Monday, March 13, 2006

Cosmos Factory - Cosmos Factory (An Old Castle Of Transylvania) (1973)

Cosmos Factory – a progressive group formed in Nogoya, 1970. They moved to Tokyo the next year, acquired a manager [who was also a well-known rock critic] and got to work. The band are now perhaps best known for their first album, ‘Cosmos Factory’ (a.k.a. ‘An Old Castle of Transylvania’) [Columbia, 1973], which has long been the easiest to obtain on CD. In the Ultima Thule shop catalogue it’s compared to Far East Family Band; I find this very misleading, as the only similarities I can hear are in their worst moments, ie. when they get into their cod-emotive sappy balladic crooning. Other than those bits, which take up a lot of space, it’s a pretty good to great album, with heavier bits as well as spacey and slightly ominous progressive rock reminiscent of a blend of The Nice, Arzachel and early Pulsar, with cool use of the Moog. Anyway, this album brought them a lot of recognition and they began playing support for big western bands of the era such as Humble Pie and The Moody Blues, both then well past their prime and probably overshadowed by their unique support act!
The next album, ‘A Journey With The Cosmos Factory’ [Toshiba EMI/Express, 1975], reputedly enters weirder realms and was well-received. ‘Blackhole’ [Toshiba EMI/Express, 1976] is reputedly comparable to complex King Crimson in some ways. Around this time, the band also began making music for film soundtracks and TV themes. Their last album, ‘Metal Reflection’ [Toshiba EMI/Express, 1977], has a reputation for being more of a metal/hard rock thing, but it’s actually a lot more varied than that. It’s a pretty good album containing proggy hard rock, proggy metal, spacey prog, cosmic funk, a ballad, and almost omnipresent synthesisers. Some bits are reminiscent of some Magical Power Mako circa ‘Jump’ [see below]. The production is excellent. They also released a number of rare EP’s - ‘Fantastic Mirror’ [1975], ‘The Infinite Universe Of Our Mind’ (a promo release) [1975] and ‘Days In The Past’ [1975]. The first album has been reissued on CD by Coca/Nippon Columbia; the next 3 by Toshiba EMI Cosmos Factory – a progressive group formed in Nogoya, 1970. They moved to Tokyo the next year, acquired a manager [who was also a well-known rock critic] and got to work. The band are now perhaps best known for their first album, ‘Cosmos Factory’ (a.k.a. ‘An Old Castle of Transylvania’) [Columbia, 1973], which has long been the easiest to obtain on CD. In the Ultima Thule shop catalogue it’s compared to Far East Family Band; I find this very misleading, as the only similarities I can hear are in their worst moments, ie. when they get into their cod-emotive sappy balladic crooning. Other than those bits, which take up a lot of space, it’s a pretty good to great album, with heavier bits as well as spacey and slightly ominous progressive rock reminiscent of a blend of The Nice, Arzachel and early Pulsar, with cool use of the Moog. Anyway, this album brought them a lot of recognition and they began playing support for big western bands of the era such as Humble Pie and The Moody Blues, both then well past their prime and probably overshadowed by their unique support act!
The next album, ‘A Journey With The Cosmos Factory’ [Toshiba EMI/Express, 1975], reputedly enters weirder realms and was well-received. ‘Blackhole’ [Toshiba EMI/Express, 1976] is reputedly comparable to complex King Crimson in some ways. Around this time, the band also began making music for film soundtracks and TV themes. Their last album, ‘Metal Reflection’ [Toshiba EMI/Express, 1977], has a reputation for being more of a metal/hard rock thing, but it’s actually a lot more varied than that. It’s a pretty good album containing proggy hard rock, proggy metal, spacey prog, cosmic funk, a ballad, and almost omnipresent synthesisers. Some bits are reminiscent of some Magical Power Mako circa ‘Jump’ [see below]. The production is excellent. They also released a number of rare EP’s - ‘Fantastic Mirror’ [1975], ‘The Infinite Universe Of Our Mind’ (a promo release) [1975] and ‘Days In The Past’ [1975]. The first album has been reissued on CD by Coca/Nippon Columbia; the next 3 by Toshiba EMI [possibly out of print]. By Chris McLean

Debut album by this '70's Japanese heavy progressive rock band. One of the best Japanese seventies progressive rock albums we've heard with guitars, synth keyboards and violins trading licks whilst the rhythm section keeps the beat kicking in the best Zeppelin or Purple tradition. A mixture of progressive music and heavy rock that really Kicks butt.Great guitar work! Freak Emporium

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11 comments:

Ras said...
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Ras said...

Fantastic Stuff!!! But I haven´t the track names.
Thx a lot
Ras

Lisa Sinder said...

they were in Japanese language on original CD - was a little bit difficult for me to reprint them ;)

Lisa Sinder said...

they were in Japanese language on original CD - was a little bit difficult for me to reprint them ;)

shreut said...

Many thanx for this very nice prog album!

@Ras (is that you Rasgoan?) according to progarchives.com, tracks can be translated this way:

1. Soundtrack 1984
2. Maybe
3. Soft focus
4. Fantastic mirror
5. Poltergeist
6. An old castle of Transylvania:
I) Forest of the death
II) The cursed
III) Darkness of the world
IV) An old castle of Transylvania

Ras said...

@Shreut. Thx for the info, my old KT buddy. And of course Thx again Lisa for sharing these gems.
Ras

Dirk said...

I posted the the other albums

Anonymous said...

Thank you for referencing this to me - lots of people just grab the text from my Japanese page and re-post it on their blog as "from the net", or with no note at all!
I love your blog, so muchgreat music!

By the way, I came on today and the older posts below this seem to have had their links removed...
All the links in boxes say "the page cannot be found". Maybe just the server playing up today?

Anonymous said...

DEAD! I'm late.........

Anonymous said...

DEAD - DEAD - DEAD!!!!!!

Can we ask you to kindly re-upload it??

Eddie Mos said...

rapidshare.com/files/257075018/CFAOCOT73.rar
1973