18/01/2007

Tonton Macoute - Tonton Macoute (1971)

My favourite album from the RCA's Neon label small but interesting catalog. The only flaw in this Tonton Macoute's lone effort is probably the awful name of the band. What could have induced this uk quartet of brilliant and accomplished musicians to take inspiration from the cruel Haitian militia force under the control of François 'Papa Doc' Duvalier, notorious for its brutal oppression of political dissidents? We'll never know...
Apart from that, this 1971 album embodies perfectly the highest meaning of the term "progressive rock", being a truly successful and enjoyable merging of disparate musical styles (jazz, classical music, folk, pop and rock, all spiced with some ethnic flavours) which concur to create a unique sound. Although slightly dated here and there, Tonton Macoute remains a must listen for all lovers of true progressive music.

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5 comments:

Lucky said...

Hi, Radu!
Thanks for your nice comment at my blog - you're link is added, of course! ;)

Congratulations for YOUR blog, too, great shares, and very diverse, also art stuff...

Do have something against being linked at the Totally Fuzzy site (http://tofuhaus.antville.org/) - from time to time I'm adding a few links from other fine blogs there - so if you're searching for stuff, this is one of the best places - no info, just artist-title and the links to the blogs/journals, whatever...

All the best for your start - and keep on with your good spirit!

Lucky

PS - you like to confirm every comment you get? If not, you can disable this feature - or turn on the word verification, so you don't get any spam comments... just a thought ;)

Hårek said...

A superb ecclectic mixture of progressive rock, a bit of Canterbury, jazz and classical music. Very, very good stuff and far too unknown. Have the CD myself. Recommended stuff!

Radu said...

Hi, Lucky!

thanx for your comment, encouragement & advice. I didn't know Totally Fuzzy, it seems a very good resource. I'm going to put a link to it on my page.
I also think you're right about the comments'confirmation. In effect, the word verification should be enough to avoid spam comments. So, I've disabled the feature. Don't want to be a judge, just wanna be a blogger:)

Radu

Anonymous said...

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Anonymous said...

I really love this band/album. Do you have any recommendations for artists or bands that make music as powerful as Tonton Macoute? I would greatly appreciate any suggestions