Friday 15 May 2020

Sahara - Subject Esq. (1972)

The debut album from this German band.

The band was a quintet with a lineup of drums, bass, percussion, mouth harp, flute, saxophones, guitars, keyboards and vocals.
The band had help from two guest musicians who provided viola and acoustic guitars.

Not much is known about this band who released three albums in the 1970s and whose albums has later been re-released on CD. I have these three albums up for review in the next weeks.

The music on this album is a mix of krautrock, symphonic prog, folk rock and brass rock.

There is a lot of saxophones here and the sound  is a bit muddy. There are some symphonic prog melody lines and the flutes reminds me a lot about both Focus and Jethro Tull.

There is also a lot of darkness in the music which clearly point towards Van Der Graaf Generator. Most of the songs has references towards that band.

This album is a bit of a mixed bag and it is right to label it as an eclectic prog album.

The quality is pretty good throughout and it is easy to understand why this album has so many fans that it has deserved two re-releases on CD.

Check out this album if all above sounds like your cup of tea. I have my reservations, though.....

2.5 points

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