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ATOLL is one of the most renowned Seventies French Progressive rock bands, if not one of the best. Singer André BALZER, drummer extraordinaire Alain GOZZO and their colleagues display a music both complex and very elaborated, with sophisticated arrangements and constant melodic research. Recorded in 1974, ""Musiciens-Magiciens"" reveals itself as a great debut album. Undeniable masterpiece of the band, ""L'Araignée-Mal"" (1975) saw the arrivals of the talented guitar player Christian BEYA and famous violinist Richard AUBERT (KOMINTERN, GONG, TRIBU, VIOLON D'INGRES, ABRACADABRA...). The two keyboards players know perfectly how to use their Mellotrons and Moogs with accuracy, into varied and tricky compositions. This opus is the most ambitious piece of work ever made by ATOLL, recorded as the band was at the peak of its form. The inspired and masterfully played jazz-rock of ""Cazotte n°2"" is the perfect counterpart of two long tracks filled with lyricism. And watch out for the conceptual title-track clocking at twenty minutes ! The whole puts ATOLL besides YES or KING CRIMSON for musical sophistication, as well as THE MAHAVISHNU ORCHESTRA. An impressive calling card, isn't it ? Recognised then both for their melodic perfection and for their composing and arranging skills, the members recorded ""Tertio"" (Without a second keyboardist or a violinist) two years later, resolutely performing a refined Progressive rock in which the singer's peculiar voice became verbal music. ""Rock Puzzle"" (1979) presents a more concise and varied music that followed the same orientation as the one taken by ANGE and MONA LISA at the same period. The first two albums include some live bonus tracks, and the fourth one three previously unreleased tracks with the great John WETTON ! Disappointed by the split-up of U.K., the British singer-bassist had seriously thought about joining the band from Metz. He gave them such songs as ""Here Comes The Feeling"", performed a few months later by ASIA ! The four first ATOLL studio albums are now reissued by the Musea label in Digipack format, reproducing the original vinyl cover. ""Tokyo, C'Est Fini"" is a live album recorded in Japan in 1989 by the ""New ATOLL"", in which Christian BEYA was the only original member remaining, now accompanied here by youngsters such as singer Raoul LEININGER and drummer Gilles BONNABAUD. It was during this period that ""L'Océan"" was recorded, becoming the last ATOLL studio album ever. It is now reissued by the Musea label, in a clearly revamped edition. The CD benefits from re-recorded or never-heard-before parts, and the bonus-tracks are made of two live songs, as well as the track ""Try Not To Worry"", composed in 1983 by a short-lived incarnation. The splendid cover-art is obviously inspired by the one illustrating the famous ""Tales From Topographic Oceans"", painted by Roger DEAN for YES. Musically speaking, this sequel shows how good the band adapted the complexity of its writing to the sound of the Eighties. Do you really want to taste the best of French Progressive rock ?
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The lineup on Tertio includes Jean-Luc Thillot (electric bass guitar); Alain Gozzo (drums and percussion); Michel Taillet (piano, Eminent, mini-moog, clavinet, percussion); André Balzer (lead vocals, percussion); and Christian Beya (electric and acoustic guitars). All of the guys are great players and there is some fantastic synthesizer work throughout - I do need to single Alain out however, this guy is a great drummer and really moves things along. André has a very dramatic vocal style (he sings in French) that reminds me somewhat of Christian Deschamps (of Ange) - it is very good and works well with the material.
Musically, I think this is an exceptionally strong album even though some folks feel that it is inferior to L'Araignee-Mal. I will however, agree that the jazz rock influences are virtually absent and that highly melodic symphonic prog is set at center stage - which, in this instance is a good thing. As such, you will find intricate ensemble work, a wide dynamic range, virtuoso soloing, superb arrangements, well thought-out and haunting melodies (vocals in French) and harmonies, in addition to fantastic sounds on the mini-moog and Eminent (they are both plastered all over this album). Come to think of it, I like this album quite a lot and regard it as one of the finer French prog albums.
This remastered issue by Musea features great sound quality and the LP style format, although there are not any bonus tracks.
This album is highly recommended to all fans of melodic symphonic prog along with L'Araignee-Mal.