Thursday, November 06, 2008


HopeAfter the US election, the general consensus is that once again we have hope in the world. It seems natural then to revisit a classic album from 1977 with the same title, Hope.

Hope is the second album released by the Canadian group Klaatu, in September 1977. It is a concept album, recorded with the London Symphony Orchestra, about the sole survivor of an arrogant race of beings, who warns space travelers of hazards in the last days of his life. By the time this album came out, the rumour that Klaatu were actually the Beatles reformed had died down. Klaatu were just three talented Canadian boys. For more info about the whole Beatles comparison stuff inspire by their first album, you can check out my earlier post which goes into more detail about the whole phenomenon. It's quite fascinating.

The recording is rich in both musical content, as one of the most powerful combinations of rock and classical orchestral music to that date, and in production values, sounding like a modern recording, even though it was created in the late 1970s on a relatively small budget by a few people. Many fans and critics consider Hope to be the most creative of the Klaatu albums, and a high point of 1970s production standards. I've heard some say it has a slightly Pink Floydish feel to it. Not to mention the stunning artwork of the album. Which nowadays is becoming a thing of the past.
I resurrect Hope here for any first timers to hear or a blast from the past for any who may remember the whole phenom.

Hope by Klaatu
The Loneliest of Creatures by Klaatu
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