For many years, I’ve had a thing about less known musical artists. Maybe it is the elitist snob in me… Or just an appreciation for sounds that are a little less well know. (Not to imply that I don’t like things that are popular, anybody who has seem my Top 40 posts knows that’s not true).
Anyway, I thought I’d start a series on some of the lesser known music in my collection And for the first entry, I’ll select a new addition to my collect, but an oldie: Triumvirat – Spartacus.
I’ll rate this one pretty high on the “obscure” scale. After all, their biography on Allmusic is 8 words” German '70s art rock band à la Focus” Triumvirat was a progressive rock band, in the spirit of Emerson Lake And Palmer. A trio (as the name would suggest) very focused on keyboards.
My introduction to Triumvirat came through one of my friends (Rob Posner – RIP) with the Spartacus album. I don’t remember if the album was his, or belonged to one of his brothers, but I remember listening to it at his house when I was around 15 years old. At some point through high school / college, I had forgotten about them. Then it took a while for me to remember their name (“you know, that prog-rock band with a mouse in a light bulb on the record cover… Tri-something”). I think I found them through an internet site on greatest prog rock bands of all time. And not long ago, I decided to look for a listen on the internet. And then a buy! Other than remembering the band name, it is all so much easier than it was in the 70’s and 80’s!
So, bottom line: If you like ELP, you’ll probably like Triumvirate. In fact, lots of Spartacus sounds (to me) like ELP music sung by Peter Gabriel! And that’s not a bad thing. Good Stuff!
So, check it out: