Sunday 30 December 2018

Dragon - Dragon (1976)

The debut album from this band from Belgium.

The band was a quintet with a lineup of bass, drums, mellotron, keyboards, guitars, trombone, piano, synths, organs, strings and vocals.

This band released two albums in 1976 and 1977 before they broke up and disappeared. Both albums has got a good reputation and a semi-classic status in the prog rock world.

That status was very much helped by the re-released albums in 1989 on CD (Musea Records).

What we get here is an eclectic mix of Eloy, Van Der Graaf Generator and Iron Butterfly. That means complex hard psych rock/prog with a lot of heavy organs and guitars. There is also some good old beat music on this album. Beat music from the 1960s.

Some of the music is hard and some is pretty pastoral. There is a lot of changes between light and darkness here. A lot of contrasts.

Some of the music works and some falls rather flat on it's face. There is no denying that this is a truly eclectic album with some strange melodies....... forget that..... all songs on this forty minutes long album is very strange.

I am not won over by this album. There is no denying that this album has it's charms. It is a decent album.

2 points

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