Thursday 15 February 2018
Eela Craig - Missa Universalis (1978)
The fourth album from this Austrian band.
Eela Craig was a seven piece big band on this album with a lineup of electronics, keyboards, guitars, bass, drums, piano, flute and vocals. The vocals are in no less than in Latin, French, English and German.
This album is a Catholic Mass set to piece of symphonic prog. Which is a very very very ambitious project.
The lyrics does not comes across as overtly Christian and preaching. This is more about the mass itself than any savings of lost souls.
And that comes as a relief as I am not too happy about preaching albums.
The album is forty-two minutes long and it really offers up a lot of good and some very good pastoral symphonic prog. Yes, I can hear that this is some sort of a Catholic Mass. They have almost hit their target here. Well, they have hit the target.
A couple of more lively tracks even makes this mass a bit lively too. But that only enhances this keyboards drenched album. An album with some very good synths too. There are also some guitars here which is well hidden, but still a part of the sound.
The result is a good album which is not shaming this band. It is also their best so far. Check out this album.