Bellaphon - Delphi

Year of Release: 1995
Label: Made In Japan Records
Catalog Number: Belle Antique 95140
Format: CD
Total Time: 47:51:00

Japanese band Bellaphon was formed in 1981 but had to wait until 1987 before it saw the release of their first and only album. The wonderful, instrumental album Firefly is regarded as being one of the highlights of Japanese progressive rock even in their own country!

In Japan they went on to release the CD Delphi including six unreleased songs. Title track "Delphi" makes me think of Saint-Preux due to the soft melodies. Unreleased studio tracks alternate with live recordings, which means there's a big difference in soundquality. This way you hear very clearly that the more technical track "No Guarded City" has been recorded in a tiny club, Alice in Wonderland to be precise. Two other tracks were recorded at the famous Silver Elephant Club in Tokyo way back in January '86. The repetitive "La Villette" makes me think of Brand X. Because guitarist Toshihiro Tanaka went back and forth between Bellaphon and Ain Soph he decided to dissolve Bellaphon in 1988. So apart from the superb Firefly album I'm afraid this dubious collection of rarities is the only extra material you'll ever find.

Delphi (7:28) / Fragments Of Biotope Suite-Firefly (13:54) / No Guarded City (6:14) / Overture-La :Nuova Citta: Di Atlantis (9:56) / La Villete (3:18) / Villa Dei Misteri (7:03)

Mitsutaka Kaki - keyboards
Taiqui Tomiie - drums
Toshihiro Tanaka - guitars, keyboards, bass
Yuji Ono - bass

Firefly (1987/1996)
Delphi (1995)

Genre: Progressive Rock

Origin JP

Added: May 15th 2001
Reviewer: John "Bobo" Bollenberg

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