Exposé Online banner

Trace — Trace
(Musea FGBG 4144.AR, 1974/1995, CD)

by Peter Thelen, Published 1995-11-01

Trace Cover art

Frankly, it's amazing that this album (and the two Trace albums that followed) has eluded reissue so long! A super-group of sorts, their albums sold quite well and the first two were even released worldwide. The mastermind behind this Dutch trio (a trio for the first two albums, at least) was keyboardist Rick van der Linden, who had previously released five albums with his first band, the classically oriented and widely acclaimed Ekseption. Joining him fresh from Focus was drummer Pierre van der Linden (no relation), and bassist Jaap van Eik, following a stint in Solution. Make no mistake about it, this is Rick's keyboard show from beginning to end, and being entirely instrumental makes the music that much more intense – but he has the compositional skill and chops to pull it off. His arsenal includes piano, synthesizers, Mellotron, clavinet, harpsichord, solina, even bagpipes, but the favored glorious Hammond B3 shines through the mix everywhere. Like it was with Ekseption, the strongest influences here come from the classics, but all infused with the raw power of rock – as well as traces of jazz and blues, the latter seeming to come mainly from the rhythm section's spirited and animated treatment of the material. The compositions travel through a labyrinth of tight turns and changes – with many of the numbers segueing into one another. When searching for comparisons, The Nice would have to be high on the list, as well as some of Wakeman's early solo material, even Matthew Fisher's work with the early Procol Harum. For completists, the a and b side of the band's first single are included here as bonus tracks. Overall, great album and a reissue that was long overdue.


Filed under: Reissues, Issue 8, 1995 releases, 1974 recordings

Related artist(s): Trace

Latest news

2020-09-09
Simeon Coxe RIP – Simeon Coxe, best known for his experimental electronics in the band Silver Apples, has died at the age of 82. The band's 1968 debut album set the stage for both German electronic music and experimental punk music a decade later. Coxe died on September 8 from pulmonary fibrosis. » Read more

2020-09-05
Gary Peacock RIP – Legendary bassist Gary Peacock, veteran of many recordings and performances with Paul Bley, George Russell, Roland Kirk, Bill Evans, Tony Williams, and many more. » Read more

2020-07-22
Tim Smith RIP – Tim Smith, leader of the eccentric band Cardiacs, has died at the age of 59 after many years of health problems. Cardiacs was known for intense and complicated music that combined punk energy with the rhythmic and harmonic sophistication of progressive rock. » Read more

2020-07-12
Judy Dyble RIP – Singer-songwriter Judy Dyble, who was a founding member of Fairport Convention and one of the distinctive voices of the 60s folk revival in Britain, has died at the age of 71. Her passing came at the end of a long illness, though which she continued to work. » Read more

2020-07-06
Ennio Morricone RIP – Famed composer Ennio Morricone has died at the age of 91. The creator of scores for more than 500 movies, some of his works have become the most recognizable sounds in the history of cinema. His soundtracks for Sergio Leone's Westerns made from 1964 to 1971, are iconic landmarks in film music, but he also composed for dramas, comedies, and other genres. He won the Academy Award for Best Original Score in 2016 for The Hateful Eight. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Various Artists - Puissance 13+2 – This exceptional live set was taken from a series of live performances at Le Parc du Chateau d'Herouville. Again, it must be remembered that this album is a cross-section of French rock at the...  (1994) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues