Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Borealis - Sons Of The Sea (1970)

Επιμένουμε με Καναδά μια και κάναμε την αρχή από χτες. Περνάμε στους Borealis (από το Maritimes) που με αυτό το όνομα έβγαλαν μόνο ένα δίσκο. Ως ποιότητα εντάσσεται σe αυτά που έλεγα τις προάλλες περί των Καναδέζικων γκρουπ. Πάντα βαθμολογούνται πάνω από την βάση. Κατά ένα περίεργο επίσης τρόπο και σε αυτό το δίσκο το καλύτερο κομμάτι κατά την γνώμη μου βρίσκεται στα τελειώματα και πρόκειται για το Tomorrow Morning.

Είμαι σίγουρος ότι είχατε «πεθυμήσει» να δείτε πάλι κανένα πειρατή σε φωτό. Ορίστε λοιπόν άλλος ένας Γερμανικός αυτή τη φορά (Audat) που είχε κυκλοφορήσει στην χώρα μας. Να συμπληρώσω ότι υπάρχουν γενικά διαφωνίες για το έτος κυκλοφορίας του δίσκου. Άλλοι αναγράφουν 72 και άλλοι 70. Έβαλα έτος κυκλοφορίας το 70 διότι αναφέρεται στο οπισθόφυλλο.

It's regarded as the first rock album in the Atlantic Provinces, in a style which wasn't really expected by the label. It is a good, somewhat average and typical early 70's styled album without being a standing stone. It was recorded the day before sharing stage with the then famed Lighthouse Band. It was reissued unofficially before by a German bootleg label called Audat. I'm not sure how official this reissue is. I only read that the LP on Void Records, also recently reissued, is a legitimate 500 copy pressing, which was taken from the master tapes of vocalist Paul Bradbury.

Paul Bradury had worked before on a play supported by the Canada Arts Council. This play had the intention of being an educational story telling how the early 70's computer worked, with a few fairy tale characters and some interaction with the public, showing the listener how to make the computer count and even sing and talk. This music is more like a soft rock opera, with some analogue synthesisers (moog,..), some simple chord repeated piano, combined with a few theatre related tracks, like some odd vocals by a wizard combined with electronic noises, or the band. This is a nice oddity.

Maybe here and there, or at least one song is more simplistic, like the counting song because it was actually meant for children. In general the album surely has its charms and it has its own modest originality. I don't know how much both albums really fit well being released together, but it makes the reissue for some more attractive.


Side A:
1. In The End
2. Broke
3. Sons Of The Sea
4. Higher
5. Another Boy

Side B:
1. Business
2. The Politician
3. Old Age
4. Tomorrow Morning
5.Lucky Day


Heavypsychman said...

Got to hear this

Thanks for sharing!

psych-Spaniolos said...

Thanks a lot for your comment

Anonymous said...

Talent. Good compositions. They do a good sound, at times, Arena Rock style shades. An original band that deserved to survive. Thank you.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for giving me the chance to hear this!

freqazoidiac said...

thanks for sharing this.

Never had time to rip mine to Digital so this is cool.

The Label it was on, was originally Audat, and it was not a bootleg label, it was legit canadian label.

Maybe a german reissuer just used the original Label graphics. Cheerio!