Monday, April 6, 2015

Paga - 1988 - Haunted


01. Haunted (10:17)
02. In a Spiral (8:19)
03. Memorial (6:03)
04. Kings for a Day (11:32)
05. Rainy Days, Lonely Nights (4:19)
06. Shortcut (2:25)

-Bernard Paganotti / bass, vocals
-Bertrand Lajudie / keyboards
-Claude Salmieri / drums, percussion
-Klaus Blasquiz / vocals, percussion
-Ronald Mehu / choruses

Paga was the 80's vessel for former Magma members Bernard Paganotti and Klaus Blasquiz to flex their remaining Zeuhl muscles in public, alongside periodic bouts of some less exhilarating  AOR impulses. In the time since their 1985 debut outing, they've jettisoned the sax player and swapped drummers, but the results deliver a similar mixture of overtly Zeuhl (and thus overtly satisfying) prog gestures alongside the aforementioned AOR-esque exploits, but with the former fortunately outweighing the latter. New to the mix this time 'round is a bit of 80's King Crimson influence that meshes tidily enough into their praxis and seems almost a given for those flying prog flags around that time.

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