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Thursday, November 28, 2013

Klaatu - Klaatu / Hope (1976-77 canada, elegant symphonic rock with space and some glam shades)

Those who appreciate the smart pop, art/symphonic-rock, and weird sci-fi themes of Klaatu needn't venture beyond this two-on-one issue of their first two Capitol releases. Klaatu frequently alternated between Beatlesque pop, the showy guitar rock and vocal theatrics of early Queen, and the electronic orchestral techniques pioneered by Walter Carlos, or worked all three into the structure of a four- or five-minute song. 

They reached their creative peak on their second album Hope, which implemented all of the above in a very creative and effective manner but was predictably dismissed by the music press as being "over-indulgent" and "pretentious" -- and this only after it was ascertained that Klaatu was not the alias for the second coming of the Beatles. Their subsequent releases were downright ghastly pop-rock affairs that lacked originality and made their early-'80s demise a welcome occurrence. The Korean issue lacks liner notes and credit details, but for those who are curious about the Canadian band, this compilation presents Klaatu in their finest hour. 
by Dave Sleger

1. Calling Occupants Of Interplanetary Craft (J. Woloschuk, T. Draper) – 7:17
2. California Jam (Woloschuk, D. Tome) – 3:01
3. Anus Of Uranus (Dee Long) – 3:21
4. Sub-Rosa Subway (Woloschuk, Tome) – 4:38
5. True Life Hero (Long) – 3:24
6. Doctor Marvello (Woloschuk) – 3:37
7. Sir Bodsworth Rugglesby III (Woloschuk) – 3:24
8. Little Neutrino (Long) – 8:14
9. We're Off You Know (Woloschuk) – 4:01
10.Madman (Long) – 2:40
11.Around The Universe In Eighty Days (Long) – 4:59
12.Long Live Politzania (Woloschuk) – 9:13
13.The Loneliest Of Creatures (Woloschuk) / Prelude – 9:35
14.So Said The Lighthouse Keeper (Woloschuk) – 5:51
15.Hope (Woloschuk) – 4:43
16.We're Off You Know (Reprise) - 0:52

*Dee Long - Vocals, Keyboards, Guitars
*John Woloschuk - Vocals, Guitars, Bass, Keyboards
*Terry Draper - Drums, Percussion, Backup Vocals

1977/80  Klaatu - Sir Army Suit / Endangered Species

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