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14 Mar 2017

Atlantis Philharmonic “Atlantis Philharmonic” 1974 US Psych Prog










Atlantis Philharmonic “Atlantis Philharmonic” 1974 US Psych Prog
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JOE DIFAZIO, on keyboards, guitar, and vocals is the backbone of the group. He is the major driving force composing and collaborating on several songs with lyricist, JERRY WILLCOX. With an extensive background in classical music, his experience ranges from baroque, classical, romantic, and modern styles of music.
ROYCE GIBSON, drummer and percussionist commands a variety of instruments including drums, tympani, gongs and cymbals, and adds a unique facet that provides a symphonic dimension to the group's sound.
ROGER LEWIS, (joined the band in late - 1974) former member of Freeport, was added to the group folllowing the production of the group's first album. His guitar playing is par-excellent bringing a new and unique style of playing to the group's original compositions.......................

Cleveland, Ohio 1970-6
ATLANTIS PHILHARMONIC is a Progressive Rock band formed in Cleveland, OH in 1971. Their first and only self-titled album was released on "Deutsche Harmonia Mundi" in 1974 and presented unique blend of classic Art-Rock, Sympho-Prog, Hard-Rock, and Psychedelic-Pop elements. It was recorded as a duo, but ATLANTIS PHILHARMONIC made their mark as a trio featuring:
Joe DiFazio (keyboards, guitar, and vocals) who was the major driving force composing and writing lyrics. With an extensive background in classical music, his experience ranged from baroque, classical, romantic, and modern styles of music.
Royce Gibson (drums, percussion) who commanded a variety of instruments and added a unique facet that provided a symphonic dimension to the group's sound.
Roger Lewis (guitars), a former member of FREEPORT who joined the band in late 1974, following the production of the group's self-titled debut album. His guitar playing brought a new light on the group's original compositions.
During their short career ATLANTIS PHILHARMONIC performed with such acts as Styx, King Crimson, Glass Harp, Hello People, Wishbone Ash, Raspberries, Muddy Waters, and Tim Buckley. Their music has been called "picturesque" and has earned them the respect of an ever growing audience. The lush keyboard arrangements, intricate compositions, original mixture of styles, definite sound, and excellent vocal performance have placed this band among the best acts of the US Progressive Rock scene of the 70's.................


While in high school Joe DiFazio began taking classical music lessons. Graduating high school he applied to and was accepted to Ohio's Baldwin-Wallace College's music program. College opened up the door to the world of rock and roll and just two semesters short of graduating, DiFazio quit school in order to play keyboards for a Canadian Beatles cover band.

Interested in finding a way to meld rock with his earlier affection for classical music, in 1974 DiFazio decided to strike out on his own. Recruiting percussionist Royce Gibson, the pair began writing and recording material. Unable to interest a major label in their efforts, the pair eventually released the DiFazio and Perry Johnson produced "The Atlantis Philharmonic" on their own Dharma label.

Taken as a package, it makes for a fairly impressive debut. Even more so when you consider it was recorded independently and with minimal financial resources. Following the album's release DiFazio and Gibson toured the Midwest extensively, though plans to record a pair of follow-on albums never saw fruition.

By the early-'80s DiFazio had largely dropped out of music. Increasingly interested in computer technology and musical applications he went back to college, obtaining bachelor and masters degrees in computer technology from Indiana State University, though he also found time to complete his music degree. DiFazio is currently a professor of new media and computer technology at Indiana State University.
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Doomy progressive rock from Cleveland, Ohio released on Chicago's Dharma Records and co-produced with label chief Perry Johnson. Formed in 1971, the Atlantis Philharmonic wowed audiences across the Midwest with their apocalyptic Sabbathy ELP-ish sound opening shows for Styx, Wishbone Ash, King Crimson and even The Raspberries. With their debut in stores and another album in the can, the over extended Dharma went belly-up leaving Atlantis Philharmonic without much of a future and from here their story grows cold and murky. Fast forward to the digital age and a 1990 CD reissue from Ken Golden's The Laser's Edge label bringing Atlantis Philharmonic back from the abyss to a new audience hungry for prog. I've heard and collected a lot of American progressive rock over the years and this is as jaw dropping as it gets with a monolithic record poured in molten gold by the winged messengers of north coast prog. Cloaked in black Joe DiFazio waves his magic wand over an arsenal of keyboards creating intricate dark classical motifs while percussionist Royce Gibson pounds, crashes and bangs his way, very classically of course through a cacophony of sound art. Black Sabbath, Atomic Rooster, ELP and the late '60s psychedelics of H.P. Lovecraft bubble and boil in the Philharmonic's chilling brew and it would be all for naught had it not been for the duo's ability to come up with quality songs, including the autumnal and dramatic 'Woodsman', the Stygian pomp of 'Death Man' and the Sabbath-styled funeral march of 'Atlas'. I've heard and collected a lot of American progressive rock over the years and this is as jaw dropping as it gets with a monolithic record poured in molten gold by the winged messengers of north coast prog. Cloaked in black Joe DiFazio waves his magic wand over an arsenal of keyboards creating intricate dark classical motifs while percussionist Royce Gibson pounds, crashes and bangs his way, very classically of course through a cacophony of sound art. Black Sabbath, Atomic Rooster, ELP and the late '60s psychedelics of H.P. Lovecraft bubble and boil in the Philharmonic's chilling brew and it would be all for naught had it not been for the duo's ability to come up with quality songs, including the autumnal and dramatic 'Woodsman', the Stygian pomp of 'Death Man' and the Sabbath-styled funeral march of 'Atlas'. 

Atlantis Philharmonic
*Joe Difazio - Vocals, Keyboards, Bass, Piano, Harpsichord, Mellotron, Moog, Synthesizer, Guitar
*Royce Gibson - Drums, Percussion, Tympani

Tracklist
Atlantis 5:11
The Woodsman 7:34
Death Man 5:25
Fly-the-light 4:34
My Friend 4:01
Atlas 8:29

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