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Rose (France) - 1979 Worlds Apart

ARTIST: Rose (France)
ALBUM: Worlds Apart
LABEL: Millenium
YEAR: 1979


LINEUP: David Rose - vocals, violin * Serge Perathoner - keyboards, piano, hammond * Gerard Prevost - bass, fretless bass, marimba * Steve Shehan, Claude Salmieri - drums, percussion

TRACK LISTING: 01 The Clown * 02 Annibal * 03 Go Away * 04 Renaissance * 05 Nightlife * 06 Tease My Mind * 07 Latin Prelude * 08 Traffic * 09 Worlds Apart

It wasn't that many moons ago we reviewed the 1983 debut from Franco-American trio Blue Rose. A superb album but sadly their fusionist pop didn't win over the masses and technically it wasn't a first failed attempt at rock stardom. In fact, if we reel back the years to 1979 we find an earlier and larger version of the band; again using the surname of violinist and group leader David Rose and again playing in a very similar style. With long-time Transit Express collaborator Serge Perathoner in tow; Rose released two albums, their debut 'Worlds Apart' and 'Behind The Line' in 1981. Both LP's were released in the U.S. where Rose eventually put down roots spending much of their time touring the lucrative east coast club scene.

The Songs
On the outset, Rose had it going on and opener 'The Clown' is as good as any opening salvo blending melodies similar to American's Flyer and the arty pop of Brian Protheroe with an unmistakable Euro prog vibe. As in Blue Rose, David Rose and his fluid violin work is the star of the show but its Serge Perathoner's colourful keyboard's that really makes the album work. 'Go away' and the lengthy instrumental 'Renaissance' gives Perathoner a chance to show his chops and cinematic style which would take him to greater heights later on in his career. Both songs are excellent and show these guys were more than just French rock pretenders. Deeper cuts like 'Nightlife' which brings to mind the jazzy pop rock of Cafe Jacques make the album a worthwhile investment although the funky 'Tease My Mind' is less than compelling as are two of the three closing instrumentals with the spacious classical space-fusion of the title track taking top prize.

In Summary
Like Blue Rose, don't hold your breath for CD reissues of this or 'Behind The Line'- it's just not going to happen. Of note percussionist extraordinaire Steve Shehan would became highly sought after sessionist in the world music field while both bassist Gerard Prevost and drummer Claude Salmieri found surprising popularity in the Flamenco-pop group The Gipsy Kings.

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