Thursday, 15 May 2008

DIABOLUS - Diabolus (aka High Tones) UK 1971

John Hadfield (guitar, vocals)
Anthony Hadfied (bass, vocals)
Philip Howard (flute, keyboards, saxophone, organ, piano)
Ellwood Von Seibold (drums)

Although very little known, Oxford band DIABOLUS is an early predecessor for symphonic rock to come in the middle 70's.
Their only LP, "High Tones", was recorded in 1971, in London, produced by Hugh Murphy and Shel Talmy (THE WHO); but never released because of 'commercial' reasons. An unauthorized edition was released in Germany by Bellaphon. When the members found out about this, in the mid 1990's, they legally fought back property and re-released the album with Sunrise Records, Europe).
Music runs from folk tunes to excessive instrumentation, including flute, sax and chorus sang by three of the members of the band, passing through jazz-fusion and complex time composing. GENTLE GIANT's choruses run similarly to DIABOLUS'; flute sound takes them close to JETHRO TULL. Sax prefigures later PINK FLOYD sound, but while in PF sax is "invited" in DIABOLUS it comes as part of the whole. Some of the tunes approach electric jazz through the use of broken times and an open drumming, with moments of total free improvisation.

Excellent !!! For all hard psych folk prog lovers !!!

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Enjoy and leave your comments.


Alan Freeman said...

Misinformed review. I met one of the Hadfield brothers once (in 1978), and he came from Leicester. He knew well of the Bellaphon release of their LP, and was quite proud of it. The Sunrise label is a dodgy unofficial label, so I guess you are reiterating their promo info? Not official at all as far as know.

imnotgod said...

Thanks for these précisions Alan !