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Rumblin Orchestra — Spartacus
(Periferic BGCD022, 1998, CD)

by Carol Hammett, Published 1999-11-01

Spartacus Cover artSpartacus by Rumblin' Orchestra is led by Hungarian keyboardist and composer Ella Bela. This release is technically fine, but is somewhat a rehash of things that have been done better before. Bela is obviously a huge ELP fan which is cool, but unfortunately he tends to quote a bit too much. Something most annoying here is the chorus segments. The chorus sounds a bit stiff and parodying. The concept of the CD flows well and is interpreted in good form, though. The instrumentation is varied and includes flute, cello, trombone, oboe, and violin. Bela's own keyboard work is very good, and his compositional skills are impressive even though a bit trite. Simply, Bela needs to get away from the past and look to his own voice.

Filed under: New releases, Issue 18, 1998 releases

Related artist(s): Rumblin' Orchestra

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