Sven B. Schreiber
I was wondering why masses of fans started to purchase this album exactly now. Today I found out accidentally that a 50% promotion is going on - and I almost missed out on it, because the crappy 'n' buggy Bandcamp app blocked my messaging due to some corrupt item in the inbox, which I was able to remove only today. So who can resist a "Present" album for half the price?! Not me! Mastermind Roger Trigaux is, of course, one of the pioneers of "Rock in Opposition", so this album contains some of the finest RIO/Zeuhl music available on this planet. Favorite track: "Le poison qui rend fou".
Favorite track: Le Poison Qui Rend Fou.
Present is a Belgian band formed and led by guitarist/composer Roger Trigaux. In 1974, Trigaux and drummer Daniel Denis co-founded Univers Zero. Trigaux performed with Univers Zero for five years, performing on their first two album and touring throughout Europe.
In 1979, seeking a change of musicial direction towards a more rock-based sound, Roger left Univers Zero and formed Present.
In 1998, when Cuneiform released Present's fifth album, Certitudes, the band came to the USA for the very first time and undertook a huge, full US tour, logging in 10,000 miles and 5 weeks of concerts.
Professionally recorded on 24 track at the final date of the tour, after 35 days of touring, the band were a tight, hard-rocking, road-tested machine and this is a very well recorded, stunning, loud and hot performance.
"No matter how great their record is, little could have prepared us for experiencing Belgium's Present live. The churned out mind-numbingly complex and shifting songs that always seemed to be driving towards some sort of awesome denouement. If they ever come around again, see them even if you have to kill to do it." – Atlanta Press
released May 10, 2005
Pierre Chevalier - Roland piano, keyboards
Dave Kerman - drums, percussion
Jean-Pierre Mendes - bass
Reginald Trigaux - guitar, vocals
Roger Trigaux - guitars, vocals, keyboards
Keith Macksoud - bass solo on Promenade au Fond d'un Canal
Recorded to 24 track digital by Craig B. Hopwood at Orion Sound Studios, Baltimore, MD on June 6th, 1998.
Mixed at Orion by Mike Potter and Dave Kerman with Steven Feigenbaum on September 15th - 17th, 2004.
CD mastering by Brad Blackwood at Euphonic Music.
Photography by Jeff Kushner.
Artwork and design by Bill Ellsworth.
Release coordination by Steven Feigenbaum.
All compositions by Roger Trigaux.
Lyrics for Delusions by Roger Trigaux and Luc Glovers, Alone by Roger Trigaux, Laundry Blues by Luc Govers, and Promenade au Fond d'un Canal by Reginald Trigaux.
This release is dedicated to the memory of Gary Fick.
supported by 24 fans who also own “A Great Inhumane Adventure”
Elton Dean on list last (?) studio recording collaborating with the Belgian prog jazzers The Wrong Object.
What a pity they couldn't continue their common path!
As the formidable Mr MoonJune urges us to listen to the late great Elton Dean, blackmailing by offering this for one lousy buck, we should oblige, but please give a little more ;-)
Fans of Soft Machine / Soft Machine Legacy can't be disappointed by this bold statement! Carsten Pieper
supported by 22 fans who also own “A Great Inhumane Adventure”
Stumbled on this by chance ; glad I did .
Superb fusion jazz with elements of Miles Davis bitches brew/silent way/jack
Johnson period with interesting Indonesian overtones .check it out and
You won't be disappointed. Nick Bradey