Exposé Online banner

Museo Rosenbach — Live '72
(Mellow MMP 102, 1972/1992, CD)

Museo Rosenbach — Rare & Unreleased
(Mellow MMP 103, 1972/1992, CD)

by Mike McLatchey, Published 1996-08-01

Live '72 Cover artRare & Unreleased Cover art

Museo Rosenbach's Zarathustra is one of the greatest symphonic/classical rock works of all time and has yet to be surpassed in the genre. These two titles are posthumous releases of live and demo recordings. Live '72 is a very poor recording of Museo live with Celeste sax and flautist Leonard Lagorio, who you can barely make out through the muddy sound. Featuring a dreadful cover/medley of "Season of the Witch/It's a Man's Man's World," this CD is really only interesting for the extended jam in "Della Natura" and is definitely only recommended to the completist.

Rare & Unreleased is a 70 minute plus CD of archives featuring an early version of the entire Zarathustra album. The self- titled suite has a different vocalist (Walter Franco), is much more relaxed compared to the power and grandeur of the album, and sounds like it was recorded open mike for a demo. The second-side tracks are here in instrumental form, and seem like backing tracks used to try out a vocalist – good, yet incomplete. There are also covers here – "With a Little Help from My Friends" is truly wretched, and the others, including Colosseum's "Valentyne Suite" are barely passable. Basically a collection of demos and esoterica, it certainly doesn't stand repeated listening. A Mellow LP only release, Rarities dips even further into the mire; I wouldn't even bother with a review. For a group who put out an utterly incredible classic, these archives don't do them justice.


Filed under: Archives, Issue 10, 1992 releases, 1972 recordings

Related artist(s): Museo Rosenbach

Latest news

2018-05-14
Glenn Branca RIP – Experimental guitarist and composer Glenn Branca has died at the age of 69. He was known for compositions featuring large ensembles of guitars, and for the use of feedback. He founded his band Theoretical Girls in the mid-70s as an art-punk answer to what he saw as the increasing commercialization of punk music. His compositions were highly influential, with such figures as David Bowie, Thurston Moore, and John Lurie among his fans. » Read more

2018-04-05
OBEY Convention XI Set for May 24-28 in Halifax – As the 2018 festival season rapidly approaches, we’d like you to be aware of a real treasure of diverse and creative music that’s going to take place in Halifax, Nova Scotia, next month. The OBEY Convention is on its 11th outing, and features a wide range of artists from around the world. From avant-industrial noise to experimental takes on Classical Chinese music, from chamber jazz to doom metal, from ambient soundscapes to Canadian First Nations drumming, you’d be hard pressed to find a festival with more variety in sound anywhere in the world. » Read more

2018-04-04
Close to the Rain Festival in Bergen Announces Lineup – Now in its second year, the Close to the Rain Festival of progressive music is scheduled to take place in Bergen, Norway, on June 7 - 9. They've got an amazing slate of bands lined up, including such powerhouses as Anekdoten, Major Parkinson, Arabs in Aspic, Tusmørke, and many more. » Read more

2018-03-01
Seaprog 2018 Artist Announcements Raise Festival's Profile – Seattle's Seaprog festival has been going since 2013, and the 2018 edition features a slate of artists that's sure to bring more attention to the event. Cheer-Accident, Bubblemath, and Free Salamander Exhibit are in the first round announcement of performers. In keeping with their tradition of focusing on regional artists, they will also present a number of artists from Washington and Oregon. [Edit: Just added: Inner Ear Brigade] » Read more

2018-02-26
Adelbert von Deyen RIP – Word reaches us that German electronic musician Adelbert von Deyen has died. His recorded legacy reaches back to 1978, when Sky Records released Sternzeit. Von Deyen, who was born October 25, 1953 in Süderbrarup, was also known as a painter and graphic artist. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

The Gathering - Mandylion – I've heard this group mentioned in the same breath as The Third and the Mortal, so I decided to check out one of their releases. Hailing from the Netherlands, The Gathering is Rene Rutten...  (1999) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues