Sunday, 13 October 2019

East - Játékok (1981)

The debut album from this Hungarian band.

The band was a quintet with a lineup of guitars, bass, drum, percussion, keyboards and vocals.

I think the vocals is in Magyar, the language spoken in Hungary... yes, it is in that language.

The band released eight albums between 1981 and 1994. They are legends in Hungary and I have got three of their albums to review this fall.

...Starting with this one......

The cover art-work does not tell me much. The first tones of this album however greets me and it is a friendly greeting. Symphonic prog..... Just like my doctor ordered.

The music on this album would today be labelled as neo-prog. That sound and scene was not born in 1981 though.... The music is still neo-prog.

It is though not out and out Genesis worship. It is more like symphonic prog with some pop and rock induced into the music.

The vocals are really neo-prog and the music is pretty light and poppy neo-prog. Very early neo-prog and not overly complicated.

It is melodic with some good melodies and sound. This is very much an enjoyable album well worth checking out.

3 points

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