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|Heavy Rock Spectacular / Schizo-Poltergeist|
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Bram StokerHeavy Rock Spectacular / Schizo-Poltergeist CD (album) cover 4.00
(Warning: only 3 ratings)
1. Born to be free (3:43)
2. Ants (3:48)
3. Fast decay (3:49)
4. Blitz (5:33)
5. Idiot (4:28)
6. Fingal's cave (7:42)
7. Extensive corrosion (4:19)
8. Poltergeist (4:35)
Total Time: 37:57
- T. Bronsdon* / all instruments
* The only none musician it's T. BRONSDON. He is the probable author of all the instrumental part of the unical album published by Bram Stoker.
LP Windmill Records in 1972 under the original title Heavy Rock Spectacular
CD Audio Archive (AACD023) in 1999 under the title Schizo-Poltergeist and a different cover
CD Black Widow Records (BWR 042) in 2000 under the original title and the original cover
|BRAM STOKER - Heavy Rock Spectacular / Schizo-Poltergeist|
Review by erik neuteboom (erik neuteboom)
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Symphonic Prog Expert
4 stars Here is a gem from the Early British Progressive Rock Movement, unfortunately it was both a painstaking as a hardly impossible task to find information from this elusive band. Bram Stoker was a one shot band that released their album in 1972 under the title Heavy Rock Spectacular. In 1999 the label Audio Archive released the album with the same tracks but a different cover (to be seen along with this review) as a reissue CD, a year later the label Black Widow released it with the original artwork and in 2003 the label Akarma released it as CD reissue in a mini LP gatefold sleeve.
The eight melodic and dynamic compositions are Hammond organ drenched, the electric guitar is often distorted (fuzz) delivering some fiery soli but in general it is on the background. Bram Stoker their sound has elements from Atomic Rooster (Born to be free), ELP (Fast decay) and often Beggar's Opera, mainly due to the classical organ sound (for example Bach's Toccata In D-Fuga in Fast Decay and the long Fingal's Cave) and the pleasant vocals. The track Blitz has some Spanish flavored guitar undertones and sounds a bit dark. The final, horror-like song Poltergeist features floods of classical inspired organ.
IF YOU LIKE HAMMOND DRENCHED SEVENTIES PROGROCK, I HIGHLY RECOMMENDED THIS CD!!
Posted Tuesday, January 10, 2006, 04:44 EST | Permanent link
BRAM STOKER - Heavy Rock Spectacular / Schizo-Poltergeist
Review by leemcl
4 stars The obvious reference points are ELP and the Nice, with a bit of Deep Purple heavyness and Atomic Rooster/Black Sabbath demonic doom thrown in.
As befits a band with their enigmatic name and style not much is known about them. A bit of Googling found that the T Bronsdon credited with the material and excellent keyboards is Tony Bronsdon, and that the band originated from the south coast of England (Bournemouth area). The other members are listed as Pete Ballam - guitars and vocals, Bob Haines - drums and percussion, Jon Bavin - bass and vocals.
The album is often presumed to have been a session man cash-in effort to capitalise on the early 70s prog boom. The fact that it was issued on the cut price Windmill imprint owned by those well known purveyors of prog Woolworths probably contributed to this belief. They never got signed to a major label which is a great shame as they certainly show lots of talent and potential here.
The stand out tracks for me include 'Blitz' which tells the haunting story of a man whose wife dies in a World War Two bombing raid.
'Poltergeist' is also excellent, again managing to conjure up an extremely doomy and oppressive atmosphere.
'Extensive Corrosion' (maybe Mr Bronsdon's car was playing up that week) has a great middle section with a combined piano/organ riff followed by some blazing Hammond soloing that Emerson at his peak would have been proud of.
'Fingal's Cave' is a lengthy classical adaptatation which, while not exactly an adventurous choice, is very well done.
The album does not cover ground that other bands hadn't already, but it's never less than well-performed and imaginatively played. The main reason to get it is the keyboard work, which is of a very high standard throughout.