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Atlantis Airport - 1992 By Nature



ARTIST: Atlantis Airport
ALBUM: By Nature
LABEL: Self Released
SERIAL: ZYT 4983
YEAR: 1992

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: Peter Urfer - vocals * Michel Koch - guitars, vocals * Lorenz Hirni - keyboards, acoustic guitars, violin, cello, backing vocals * Stefan Husi - bass, backing vocals * Francois Cuvit - drums, backing vocals

TRACK LISTING: 01 Ride to Atlantis * 02 By Nature * 03 Dolphin Eyes * 04 Soul Surfer * 05 World Of Tomorrow * 06 Platform 23 * 07 Join The Club * 08 If I Change My Mind * 09 Master Of The Game * 10 Hellcat * 11 Telephone Blues * 12 By Nature (Reprise)


Background
A farily rare record this one - from Switzerland's Atlantis Airport. As you can tell from the album cover and band name, this album has a theme, about Atlantis, but mainly once you navigate beyond the intro, this album is all about melodic rock - with some different flavours on offer among the tracks - including saxophone and jazzy piano. Musically, it's part prog, part melodic rock, with a sound that touches on Eloy and 2 Hot4U, both bands reviewed here previously.


The Songs
'Ride To Atlantis' features a dreamy atmospheric opening amid saxophone and dolphin sound effects. It makes way for a solid instrumental piece that rocks out to the end of the song. It segues into the title track 'By Nature', which features some rock solid riffing in the mould of Russia and Airraid. Keyboard parps and restrained verses and choruses keeps this tune on a leash mostly, the solo is a piano based affair with the guitars being held back for an assault for later on in the album. 'Dolphin Eyes' is a prog like affair similar to 2 Hot4U, while 'Soul Surfer' is a funky based track which kinda sounds out of place here. 'World Of Tomorrow' to me, is a deadringer for Jefferson Starship's epic track 'Awakening', from their 'Freedom At Point Zero'. The guitar riffs heavy up for the surprisingly good 'Platform 23'. It reminds me a lot of German rockers Rain Dancer from a years previous. 'Join The Club' is energetic and full of that organ sound which possessed bands such as Lucifers Friend and Uriah Heep. 'If I Change My Mind' is a sombre ballad which doesn't quite hit the spot, unlike the fantastic pomp of 'Master Of The Game' which for me is the highlight of the album. 'Hellcat' is a throwaway sort of tune with a sound that came out of the 70's, 'Telephone Blues' on the other hand is a tried and true blues belter with Gary Moore as a good reference point.


In Summary
Not a bad album, a bit of a mixed bag in places, but well worth the listen. On the tracks that stand out ('World Of Tomorrow' and 'Master Of The Game' for instance) they are exceptional. Atlantis Airport only released this one effort, with band members going on to the other Swiss projects following this one.


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#1 | swazi on May 15 2016 21:35:53
I found this to be a really good effort by this Swiss band. Really enjoyable, indeed!
I would buy this CD immediately, but unfortunately it is rather rare and therefore expensive.
 
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