Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Chetarca - s.t.,LP,1975,Australia

Operating out of Melbourne in the mid-seventies, this band were a sort of Aussie equivalent to Emerson, Lake and Palmer. They only released one 45, ‘Another Day’, but it spent three weeks in the Top 100 peaking at No.75 in September 1975. No other Australian progressive album sounded like this one (which many now consider to be underrated). Musically, it is notable for no guitars - a dual keyboard assault of Andrew Vance (piano, organ) and Bruce Bryan (synthesiser) and Paul Lever's wailing harp and bluesy vocals. Side two is taken up with just one long track ‘Oceanic Suite’.
Taken from "Dreams, Fantasies and Nightmares" by Vernon Joynson, an extensive guide to Canadian / Australian / New Zealand and Latin American psych and garage music 1963 - 1976.
Not exactly of my taste but this LP is worth a listen especially for the 24 minutes long track "Oceanic Suite" ,with long complex dual synth compositions and interesting vocals, and the 8 minutes long "chetarca",with a psychotic synth solo leading to somekind of delirium.Otherwise the LP is synth driven progressive (sometimes too commercial for my taste) with blues-y vocals....Anyway,here it is for you to judge.
get it here


Anonymous said...

Speaking of OZ, and not sure if you have this already (chances are you do). An excellent album by Steve Maxwell Von Braund who later formed cybotron (oz). I love this album, no ELP here, just greatness.

Highly recommend

Anonymous said...

Thanks for this , it actually turned out to be pretty cool. If you dig the 70's analog synth sound check out their "theme song" for a mind-bending experience. Its my faVORITE SONG THIS WEEK!

Anonymous said...

Thanks. I used to have this on vinyl many years ago. Of intest is the fact that John Rees went from this band, to Men At Work as one of its founding members.