RECREATION: Recreation (1970) + Music Or Not Music (1972) (2003 Reissue) [FLAC]

Artist: Recreation

Album: Two Originals (Recreation + Music Or Not Music)

Genre: Symphonic Progressive Rock, RIO
Year: 2003
Country: Belgium
Label/Catalog: Progressive Line / PL 590 (2003 Reissue)

Format: FLAC (image+cue+log)

Recreation é um power trio sinfônico belga pra lá de esquizofrênico que misturava passagens que os deixavam a par de bandas como o The Nice, e talvez até algumas de Canterbury, com diversas colagens sonoras, acrescentadas a um toque de humor. Entretanto, apesar de ter lançado apenas dois álbuns, ambos seguem a mesma linha, ainda que o primeiro seja curtíssimo. Não espere nada parecido com o The Nice, ELP ou qualquer outro power trio sinfônico tradicional, e sim uma banda que resolveu pegar todos esses clichês e colocarem por água abaixo para firmar uma identidade própria.

Recreation is a Belgian symphonic power trio so schizophrenic that mixed passages which easily made them par wise with bands like The Nice and perhaps some others from Canterbury, within many sound collages, completemented by a touch of humour. However, despite of having released only two albums, both flow in the very same tide, even though the first one is very short. Don't expect anything similar to The Nice, ELP or any other traditional symphonic power trio, but a band which decided to flush away all these clichés in order to create their own identity.

01 Burning Chapel (1:58)
02 Running For Life (2:24)
03 Sexual Lover (0:12)
04 Summer In The City (2:09)
05 California Dreamin' (1:37)
06 Reach Out, I'll Be There (2:19)
Music Or Not Music
07 Music Against Music (1:59)
08 Music For Your Dog (2:25)
09 The Night Was Clear, The Moon Was Yellow (0:12)
10 Where Is The Bar, Clay? (2:11)
11 Caligula's Suite In Horror Minor (1:37)
12 My Grandmother Likes Andy Williams, Too (2:20)
13 We Don't Like It Either (0:46)
14 Last Train To Rhythmania (5:06)
15 ... And The Producer Got Mad (2:44)
16 Glove Story (2:33)
17 Laughin' People - Meanwhile Starvin' Children (1:30)
18 Nothing's Holy (5:26)
19 Concerto For Elevator (2:20)
20 War Business Is A Good Job (5:12)
21 To End Or Not To End (1:18)

Jean-Jacques Falaise - keyboards
Francis Lonneux - drums
Jean-Paul Van Den Bossche - guitars, bass

Originally released as Triangle 920 219 in 1970 (Recreation) and as Barclay 920 356 in 1972 (Music Or Not Music



  1. Recreation was next to Arkham probably the best known - more or less - early prog band from Belgium, trio - keyboard player Jean-Jacques Falaise, drummer Francis Lonneux, and guitarist Jean-Paul Van Den Bossche.
    The group recorded two albums: "Recreation" (found under the title "Do not Open" in discographies. German pressing of the "Don't Open" LP Bellaphon ‎– BLPS 19006-- for whatever reason, it was released there as a self-titled album (with a different cover). and "Music Or Not Music" (1972). After that, the band disappeared from the scene.

    Dominated by heavy organ Hammond, bass, drums (and guitar on the second album) Debut is somewhat similar to Nice and Rare Bird in conjunction with Trinity - Brian Auger - could be more varied. The second album is sensational! Short pieces are arranged in the form of an eclectic 40-minute suite,lots of sound effects, sudden changes in style and rhythm.

    Refreshment? Recovery? To relax the music of the three is certainly not suitable, especially on her second and last album - "Music Or Not Music". One could translate directly but also Recreation. Since then came in recreating something out of it. Recreation created the music that is in any way new? In some way already. From well-known musical pieces from jazz, classical and rock, the three Belgians tinker together something quite his own. Thus, the group takes its name quite rightly. Somehow, the whole thing is refreshing for that matter.

    Bass, drums and organ there appeared on the 1971 debut album from Recreation hear. This is sometimes strange, text-less singing and in the background whispering, moaning and whimpering. Bass, drums and organ? No, according to The Nice, ELP, or even the music sounds not, although of course there are some phonetic similarities. More likely to make a sort of recreation of psychedelic jazz rock, or free organ prog, classic rock or edgy. The bass is booming usually quite sonorous then, jazzy or prancing around. The percussion makes for nimble rhythm. The focus of the music, however, is the organ. This may sound old-fashioned good times to the 60s, roars times almost hard rock, psychedelic billows or produced rather peculiar, electronically distorted, sometimes quite oblique soundscape and complex numbers, which radiate a strange slow, but at the same manic atmosphere psychedelic, yet rooted in the 60s and the music is a bit raw here. The former second side of the album take a three cover versions. "Summer In The City" by The Lovin 'Spoonful, "California Dreamin' by The Mamas & the Papas, and" Reach Out, I'll Be There "by the Four Tops to be taken by the Belgians as the shortage that even if the original always shines through clearly, something new emerges.

    Produced by Erick Van Huls, their sophomore release "Music or not Music" featured 15 tracks, many of them quite short and linked together in a continuing suite arrangement which made it difficult to figure out where some of the compositions started and stopped. With all three members sharing creative duties the all-instrumental set simply wasn't the lost classic slice of progressive magic some dealers would have you believe (the fact it was included in one of the Hans Pokora books merely added to the hype). The three members were all quite talented, but the majority of attention seemed focused on keyboardist Falaise. Musically this one was hard to adequately describe. The overall feel was progressive, but there were touches of jazz, conventional rock, outright experimentation, and even a playful, goofy side to some of the work. Nothing here was particularly commercial, toe tapping, or original, but for some odd reason it all seemed to hang together well.

    Thx micose, for sharing...good job!

    1. Thank you for sharing this very interesting CD. Note that the compilers of the CD messed up the order of the two albums. Tracks 19, 20 and 21 are obviously the cover versions, Summer in the City, California Dreaming, and Reach Out I'll Be There. (Also, compare the listed timings for 01-06 with those for 07-12.) Not your fault, of course! Thanks again, Tram

  2. any chance you can repost the cd? or make it available to me?

  3. NEW LINK:,402189959.rar(archive)


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