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On Down The Road - Esperanto (5) - Esperanto Rock Orchestra (Vinyl, LP, Album)

17.10.2019 Jugul 9 Comments

Three stars and recommended to fans of representative eclectic progressive rock from the mid-seventies. I listen in first time Danse Macabre and Rock Orchestra after, and it's the beginning of an adventure with multinational musicians. This first album, in my opinion, is the music project that still needs to mature. Tracks with very good arrangements with a violin that it's not smooth, with songs, You must be a forum member to post a review, please register here if you are not.

Copyright Prog Archives, All rights reserved. Please consider supporting us by disabling your ad blocker. Although tagged as international, the group's core musicians the ones that stayed throughout the three albums had previously evolved out of the Belgian scene, from bands like Waterloo, Wallace Collection, Kleptomania and they worked up a demo and took it to London.

They knocked on a few doors and eventually were asked to relocate there and work with frontmen exterior to the group. With no other choices they accepted. This first album is the immediate result and has a bit of artificial flavour. Something that feels pre- fabricated and not exactly what the musicians would have done themselves. Almost as if it was a music industry product of the early 60's but done with the 70's means.

Specifically I was impressed with the band's interpretation and rearrangement of The Beatles "Eleanor Rigby". I have never been a big fan of The Beatles but of course I knew some of their songs. When I heard "Eleanor Rigby" performed by Esperanto - it blew me at first listening! As it is expected the band is a tango esbalda the first since its formation is totally strange conducive to pace Argentina.

This disc is a pleasant surprise favorable, a band known and very good. Starting the album on one of the craziest version of Eleanor Rigby, the least we can say is that Esperanto starts all four wheel and eight cylinders biting the asphalt on the highway to your heart.

But hat to say of the sublime Still Life with plenty of drama and intense string interventions. The weird Painted Lady is sonically sticking out of the rest of the album, but crazy little features like those sardonic laughs are making still not out of line. The stunning Obsession is another beauty of a track, even if playing on an easy-to-please terrain, but the execution is so immaculate and they're pulling all the right c h ords that it's close to perfection. On the flipside, in comes the disturbing mins The Rape, where the groups climbs up and down every alley of sanity with their string section and the lyrics referring to Manson's rape and murder Sunday afternoon ballads and we're hearing the Helter Skelter stolen to Eleanor Rigby's creators.

The closing section of this epic is a lengthy crescendo, which allows to recuperate from the previous madness. The album-closing title track is indeed a tango, one that could've been sung by Queen, if it hadn't been for the string section. Difficult to make a better album than this Last Tango, especially given the group's inhabitual construction of the group.

While not perfect, I find few albums that I keep coming back to over the last 30 years and listen with such delight, even if the periodicity of spinning is down to a couple times per year. Much recommended. This band with British and Belgian origins released three albums in the first half of the 70's.

I didn't know anything about them until recently, but was quickly impressed. The closest comparison I can make of the band's sound is to those of Curved Air and early Electric Light Orchestra mostly due to the strong presence of cello and violins but also due to the female vocals that sometimes remind strongly of Sonja Kristina, particularly on Painted Lady which could have come straight from a Curved Air album. The male vocals remind rather of Roger Chapman of Family.

But the band is really as eclectic as the language from which they have taken their name. For not having any guitars in the band, the band's sound is surprisingly aggressive. Whatever could be done with electric guitars is here done with cellos and violins to great effect. The bass guitar is Chris Squire-like and often functions as a lead instrument rather than merely as part of a rhythm section.

In addition there are keyboards and drums. But despite the absence of guitars, Esperanto often has a harder and more aggressive sound. The three shorter tracks are slightly more conventional but no less good. Painted Lady in particular is a great song that, as I have said already, remind of Curved Air.

The closing title track is indeed a bit of a tango. And finally we have the 12 plus minute The Rape which is a strong number that represents the album very well. Last Tango is an enjoyable and recommended listen. Esperanto brought their career to a close with yet another frontman for the record, in this case the relatively unknown Roger Meakin replacing Keith Christmas who had departed in favor of a solo career.

By this time the band's original vocalist Glenn Shorrock had already begun to emerge in what would prove to be a hugely commercial success fronting the sort- rock Aussie group Little River Band, while Esperanto themselves were on a fast track to obscurity.

An emerging disco industry wave seems to have influenced at least some of the band's music, most notably on "Still Life" which features a heavy bass line, jaunty piano and strident female vocals. The centerpiece of the album is the twelve-minute mini rock opera "The Rape", whose title hearkens back to the band's second album 'Danse Macabre' and whose lyrics tell a predictably bleak tale revealed in the song's title. There are some great string movements interspersed throughout this song, but the overall effect comes off as ambitious but just slightly disappointing in the delivery.

As with the other Esperanto CD reissues this one has a couple of bonus tracks, and again as with the other two records these offer little to enhance the album's appeal and were clearly included as simple filler to give the longer recording capacity of the CD format a little more heft.

This was a band that probably should have been much more successful and well-known then they were. In reading the band's history it's clear that poor management and timing played role in their early demise, along with the expected challenges that come from trying to maintain and support such a large group of musicians on a touring rock-band's budget.

Of the band's three albums this is neither their finest nor their worst, and overall it is a decent though not exceptional offering. That pretty much describes a three-star out of five record, which is what I'll give it, along with a mild recommendation especially for folks who find well-constructed string arrangements on pop music records appealing. Putting on the album I was soon convinced that Esperanto had indeed made something very special with this song. When you cover a song you need to put something little of yourself into the interpretation.

Esperanto poured their very souls into the effort. The original recording of "Eleanor Rigby" is a pensive, thoughtful, beuatiful and mellow, almost baroque piece of music.

Raymond told Bruno about his new project and showed him some musical ideas. He also played him a promotional album, Metronomics, that he had written for an advertising campaign.

The two musicians agreed to launch the project and started to look for other musicians. David was interested by the project and agreed to recruit more musicians in order to strengthen the line-up which was quite limited on the first demo violin, piano and Hammond organ, bass and drums. Soon, he contacted Glenn Shorrock, an Australian singer who was living in London at the time and had left his group, the Twilights note1.

David also played a series of records from his collection to the musicians to try to find female singers. David set up an appointment with Joy Yates, Janice Slater and Bridget Dudoit who had released a record under the name of Bones and easily convinced them to join the group as they were quite enthusiastic.

David Mackay found Brian Holloway, an Australian guitar player. As he regularly conducted recording sessions in London studios, it was also easy for David to assemble a modern—sounding string section, unlike Belgian strings which tended to sound more classical. The producer rented a farm for several weeks in Cornwall and the twelve musicians, some of whom barely knew each other, or having just met, began to rehearse.

The results were excellent. For not having any guitars in the band, the band's sound is surprisingly aggressive. Whatever could be done with electric guitars is here done with cellos and violins to great effect. The bass guitar is Chris Squire-like and often functions as a lead instrument rather than merely as part of a rhythm section. In addition there are keyboards and drums. But despite the absence of guitars, Esperanto often has a harder and more aggressive sound.

The three shorter tracks are slightly more conventional but no less good. Painted Lady in particular is a great song that, as I have said already, remind of Curved Air. The closing title track is indeed a bit of a tango. And finally we have the 12 plus minute The Rape which is a strong number that represents the album very well.

Last Tango is an enjoyable and recommended listen. Starting the album on one of the craziest version of Eleanor Rigby, the least we can say is that Esperanto starts all four wheel and eight cylinders biting the asphalt on the highway to your heart. But hat to say of the sublime Still Life with plenty of drama and intense string interventions.

The weird Painted Lady is sonically sticking out of the rest of the album, but crazy little features like those sardonic laughs are making still not out of line. The stunning Obsession is another beauty of a track, even if playing on an easy-to-please terrain, but the execution is so immaculate and they're pulling all the right c h ords that it's close to perfection.

On the flipside, in comes the disturbing mins The Rape, where the groups climbs up and down every alley of sanity with their string section and the lyrics referring to Manson's rape and murder Sunday afternoon ballads and we're hearing the Helter Skelter stolen to Eleanor Rigby's creators.

The closing section of this epic is a lengthy crescendo, which allows to recuperate from the previous madness. The album-closing title track is indeed a tango, one that could've been sung by Queen, if it hadn't been for the string section.

Difficult to make a better album than this Last Tango, especially given the group's inhabitual construction of the group. While not perfect, I find few albums that I keep coming back to over the last 30 years and listen with such delight, even if the periodicity of spinning is down to a couple times per year. Much recommended. Copyright Prog Archives, All rights reserved. Please consider supporting us by disabling your ad blocker.

Esperanto biography Esperanto is a language invented in by Zamenhof, who combined bits of various Romance language to make what he hoped would become a vehicle of universal communication.

The Belgo-English band of the same name at the beginning of the 70s had a short but intense career and produced an extremely varied musical repertoire thanks to the many different nationalities, origins and outlooks of its members.

It all started at the end of '71 when the Belgian violinist Raymond Vincent, leader of the Wallace Collection wanted to embark on a more adventurous musical endeavour in spite of his surprising predilection for hard rock after his band had broken up. After playing for a short period with Dany Lademancher and Roger Wollaert who had left Kleptomania , then with Dirk Bogaert of Waterloo , he got in touch with Bruno Libert who was completing his musicology studies and playing piano every night in Brussel's theatres that were putting on "off Broadway" musicals, which were quite fashionable at the time.

Raymond told Bruno about his new project and showed him some musical ideas. He also played him a promotional album, Metronomics, that he had written for an advertising campaign. The two musicians agreed to launch the project and started to look for other musicians. They started to rehearse in the back room of a small cafe, wrote a series of new numbers and recorded a first demo-tape at "Cathy" studio in the Brabant Wallon region, owned at the time by Marc Aryan Belgian singer successful at the beginning of the 70s.

The four musicians took their demo to England, where they met David Mackay who had produced the Wallace Collection and The New Seekers and later produced part of Esperanto's first album. David was interested by the project and agreed to recruit more musicians in order to strengthen the line-up which was quite limited on the first demo violin, piano and Hammond organ, bass and drums. Soon, he contacted Glenn Shorrock, an Australian singer who was living in London at the time and had left his group, the Twilights.

David also played a series of records from his collection to the musicians to try to find female singers. Raymond and Bruno were immediately convinced that Cliff Richard's trio of backing singers would fit the bill. Esperanto is a language invented in by Zamenhof, who combined bits of various Romance language to make what he hoped would become a vehicle of universal communication.

David set up an appointment with Joy Yates, Janice Slater and Bridget Dudoit who had released a record under the name of Bones and easily convinced them to join the group as they were quite enthusiastic. The band was also looking for a guitarist and more string players in order to form a quartet.

David Mackay found Brian Holloway, an Australian guitar player. As he regularly conducted recording sessions in London studios, it was also easy for David to assemble a modern-sounding string section, unlike Belgian strings which tended to sound more classical. The producer rented a farm for several weeks in Cornwall and the twelve musicians, some of whom barely knew each other, or having just met, began to rehearse.

The results were excellent. The group then moved to a farm in Houyet, in Belgium, to further work on the repertoire.

They went back to London, and David Mackay took everybody to Morgan studios to record the first album. Several new pieces were written, among which "Black Widow" and "Publicity", which would be released as a single but was not included on the first album.

After the recording, the producer went in search of a contract. Polydor was quite enthusiastic about the music but, because of a small disagreement on contract details, the negotiations failed and the contract was never signed.

In fact Polydor did invest in another group which had quite a career: Slade.

The first album “Esperanto Rock Orchestra” was released in Contacts were then established with tour managers and Esperanto began a series of concerts, first in England, as supporting act for Sha na na (also with A&M at the time), playing gigs at the Roudhouse, the Shaw Theatre, the Rainbow, the Queen Elizabeth Hall in London, but also.

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  1. Shakara says:
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  3. Durisar says:
    The first album “Esperanto Rock Orchestra” was released in Contacts were then established with tour managers and Esperanto began a series of concerts, first in England, as supporting act for Sha na na (also with A&M at the time), playing gigs at the Roudhouse, the Shaw Theatre, the Rainbow, the Queen Elizabeth Hall in London, but also.
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  6. Moogusar says:
    Esperanto was a Belgo-English band begun in by violinist Raymond Vincent (leader of the Wallace Collection) and pianist Bruno Libert. They added Glenn Shorrock (later of Little River Band), former Cliff Richards backup singers Joy Yates, Janice Slater and Bridget Dudoit, and a string section consisting of a second violinist (Godfrey Salmon), a viola (Tony Harris) and a cello (Timothy.
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