In Spe - s/t. 1983 Estonia

Interesting that I've recently listened to - and reviewed - both Tako's second album and Solaris' debut, because In Spe sounds like a direct cross between the two. So once again we have a symphonic fusion album from communist era Eastern Europe. The songwriting here is splendid, as is the execution. Melodies are first and foremost, with some hair raising electric guitar and synthesizer breaks, of the kind you get when listening to classic early 70s Genesis or Camel. Wonderful flute as well. The majority of the album is instrumental, save 'Antidolorosum'. On this latter track I was reminded of the Estonian trailblazing group Mess. In other parts I do hear a certain classical symphonic background as one would hear on Horizont's Summer in Town for example. Even though Glasnost had yet to happen, the ice was thawing on the fringes of the empire, and In Spe was torching it away from the underground. One of the best albums of its type. Mandatory.

Personal collection
CD: 1999 Eesti Raadio

The CD comes in a very fine and sturdy 3 panel digi-pak. If on a budget, the original LP will prove far cheaper, as the CD is long gone from the marketplace. As is always the case with Eastern European albums from the 70s and 80s, the CD will sound better than the cheaply made LPs. But the recording is impeccable as expected.

No comments:

Post a Comment

Skywhale - The World at Mind's End. 1977 England

Skywhale's sole album is one of the rare non-Canterbury UK fusion albums that sound more in line with what was happening over the Chan...