Exposé Online banner

Pageant — La Mosäique de la Rêverie
(Musea FGBG 4181.AR, 1986/1996, CD)

by Peter Thelen, Published 1997-10-01

La Mosäique de la Rêverie Cover art

Having heard well over a hundred Japanese symphonic progressive rock releases from the early 80s to the present, ranging from mediocre to excellent, there are two that come to mind immediately as among the very best that scene has to offer: one is Providence’s And I’ll Recite an Old Myth, and the other one is this first full length release by Pageant from 1986. The band, fronted by powerful female vocalist / keyboardist Hiroko Nagai, led by guitarist Ikkou Nakajima, and also featuring Kazuhiro Miyatake (Mr. Sirius) on flute and acoustic guitar, plays a dynamic symphonic rock ranging from delicate passages featuring mainly acoustic instruments to full-power wall-of-prog, all meticulously arranged. Some comparisons that come to mind immediately are Renaissance circa 74-77 (Turn of the Cards, Novella), and perhaps the more gentle and acoustic side of early Heart (Little Queen, Dog and Butterfly) with all the soul and blues pretenses of the latter replaced by Euro-classical sensibilities. Hiroko’s vocals (in Japanese) are a match for Annie Haslam, though a little deeper and more tempered. The three opening tracks “La Mosaïque,” “Vexation,” and “Echo,” are worth the price of admission alone. This has been on CD before (King label, long out of print), and Musea’s reissue adds no bonus tracks, but the booklet does contain a short history of the band up to the release of this album. For those interested in exploring the world of Japanese symphonic prog, this is the place to start.


Filed under: Reissues, Issue 13, 1996 releases, 1986 recordings

Related artist(s): Mr Sirius, Pageant

Latest news

2021-01-18
Asia Minor Third Album on the Way – On January 29, AMS records will be releasing the long-awaited third album by classic Turkish-French band Asia Minor. Released last year in Japan, this will be the widespread debut of Points of Libration. The album features original members Setrak Bakirel (vocals, guitar) and Eril Tekeli (flute, guitar). » Read more

2020-12-09
Harold Budd RIP – Harold Budd, one of pre-eminent American composers of avant-garde and minimalism, has died of complications from the coronavirus. Budd came to prominence in the 70s, championed by Brian Eno on his Obscure Records label, with music that blended academic minimalism with electric jazz and electronic music. Much of Budd's best known work was done in collaboration with other artists, including Eno, Daniel Lanois, Robin Guthrie, Andy Partridge, John Foxx, Jah Wobble, and many others. » Read more

2020-11-20
25 Views of Worthing Finally Gets Released – A while ago, we wrote about the discovery of a "long lost" Canterbury-style gem by a band called 25 Views of Worthing. And now we're pleased to find out that Wind Waker Records has released their music on an LP. » Read more

2020-10-14
Audion Is Back in Business – Our esteemed colleague Alan Freeman has restarted Audion Magazine after a seven year hiatus. The new incarnation is available online on their Bandcamp site. Audion's history goes back to 1984, and included 58 issues up to 2013. Issue #59 is available now, and #60 is in the works. » Read more

2020-10-06
Romantic Warriors IV – Krautrock (Part 2) Is in the Works – Zeitgeist Media, the people who have brought us the great series of documentary films chronicling the history of progressive rock, are working on the second installment of their examination of German music. Krautrock 2 will focus on artists from Münich such as Guru Guru, Amon Düül II, Xhol Caravan, Kraan, Witthüser & Westrupp, and Popol Vuh. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

John Tavener - Eternity's Sunrise – The British composer John Tavener has struck a chord with a significant cross-over audience. Like Arvo Pärt, Tavener creates a sumptuously gorgeous music infused with his belief in God and a...  (1999) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues