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VISITOR 2035

Eclectic Prog • United Kingdom


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VISITOR 2035 were a short-lived band based in the UK, with the Irishman John Mason and Craig Pruess , an American residing in UK since 1973. Mason is renowned as a member of the Irish top-notch outfit FRUUP; Pruess performed with Mike Oldfield and did arrangements for music of Sarah Brightman, Def Leppard and Massive attack, among many others. Other members were Ray Deefholts (Guitar), Nigel Robinson (Percussion) and Peter Stroud (Bass). Mason played keyboards, and Pruess was on the trumpet.

The band self-released 'Cain! A Modern Mystery Play' in 1976, and released the self-titled album in 1978 for the German label Hansa.

The music of VISITOR 2035 is heavily rooted in fusion, on the WEATHER REPORT side, with omnipresent symphonic elements and eerie spacey keyboard textures. It's recommended to fans of music which is stepping out of the fusion realm, as well as to all fans of good music.



Moris Mateljan, 2010.


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3.05 | 3 ratings
Cain! A Modern Mystery Play
1976
3.50 | 14 ratings
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1978

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3.50 | 14 ratings

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Review by Atavachron
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3 stars For anyone who, for reasons known only to them, still truly enjoys Fusion from the peak era ~ the real thing; that stuff that makes your friends force tight smiles and once caused your aunt to nod off after supper but you love dearly for its deft blend of two great forms and superb musicians who tended toward it ~ Visitor 2035's second issue hits the spot. As most fusionheads will tell you, the good stuff is not common and the bad stuff was aplenty between about '71 and '81, so when an ensemble of accomplished players throw together something that contains the strength and integrity of both jazzrock and prog rock at their best, it may be worth looking into. Like, say, UK was. Keyboardist John Mason and trumpeter Craig Pruess led a notably tight party of bass/drums/guitar and in 1978 laid down what shaped-up to be among the nicest sessions of the period. But that's coming from someone who still plays old DiMeola records and thinks Colosseum II were one of the best outfits ever. Like, ever.

Don't get me wrong-- you do have to sit through the rippling, undulating sounds of 1970s synth-porn with its leering reminders of pimpled butts thrusting in ratty motel rooms and unwelcome visions of overcoated middle-aged men in darkened theaters performing unnatural acts. But when you like jazzrock (the material is Eclectic to the extent that much art music was), you accept the fact that it influenced all sorts of music, some not so dignified, and that a cheesy synth was an accessible and affordable way to compose modern content. Nigel Robinson's mean paradiddles support 'Don Genardos Waltz', swift Latin jazz-fusion that ebbs & flows, a solid opener followed by slightly commercial 'At the Gates of Consciousness'. And then there's 'Toefunk', the kind of bit that requires the utmost tolerance when listening to JR/F; a white man's shame; a cringing, wide-eyed exercise in obligatory mulatto mediocrity. Go away, Toefunk, go away.

Tragically titled 'Celestial Dream Song' is not much more than a cool space jam but 'Centre of the Winds' better, getting into symphonic jazzrock a la Hiseman's C2, brandishing laser twin guitar/keyboard lines and spicy dual leads. Killer cut, unlike drowsy 'Cassiopeia' which will undoubtedly help you sleep, but 'Contemplation' rouses and closes on a reasonable note.

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Review by Finnforest
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4 stars Space Fusion

I imagine the second Visitor 2035 album as one of those titles which gets the occasional mention in darkened basements--where old proggers have gathered to spin obscure music whilst attempting not to bother the rest of the family. Somewhere between the posters and the next bowl Visitor 2035 comes up. Is it possible this title still is not available on CD?

While it may not be the greatest jazz-rock album and while I'm not genre qualified to proclaim that anyway, the jazzheads on the site have not yet written about this one. So you're stuck with my thoughts for now. Despite my lack of jazz pedigree I do know what I like. And I like this one. It fits comfortably with others I've owned such as Secret Oyster and Il Baricentro, while folks elsewhere have mentioned Brand X and Weather Report in comments. Certain "smoother" sections even remind me a bit of Camel's more fusioney moments.

Lacking the smoky grit of jazz albums that obsess on the saxophone and its seedy vibe, Visitor really does seem to consciously embrace the album cover they chose. Consistently they will bring back these keyboard sounds with a very spacey feel, very soothing and peaceful. This is not to say they cannot peel off some wicked guitar leads and funky grooves, the talents of the players and the diversity of songwriting is a great strength. They work their way into these huge, borderline wild jams (killer bass!) and then they drop right into these soothing, spacey landscapes, seeming to thrive on the contrast. "Cassiopeia" stays in this low key territory with acoustic guitar and light percussion, almost Oregon territory. Synths find their way back in and again we feel like we have a soundtrack for stargazing. I like the balance they use with various synthesizer, piano and e-piano. I think the album would please most instrumental rock fans.

I've always found this one an impressive release from the "little known gems" category. If you can't track down a vinyl you can hear it currently on YouTube.

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3.05 | 3 ratings

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Review by apps79
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3 stars A complete obscurity from the 70's prog era,a band established by ex-Fruupp member John Mason.This is a double concept LP,covering a lot of music styles and can be only compared to Aphrodite's Child ''666'' from what I have listened to till today.

As with ''666'' there is plenty of spoken parts in here along with multi-vocal arrangements, unfortunately of an amateur level.But musically the album is not exactly a winner but certainly a satisfying listening.From Heavy Fusion in the realms of WEATHER REPORT and CHICAGO-like horn sections to funky grooves with a pleasant atmoshere and from symphonic textures in the vein of MANDALABAND to spacey/synth atmospheric passages,not far from GONG and CLEARLIGHT,''Cain!...'' can please every music (and not only prog) lover in this world,though not all parts are equal in terms of quality.

Nevertheless,this is a nice and trully rare purchase despite its average production and you shouldn't miss it if you find it at a reasonable price.Recommended.

Thanks to clarke2001 for the artist addition.

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