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Blue Rose - 1983 Blue Rose

ARTIST: Blue Rose
ALBUM: Blue Rose
LABEL: Epic/Estate Records
SERIAL: BL 38586
YEAR: 1983


LINEUP: David Rose - lead vocals, electric violins * Serge Perathoner - acoustic & electric pianos, keyboards, drum synthesizer * Christian Leroux - electric guitars

Additional Musicians: Bob DiSalle - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Don't You Know (Ambushed) * 02 Find My Way Home * 03 Piu Vicino * 04 More Lies * 05 Love You Forever * 06 Inner Stories * 07 Questions * 08 Don't Stop * 09 Place Pigalle

The golden age of French progressive music was deluged with hundreds of fusion albums that seemingly fell from the sky at an alarming rate. Some were good and many of those were related more often than not to seminal prog weirdoes Magma, but most were not so great, often nicely dressed paint by numbers jazz rock with no redeeming features whatsoever. Call me a glutton for punishment as over the years I've bought more than my share of this stuff but through all the fantastic to mundane I've waded through, in my opinion the piece de resistance of French fusion has to be the three releases from Transit Express. Initially released on the RCA Victor label and reissued on limited edition CD's several years ago, they quickly sold out which is a testament to their quality, offering a unique blend of Mahavishnu Orchestra virtuosity with Jean-Luc Ponty's knack for melodicism. The band split in 1977 with American born violinist David Rose releasing a well-received solo album 'Distance between Dreams' the same year. Keyboardist Serge Perathoner went head-first into movie and television scores while guitarist Chris Leroux paid the bills through session work and yet the trio never stopped creating music together; reappearing in Rose with a couple additional members and releasing two albums with more commercial appeal 'Worlds Apart' in 1979 and 'Behind The Line' in 1980.

The Songs
Apparently Rose, Perathoner and Leroux felt they still had a musical vocabulary left to share and gave their liaison one more shot at the big leagues with Blue Rose. I recall buying this when it came out and not liking it very much at the time probably because I was too deeply immersed in the Alan Parsons Project who was my band of choice during the period. Blue Rose sounded way too much like Alan and the boys, but in the years since, I've come to admire the album as a classy effort in a style I wish we heard more of these days. There are other comparisons to make; early '80s Camel, the cool Euro art rock of Cafe Jacques and surprise, surprise the short-lived APP offshoot Panarama shared Blue Rose' sophisticated pop outlook but the group never forgot their fusion roots, blending Rose's gorgeous violin with colourful washes of synth and percussion. Not to worry, while technically proficient the band deliver the tunes and 'Don't You Know Me (Ambushed)' with 'Find My Way Home' are perfect album openers and as it turns out, the most APP influenced. Deeper into the album it's easy to forget the musical references and enjoy the record for what it is and with so much great material including the all too short instrumental 'Piu Vicino', the achingly beautiful ballad 'Love You Forever' highlighted by Rose' lilting violin and the '80s noir of 'Place Pigalle'; Blue Rose is an album not to be missed.

In Summary
I can't imagine Blue Rose ever appearing on CD but there's always a one in a million possibility and it sure would sound good in digital. On a sad note David Rose passed away in 1994 but Blue Rose is still easy to find and happily 'Distance Between Dreams' as well as the Transit Express albums are once again in print from Japan. Buy and prepare to be dazzled.

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#1 | swazi on June 22 2011 14:48:37
Great release! And "Don't you know" is one of the classic songs of all times.
#2 | Flo on March 06 2012 17:00:27
Released on cd, for the first time i think on BELLA TERRA MUSIC
Found it today Smile
#3 | Eric on March 06 2012 23:09:27
#4 | gdazegod on March 07 2012 03:35:02
Flo, do you have more details?
#5 | Eric on March 07 2012 04:10:15
I saw it at Amazon. Looks like a Korean label?
#6 | Flo on March 14 2012 08:19:41
'the first cd reissue, original tape remastering,liner notes, limited edition'
yes Korean import
Bella Terra with logo 'vivid sound'
1 bonus : Maybe Tonight
I was really surprised to see it because i couldn't imagine BR in cd one day!
#7 | swazi on March 26 2012 10:05:05
This new CD reissue arrived today. I am very happy to see that it is very well done. It's a silver-pressed CD and otherwise a nice little package. Recommended!
#8 | dangerzone on October 19 2014 22:53:53
An absolute classic.
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