Saturday, 12 July 2014

Ars Longa Vita Brevis (The Nice, 1968)

This suite is one of the first fully progressive rock tracks in music history. The titles of its five movements (Prelude, then 1st to 4th Movement) announce the classical inspiration of the song, but the listener searching for pompous, baroque or symphonic and romantic compositions would be immediatele deceived. This is modern, XXth Century inspired music, full of experimental and even chaotic passages, where Emerson, Jackson, Davison and O' List reinvent rock music and open a new path for the forthcoming prog.

This was the second studio album for The Nice.

"Ars Longa Vita Brevis" actually is rock 'n' roll, but so well disguised and enriched, so fully transfigurated, so largely imbibed of jazz and contemporary classical experiments, that the listener couldn't even put a label on such a record. The display of different sources and instrumental skills in this suite don't hide the sense of strenght and the inner energy lying under each note. Was it only rock 'n' roll?