Atlantis Philharmonic

Band members               Related acts

- Joe DiFazio -- vocals, keyboards, bass (1974-79)
- Royce Gibson -- drums, percussion (1974-79)



- none known 



Genre: progressive 

Rating: *** (3 stars)

Title:  The Atlantis Philharmonic

Company: Dharma

Catalog: D-516

Year: 1974

Country/State:  USA

Grade (cover/record): VG+ / VG+

Comments: cut top right corner

Available: 1

GEMM catalog ID: 5150

Price: $80.00

Cost: $


While in high school Joe DiFazio began taking classical music lessons. Graduating high school he applied to and was accepted to Ohio's Baldwin-Wallace College's music program. College opened up the door to the world of rock and roll and just two semesters short of graduating, DiFazio quit school in order to play keyboards for a Canadian Beatles cover band. 

Interested in finding a way to meld rock with his earlier affection for classical music, in 1974 DiFazio decided to strike out on his own. Recruiting percussionist Royce Gibson, the pair began writing and recording material. Unable to interest a major label in their efforts, the pair eventually released the DiFazio and Perry Johnson produced "The Atlantis Philharmonic" on their own Dharma label. First our truth in advertising blurb. While we've seen the album show up on various psych lists, musically the collection's best described as progressive. For better or worse, propelled by DiFazio's synthesizers, original material such as "Atlantis" and "Fly the Light" bore more than a passing resemblance to ELP. To be honest, anyone into mid-'70s progressive bands was likely to be familiar with DiFazio's blend of AOR moves (the Styx-meets-ELP "Death Man"), Yes-styled keyboards (watch out Rick Wakeman) and occasional classically-inspired interludes ("Woodsmen"). Those comments weren't intended to slam the LP. Taken as a package, it makes for a fairly impressive debut. Even more so when you consider it was recorded independently and with minimal financial resources. Besides, we'd rather hear this than "Tarkus" any day. Certainly worth a spin if you can find it for a reasonable price.

"The Atlantis Philharmonic" track listing:
(side 1)

1.) Atlantis (Joe DiFazio) - 5:11
2.) Woodsmen (Wilcox - Joe DiFazio) - 7:34
3.) Death Man (Joe DiFazio) - 5:25

(side 2)

1.) Fly the Light (Joe DiFazio) - 4:34
2.) My Friend (Joe DiFazio) - 4:01
3.) Atlas (Wilcox - Joe DiFazio) - 8:29

Following the album's release DiFazio and Gibson toured the Midwest extensively, though plans to record a pair of follow-on albums never saw fruition. By the early-'80s DiFazio had largely dropped out of music. Increasingly interested in computer technology and musical applications he went back to college, obtaining bachelor and masters degrees in computer technology from Indiana State University, though he also found time to complete his music degree. DiFazio is currently a professor of new media and computer technology at Indiana State University.

In 1990 the New York based Lasers Edge label reissued "Atlantis Philharmonic" in CD format (catalog number LE-1005).


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