Locomotive GT – Same (1974)

frontcover1The late ’60s and, most especially, the 70s have inspirited the music and the rock from all over the place, so that it evolved all the way up to contributing to the appearance of the most prestigious and prodigious ensembles. LOCOMOTIV GT is a band that’s legendary in the Hungarian Rock scene, but also in the Occident, lighting up an irresistible and torrential rock, in a way that made them classic. For the culture of rock, LOCOMOTIV GT marks moreover an independent and styled breath than something typical and inspiring – nevertheless, it goes as a defining reference.

LOCOMOTIV GT processed, during the classic period, all the fantasy and the asperities of hard and blues rock. Yet, in almost the same general way, their music consistently caught a much more artistic brightness (and all sorts of jazz, pop, melodic, lyrical and experimental accents). The next periods, along with their transitions, didn’t shattered their spirit, but only changed their personality, their musical greatness and their perfection.

The band was founded in 1971 (biographical dates even state, more precisely, the day and the place: April 6th, Budapest) having a core of four great musicians: Gábor Presser and József Laux from OMEGA, Károly Frenreisz from METRO and Tamás Barta, a guitarist finally finding his way with this ensemble. The pressure of the music, at this beginning phase, was put on sophisticated expression, powerful rhythms and gullible orientations. Playing with familiar rock groups, selling out minimal music through different clubs plus some worthy festivals, was their first good steps up rock’s slipstream.

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Their debut was considered experimental and hazy in Hungary, but the Western side saw it as the best new music that could come from the East. In 1972, the band was invited to play along legendary Joe COCKER or, right from the progressive top scene, with GENESIS. They also spend the year in London, recording a second album, “Ringasd el magad”, or producing several music projects. With Tamás Somló replacing Frenreisz, and with a wide-popular tour through North America, LOCOMOTIV GT became a worthy big name.

High tours and important projects continued in the next years, music itself finding probably the best expressions and wild maturity of all the style and fusion that was, so intimately, used. As oppose to this, the career break was slipping every time. More than a rumor or a hint, it seems LOCOMOTIV GT faced a lot of oppressive taste from the authorities, at least until the end of the 70s. Nevertheless, their portrait was constantly breaking the full standard and emotion of rock and interpretive art. Having always a lyricist by their side (Adamis Ann 1971-1977; Sztevanovity Dusán 1977-1984, 1997-2002) , LOCOMOTIV GT played colorful fictions and complex poetries, in a rustling frame of coolness, until they reached out from the blaze of hard rock (and, implicitly, of heavy thoughts) and continued to mix frictions of pure rock or, lastly, pop rock.

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The 80s seemed refreshing, thanks to a better contract and an already indubitable fame, but the taste for rock and pop reached, well enough, a lower and colder level, so that the band departed for good after their 1984 studio release. They re-joined in 1992, only with the intention of making a farewell concert out of a big concert in Budapest. Up in 1997, the odds finally stopped being bitter, when the group reunited for good, recording a new studio album and deciding to continue their music journey, through big and important festivals or different projects and productions. Nothing of modern art, but, all the same, something of modern times, when LOCOMOTIVE GT stays legendary and can cheer up the endless taste towards their music and phenomenon.

By all this, LOCOMOTIV GT catches, therefore, a classic, rough, artistic and progressive spot. (by Victor “Philip” Parau; sources include biographical notes from the official website and from wikipedia)

“Locomotive GT were the Hungarian ‘supergroup’ formed by ex-members of Omega, Metro and Hungria. This rare and sought-after (English-language) album was recorded in London in 1973 (with Jack Bruce guesting on harmonica) by the famous The Rolling Stones producer Jimmy Miller and released next year in UK and USA by ABC Records. This is top-notch European progressive rock with jazz-fusion influences” (by .numusi.de)

In 1972, the band was invited to London, where this great second LP was recorded. The album’s material balanced between the classic progressive sounds of ELP, Gentle Giant and Procol Harum, and harder, bluesy rock.(by clear-spot.nl)

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Personnel:
Thomas Barta (guitar, slide-guitar, harmonica, vocals)
Joseph Laux (drums, percussion)
Gabor Presser (piano, vocals)
Thomas Somlo (bass, saxophone, violin, vocals)
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Jack Bruce (harmonica on 05.)
XY (*) (congas on 01., + 03.)

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Tracklist:
01. Rock Yourself (Adamis/Presser) 4.21
02. Gimme Your Love (Barta) 3.46
03. Free Me (Barta) 3.15
04. Confession (Barta) 4.21
05. She’s Just 14 (Barta) 3.51
06. Won’t You Dance With Me (Barta) 2.39
07. Hey, Get The Feelin’ (Barta) 3.31
08. Waiting For You (Adamis/Presser) 4.15
09. Serenade (To My Love If I Had One) (Adamis/Presser) 2.18
10. Back Home (Barta)    3:36
11. Jenny’s Got A New Thing (Adamis/Presser) 3.46

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