musical genres into a uniform work of art. Rick Wakeman did a stupenduous work and managed to mix rock with classical music in Journey to the Center of the Earth, but he relied on other composer's materials. Moraz work is, as far as I can tell, entirely his own. Besides: Who else has ever attempted to mix rock, classical, jazz, and brazilian SAMBA into a single yet coherent recording? The music varies from complex to beautiful and even romantic. It has something for every taste. If I was in a deserted island and could only have one album, this would be it!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By John Peter O'connor on June 24, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Recorded while he was, albeit fleetingly, a member of Yes, this album is a fusion of mid-seventies euro progressive rock and South American percussion music.
The result of this melding of styles and Moraz's edgy compositional style is a wonderfully refreshing work that sounded like nothing that came before it.
While the style varies from piano backed ballads to South American rhythmed rock, the whole album hangs together as a single work and the music is always on the move and holding the listener's attention.
My personal favourites are "Best Years of Our Lives" and "Dancing Now" but, there is nothing on here that I do not like very much.
If you liked the album "Relayer" from Moraz's time with Yes, then I am sure that you will like this CD.
I cannot think how this album could be improved so it gets top marks.
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