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23 Jul 2017

Lagger Blues Machine “Lagger Blues Machine”+“Tanit Live” 1972 Belgium Prog Rock

















Lagger Blues Machine “Lagger Blues Machine”+“Tanit Live” 1972  Belgium Prog Rock
full two albums…..
Lagger Blues Machine "Lagger Blues Machine" 1972  Belgium 
Lagger Blues Machine came from Belgium and was founded in 1970 by Christian Duponchell, organ, Jean-Luc Duponcheel, drums, Jose Cuisset, guitars and Michael Maes, bass. In 1971 the band joined the musicians Vincent Mottoulle, organs and Carmelo Pilotta, flute and saxophone. The band played very interesting progressive-rock and raised up soon to an imprtant live-band at whole of Belgium. So they performed with great success at end of October 1970 at the pop-festival, Bruselles, togther with Warhorse and Wishbone Ash....

 lived in Belgium for several years during the mid-1970s and can remember a couple of friends telling me The Lagger Blues Machine was one of the country's best bands. That statement may have been true (though I still harbor major doubts). On the other hand, recognize that Belgium's a fairly small place so the competition wasn't exactly fierce. No matter, good luck finding an original copy of this obscurity; let alone a copy that's reasonably priced. On the other hand, in spite of the rave reviews that have been plastered on it, unless you're a true hardcore collector, you'd be fine having a cheaper reissue in your collection (hint, hint).

Formed in the late 1969s, Lagger Blues Machine featured the talents of guitarist Jose Cuisset, brothers Christian and Jean-Luc Duponcheel (keyboards and drums respectively), and bassist Michel Maes. The group apparently managed to attract some media attention on the Belgian club circuit and following a 1970 Brussels concert performance (they opened for Wishbone Ash at a local shopping mall), CBS records decided to sign them to a contract.

Released in 1972, "Lagger Blues Machine" was somewhat of a misnomer. In spite of the band name (which was apparently chosen as a sly nod to the band's appreciation of a good brew before, during and after performances), the majority the five selections featured a distinctive progressive feel that borrowed liberally from contemporary Dutch, French, and UK bands. Keyboardists Duponcheel and new addition Vincent Mottoulle were credited with penning the material. Duponsheel contributed three selections and Mottoulle two. Exemplified by the extended instrumentals 'Symphonie 1ere Partie' and 'Symphonie 2eme Partie' Duponcheel's material reflected classical influences, with occasional detours into jazz-rock fusion, avant garde and even conventional rock segments. The extended 'Symphonie 1ere Partie' actually included a brief vocal performance, though the lyrics were unintelligible, sounding like someone with their pants on fire - Imagine someone adding lyrics to Focus' 'Hocus Pocus' and singing it in a similar yodel-styled delivery. Unfortunately stretched out over thirteen minutes the song kind of lost focus after awhile. In contrast Mottoulle contributions like ''Darknessly'' showcased a more conventional sound complete with some nifty lead guitar from Cuisset, though it also suffered from some hideously flat and unintelligible vocals. Recommendation - well it didn't do much for me, but then my tastes are pretty mundane and it's hard to imagine all of those experts being wrong ......Bad Cat....

Lagger Blues Machine probably emerged as a quartet around the brothers Duponcheel as Blues band in the late 1960s. In the early '70s, however, the band developed their style into an orgel-dominated hard rock, and after two other musicians had joined the band (including Carmelo Pilotta and Sax and flute), they reached Canterburesk jazz-dry lands. In 1972 their first and for a long time only LP ("Tanit") appeared with the well-known label CBS. Somehow the group must have disappeared.

1988, in a strictly limited edition, a live mid-section from 1970 on LP was published ("Tanit-Live"). In 1994 both discs appeared on a CD entitled "The Complete Works" at Mellow Records....by....Achim Breiling......

  Lagger Blues Machine were a Belgian band from the late 60's/early 70's that played something like progressive jazz rock.

The band was then: Vincent Mottoulle on organ (who had replaced main composer Christian Duponcheel in 1971), Jean-Luc Duponcheel on drums, José Cuisset on guitars, Michel Maes on bass and Carmelo Pilotta who had joined in 1971 to play sax and flute.

The songs were long with strange complex themes and outbursts of guitar / organ and more subtle interplays with sax and flute. Vocals weren’t used that much, but when they did, they mostly sound awful.

On October 31, 1970 L.B.M. had played in Brussels (Woluwe shopping center) on a festival along Warhorse and Wishbone Ash.

By the end of 1975 guitarplayer Cuisset joined Downtrip and a few months later former member Duponcheel hooked up with Burning Light..........

Lagger Blues Machine came from Belgium and was founded in 1970 by Christian Duponchell, organ, Jean-Luc Duponcheel, drums, Jose Cuisset, guitars and Michael Maes, bass. In 1971 the band joined the musicians Vincent Mottoulle, organs and Carmelo Pilotta, flute and saxophone. The band played very interesting progressive-rock and raised up soon to an imprtant live-band at whole of Belgium. So they performed with great success at end of October 1970 at the pop-festival, Bruselles, togther with Warhorse and Wishbone Ash. In 1972 their only album was recorded which was very weel done and can be considered today as a very improtant album in prog-rock history of the seventies. Official reissue, sealed. ...........
Orchestral psychedelic rock with hypnotic organs, eerie flute and sax as well as killer drums. Released in 1972, another Discogs rarity that goes for 500 euros or more – when one actually turns up. Thankfully Veals and Geeks Records reissued it in 2012, albeit limited to 500 copies. An absolute must-have for any self-respecting producer in search of the right break......

The roots of southern based Lagger Blues Machine extend back into the late sixties, but it wasn’t until 1972 till they grasped the opportunity to unveil some of their compositions on vinyl. On the strength of their extensive gigging, CBS records had decided that they would assume the responsibility of releasing an album.The band was then: Vincent Mottoulle on organ (who had replaced main composer Christian Duponcheel in 1971), Jean-Luc Duponcheel on drums, José Cuisset on guitars, Michel Maes on bass and Carmelo Pilotta who had joined in 1971 to play sax and flute.
Their music couldn’t exactly been categorised as it was very adventurous. Especially the almost 14 minutes opening song “Symphonie 1ere Partie” is an impressive example of symphonic jazz-rock. They cultivated a sound with decidedly prominent leanings towards certain “arty” acts such as King Crimson, Soft Machine or (early) Pink Floyd.
The songs were long with strange complex themes and outbursts of guitar / organ and more subtle interplays with sax and flute. Vocals weren’t used that much, but when they did, they mostly sound awful.
On October 31, 1970 L.B.M. had played in Brussels (Woluwe shopping center) on a festival along Warhorse and Wishbone Ash.Recordings from that show later ended up on their posthumous (limited 500 copy's) second album entitled Tanit Live and released in 1988. The album (with beautiful cover artwork) sounded very raw but not as strong as the first one. “Ode” sounds really heavy but is ruined by awful vocals, while “Mistake” is mostly a drum solo.
Surprisingly however, things went inexplicably quiet after a few years and as there was little or no news concerning the Blues Machine’s activities thereafter, was this leading to the almost inevitable conclusion that they had ,for some reason, split-up.
By the end of 1975 guitarplayer Cuisset joined Downtrip and a few months later former member Christian Duponcheel hooked up with Burning Light
In 1994 the Italian label Mellow records decided to re-release both albums on one cd entitled “The Complete Works”, while in march 2006 the first album was re-released on (quality-vinyl) by the German label Amber Soundroom......

Heavy instrumental prog with very fractured material. The quality of the music is ultra-consistent, if you don't count track A3, which is completely out of place here. I can tell from some of the other reviews that the constant change-ups can be a source of irritation. This is a style that was used somewhat frequently in the progressive genre, and can certainly be an aquired taste. Self-titling this album is also a bit misleading, as there is scant reference to anything like the blues on here, but this can be forgiven considering the appeal of the music. This album was a gift, and I will treasure it.....tymeshifter ..............

A fascinating slice of proto-Zeuhl combining the influences of Zappa-inspired fusion a la Hot Rats, Canterbury as practised by the Soft Machine (and in particular electric organ as played by Mike Ratledge), and of course early Magma to form a unique blend. The album unfortunately (at least in the version I own) has fairly poor production values and a murky mix, which lessens the impact of the music but does at least emphasise its angular, aggressive aspects. Whilst I can't in good conscious give full marks to an album with such a mediocre sound quality, the Lagger Blues experiment certainly seems to have been a worthwhile and interesting one - it's just a shame the results weren't captured more clearly.....by...Warthur .........

Lagger Blues Machine's sole studio album is right in my wheelhouse for European instrumental progressive rock (there are some sporadic voices here and there, but hardly a vocal album). There's a jazzy base to the rhythms, with constant twists and turns, along with plenty of colors provided by the variety of keyboard, sax, and guitar tones. Nothing sits still too long, and all of the sections focus on composition and melody rather than on lengthy, or worse atonal, soloing. This is a must have if you enjoy the Canterbury bands like Soft Machine and Moving Gelatine Plates, along with Frank Zappa's "Hot Rats" and all its followers (which were usually Continental European). One of Belgium's best albums for certain.

One note to all reviewers who have only heard the reissues: They are all muffled and sound pretty horrid. I do have the original LP, and it's considerably clearer. Like Soft Machine's "Third", it isn't a great sounding album to begin with, but the original vinyl absolutely destroys the Mellow CD, or even worse, the Veals & Geeks LP for sound. I own all 3 for reference.....by.....ashratom .....

I lived in Belgium for several years during the mid-1970s and can remember a couple of friends telling me The Lagger Blues Machine was one of the country's best bands. That statement may have been true (though I still harbor major doubts). On the other hand, recognize that Belgium's a fairly small place so the competition wasn't exactly fierce. No matter, good luck finding an original copy of this obscurity; let alone a copy that's reasonably priced. On the other hand, in spite of the rave reviews that have been plastered on it, unless you're a true hardcore collector, you'd be fine having a cheaper reissue in your collection (hint, hint).

Formed in the late 1969s, Lagger Blues Machine featured the talents of guitarist Jose Cuisset, brothers Christian and Jean-Luc Duponcheel (keyboards and drums respectively), and bassist Michel Maes. The group apparently managed to attract some media attention on the Belgian club circuit and following a 1970 Brussels concert performance (they opened for Wishbone Ash at a local shopping mall), CBS records decided to sign them to a contract.

Released in 1972, "Lagger Blues Machine" was somewhat of a misnomer. In spite of the band name (which was apparently chosen as a sly nod to the band's appreciation of a good brew before, during and after performances), the majority the five selections featured a distinctive progressive feel that borrowed liberally from contemporary Dutch, French, and UK bands. Keyboardists Duponcheel and new addition Vincent Mottoulle were credited with penning the material. Duponsheel contributed three selections and Mottoulle two. Exemplified by the extended instrumentals 'Symphonie 1ere Partie' and 'Symphonie 2eme Partie' Duponcheel's material reflected classical influences, with occasional detours into jazz-rock fusion, avant garde and even conventional rock segments. The extended 'Symphonie 1ere Partie' actually included a brief vocal performance, though the lyrics were unintelligible, sounding like someone with their pants on fire - Imagine someone adding lyrics to Focus' 'Hocus Pocus' and singing it in a similar yodel-styled delivery. Unfortunately stretched out over thirteen minutes the song kind of lost focus after awhile. In contrast Mottoulle contributions like ''Darknessly'' showcased a more conventional sound complete with some nifty lead guitar from Cuisset, though it also suffered from some hideously flat and unintelligible vocals. Recommendation - well it didn't do much for me, but then my tastes are pretty mundane and it's hard to imagine all of those experts being wrong ... by.....RDTEN1 ................

- Christian Duponcheel / organs
- Jean-Luc Duponcheel / drums
- Jose Cuisset / guitar
- Michel Maes / bass guitar
- Vincent Mottouille / organs
- Carmelo Pilotta / flute, saxophone

Tracklist
Symphonie 1ère Partie 13:56
Darknessly 6:54
Tanit 1:05
Symphonie 2ème Partie 13:18
Born To Be Alone On A White Desert Island 8:57

Lagger Blues Machine ‎ "Tanit Live"  

1972 live recording in Woluwé (bruxelles) free live concert where they play along with Wishbone Ash, Warhorse and Pete Brown & Piblokto. 

"Tanit Live" was recorded at an October 1970 Brussels concert. Lagger Blues Machine was the opening act for the show which had a lineup consisting of Warhorse, Pete Brown & Piblokto and Wishbone Ash. Released for first time in 1992. This is an official reissue. Includes complete history of the band. 500 copies only.....

 - Christian Duponcheel / organs
- Jean-Luc Duponcheel / drums
- Jose Cuisset / guitar
- Michel Maes / bass guitar
- Vincent Mottouille / organs
- Carmelo Pilotta / flute, saxophone

Tracklist
A1 Test About A Rehabilitating Personality 8:34
A2 Ode 6:52
B1 Mistake 9:19
B2 Firedance 7:56 

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