Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Eskaton-4 Visions,LP,1979,France

Formed in 1970, the ESKATON KOMMANDKESTRA continued the Zeuhl tradition spearheaded by Christian Vander's MAGMA. In an move towards accessibility they discard the Kobaian lyrics, opting instead for their native French. In 1974 original members Xavier de Raymond (Fender piano), Gerard Konig (drums), Marc Rosenberg (bass guitar), and Alain Blesing (guitar) are joined by Paule Kleynnaert (vocals), Amara Tahir (vocals), Eris Guillaume (keyboards), and Andre Bernardi (guitar) becoming simply ESKATON.
1979 saw the release of their first single "Musique Post Atomique", and the recording of their first album "4 Visions" (which would remain unreleased until 1981). Personnell changes (Alain Blessing, Eric Guillaume and Xavier de Raymond out, Gilles Rozenberg and MALICORNE's violinist Patrick Lemercier in) resulted in shorter songs, tighter arrangements and their next release, 1980's "Ardeur". In 1983 after the addition of synthesizers into their arrangements, and a move away from their more traditional Zeuhl sound, ESKATON recorded their last release "Fiction". In 1984 Gilles Rozenberg left the group, and the remaining members recorded their last album "I Care", which was never released.
Now 20 years later, ESKATON remains one of Zeuhl's brightest moments, and their album "4 Visions" (released on CD in 1995 through Sweeden's Ad Perpetuam Memoriam label) is a masterpiece of the entire genre.
: : : Tyler Chovski, USA : : :
From www.progarchives.com/




NOTE: THIS ALBUM IS SOON DUE TO BE REISSUED , SO THE LINK HAS BEEN REMOVED. FURTHER DETAILS REGARDING THE REISSUE WILL BE POSTED HERE AS THEY BECOME AVAILABLE...

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

Amazing, man, THANK YOU!!! One all time zeuhl classic. You rock.

Anonymous said...

One of the best compilations,THANKS

Shaman of the Grove said...

You have great taste!, this is one of the best records I've ever heard Zeuhl or otherwise. and I'm very pleased to see it mentioned here.

I also noticed you mentioned sand's golem album, another undeniable classic, I found some of the synth soundscapes on the 2 CD re-release truly inspiring, it'd be good to see it posted here.

peskypesky said...

link seems dead...any chance of re-upping?

:)

pretty please

Anonymous said...

http://sakalli.blog.hr/2008/01/1624170457/eskaton-4-visions-1979-256.html

Anonymous said...

This os one of my favorite Zeuhl music.
In my knowledge, It was released originally in cassette tape format and later reissued as CD format in 1995 by swedish label Ad Perpetum Memorium .... but the title of this article noted as "LP".
Is it also released LP?