Saturday 20 January 2018

Kandahar - Pictures from the Past (1978)

The third album from this Belgium band.

Kandahar was a quintet on this album with a lineup of bass, drums, percussions, sitar, guitars, glockenspield, cello, tympani, piano, synths, marimba, clavinet, strings, timbales, saxophones, harmosax, moog and vocals.

I have earlier this year reviewed their first two albums. You will find my reviews here and here. The band released their final album in 1991. But I am not bothered about that album so I will leave Kandahar with this album.

The band is a fusion band and has been compared with the likes of Gong, Colosseum and Embryo. That was on the two first albums....

Pictures Of The Past is another kettle of fish again.

Gone is the intense fusion and the more weird pop. What we find on this album is sedate, almost ambient fusion... or perhaps jazz.

The music on this forty-five minutes long album is ambient indeed. Nevertheless, it has some interesting details and the melodies are all decent enough. But this is their weakest album by far. Check out their first two albums before you bother with this one. Or rather; forget this album.

2 points

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