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Pulsar - 1989 Gorlitz

ARTIST: Pulsar
ALBUM: Gorlitz
LABEL: Musea
YEAR: 1989
CD REISSUE: 1994, Musea, FGBG 4108.AR


LINEUP: Gilbert Gandil - guitars, lead vocals * Jacques Roman - synthesizers, piano * Victor Bosch - drums, percussion * Roland Richard - saxophone, keyboards

Additional Musician: Louis Paralis - bass

TRACK LISTING: 01 Gorlitz * 02 Fin De Voyage * 03 Naufrage * 04 Pour Un Autre Depart * 05 Autour De Toi * 06 Tara


While not nearly as Prozac inducing; French group Pulsar are often compared to Pink Floyd due to their dark and spacious style. The Lyon based outfit released four albums in a six year period all of which are rightly considered bona fide classics, in particular 1977's 'Halloween' which is commonly held in high praise as one of the greatest progressive albums of all time. Inevitably all good things must come to an end and Pulsar packed it in following their 1981 self-released theatre project 'Bienvenue au Conseil d'Administration'; so it surprised many when the band staged a comeback a few years later with a new album 'Gorlitz' and a fresh and very modern sound.

The Songs
'Gorlitz' sits comfortably with 'Halloween' as Pulsar's best effort although I remember at the time it was roundly criticized in many prog 'zines by journalist's who hadn't yet come to grips with the decade's shorter song style direction. Anything remotely accessible was not considered progressive and although that attitude has changed somewhat, back then it was the proverbial kiss of death especially for a band of Pulsar's cred who according to some-should have known better. Personally I think 'Gorlitz' has aged quite well. As a love story set in cold war Europe; it's all very cloak and dagger and in case you were wondering Gorlitz is a town situated on a picturesque river on the border with Poland and was the easternmost city in then communist East Germany. The title track clocks in at just under twenty minutes with the sounds of speeding trains, spoken word (in French of course) and children's voices adding a sense of mystery to the lengthy instrumental passages and vocalist Gilbert Gandil's unique, at times somber phrasing. Dark atmospheric keyboards draped in a very 80s cinematic styled production; 'Gorlitz' is more Talk Talk than IQ and definitely in a happier place than Pink Floyd with shorter tracks 'Naufrage' and 'Autor De Toi' giving plenty of space for Pulsar's experimental tendencies, it's an album I grow more fond of with each listen.

In Summary
One of the early Musea LP releases, 'Gorlitz' was reissued on CD in 1994 and is still very much in print. Pulsar made another album 'Memory Ashes' in 2007 and although not up to the level as the disc reviewed here, it was an interesting effort leaving everyone to wonder if we've heard the last from this French prog institution.

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#1 | tonissive on November 07 2011 20:36:57
with ange,mona lisa and atoll! my favorite french progressive rock band
#2 | gdazegod on November 07 2011 21:01:55
Love the cover.. Dark and sinister and typically Cold War/East European.
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