Monday 14 August 2017
Taurus - Illusions of a Night (1981)
The debut album from this Dutch band.
The band was a quartet with a lineup of keyboards, bass, guitars, drums, moog, percussions and vocals.
This band should not be confused with numerous other bands with the same name.
This is the first of their in total two albums. The band was closely connected to Kayak. The bass player in Kayak formed this band. Taurus was a band with a lot of members coming and going in their short history.
Their music on this album is a mix of Yes, Kayak and in particular; Genesis. That is the Wind & Wuthering era of Genesis, btw.
There is a lot of good keyboards and moog parts here on this forty-five minutes, eleven songs long album. There is no long songs here as the band has chosen to write some shorter, more punchy songs. That was the prog rock world anno 1981.
The vocals though is pretty poor and ditto for the sound. The sound is in desperate lack of beef and muscle. The vocals is a lost cause, I am afraid.
The result is a decent to good album. It is a lot better than that if you are an avid Genesis fan and can live with the vocals. But the quality is not good enough. Hence my verdict.