Monday, September 20, 2010

Island - Pyrrho (1975-1976)
This is the same Swiss band that put out the excellent album "Pictures" in 1977. Not altogether sure what is going on here because there are no liner notes at all. Pyrrho was an ancient Greek philosopher and the inside cover says "Based on a story by Akron" So I'm assuming this is a concept album, maybe even written to accompany a performance of some kind. The first disc is 14 nameless tracks listed as a "home recording". The second disc is the material performed live the following year. The music is comparable to that found on "Pictures" though not as dark and obviously lacking any studio wizardry. Also there's a bass player on both discs. For archival material from 35 years ago the sound is pretty good. Complex keyboard driven progressive rock, classical/jazzy, with excellent musicianship throughout. The label, Z-Records, is actually a CD store in Switzerland and this is their only release, so I'm suspecting this is quite a rarity outside of Switzerland - well probably in Switzerland too!

Disc 1 Home Recording 1975

14 Unnamed Tracks

Güge Meier - Drums, Percussion, Vocals
Egon Eggler - Bass, Vocals
Dani Rühle - Guitar, Vocals
Beni Jäger - Lead Vocals, Percussion
Peter Scherer - Keyboards, Vocals

Disc 2 Live Version 1976

24 Unnamed Tracks

Beni Jäger - Lead Vocals, Percussion
René Fisch - Saxophone, Vocals
Alfio Sacco - Bass, Vocals
Güge Meier - Drums, Percussion, Vocals
Peter Scherer - Keyboards, Vocals

Bye!

9 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is Acron:
http://www.akronos.ch/
From the German Wikipedia:
1976 Akron writes the Rock-Opera Pyrrho and debut performance with the switzerland band Island stays in the "Stadttheater" in St. Gallen (Switzerland)

Thanks a lot for the music!

2:56 PM, September 20, 2010  
Blogger GarColga said...

Aha! It's a Rock Opera!!

Thanks anon.

4:32 PM, September 20, 2010  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I´m searching for "Pictures" from Island. Any Link available?

Thanks in advance

10:06 AM, September 21, 2010  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mega-thanks for this one GarColga.

FYI, the third link on the flac downloads doesn't appear to be working. I've tried it a few times and keep getting, "Oops! Broken page."

Dave

4:55 PM, September 21, 2010  
Blogger GarColga said...

Hi anon here's MegaUpload links for that:

http://www.megaupload.com/?d=HZEPPUHW
http://www.megaupload.com/?d=7JPNIUUV
http://www.megaupload.com/?d=V6PZ2RGL
http://www.megaupload.com/?d=RKIAUKZM
http://www.megaupload.com/?d=C3HCWPKY

Hi Dave that link is OK, maybe use a different browser? What file-hoster do you want, I'll post the link here.

6:47 PM, September 21, 2010  
Blogger PR Cyclone said...

I tried again and this time the link worked fine. Thanks for offering to use a different file hoster, though. Much appreciated.

Dave

7:59 PM, September 21, 2010  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I should dive into the mid 70's more often,sounds like this is a good 1.
Ahh...give this a spin tonight,thanks GarColga.

-Hotroder

12:48 AM, September 22, 2010  
Anonymous gnidr said...

Unfortunately, the second FLAC link was deleted - due to terms of service, I believe. Any chance for its reupload?

3:26 AM, October 08, 2010  
Blogger GarColga said...

Hi gnidr - I just checked and most of the files from the last couple months have been deleted! Probably the asshole that left a nasty comment a couple weeks ago.

Unfortunately I don't have the time or inclination to re-upload all those files.

4:13 AM, October 08, 2010  

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