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Opus (Austria) - 1980 Daydreams



ARTIST: Opus (Austria)
ALBUM: Daydreams
LABEL: Phillips
SERIAL: 6322 035
YEAR: 1980

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: Kurt Rene Plisner - keyboards * Walter Bachkonig - bass * Ewald Pfleger - guitar * Gunter Grasmuck - drums * Herwig Rudisser - lead vocals

TRACK LISTING: 01 Seeming Out Of Reach * 02 My Style * 03 In Town * 04 Juice Queen * 05 Go On Your Way * 06 Not The Way * 07 Austria * 08 No Remedy * 09 As Clear As * 10 Daydreams

WEBLINKS: www.opus.at


Background
Many of you will remember the massive 1985 sing-a-long hit from these guys 'Live Is Life'. Catchy and oh-so European, Opus, a handful of albums into their career were suddenly thrust in the international spotlight even making their way to America and latching on to a Stevie Nicks tour, never to be heard from again in the lower 48. Of course that wasn't the case in their native Austria and other parts of Europe where they continued to record and tour well into the early '90s, but based on that massive single and their impressive string of melodic rock releases, some listeners will be surprised to find Opus were very much a full blown progressive rock band in their early days, cutting their teeth on Deep Purple and Colosseum covers while beavering away on original material with the hope of landing a deal at the worst time possible for any group dipping their toes in the dried up prog rock pool.


The Songs
But it happened and eventually signing to Phillips, their debut album 'Daydreams' took that early heavy rock sound and filtered it through a symphonic mesh of quality melodic prog. One look at the album cover and a listen to the opening classical rock instrumental 'Seeming Out Of Reach' should leave no doubt what Opus were going for here, but the majority of the album is far more commercial than it appears. 'My Style' and 'In Town' offer up plenty for the discerning pomp fan with Queen-like background vocals and hi-tech guitars. The vocals of Herwig Rudisser are an interesting juxtaposition of Kayak's Ed Reekers and Daryl Braithwaite as 'Juice Queen' will bring to mind The Sherbs while 'Not The Way' moves Opus right back into high flying pomp territory, sort of like a low-rent Saga before the Kayak influenced ballad dedicated to their homeland 'Austria' gently kicks in and takes it down a notch. Closing out the album, the title track is a bit of a downer and definitely not up to the quality of the previous material, but overall this a nice piece of Euro symphonic rock that is never less than charming.


In Summary
Like several of our prog oriented reviews this is another album you won't find on the majority of progressive rock databases and my guess is based on 'Live Is Life' few have bothered to look any further into the Opus history. Unlike the majority of the band's releases, 'Daydreams' has never been on CD and in turn is quite scarce on LP. Definitely worth picking up if you can find it.


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#1 | reyno-roxx on March 31 2010 18:58:51
The album they released after this was more along the lines of a poppier Saga. I used to own it, having bought it in Germany back in the day. Must do a search for a download of it to remind myself!
#2 | gdazegod on March 31 2010 23:09:32
I have a few of the Opus albums myself.. mainly the mid-late 80's stuff.. 'Magical Touch' etc. remind me a lot of Irrwisch in places, but as Reyno says, a poppier Saga is a good description.
#3 | Eric on April 01 2010 00:39:29
Eddy Offord produced one of thier later albums.
#4 | tonissive on April 01 2010 22:56:46
yes,eddy offord produced the self-title album opus of 1987 in germany where opus was very popular, meanwhile also he was producing to the german band of the also casually self-title album JOJO!
all the opus albums are easy to find in germany except this "daydreams" who only was released in austria!
#5 | swazi on March 02 2012 10:07:41
Hmmm ..., this sounds like an interesting one, but I just checked on the various sites and it is pretty expensive. Sad Could someone please provide the tracks ??
#6 | reyno-roxx on March 02 2012 10:52:13
'Eleven', their second album (1981), was the record I had. Must find a download of it. It's not on CD. Should be!
 
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