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March 23, 2005

Sha! does Tamuz

Sha!: Friday Miscellaneous Pop Culture Entry provides an encyclopedic look at Tamuz, the band that gave us one album -- and launched several great careers:

When asked to list the greatest Israeli rock albums of all time, a lot of critics point to one record in particular: Sof Onat Hatapuzim ("The End of the Orange Season," 1976) by the band Tamuz. The album -- a collaboration between some of the greatest musical and writing talents in Israeli rock -- was a one-off by a supergroup of sorts. Since its release in 1976, the album has influenced at least two generations of musicians and still sounds fresh nearly 30 years later.

The record was revolutionary in terms of its sound. As Yoav Kutner, the dean of Israeli rock critics, writes in an article (Hebrew link) about the band, Tamuz did not strive to make "nice" music. In this, they stood in direct contrast with the other great Israeli band of the '70s, Kaveret, whose sound is entirely cuddly. Instead, "The End of the Orange Season" is filled with heavy riffs and complicated arrangements directly influenced by progressive rock.

The album also marked a turning point in the creative direction of the man at the center of the band, vocalist/guitarist/songwriter Shalom Hanoch. Hanoch is widely considered to be one of the fathers of Israeli rock. His reputation over the last three decades is almost unrivalled, and he is still considered to be one of the most influential musicians in the country.

Posted by yudel at March 23, 2005 08:05 PM

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