William Sheller — Lux Aeterna
(CBS 65030, 1975, LP)
by Peter Thelen, Published 1993-10-01
Lux Aeterna is one of the few successful early examples of the fusion of rock music and orchestra. Masterminded by William Sheller, who at the time was a successful French singer, he composed and recorded the entire score, complete with lush choruses and and a full blown symphony orchestra, and only a skeletal rock presence of guitar, organ, bass, and drums. At certain points a blistering lead guitar might come screaming out of the symphonic blanket just to remind the listener that this is a rock album after all. There is occasional narration, along with some reminders of the times (voices jumping back and forth between left and right speakers, mysterious psychedelic sound effects); For those who need comparisons, I am reminded of Pink Floyd's Atom Heart Mother at times, also of Clearlight Symphony, but overall this is a remarkably unique project.
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