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The World Of Genius Hans

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Audio CD, August 26, 2003

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MOVING GELATINE PLATES is an early Seventies legendary French band, led by bass player Didier THIBAULT. Obviously influenced by SOFT MACHINE and Frank ZAPPA, this original and very fine Progressive rock outfit displays complex melodies and polished arrangements. It offers very elaborated themes full of breaks in rhythms and following surprising paths. The music develops by the association, superposition, blendings of the themes (More than four-hundred and fifty on the second album !), original sound combinations (Organ or bass as solo instruments, trumpet, saxophone, flute, drums, vocals...) and complex, over-built themes reminding of the best Progressive rock. The eponymous album has been recorded in 1972, followed by the great "The World Of Genius Hans" twelve months later. Both Musea reissues come with an extensive booklet with biography, photo and bonus tracks from MOVING, the following project from 1980. A piece of history ! Thirty five years after its previous studio album, MOVING GELATINE PLATES is surprisingly back to life. Totally composed of unreleased material but definitely faithful to the original spirit, the well-named "Removing" (2006) finds its legitimate place within the discography of the band. The nine instrumental tracks (Among which three are sung in English, however.) renew this brilliant blend of Progressive rock (That of the Canterbury School) and jazz-rock fusion, that resulted in giving them the flattering nickname of "French SOFT MACHINE". This could be a true event, couldn't it ?

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. The World Of Genius Hans
  2. Funny Doll
  3. Astromonster
  4. Moving Theme
  5. Cauchemar
  6. We Were Lovin' Her
  7. Un Jour…
  8. Synthème
  9. L'Alchimiste
  10. Les Etres D'Or
  11. Ombres
  12. Rire De Peine

Product Details

  • Audio CD (August 26, 2003)
  • Original Release Date: January 1, 1972
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Musea
  • ASIN: B0000CBFBW
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #657,517 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Chris Carter on February 10, 2009
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No reviews yet?? Blasphemous! This is a great, fairly unheralded album from 1972 (lotsa great albums from then, in my opinion - musta been the Zeitgeist or whatever). Very imaginative, with guitar/bass/drums/saxophone/flute compositions that may make you laugh (and think) in spots. It's mostly instrumental, but not technical to the point of alienating non-musicians, I don't think (although the title track shifts gears a bit too much for its own good). I can't imagine anyone who digs Egg (the '70's British band), Henry Cow, or, as they say in the product description, Soft Machine and Frank Zappa not liking this. The last 4 tracks are from a later incarnation of the band (1980, I believe) and are simultaneously goofy and interesting, but not of the caliber of the earlier material. "Astromonster" is just killer! So if you're looking for a weird, quirky early '70's jazz rock album to add to yer collection, look no further. By the way, I would probably give it 4 stars instead of 5 (they wouldn't let me edit that).
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