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William Sheller — Lux Aeterna
(CBS 65030, 1975, LP)

by Peter Thelen, Published 1993-10-01

Lux Aeterna Cover art

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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