Monday, 29 February 2016
Flame Dream - Elements (1979)
The second album from this Swiss band.
This band released six albums between 1978 and 1986 before they split and gave up. I got two of their albums and is reviewing them. None of their albums has been released on CDs. A bit of digital releases would have been great as this is not a bad band.
The band was a four-piece with a lineup of woodwinds, keyboards, bass, drums, guitars and vocals. The vocals are in English.
The album starts out as a mix of ELP and Yes. And yeah, we are in the middle of the symphonic prog country here. In addition to the two abovementioned bands, add Van Der Graaf Generator and Genesis too.
I find it unfair that this album has been described as a Yes copycat album. It is not. Add the darkness of Van Der Graaf Generator to the proceedings too and the most weird moments of Genesis songs and you get this album. That and the flirtation with classical music as ELP stood for.
This album is forty-five minutes long and it is divided on four songs. It is obvious that this band never was the most talented band around. Nevertheless, this is a good album which should interest everyone into symphonic prog.