Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection
A very nice surprise!!
This album came as a surprise to me in many ways. This band is one of my favorite in the RPI genre, but I didn’t realize that this album existed until recently. Their first two albums are more along the lines of heavy prog and hard rock power trio with flute, with the thunderous bass of Stefano Urso commanding most of the attention.
In this 1976 character study by Czech director Frantisek Vlacil, a stout middle-aged physician whose marriage has come apart (Rudolf Hrusinsky) establishes a practice in a small town. Gradually he's drawn into the lives of his patients—a childless couple, a pregnant girl with a stern mother, the son of a duck farmer—and each relationship reveals a bit more about him and the idyllic but insular community. Vlacil is hardly known for his light touch, but the film's austere look and elegiac chamber music, at times Bressonian in their severity, convey the doctor's quest for fulfillment and peace of mind. Hrusinsky, who was blacklisted in Czechoslovakia for his anticommunist stance, ennobles his role by underplaying it.
This album is definately one of a kind and Ray Conniff never bettered this, albeit short era in his long career. The production sound is utterly unique to the era and can never be repeated. The vocal 'wall of harmony' with distinctive reverb, the bass drum sound, the all swinging, tambourine-shakin' production style that can never be re-captured.