Exposé Online banner

Museo Rosenbach — Zarathustra
(Si Wan SRMC 1047, 1973/1998, CD)

by Mike McLatchey, 1995-07-01:

Zarathustra Cover art Although this Korean release is the fourth reissue of this album, its tenuous distribution still means that this, possibly the greatest Italian symphonic rock album of all time will still remain hard to find. There's very little more to say about an album of this caliber without starting to drool, if you can hunt this one down you'll be doing yourself an immense favor. This is certainly one of the most elaborate and truly amazing European rock albums of all time. Honestly, someone needs to reissue this and keep it available.

by Mike McLatchey, 2015-10-29:

McLatchey's Second Tier

There are so many outstanding melodies and themes on this album that you get the impression the band might have gotten a little over judicious. As an example in the long suite on side 1 there's an absolutely insane rave up that explodes from the speakers that is faded out just about the time you catch your breath and almost seems like a lost opportunity. Zarathustra is, of course, one of the finest of the Italian progressive era of the 70s, in fact it's almost a definitive example, you have the big keyboards, both organ and Mellotron, a passionate and strong vocalist (still strong today too), a drummer who's clearly a jazzer and compositions that are both dramatic and rocking at once. It was also deep enough that I started out enjoying the title suite the most only to gravitate more to the three songs on the second side over many listens. I've also liked the really strong Nietzscheian overtones as well, which influence much more than just the title but tend to be the philosophical underpinning of the whole album, matching perfectly with the music's dark and epic moods. Wrap it up in one of the finest covers of the era (one you really have to see the original or a mock up to truly appreciate) and you have a perfect package.


Filed under: Reissues , 1998 releases, 1973 releases

Related artist(s): Museo Rosenbach

More info

Latest news

2018-07-09
Soft Machine Set to Release New Music – It's been 50 years since The Soft Machine changed the face of music with their first album. Their blend of psychedelic rock and jazz was unique, and while the band went through many changes before disbanding in 1981 — by which time there were no original members remaining — they remained an innovative force with a style all their own. » Read more

2018-07-01
7d Surfaces Happy Rhodes Back Catalog – We've covered singer Happy Rhodes before, both for her solo work and recently with The Security Project, but her 11 albums have been hard to track down. Until now. 7d features high-quality downloads of all her releases, and several of them are also available on CD. » Read more

2018-06-25
Fred Chalenor RIP – We have news of another sad passing in the world of creative music. Bassist Fred Chalenor, whose creativity featured on albums by Tone Dogs, Caveman Shoestore, and many more, died on June 23, 2018 after a long battle with Alzheimer's. Tributes have poured in from the many musicians and fans whose lives he touched. » Read more

2018-06-13
Jon Hiseman RIP – One of the great drummers of the rock era has died. Jon Hiseman was a veteran of such ground-breaking groups as Colosseum (I and II), Tempest, John Mayal's Bleusbreakers, and was a founding member of the innovative large band United Jazz + Rock Ensemble. » Read more

2018-06-05
Koenjihyakkei Seeks Funding for New Album – It's been quite a few years since the last new studio album by the amazing Koenjihyakkei. Now they are preparing Dhormimviskha for worldwide release, and they're asking fans to pre-order via a Kickstarter campaign to help it happen. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Roger Chapman - The Legendary Funny Cider Sessions/Swag – Family’s Roger Chapman is somewhat of a workaholic. His departure from Family only saw him tirelessly fronting bands under a number of other names including his own. This package of two albums...  (2005) » Read more

Glass - No Stranger to the Skies – The little town of Port Townsend, Washington has special significance to me – I have some very fond memories from there dating back to the 70s. So when I first heard about Glass, a progressive band...  (2002) » Read more

Klaus Schulze - Historic Edition – It's getting expensive to be a Klaus Schulze fan these days, especially having this released so soon after the monumental Silver Edition. This new 10 CD set is a retrospective of his more formative...  (1995) » Read more

Ray Russell - Goodbye Svengali – Veteran Brit-jazzer Ray Russell has a lengthy resumé, having played with numerous famous musicians in a sideman role. On Goodbye Svengali, a tribute to the late Gil Evans, we get to hear...  (2007) » Read more

Shylock - Île de Fièvre – Finally, this reissue has arrived. Rumors of Musea releasing this French symphonic masterpiece can be traced back to as early as 1992. When Shylock's first, Giarlogues, was reissued a few years...  (1997) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues