Exposé Online banner

Trace — Trace
(Musea FGBG 4144.AR, 1974/1995, CD)

by Peter Thelen, Published 1995-11-01

Trace Cover art

Frankly, it's amazing that this album (and the two Trace albums that followed) has eluded reissue so long! A super-group of sorts, their albums sold quite well and the first two were even released worldwide. The mastermind behind this Dutch trio (a trio for the first two albums, at least) was keyboardist Rick van der Linden, who had previously released five albums with his first band, the classically oriented and widely acclaimed Ekseption. Joining him fresh from Focus was drummer Pierre van der Linden (no relation), and bassist Jaap van Eik, following a stint in Solution. Make no mistake about it, this is Rick's keyboard show from beginning to end, and being entirely instrumental makes the music that much more intense – but he has the compositional skill and chops to pull it off. His arsenal includes piano, synthesizers, Mellotron, clavinet, harpsichord, solina, even bagpipes, but the favored glorious Hammond B3 shines through the mix everywhere. Like it was with Ekseption, the strongest influences here come from the classics, but all infused with the raw power of rock – as well as traces of jazz and blues, the latter seeming to come mainly from the rhythm section's spirited and animated treatment of the material. The compositions travel through a labyrinth of tight turns and changes – with many of the numbers segueing into one another. When searching for comparisons, The Nice would have to be high on the list, as well as some of Wakeman's early solo material, even Matthew Fisher's work with the early Procol Harum. For completists, the a and b side of the band's first single are included here as bonus tracks. Overall, great album and a reissue that was long overdue.


Filed under: Reissues, Issue 8, 1995 releases, 1974 recordings

Related artist(s): Trace

Latest news

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

2019-03-03
Seaprog 2019 Lineup Almost Complete – The Seaprog festival in Seattle is scheduled for June 7-9 this year, and they've announced their lineup of performers. The revitalized Trettioåriga Kriget will cap Friday night, perennial favorites Marbin are on Saturday, and District 97 will finish off the fest on Sunday night. In support, they've booked a stellar variety of artists from the Northwest and around the world, including EchoTest, Markus Reuter and Trey Gunn, and the live debut of the amazing Troot project. » Read more

2019-02-21
You Can Be Part of an Ambient Electronic Project – The Gesture of History is a new electronic project put together by Sam Rosenthal of Black Tape for a Blue Girl, Steve Roach, and violist Sam Shadow. The music started as an instrumental track Rosenthal was working on for a Black Tape album, but took on a life of its own and demanded further enhancements. The majority of the funds raised will go to manufacturing costs for LP and CD editions, as well as other items as detailed on the Kickstarter page. » Read more

2019-01-31
Keyboardist Ingo Bischof R.I.P. – Keyboard player Ingo Bischof, best known as the longtime keyboard player of German band Kraan, passed away on January 29th, 2019. Bischof was born January 2, 1951 in Berlin-Kreuzberg and joined Kraan in 1975. » Read more

2019-01-11
Jazz Composer Mark Lomax, II Releases Epic 12CD Set – In addition to being a fine jazz drummer, Dr. Mark Lomax, II is a composer in residence at Ohio State University, where he has been very busy on the compositional front. The year 2019 is the 400th anniversary of the arrival of the first ship bringing African slaves to North America, and in commemoration of this, Lomax has produced 400: An Afrikan Epic, a 12 volume set of CDs featuring a variety of different musical ensembles. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Rebuilding the Rights of Statues - Watch Out! Climate Has Changed, Fat Mum Rises... – The band with the awkward name has released an album with a name even more awkward. The band is generally called Re-TROS, and I'll call the album Watch Out. Since their 2005 release (Cut Off!)...  (2010) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues