Friday 24 March 2017

Morgan - Nova Solis (1972)

The debut album from this English band.

The band was a quartet with a lineup of guitars, bass, drums, keyboards, percussions, synths and male vocals.

Morgan, named after the band leader Morgan Fisher, released two albums. Both of them to be reviewed/has been reviewed here.

Morgan Fisher and the other members had a long career in the music business in soul, beat and pop bands before they formed Morgan.

I am not sure why they went progressive rock with Morgan. The result is this.

This is nominally a symphonic prog album. On paper...... Well. What comes from my speakers is a mix of soul, pop and some sort of progressive rock. OK, symphonic prog, then. But I am not reminded about Yes, Genesis or any other symphonic prog bands here.

Some of the problems is the vocals which is not that suited to the four tracks on this forty minutes long album. Neither is the synth sound. This album reminds me a lot about a decent Italian symphonic prog album. Come to think of it, RPI is the best label on this album.

The first three songs are OK with a few good idea thrown into the mix. Not too bad, those three tracks. The twenty minutes long title track starts out very good before it descent into a landscape of utter confusion. It again reminds me about RPI with a lot of piano and rampant keyboards. This piece sounds confused and not so coherent.

The end result is a decent enough album made by somone who did not clearly "get" progressive rock when they made this progressive rock album. The result is halfway house and an album I am not that happy about.

2 points

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