Esperanto Rock Orchestra - Cover
  Esperanto Rock Orchestra - Back Cover

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Track List

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  Side 1
  1 On Down The Road 5:00

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Lyrics

Raymond Vincent Glenn Shorrock
  2 Never Again 5:40

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Lyrics Raymond Vincent Bruno Libert
  3 Perhaps One Day 4:35

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Lyrics Raymond Vincent Bruno Libert
  4 Statue Of Liberty 5:00

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Lyrics Glenn Shorrock Glenn Shorrock
  Side 2
  5 Gypsy 6:35

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Lyrics Brian Holloway Brian Holloway
  6 City 4:06

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Lyrics Raymond Vincent Glenn Shorrock
  7 Roses 5:10

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Lyrics Raymond Vincent Bruno Libert
  8 Move Away 3:39

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Lyrics Raymond Vincent Glenn Shorrock
   
bonus tracks on Si-Wan CD:
  9 Getting Along 3:01

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Lyrics Joy Yates Joy Yates
  10 Waiting Till The Day I Die 6:49

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Lyrics Timothy Kraemer - Brian Holloway
  11 Emma 3:20

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Lyrics Glenn Shorrock Glenn Shorrock

 

The singles Busy Doing Nothing / Move Away and Busy Doing Nothing / Gypsy contain a song not released on the LP, this song has been produced by Pete Sinfield:

Busy Doing Nothing 2:41

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Raymond Vincent Glenn Shorrock


single's sleeve: Busy Doing Nothing / Move Away

The single Publicity / Roses contains a song not released on the LP, this song has been produced by Ken Scott:

Publicity 2:35

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Raymond Vincent Bruno Libert


Publicity / Roses (promo sleeve)

 

Release Information

A&M Records, UK, LP gatefold, AMLH 68175 (1973), slightly embossed Esperanto's logo on front sleeve.
There is 2 versions of the label. A mustard one, probably the first pressing, and a white silver.

A&M Records, USA, LP gatefold, SP 4399 (SP 4697 - SP 4698) (1973), embossed Esperanto's logo on front sleeve
A promotional copy has also been released (same catalogue number)

A&M Records, Canada, LP gatefold, same as USA release SP 4399 (SP 4697 - SP 4698) (1973)
A promotional copy has also been released (same catalogue number)

A&M Records, Australia, LP, AML 34930 (SMX42345 - SMX42346) (1973)

A&M Records, Brazil, LP gatefold, SA&MX 2105 (1973)
A promotional copy has also been released (same catalogue number)

A&M Records, Germany, LP gatefold, 87051 IT (1973)

A&M Records distributed by KING Records, Japan, LP gatefold, GXG 1031 (SALBT 1285 - SALBT 1286) (1977), embossed Esperanto's logo on front sleeve, lyrics on a separate sheet inside

A&M Records, Venezuela, LP gatefold, LPS-88.257 (1973), all track's titles are translated in spanish: En La Carretera, Nunca Mas, Quizas Algun, La Estatua De La Libertad, Gitano, Ciudad, Rosas, Apartate

Busy Doing Nothing / Move Away, A&M Records, Germany, 7", 12984AT (1973)

Busy Doing Nothing / Gypsy, A&M Records, Nederland, 7", 12976AT (1973)

Statue of Liberty / Gypsy, A&M Records, USA, 7", 1478-S (2557-S - 2558-S) (1973), promotional copy

Statue of Liberty / Gypsy, A&M Records, Australia, 7", K-5387 (1478-S) (MX43527-MX43528) (1973)

Statue of Liberty / Gypsy, A&M Records, South Africa, 7", AMRS 1082 (1974)
 
Publicity / Roses, A&M Records, UK, 7", AMS 7062 (1973). A promotional copy has also been released the 1st June 1973 (same catalogue number)

Publicity / Roses, A&M Records, Australia, 7", K-5191(AMS-7062 MX42401) (1973)
 
A&M Records, UK, 8 Track, Y8AM 68175 (1973)

A&M Records, Germany, MC, 54675DT (1973) -

Pony Canyon Inc, Japan, CD, PCCY-10176 (1991)

ProgRock Records, Russia, CD, PRR-005-2 (2001), booklet in Russian, only 2 tracks on the CD: the four first songs and the four last songs are put together on one track each

Si-Wan Records, Korea, CD, SRMC 5011 (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-résiste and 3 bonus tracks: "Getting Along", "Waiting Till The Day I Die" and "Emma" extracted from an unreleased acetate produced just before Danse Macabre

Esperanto Rock Orchestra - Inside Cover
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Musicians

Bridget Lokelani Dudoit
Hawaiian
Vocals, Acoustic Guitar
Tony Harris
English
Viola, Sax
Brian Holloway
English / Australian
Guitar, Piano
Timothy Kraemer
English
Cello, Piano
Bruno Libert
Belgian
Keyboards
Gino Malisan
Belgian / Italian
Bass, Flute
Tony Malisan
Italian / Belgian
Drums
Godfrey Salmon
English
2nd Violin
Glenn Shorrock
English / Australian
Vocals, Guitar
Janice Slater
Australian
Vocals
Raymond Vincent
Belgian
1st Violin
Joy Yates
New Zealander
Vocals, Flute

Other information

Tracks 1-6 produced and engineered by Ken Scott at Trident Studios, London
Tracks 7-8 produced by Dave Mackay and engineered by Roger Quested at Morgan Studios, London
Art direction: Michael Doud
Esperanto logo: design by Scott Russell, artwork by Mike Cook
Photos: inside by Rosemary Adams, back cover by Fin Costello
Chef: Nick Marshall

Comments from Timothy Kraemer when he sent the lyrics of Waiting Till The Day I Die: "Here are the words of my song. They don't make much sense near the end. I think we threw them together at the last minute.". Timothy think that the working title for this song was "Suicide".

The songs "Statue of Liberty" and "Emma" have also been played by Little River Band with Glenn Shorrock after he left Esperanto. Comments from Glenn Shorrock reported by Glenn A. Baker (Billboard Australian editor, 1985) taken from the unofficial Little River Band web site:
"Statue Of Liberty was inspired by the closing scenes of the film 'Planet Of The Apes'. I wrote it at a time when America was looking decidedly shaky and in danger of real anarchy. Kent State seemed like just a beginning. I had this vision of the Statue of Liberty crumbling." The song, recorded only as a demo for MAM, found release (for the first time) in 1973, via another David McKay project. "David told me he had a new project and he wanted me to front - a classical rock band that would be much more avant-garde than ELO. He played me a some tapes and it was really left-of-field stuff. But it was a challenge and A&M was right behind it, so I went in boots and all. ESPERANTO was billed as 'the world's first international rock orchestra'". An unwieldy 12 piece outfit, it boasted members from Italy, Belgium, Australia, New Zealand, England and Hawaii. The antipodean contingent was Glenn, Janice Slater, Brian Holloway (from SOMEBODY'S IMAGE) and MAORI singer Joy Yates. Glenn sang and co-wrote two songs with Belgian leader Raymond Vincent and contriubuted his own Statue Of Liberty. Unfortunately, despite of all the hype, the public just didn't buy ESPERANTO, and by the second album, Glenn was credited only with 'lyrics, backing vocals and ideas'; by the third he was gone completely. "They made me manager for a while because they wanted to go completely avant-garde and then instrumental. But it was a complete mess, half the band lived in London and half in Brussels and I couldn't even get them together for a meeting. So that last year in England I was really depressed. My hair was falling out and I decided to quit. I was still getting my weekly wage from MAM and Terry Britten got me some vocal sessions and a couple of months' live work with CLIFF RICHARD. I made good money working at the London Palladium with CLIFF, eight shows a week. After the first night they came to me and said 'you were great Glenn, in fact you were too good, cool it'. I was making an amazing (for me) £100 a week for that, so I decided to stash it away and buy a ticket back to Australia".

Backsleeve

Esperanto described themselves on the backsleeve of Esperanto Rock Orchestra:

"Esperanto: Known over the years as an international language enabling all people to communicate in a mutual way.

ESPERANTO: The world's first international rock orchestra.

An integral part of 12-piece band's sound is the four-piece string section -used not as back-up, but performing together and taking highly spirited solos. Also, the three female singers are not just background voices, but each forms her own individual position within the dozen.

The force behind ESPERANTO is Raymond Vincent, who at 27 has an extraordinary musical career behind him. Raymond developed the concept of a rock "orchestra", selected the musicians, and is the main arranger for the band. (ESPERANTO consists of bass, drums, guitars, violin, viola, sax, flute, cello, piano, assorted percussion instruments, and vocals).

Within ESPERANTO each member makes an individual contribution. Each is an experienced musicians. (Members come from Australia, New Zealand, England, Hawaii, Belgium, Italy, France, and the Isle of Man).

In a word, and to be as international as possible, ESPERANTO is a musical group nonpareil."

Review

From The Gibraltar Encyclopedia of Progressive Rock and Related Music
On Rock Orchestra, the band consists of 12 members playing lots of instruments, including three vocalists, flutes, violins, guitars, keyboards, drums and bass. The music is sometimes like standard '70s rock and nothing special and sometimes really complex progressive rock. The album is about 60% AOR and 40% progressive. The band sometimes shows potential on what was to come on later albums like the good one Last Tango. On Last Tango the band is reduced to eight members and the music is a lot better and more progressive than on Rock orchestra. There is some killer stuff on Last Tango. -- Andre Hagberg

The progressive magazine Tarkus has a review in novergian.

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