Monday, February 18, 2013

Alpha Ralpha - st

Alpha Ralpha - st

Warner Bros. 56 330, France, 1977

From Paris, Alpha Ralpha released their only album of progressive rock in 1977. Mixing elements of symphonic and jazzy prog, the music is in turns upbeat and spacey, borrowing equally from the British and French progressive scenes, as well as displaying the occasional suggestion of some of the Italian bands of the earlier half of the 70s. While this is essentially an instrumental album there is a wordless acappella vocal harmony seemingly tacked on to the end of the first track of side one. It then reappears as the 31 second track "Gothic" on side 2. It doesn't really fit in with the rest of the album and comes across as some ill-advised filler material, or a scrap of an idea rescued from the floor.

While not terribly original, I think overall this is a very enjoyable album with some fine guitar leads for fans of the rock and jazz fusion schools and the mandatory cosmic washes for the symphonic fans.
It was also released in Canada, same year, same catalogue number.

Side 1 - 1. Synergie (4:14) 2. Nova (5:55) 3. Syrtis Major (2:20) 4. Genese (9:27)
Side 2 - 1. Rez (3:47) 2. Gothic (0:31) 3. Magellan (7:30) 4. Lagune Ouest (3:42) 5. Hymn (4:15)

Claude Alvarez-Pereyre-guitars/violin/organ/marimba/vibraphone; Charlie Charriras-bass; Michel Mareska-electric guitar; Jean Alain Gardet-piano/organ/elka/mini-moog; Emannuel Lacordaire-percussion/vibraphone/marimba

Recorded at Studio IP May and September 1976.

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