Monday, July 23, 2007

CIRCUS-S/T (1976, LP, SWITZERLAND)


Coming from Basle (NW Switzerland on the language border between the Alemanics and the Romands), this unusual quartet of musicians has a strange line-up. Hauser is one of the better percussionists (still playing but in jazz bands nowadays), and bassist Cerletti (the only non-Alemanic in the band) is certainly excellent plays also acoustic guitar. The other two, Fri and Grieder, share the wind instruments with the vocals. That's it! No KB and almost no el. guitars, at least on the first two albums. This group is one of the real gems still unknown to most progheads, developing a fusion between classical and rock much like early MANEIGE did but also includes some influences from VDGG (mostly the sax but sometimes also the singing) and also KING CRIMSON to a lesser extent. While having some success locally, they only managed three studio albums of which the first two are now on CD. Of those two albums "Movin' On" is their best but their debut is also excellent.CIRCUS is certainly recommended to everyone who loves great interplay between musicians and to progheads not afraid of a little adventure in their musical endeavours. (Hugues Chantraine)
Tracklist:
1. Stormsplineter (2:45)
2. Nowadays (10:49)
3. Sundays (6:56)
4. Dawntalk (5:07)
5. Room For Sale (15:07)

3 comments:

nexus63 said...

track 5 there is very bad sound
can You fix this

trank grappa said...

Circus - a great band!
there was also another album called Circus All Star Band where they organised an allstarband like it happened sometimes in the "jazz world" - consisting of various members (all together approx. 20 or more) from the leading swiss bands of the time (1979) - not as prog as their other albums but still a great piece of swiss music history ;)

Dj Olowanpi said...

yes im looking for that album since long time
i have the two other circus albums
but im looking for the circus allstarband live album
someone has a link to download

i used to listen to it a lot back home in swiss
but it got stolen
and never found a copy again

so that would be awesome to get it back!!!!