Week of September 12, 2004

Tai Phong

Khanh - vocals, guitar
Tai - vocals, bass, acoustic guitar, keyboards
Jean-Jacques Goldman - vocals, guitars
Stephan Caussarieu - drums, percussion
Jean-Alain Gerdet – keyboards


Tai Phong, 1975 Warner 56.125

Windows, 1976 Warner 56.264
CD: WEA WMC5-610, 1993, Japan

Last Flight, 1979 Warner 56.740
CD: WEA France, 4509-96265-2

Sun, 2000
CD: XIII BIS Records, 152 552 MU863

Tai Phong were specialising in archetypical late 70s symphonic rock full of rich melodies and luscious prog arrangements, drenched in mellotron-like synths. Some of their melodic passages might be a touch melodramatic for some listeners, but overall, this group was France’s solid and adequate answer to Barclay James Harvest.  Either way, there’s no denying the rich melodic content and the closeness to the British symphonic rock scene. The band included two Japanese immigrants amongst its members.

Taken from Scented Gardens of the Mind - A guide to the Golden Era of Progressive Rock (1968-1980) in more than 20 European Countries, by Dag Erik Asbjørnsen, Borderline Productions, ISBN 1-899855-12-2, edited by Alex Gitlin

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