Danse Macabre - Cover    Danse Macabre - Back Cover
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From the back of the cover:
"Danse Macabre" is a natural evolution from the first album "Esperanto Rock Orchestra".
The dramatic theme running though this second album reflects all aspects of Esperanto and shows a willingness to look for a definitive approach to contemporary music.
Much of this direction has come from Peter Sinfield, who has produced this album following work with King Crimson, ELP and PFM and his influence can be clearly heard throughout.
"Danse Macabre" does not require listening to and should not be played on speakers less than 8" in diameter, in airport lounges, elevators and at dinner parties or immediately after sexual congress.

Track List

  mp3 extract lyrics music & lyrics
  Side 1
  1 The Journey 10:13 mp3 extract - Bruno Libert - Raymond Vincent
  2 The Castle 3:31 mp3 extract Raymond Vincent - Glenn Shorrock - Bruno Libert
  3 The Duel 7:03 mp3 extract - Raymond Vincent - G. & T. Malisan
  Side 2
  4 The Cloister 5:28 mp3 extract Raymond Vincent - Bruno Libert - Glenn Shorrock
  5 The Decision 5:57 mp3 extract Brian Holloway
  6 The Prisoner 7:20 mp3 extract Raymond Vincent - Glenn Shorrock
  7 Danse Macabre 1:58 mp3 extract - Camille Saint-SaŽns - Arrangements Raymond Vincent & Tony Malisan)
   
Bonus tracks on Si-Wan CD:
  8 The Duel 7:00 mp3 extract - Raymond Vincent - G. & T. Malisan
  9 The Decision 7:19 mp3 extract Brian Holloway
  10 The Cloister 5:11 mp3 extract Raymond Vincent - Bruno Libert - Glenn Shorrock


Release Information

A&M Records, UK, LP, AMLS 63624 (1974)

A&M Records, USA, LP, SP-3624 (SP-3647 - SP-3648) (1974)
A promotional copy has also been released (same catalog number)

A&M Records, Canada, LP, SP 3624 (1974)

A&M Records, Germany, LP, 87746IT (1974), the song Danse Macabre is not present on this release as the Saint-SaŽns copyright-owners refused to agree to its publication in this country!

A&M Records, Mexico, LP, AMLS 48,056 (1974), all track's titles are also translated in spanish: El Viaje, El Castillo, El Duelo, El Monasterio, La Decision, El Prisionero, Danza Macabra

A&M Records distributed by King Records, Japan, LP, AML 213 (SALBT-817 - SALBT-818) (1974), lyrics on a separate sheet inside
A promotional copy has also been released (same catalog number)

A&M Records, Italy, LP, SLAM 63624 (1974), the song Danse Macabre is not present on this release as the Saint-SaŽns copyright-owners refused to agree to its publication in this country!

Danse Macabre/The Castle, A&M Records, UK, 7", AMS 7104 (February 29th 1974)

Danse Macabre/The Castle, A&M Records, Japan, 7", AM-220 (SAST 476  -  SAST 477) (1974)
A promotional copy has also been released (same catalog number)

Pony Canyon Inc, Japan, CD, PCCY-10177 (1991)

Si-Wan Records, Korea, CD, SRMC 5013 (December 2001), gatefold paper sleeve, booklet with lyrics, photos and the story of Esperanto (English, French and Korean version) written by Gilles Arend from Prog-rťsiste and 3 bonus tracks (other version sang by Glenn Shorrock): "The Duel", "The Decision" and "The Cloister" extracted from an unreleased acetate produced just before Danse Macabre

Universal Music, Japan, CD, UICY-9264 (May 2003), Rock Legend series, miniature LP paper sleeve, 24 bit remaster, no bonus track.
A promotional copy has also been released (same catalog number).

Second Harvest, USA, Second Harvest 453 (2008), Two Originals: Danse Macabre and Last Tango on one CD


Musicians

Danse Macabre - Part of Back Cover
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Keith Christmas
English
lead voal
Tony Harris
English
viola
Timothy Kraemer
English
cello
Bruno Libert
Belgian
piano, organ, arp odissey, vibes, harpsichord, arranger, backing vocals
Gino Malisan
Italian
bass
Tony Malisan
Italian
drums
Godfrey Salmon
English
2nd violin, tenor voice
Raymond Vincent
Belgian
1st violin and chief arranger
   
"Non Fringe Members" :

 

Glenn Shorrock
English / Australian
lyricist, backing vocals, ideas
Brian Holloway
English / Australian
featured guitarist on "The Decision", "The Duel" and "The Cloister"
Brigette  Du Doit
Hawaiian
vocal on "The Duel"

Other information

Produced by Peter Sinfield (a picture of Peter is present on the bottom left of the backsleeve picture of Danse Macabre, left to Raymond Vincent). 
"I was so tired at the end of the project that I turned down a chance to produce the first Supertramp album. All those eights!" --Peter Sinfield

Danse Macabre has been written in 1875 by Charles Camille Saint-SaŽns (1835-1921). It is a setting of a poem by Henri Cazalis which told of Death playing his fiddle in a wintry churchyard at midnight while skeletons dance to his ghostly tune.
Saint-SaŽns is a French man, that's why the title is Danse and not Dance.

Engineers: Mike Cooper and Andy Hendrikkson
Recorded at Command Studios, London

Art Direction: Michael Doud
Design: Junnie Osaki
Front Cover Photography: Laurence Sakman
Back Cover Photography: Peter Waldman

UK Tour 1974, members
Cathy Shostak : "I've just been thinking about my short(!) time in Esperanto for this UK tour..(with Magma). I played keyboards and sang back-up. I remember Bruno being very patient with me as I was not as good as he was. I also remember being in that bus with 26 guys and me and Giorgio Gomelsky and all of Magma eating rice and onions (that's all! they ate they said for pure energy) for every meal. I can't remember all the gigs but we definitely did the Roundhouse. As I said it was short but sweet....

Comments written on the single Danse Macabre / The Castle:
Esperanto, who are currently appearing on British dates with French band Magma, have selected an adaptation of Saint-Saens' famous "Danse Macabre" as their new A & M single. The track - a sprightly jazz-rock version of the original classical piece - was arranged for international rock orchestra Esperanto by leader/violinist Raymond Vincent, and produced by Peter Sinfield.

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