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5 Sep 2016

Orion’s Beethoven “Superangel “1973 Argentina Prog Rock

Orion’s Beethoven  “Superangel “ 1973 Argentina Prog Rock
Orion’s Beethoven is an Argentinean psych/symphonic-prog band founded in 1969 that released two albums, Superangel in 1973 and Tercer Milenio in 1977. The group started with a lineup of 3 musicians: Adrian Bar (guitar), Jose Luis Gonzalez (drums), Roman Bar (bass & vocals). Jorge Liechtenstein replaced drummer Gonzalez in 1973 with the release of the first album. In 1981, the band’s lineup expanded and they shortened their name to Orions. 
The music in the first album mixed psychedelic elements with symphonic prog and classical pieces. Their second album is a more rock oriented release. …. 

“Orion’s Beethoven formed in Argentina in the late 60’s, but it took them over four years to release their debut album. ‘Superangel’ eventually came out in 1973, and was a good progressive effort, influenced in parts by The Nice and ELP with the inclusion of classical excerpts in the music. Guest musicians provide sax and percussion, and the sound is complex enough to please most progressive rock fans. The second track is a twelve minute suite which incorporates acoustic and hard rock sections, as well as a fine sax solo from Chachi Ferreyra. The final track 'Hijo Del Relampago’ has a harder rock edge that much of what has gone before, and this could be the starting point for the direction that the band took for their second album.” 

“After another four year break the band produced 'Tercer Milenio’ - a more rock orientated album. Opener 'Amistades Desparejas’ is a great hard rock track with some stunning guitar, and the band sound like a completely different entity on this song. 'Ella y Los Colores’ is a slower, but no less powerful song, but it seems that when they try to emulate their first album - as on the title track 'Nino Del Tercer Milenio’ - with a more progressive offering it comes off less well in the context of the album. The heavy guitars are still there, and the guitar solo is pretty good, but the tune seems to have evaporated. 'Cancion Del Lobo’ is a lengthy blues-based track, which gives guitarist Adrian Bar scope for one of his best solos. Album closer 'Hermano Silencio’ is a hard rocker which is the equal of the first track, and so they bookend this release with some tasty heavy rock. Of the two I think that this album is my favourite, although you don’t have to make that choice as they are both now available on one CD. Personally I was only after 'Superangel’ as an example of Argentine prog-rock, but I am now glad that the second album was included as it was an unexpected bonus……. 

This band, one of the best in the history of what is called "rock” in Argentina, debuted in 1969 at the Festival of Music Beat. And by 1970 had almost constantly in the Di Tella Institute and, on several occasions, opening for Luis Alberto Spinetta. In November 1971 they participated in the B.A.Rock II and in April '72 launched an own show at the Premier Theater. Following the success they were summoned to the B.A.Rock III Festival and the film “Rock until the sun sets.” By the time of the appearance of the first disc (superangel, 1973), Liechtenstein replaced Jorge Gonzalez on drums. Ronny Bar tells us that “Polydor released at that time a branch of Phillips. A couple of years ago, not exactly when, Phonogram reissued on CD”.While this is one of the most enduring of Argentine rock groups, the difficulties they had to record the second plate brought them to the brink of dissolution in 1975 and '76. The following year came the second album, with a new lineup: the Bar brothers, Gonzalez returned to the battery and the addition of singer Petty Guelache. The second disc is as beautiful as this, but with a tortured air (accompanies the terrible times they lived in Argentina). It is 1977 and is called the Tercer Milenio …. 

A reissue of the 1973 Superangel album from Argentina’s ORION’S BEETHOVEN. Loosely described as a “symphonic psychedelic group,” primarily, it seems, because of the way that they worked classical music themes into a jagged psychedelic wah-wah guitar-shaped world of their own making. Weird reaches of flanged vocals, hard-edged guitar solos, effects, and more. Includes a bonus live track as well. …… 

Songs / Tracks Listing 

1. Superangel (5:03) 
2. Suite (12:35) 
3. Retrato De Alguien (8:21) 
4. Hijo del Relampago (13:33) 
5. Nirmanakaya (2:56) 

Line-up / Musicians 

- Adrian Bar / guitar 
- Jose Luis Gonzalez / drums 
- Roman Bar / bass & vocals

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