Kyrie Eleison

The Complete Recordings 1974-1978

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Very complete indeed, these Complete Recordings. MIO Records managed to put together a three-disc set of a band who released a single LP in its lifetime. Kyrie Eleison achieved only local recognition in the '70s, and the traces they left deserve closer inspection. Most of the material included here is taken from rehearsal tapes and damaged master tapes (even the group's self-released 1977 album "The Fountain Beyond the Sunrise" was cheaply recorded). The MIO team did its best to clean up the tapes, but they remain crippled artifacts. That said, if you are a prog rock fan, especially of the symphonic kind, you'll find much to marvel about in these songs. Disc One presents "The Blind Window Suite" (1974-1975), recorded for a demo (a double-LP's worth of material), and released for the first time on CD in 1994 by the group's leader, Gerald Krampl, who later went on to form Indigo. Crudely recorded but passionate, the suite draws influences from the big names of progressive rock (Genesis and Emerson, Lake & Palmer in particular), while following a musical direction that is strikingly similar to their countrymen Eloy's first concept albums (The Power and the Passion came out in 1975). Disc Two is an hour-long live concert from 1975 featuring the 30-minute epic "A Pane of Glass," a very convincing opus. Disc Three is the 1977 LP plus one extra track from a few months later. Highlights abound, including "Out of Dimension" and "Lenny." Kyrie Eleison weren't original in their approach to prog rock, but they did write a few compelling songs. The group simply never got a chance to record an album with decent means, and thus showcase their true potential. For connoisseurs only. The set includes a generous 36-page booklet.

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