Moving Gelatine Plates - The World of Genius Hans. 1972 France


Moving Gelatine Plates - The World of Genius Hans. 1972 CBS

CD reissue: 1993 Musea

Packaging details: Pretty much the same story to tell as the debut regarding the availability of the original LP. Only that MGP's second LP is even more scarce, since it didn't sell as well initially. I bought my copy in 1999 on ebay from a French dealer, before prices became the equivalent to mortgage payments. If there ever was an album I would run into a towering inferno to save, this would be it. If I was forced to sell my collection, this would be the very last album I'd part with. You'd have to pry it from my cold, dead fingers. As I said about the debut, "The World of Genius Hans" is another album that I think would be successful in the LP reissue market. As far as the CD, Musea once again blows away any potential competition. They also conclude the Moving (1980) album with the remaining bonus tracks. Both formats are essential purchases. As an aside, I also own the original Moving LP. But I'm a fanatic.The band reformed in 2006 for one more album, that I will cover in parallel for today's UTR post.

Notes: Everything I love about the debut is magnified and enhanced on their second and final 70s album. They cut the excess (lengthy solos, including the worthless drum bit) while increasing the complexity, the instrumentation, as well as the melodic content. Regarding the latter, an incredible 450 themes were incorporated into these compositions. The end result is nothing short of astounding. I often read reviews where the opening 14 minute title track is mind blowing, and the remainder trails off. I agree with the assessment of the first track. However the album actually improves from there. The shorter tracks allow even more ideas per second to flow through. In fact, I'd say the two best tracks are the ones they chose for a single ('Funny Doll', 'Cauchemar') which I've included in the images above. MGP can do no wrong it seems. Overall, I find the album highly memorable long after the music has stopped. Considering the complexity, that's an extraordinary accomplishment. Most of these complex instrumental albums, especially in modern times, are cold and clinical. Moving Gelatine Plates proves that does not have to be the case, and should be held up as a role model for future generations.

Most everyone has a favorite album. This is mine. A perfect 100 out of a 100.

Depending on my mood, I could also say the cover is my all-time favorite. It's completely captivating, and appeals to my sense of humor.

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