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Marianus - 1981 Visions From Out Of The Blue

ARTIST: Marianus
ALBUM: Visions From Out Of The Blue
LABEL: Jupiter Phonodisc
SERIAL: JP 2711-1
YEAR: 1981


LINEUP: Marianus - lead vocals, mellotron, synthesizer, sax * Joe Fazio, Jeff Pevar, Steve Perry - guitars * Jack Petrycki - synthesizers, programming * Joseph Blair Mudarri - bass, bass pedals * Joe Petruzzelli - drums, percussion * Sarojani, Jesse Henderson, Jay Perkins - background vocals

TRACK LISTING: 01 Out Of The Blue * 02 The Change Is Gonna Come * 03 Human Race, Human Race * 04 The Man From Another Planet * 05 Prelude * 06 Magical Man * 07 Ace Deuce * 08 Someone Told You A Story

Here's a record that usually lights a fire under record collectors into both progressive and hard rock as 'Visions From Out Of The Blue' rides both sides of the musical spectrum. Unfortunately there's not a lot of much information about Mr. Marianus other than the Massachusetts address on the album sleeve, suburban Boston to be exact. Now before you get too excited looking at the credits, no it's not 'the' Steve Perry on guitar although six stringer Jeff Pevar has appeared on albums from Michael Ruff and Maine popsters Devonsquare to Meatloaf and David Crosby, while drummer Joe Petruzzelli spent time in a later version of art rock favourites Orchestra Luna. Produced by Marianus and engineered by Jesse Henderson who seems to be behind a lot of folk music as well as credited on Aerosmith's 'Just Push Play' release, 'Visions From Out Of The Blue' is a diverse and very strange album.

The Songs
'Out Of The Blue' opens side one with a glam rock styled rocker in the style of Ziggy- era David Bowie and from here on in I'm impressed with the production on the record. Crisp and sharp, it's obvious Marianus knew what he was doing, although his vocals are another matter. Imagine Geddy Lee or Pavlovs Dog's David Surkamp - but an octave higher. Yeah, it sounds like nails on a chalkboard after a while. That issue aside, his keyboard work is creative enough to separate him from the pack on cuts like 'Human Race, Human Race' which he smothers the track in mellotron and Kraftwerk influenced repetition fading out with haunting sax work and atmospheric nature samples. More god-awful vocals on 'The Man From Another Planet' and again its clear Bowie was an influence in Marianus' songwriting. I wonder if he knew of Jobriath? Side two's 'Prelude' is another weird one with strange percussion and keyboard effects; it segues nicely into 'Magical Man' the heaviest song on the album reminiscent of Styx although even that's a stretch, but what to make of 'Ace Deuce'? Queen meets Klaus Nomi meets Rush filtered through ELO maybe? One of the records weirdest cuts to say the least, and while the closer 'Someone Told You A Story' is a little (just a little) more straightforward it's still not quite what you'd expect and again, Marianus' keyboard work is the star of the show on what is the record's most progressive track.

In Summary
One of the more unusual records in my collection, I still don't know what to make of it all, but I like it more than I did a few years ago. A big buck item when it's up for sale, 'Visions From Out Of The Blue' is definitely one for those who like their rock adventurous and odd.

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#1 | jefflynnefan on December 31 2008 04:09:53
I haven't heard this but it sounds interesting. Just further proof that I want to go through your record collection!
#2 | Danielovich on December 03 2009 08:16:31
I have the 'Magical man' Single and I love this band, but the record is awfully expensive, ranging from 70 to 100 dollars(when you find it!).It was a private pressing.
Is there any CD edition?
#3 | gdazegod on December 03 2009 09:52:23
Mr Marianus would have to be one of the more interesting individuals in the seminal prog/hard rock world. Up there alongside Victor Peraino and the guys from Atlantis Philharmonic, Zazu and Fireballet!
#4 | Eric on December 03 2009 12:55:10
Never on CD so far...
#5 | Danielovich on December 18 2009 15:32:16
Thanks, Mr.Eric! My quest continues...
#6 | gdazegod on May 11 2012 23:05:12
I actually have this as a fileshare rip, though it needs a bit of audio editing. I'm hopeful of doing that this weekend, and slapping it up in our DL section. Wish me luck!
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