»Valdecan QUASAR. Queen Ayden Sin, melden Sie sich.«Eine dunkle Frauenstimme ertönte.»Queen Ayden Sin spricht. Wir erwarten Ihre Befehle, Lordoberst. suzanneosten.nu Wir führen gerade Wartungsarbeiten durch. Febr. Galaktisch, das sind Quasar. Die Eitorfer Band hat nicht nur einen Namen, der den Kern eines weit entfernten Universums beschreibt.
The guitar may chime in with the occasional darker toned texture, but is first and foremost used as a resonating light toned supplemental motif provider when not providing guitar soloing harmonizing with or supplementing the keyboards.
The keyboards mainly use the lighter tones of the register to provide layers of surging and playful symphonic textures and backdrops to the proceedings.
The bass guitar is the one constant provider of darker toned motifs to contrast the otherwise lighter toned instrument details, and due to that gets a more distinct placement in the arrangements.
Which may also be the reason for why Turner's bass and pedals are also utilized in a more melodic sense than ordinary.
The compositions are accessible and melodic creations all, alternating between gentler movements and sections sporting either a more intense and majestic expression or the occasional lapse into sections of pace-filled and more intense excursions.
The latter occasionally containing minor references to bands like ELP. What adds a lot more life and intensity to this album are the lead vocals.
Tracy Hitchings is the singer on this disc, and her expressive, emotional voice is of the kind that comes with drama and tension as a natural element.
While the instrumental constructions might be a bit too smooth for some, the raw emotion of Hitchings lead vocals adds nerve and tension aplenty to keep matters interesting.
All of these elements arguably finding their perfect form on final track Power In Your Hands. While both production and most instrument textures comes with a distinct 80's sound to them, and due to that will have a limited appeal, "The Lorelei" is a fine example of neo progressive rock from the 's, and if you enjoy that kind of music in general and are fond of the melodic, accessible variety of it in particular this album merits a check.
Especially for those who have a soft spot for emotional, dramatic female lead vocals. Musically we're dealing with a band bound to be placed in the neo progressive sphere whether you'll like it or not.
A UK band releasing their debut album in the early 's with symphonic progressive rock as their chosen style will always end up with this categorization by way of history.
In this case to some extent due to style too, admittedly. Following a very nice, energetic symphonic introduction, Quasar heads straight into the more accessible field of neo progressive rock on this album.
The compositions are light, soft and smooth in construction, with a fairly typical melodic lead vocalist supported by what appears to be a fairly traditional instrument foundation.
No major alterations in pace or intensity, no drastic thematic developments or traits otherwise distinctly out of the ordinary. Apart from the keyboards that is.
Richly layered, soft keyboards coat and cover the arrangements, sometimes opting for a few dramatic flourishes but first and foremost melodic, harmonic and accessible.
At least as the music comes across on this edition. Epic length Mission 14 is the main exception to this description, and as such also a standout composition on this album as far as I'm concerned.
I might also add that the compositions as such, even if of a kind and character that invites to the neo progressive tag, draws their influences from the symphonic progressive rock of the 70's.
Just like the majority of the other bands given the neo progressive description at that time. What may be lacking in my own and others understanding of this version of Quasar's debut album is that it appears to be lifted from a less than perfect source.
The amounts of hiss and clicks that is a presence throughout suggests that the source for this CD has been a vinyl LP, and one played a few times at that.
Which isn't the perfect source to use when you want to reproduce the sounds of a sophisticated band. Details disappear, especially when I get the impression that this wasn't a high budget recording in the first place.
The promo edition I got contained two bonus items: The former is the most interesting of the two, as the female vocalist present on this take and the subtly more guitar based arrangement unless I'm much mistaken and misheard does add more vitality to this composition.
As long as you can live with the technical shortcomings of the CD edition of Quasar's debut album "Fire in the Sky", it is a nice trip into the gentler parts of early 's symphonic progressive rock, neo progressive or not, but if you want to get a presumably superior listening experience, the original vinyl LP is the one to go for.
If you can find one of good quality and are willing and able to pay the price of such a presumably rare item that is.
Be that as it may be, this is still a fine example of smooth, elegant and highly accessible early 's progressive rock.
As the title implies this live album features tracks recorded over several different years. Quasar is a great band that has been plagued by line-up changes through the years and here we have tracks recorded with several different line-ups.
The only constant member is Keith Turner who leads the band even today. The 80's tracks features Susan Robinson on lead vocals and the recordings feature Tracy Hitchings.
The songs are generally excellent, but the sound quality is sadly not the best on any of these recordings and now that the Live album has been released, the present release is no longer the best way to hear Quasar live on record.
I much recommend anyone who wants to hear the band live on record to begin with Live Live is primarily for the fans who wants to investigate the history and evolution of the band.
The most interesting aspects of this album is the possibility to hear Robinson and Hitchings tackle the older material which originally featured male lead vocals.
After having been impressed by the excellent Live , I am much looking forward to further releases by Quasar, both live and studio.
A new studio album has been in the pipeline for some time now and I hope it will see the light of day this year. The few new songs I have heard so far are most promising check the live videos on the band's ReverbNation site.
Formed in the late 70's, Quasar is one of the original Neo-Prog bands. A brand new studio album is however in the making and has been in the pipeline for several years now though no release date is set.
The sound of Quasar can favourably be compared to that of Landmarq under Tracy Hitchings. This is of course not surprising as the latter band has its roots in Quasar with several members of Quasar having went on to become members of Landmarq including Hitchings who did what is in my opinion her greatest vocal performance ever on The Loreli.
In my opinion, Quasar is the better band and the present live album features most of their best songs. At first I was somewhat disappointed because of the absence of Tracy Hitchings distinctive voice, but once I got over that I started to appreciate the voice of the gorgeous Keren Gaiser in its own right.
Then I saw the video clips on the bands ReverbNation page, and was charmed by Gaiser's stage presence and all-in performance.
She is something of a young Prog goddess with all the right moves, and she also plays extra keyboards. When you see this you are going to want to hear and see more from this band.
Overall, these are strong performances of a strong set of songs from both of the band's two 80's albums with a focus on the excellent The Loreli material.
Seeing Stars whose two parts originally appeared on Fire In The Sky and The Loreli respectively are here brought together into a longer suite. Some parts of the songs from Fire In The Sky which had male lead vocals are here sung by Robert Robinson who also is the main keyboard player.
The alternating male and female vocals works to good effect. Tracy Hitchings' otherworldly vocal performance on The Loreli will never be matched, but these new live versions have other things going for them, and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this as an introduction to this very good and terribly overlooked band.
I am very happy to see that they still exist and play music today and this is very promising for the future. I'm looking forward to the band's new studio album and also hope for a live concert DVD in the future.
I would certainly buy it! Review by kev rowland Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator. This is reminiscent of late Seventies Genesis, yet somehow in a more symphonic style, with stunning vocals throughout.
Indeed, the only real question that has to be asked is why has this band never gained the acclaim they so richly deserve?
Now based in the States, surely there are enough progheads over there to take this band to heart and provide the impetus for them to get out there, record a new studio album, and show everyone exactly what they are made of.
Songs like 'As You Fall Asleep' are way more powerful on this album than on the studio version, imbued with new life and strength. Based on what I can hear, Quasar are a much stronger band now than they were in the Eighties and deserve to be a name known by far more than just a few.
For more details then visit their site at quasar. I still remember the first time I played this album, something over 20 years ago, as I fell in love with it immediately.
It was the first time I had come across Tracy, and this felt like a perfect combination of soaring prog with vocals to match. Unlike the debut, where Keith had provided all of the material, this is much more of a band album although only the title song was co-written by two current members of the band.
The keyboards do sound a little uncomplicated, but given that they were being played on a midi as opposed to 'proper' keyboards that probably isn't surprising.
The star of the show is Tracy, and the music is designed to show her off in the best light. Here she is full of confidence and the production is spot on, allowing her to be a little 'dry' in places to really show off her quality as opposed to coating everything in reverb.
Although some of the keyboard sounds do appear little dated, since it is the best part of 25 years since it was released that really is a little picky as here is an album that neo-prog fans should investigate.
Not long after the album was released and this line-up, like so many others, had disappeared. So Quasar were never really able to maximize the potential of a wonderful piece of work, and as I write this at the beginning of they have yet to release another studio album.
The Loreli was released in and this took the band further to perform in Europe as well as the UK. Despite this, the band lost several members shortly thereafter, with Wagstaffe joining the previously departed D'Rose and Leigh in forming Landmarq , whom Hitchings would later join.
Quasar moved to California and with some new members, started performing there. In , Shadowhawk left due to illness and was replaced by Paul Johnson.
Studley was replaced by Clancy Ferrill in Quasar released a Live CD while the band's third album was written and recorded and released in April From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.