Nieuw: Machiavel "Anthology"
Machiavel's Best Of anno 2001, 2CD's vol met onuitgegeven materiaal, een nagelnieuwe
single, en natuurlijk ook alle songs die hen bekend maakten ("Fly",
"Rope Dancer", "Over the Hill" om er maar een paar te noemen). >>> Koop
deze CD bij Proxis <<<
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17 Okt. 2001) <<<
Symphonic Rock Band of the seventies and probably the most successful rock
band of Wallonia.
"Over the hill"
42,0 sec. - 83 Kb.
song : A. Letecheur, M.Ysaye, R.de Greef, M.Guccio, JP Devaux.
Produced : Erwin Vervaecke
Year : 1979
Record co. : Harvest
42,0 sec. - 83 Kb.
song : Machiavel
Produced : D. Lademacher
Year : 1980
Record co. : Harvest
The band was formed in 1974 when Roland Degreef and Marc Isaye who had been
playing together in a band called Moby Dick teamed up with Albert Letecheur and
decided there was definitively a market for "Eu-rock" in Belgium. This
style of music, best known through it's English performers like Emerson, Lake
& Palmer, Yes, Supertramp and Genesis, had a huge potential.
The first three albums ("Machiavel", "Jester" and "Mechanical
Moonbeams") ensured the group a steadily growing following. The single
"Rope dancer" was the culmination of their Eurock period.
From their fourth album onward, Machiavel proved that it wouldn't limit itself
to the genre and allowed some other influences in their music. This change in
style assured them of even bigger public following (they filled up the concert
hall of Vorst, a performance no other Belgian group had accomplished before them),
but it also caused some friction within the group and some of the original members
left the band.
The sixth album "New Lines" got them noticed for the first time in
the Northern part of the country ("Fly" also became a hit over there)
as well as abroad.
The album "Break out" of 1981, however, was received very badly by
the press and public alike. Many new bands had just taken up the stage and the
time for Machiavel to go had come. Financial troubles and stolen equipment signed
the death warrant for the group in 1983.
In 1987 there was a short revival of the band : they recorded an album ("The
cry of pleasure"), and also did some live gigs. The album showed the members
of the group had gone through some changes since their departure from Machiavel
and also included a surprise performance by Arno on harmonica
(on the track "Your soul").
After that the group took up a low profile again, only to emerge in 1996 when
they were invited to stage by Jean-Luc Fonck (Sttellla)
at the Francopholies in Spa and released the compilation album "20th anniversary
Machiavel, the very best of".
The individual members of Machiavel all went their separate ways : Ysaye plays
drums in the blues band "Burning Plague"
and is a well-known radio-presenter for Radio 21. He also played in the band Twilight
together with Albert Letecheur.
Roland Degreef and Mario Guccio have played together in Beige Neige, who released
an LP in 1983 called "Movement one" and have produced records with their
company Rox records.
Thierry Plas, who had joined the band in 1979, is a well-known studio musician
and has played with Pierre Rapsat and Vaya con Dios
(he is the partner of Dani Klein).
In 1999 the group somehow found the energy to record a completely new album.
"Virtual Sun" was released onto the unsuspecting world on January 20th
and still raised some enthusiasm in Wallonia. North of the language frontier the
reaction so far can be summarized with the two words "So what".
Thierry Plas & Marc Ysaye also got involved in a band called "Purple
Prose", the band that got Dani Klein going again, years after the success
of Vaya Con Dios, a project that did not resemble the music of Machiavel though.
In March 2000, Machiavel did a contribution to the "Glittering
2000" project, on which belgian bands covered songs from the glamrock
era, by doing a version of The Sensational Alex Harvey Band's "The Faith
In 2001, EMI and the band were releasing a boxed set called Anthology.
This double CD contained the usual "Best Of" tracks ("Fly",
"Rope Dancer", "Over the Hill" to name a few) that were also
included on the "The Very Best Of" of two years ago (which sold 20.000+
copies), but also contained 23 tracks that were not on that compilation.
To push the fan into purchasing this one, there were plenty of niceties: like
a completely new single (called "Heaven's rules"), 4 bonus tracks of
bands in which Machiavel-members have been part over the last years (Purple
Prose, Twilight, The Responsibles). Other rarities on it are "Birds are
gone" (a demo from 1975) and a live take from their concert in Vorst Nationaal
A cd with new material is envisaged for the spring of 2002.
- Mario Guccio (vocals)
- Jack Roskam / Jean-Paul Devaux / Thierry Plas (guitar)
- M. Ysaye (drums, vocals)
- Roland de Greef (bass)
- Albert Letecheur / Paolo Ragatzu (keyboards)
Koop CD's van deze groep
- Machiavel (Harvest, 1976)
- Jester (Harvest, 1977)
- Mechanical Moonbeans (Harvest, 1978)
- Urban Games (EMI, 1979)
- First recordings (mini-album) (EMI, 1980)
- New Lines (Harvest - 1980)
- Valentine's day (live) (EMI, 1981)
- Break out (EMI, 1981)
- The cry of pleasure (Indisc - 1987)
- Virtual Sun (CNR Music - 1999) Compilations :
- Compilation : boxed-set containing the first five albums as well as some previously
- 20th Anniversary Machiavel : The Very best of (1996)
- Anthology (2CD, 2001, EMI) Singles :
- Rope dancer / After the crop (Harvest, 1978)
- Over the hill / Kings of slogans (Harvest, 1979)
- Fly / So clear (Harvest, 1980)
- Turn off / Champagne in Amsterdam (Harvest, 1981)
- Charlena / Running (Harvest, 1981)
- Nobody knows / Somebody loves you tonight (Harvest, 1981)
- No way to heaven / Generation (Indisc, 1987)
- No regrets / Flesh and blood (Indisc, 1987)
- Your soul / Bad girl (1988, Indisc)
- Heaven's rules / A Life (2001, EMI)
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