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Chris Evans/David Hanselmann - 1981 Symbols Of The Seven Sacred Sounds



ARTIST: Chris Evans/David Hanselmann
ALBUM: Symbols Of The Seven Sacred Sounds
LABEL: WEA
SERIAL: WEA 58313
YEAR: 1981

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: Chris Evans - keyboards, synthesizers, mellotron * David Hanselmann - lead & backing vocals

Additional Musicians: Jurgen Schroder, Nils Tuxen - acoustic & electric guitars * Tissy Thiers - bass * Dicky Tarrach - drums, percussion * Reinhard Besser, Roy Louis - guitar, guitar synthesizer * Klaus Gebauer - accordion * Ludwig Rehberg - keyboards * Elke Koellen, Brigitte Witt - backing vocals

TRACK LISTING: 01 Intro * 02 DO: Dominus * 03 RE: To A Lady Sleeping * 04 MI: One Small Step For Mankind * 05 FA: Where Is It Ever Leading To? * 06 SOL: Tears Of Heaven * 07 LA: A Question Of Dimension * 08 SI: Colours * 09 DO: Dominus (Reprise) * 10 Epilogue


Background
On first glance this truly bizarre looking package could easily be mistaken for one of those creepy quasi-religious indies collectors drool over while paying exorbitant sums of money for trippy-hippy and musically worthless bullshit. If you've ever come across one of those weirdo Father Yod/Ya Ho Wa 13 albums you know what I'm talking about, but that's not what we have here. 'Symbols Of The Seven Sacred Sounds' is the second major label album from the British/ German duo of Chris Evans and David Hanselmann. Prior to this made in heaven collaboration keyboardist Chris Evans earned a living through session work and later as an in demand film composer while David Hanselmann was the front man for krautrock heavies Message and handled lead vocal chores on Triumvirat's superb 'A La Carte' LP.


The Songs
With an inside sleeve filled with all sorts of esoteric symbolism and songs based on the ancient song scale 'Do Re Mi Fa Sol La Si Do'; musically this isn't as arty as it pretends to be and rides an astral plane with the early Alan Parsons Project albums, Thread, Mike Rutherford's 'Smallcreeps Day' and Michael Cretu minus the Romanian master's affection for hi-tech digitalis. Accessible, rhythmic and colourful and other than some rather undecipherable lyric content and a few Gregorian chants interspersed throughout; 'Symbols Of The Seven Sacred Sounds' is very much a rock album. Written and impeccably produced by Evans, this is clearly his vehicle and behind a massive display of keyboards he creates a near-perfect backdrop to Hanselmann's powerful, at times soulful vocals. 'DO: Dominus' and the gorgeous 'RE: To A Lady Sleeping' are both single material and I every time I hear 'MI: One Small Step For Mankind' I can't help but recall for better or worse Murray Head's 'One Night In Bangkok' from the musical 'Chess'. Not entirely synth driven, there's plenty of well-placed guitar and real percussion utilized on what is a very visual record that should appeal for those who like their progressive rock with an injection of pop.


In Summary
Both albums from Evans/Hanselmann, including their 1980 debut 'Stonehenge' are recent revelations for this reviewer and currently on the radar is the 1983 Chris Evans solo album 'Empty Spaces And Desert Places'. According to reports it's very similar to his work with Hanselmann who also released a solo album or two, none of which I've heard at present.


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