Exposé Online banner

Alas — Alas
(Progressive Rock Worldwide PRW 027, 1976/1993, CD)

by Mike Ohman, Published 1997-02-01

Alas Cover art

No big surprises here, just another keyboards / bass / drums (plus occasional guitar) trio working in a well-worn style. What Alas brings to the style that is new is a jazzy bent. I'm reminded of the Tony Williams Lifetime at times, it's almost as if Larry Young had taken over the compositional reins of the band and discovered synths. There's also a Latin touch here and there, setting them apart from ELP, Triumvirat, Le Orme et al. Mostly this is thanks to singing keyboardist Gustavo Moretto, who posesses a pleasing (if unremarkable) baritone voice. These tendencies turn up most prevalently on the three-minute "Rincon, mi viejo rincon," which features electric piano as its primary instrument. Over the long instrumental passages of squawking synth and grinding organ of the longer tracks, however, it could be quite easy to mistake this for an European band.


Filed under: Reissues, Issue 11, 1993 releases, 1976 recordings

Related artist(s): Alas

Latest news

2019-06-05
Legendary Co-Founder of The 13th Floor Elevators Passes Away at Age 71 – Sadly, Roky Erickson passed away on May 31, 2019. Known as the father of psychedelic music and co-founder of the ground breaking 13th Floor Elevators, Roky had a profound influence on music from the 60s to today. Plagued by his own personal demons, Roky had a difficult life and is now free of these burdens. » Read more

2019-04-24
Help MoonJune Bring Great Music to Life – Like many music lovers around the world, we’ve been thrilled and amazed to hear the recordings that have been released by MoonJune from sessions at La Casa Murada in Spain. Such label stalwarts as Mark Wingfield, Markus Reuter, Asaf Sirkis, Tony Levin, Dusan Jevtovic, Vasil Hadzimanov, and many more have gathered in various combinations at the studio to produce some of the most creative music in recent years. Now, label head Leonardo Pavkovic is offering a compilation, La Casa Murada - MoonJune Sessions, Volume One, as a fundraiser for upcoming sessions. » Read more

2019-04-10
The Pineapple Thief to Tour North America – November and December of 2019 will see The Pineapple Thief bringing their music to Canada, Mexico, and the US, and famed drummer Gavin Harrison will be on board. The band has been touring extensively in Europe, but North America will be new territory for them. » Read more

2019-03-25
Scott Walker RIP – Noel Scott Engel, better known as Scott Walker, was one of the most intriguing and enigmatic musical figures in the second half of the 20th Century. His strange career started with The Walker Brothers, an American pop group that featured no one named Walker and no brothers. After moving to England in 1965, they had a series of hit singles. Scott's solo work started with Scott in 1967. Starting in the 80s, his work took an increasingly avant-garde turn. » Read more

2019-03-20
Freedom to Spend Unearths June Chikuma's Archives – Jun (June) Chikuma is well known for her video game and anime soundtracks, but she also released an album of experimental electronic music back in 1986 called Divertimento where she indulged the kind of spontaneity that wouldn't work in a soundtrack. RVNG Int'l label Freedom to Spend is bringing this overlooked item to broader attention with a deluxe reissue. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Cast - Legacy – For their ninth studio album, Cast present another strong set of tunes in their established mode. While there are strong contributions from all members, the keyboards of Alfonso Vidales are clearly...  (2000) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues