The classical music too orchestral and we hear not enough of Marian Varga himself; one of the greatest musicians of our time. The added value here from the usual keyboard driven mix of classical music Johan Sebastian Bach and rock is the addition of some great electric guitar solos and some jazz elements. Quality wise, Collegium Musicum does not have the great songs ELP had and that is a problem with them and their albums. So also with this live effort. There are some great stuff here, but most of the live effort is based on the technicalities of Marian Varga's excellent finger works and not so much on creating good melodies.
This is another classic case of great musicians forgetting what music is all about. I admire Marion Varga, but this offering is lacking any really great tune and is therefore falling by the wayside.
A three star is sufficient for this live album. Check out their other live albums instead. Instead of fast paced, melodic pompous piece we get slow crawler, quite moody and more demanding song. But it's actually equally interesting or perhaps equality fails here? To be honest, I like them both. Quality is five though. Review by snobb Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator.
Everyone familiar with Eastern European prog noticed, that another great Slovak band, Fermata, released very similar album in year Really very good album, just comparing with their early fusion albums, there is not too much jazz-fusion or to be honest - no fusion at all.
But - really great instrumental rock album, with heavy guitar and symphonic arrangements. I returned back to Fermata's live release because of serious reason: Collegium Musicum and Fermata both were two leading Slovak prog bands for years. Even more, some musicians participated in both bands as well.
In other words, current CM is just Fermata with different keyboardist and drummer. Is there a difference in music of both releases, or it's just more marketing trick? Happily, difference exists.
And, for my ears, it is good difference. If returning back in early s I really liked Fermata's music more than CM, mostly because of its jazzy elements, current situation is opposite.
Fermata's live release of contains instrumental rock with heavy guitar strongly in front of all sound, with very competent supporting band, strong melodies and rich arrangements, but almost with no fusion traces at all.
CM new release has same guitarist, but he plays much more complex music there, with moments of improvisation. Combined with really great keyboard sound, plenty of complex and interesting arrangements and in whole quite fresh and energetic symphonic prog sound, I really prefer this album and this band today!
Slovakian culture was always compared to Czech one. Maybe that's simply bad approach. Unfair I would say. As Slovaks lacks quantity they're about 2x smaller nation then we are, so it's nothing strange , they somehow compensate it with quality. And even I'm going to rate it with 5-star rating, as I did with some from my country, I have to say that there's a difference.
Important fact is that in these times communism, 70's , our countries were the same, together in one about 14 million of people I suppose. But still, even we were Czechoslovakia then and for many people we still are, even 17 years after split, sad thing these geographic facts, huh?
Of course, cultural, political, geographical, society, these not so nice to stuck yourself into, but hell, they're sometimes important to think about and consider. But what's good about this situation for me is that I can understand it very, very well. Special Offers On Offer Awards Award Winners 6.
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