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Clearlight - Solar Transfusion (CD)

Genre: Pop/Rock
Release Date: 15th September 2014

Label: Gonzo
Catalogue Number: HST213CD
Price: $10.49
Available: In Stock


 
Clearlight - Solar Transfusion
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Clearlight is a French progressive rock band from the 1970s, although their best known work was produced in England, and released by a major British record company. While progressive rock is an appropriate overall genre for the band, much of their work delves into other genres includingpsychedelic music, jam band music, symphonic rock, space rock, jazz fusion, and new age music.

"Clearlight" consists of pianist and composer Cyrille Verdeaux alongside other musicians, who are usually guest participants with no compositional input, except on a couple of occasions, like the second album Forever Blowing Bubbles, where bassist Joël Dugrenot had virtual co-leader status, composing two of the tracks, or Visions, which prominently featured Didier Malherbe (formerly of Gong) and Didier Lockwood (formerly of Magma and Zao) as soloists.

In the mid to late 1970s the band was managed by Jacques Reland, now a lecturer at the London Metropolitan University and Head of European Research at the Global Policy Institute. The Rennes-born manager negotiated the band's first four album deals.

Clearlight has rarely performed live. In 1975, Virgin sent a variation of the Forever Blowing Bubbles band on the road supporting Gong, but it broke up soon afterwards following Verdeaux's decision not to relocate to England as Virgin insisted he did - which ended his relationship with the label. In April 1978, a new version of the band was unveiled at the Olympia in Paris, a performance intended to be followed by a proper tour to promote [Visions (Clearlight album)|Visions]], but lack of interest from promoters dictated otherwise. In the 1980s, the name was largely retired as Verdeaux concentrated on albums released under his own name, although there was another one-off performance at an electronic music festival in 1988 featuring Verdeaux and regular collaborators Christian Boulé and Tim Blake. In the 1990s, Verdeaux began recording under the Clearlight name again.

Solar TransFusion is the third chakra of Cyrille Verdeaux's magnum opus Kundalini Opera which is spread out over a series of his albums.  Solar TransFusion has a full band sound in the tradition of Clearlight Symphony and features Gong's Didier Malherbe (saxophone and flute) and Christian Boule as well as Genevieve Meynier (violin), Chico (bass), Jacky (electric guitar) and the Chorus of Les Regresses Vertes.  The African rhythms and infectious grooves of Solar TransFusion will awaken your inner fire.   This is classic progressive music in the Clearlight tradition!


Tracks: 

1. SUN SATURATION

2. ELF DANCE

3. SHUSHUMNA TANGO

4. PINK KUNDALINI

5. GYPSY FIRE

6. JOURNEY TO THE CENTRE

7. SOLAR SALSA

8. BOOM BAKA

9. BREATH OF FIRE

10. HEAT AND RUN 

11. RIRE JAUNE

 



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