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the qualitons - panoramic tymes (tramp tr-9008)

"The Qualitons - the clue is in the name. Pure quality funk, soul and afro flavoured retro sounds for now."
Dom Servini (Wah Wah 45s, Echoes, Shook)
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'a truly special genre bashing set from the Qualitons, they cruise effortlessly between outstanding Afrobeat, organ driven R&B and soul jazz. It's like The Kinks, Tony Allen, Brian Auger and The Beach Boys have been chopped up and fused together to create a trippy, rollercoaster musical tour de force. Buy the album for the funk epic 'Soul Bowl', and the Afro monster in 'Mellbimbo', then the rest of the LP is a pure bonus! Love it'
Pete Isaac - Jelly Jazz
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Young Budapest outfit „The Qualitons“ delivers an unique and charming mix of 60s Garage Rock, Organ Funk, Eastern Jazz and Afro Beats. Great musicianship meets catchy songwriting - you simply can`t go wrong with The Qualitons!
Karsten John (Vinyl Vibes/Cologne)
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The Qualitons - Panoramic Tymes (Tramp Records, distributed by Kudos / OUR)
Unter dem Eindruck von Groovebands wie den Whitefield Brothers und der Berliner Afrobeat Academey gründete der DJ und Produzent Kanada Kaosz diese Combo und malt damit einen weitern weißen Flecken auf der Landkarte des weiterhin expandieren Soul&Funk-Live-Circuit aus: Ungarn, an dessen renommierter Franz Liszt Music Academy sich die Band und ein großer Teil des versammelten Studiopersonals im Jazz ausbilden ließen. Die Farben und Muster, die Kaosz dabei wählt, sind dabei psychedelisch abgetönt, denn die Band hat sich als Zielperiode ihrer Zeitreise die Sechziger vorgenommen und offenbart dabei eine Vorliebe für britischen Beat („C’mon Baby Get Heavy With Me“) und Surf-Rock („Overdose“), um dann ganz überraschend in Richtung Afro- („A.C.Blues“) und New Orleans-Funk ab zubiegen. Den lokalen Anker bilden die ungarischen Texte – eine fantastische Gesangssprache für diese Musik! – und das Repertoire des legendären ungarischen Qualiton-Labels, von dem sich die Band nicht nur im Namen inspirieren ließ. All das wurde in stilechtem Analogsound eingefangen und pointiert in Richtung Tanzfeger arrangiert und ist im Konzert sicherlich ein Fest des Schweißes und der Freude.
Eric Mandel (Jazzthing)
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I love all the music from the consistent German label Tramp but was initially surprised to hear this new release. I have a wide-open taste or virtually any music black or white but after listening to the first few tracks on this CD by the Hungarian The Qualitons I was wondering why they expected a Black music magazine such as Blues & Soul to review it. What I heard was something very quite 60's Mod, almost Psyche, rocky…. frankly, all sounding fantastic but not right for here, and then as the CD unfolds it takes us into the realms of authentic Meters-style Funk and (you won't believe this) Fela Kuti-style Afro Beat. It's all done so correctly and with a lot of soul. On paper, this CD shouldn't work but it does. It all makes sense and it's a wonderful journey.
Snowboy (Blues&Soul)
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The content leans a little more to psych rock at times but this mix of sixties modbeat, Hammond funk, and funky/ garagey psychedelia from Hungary's The Qualitons might seem more than a little familiar to fans of the UK's Big Boss Man. Not that there's any harm in that you understand since Big Boss Man rule, but you might injure yourself trying to pronounce the names of those tracks which are Magyar. At least, I'm assuming they're Magyar - the online translating device I found was less than illuminating with "word/phrase not in dictionary," turning up a lot. Maybe they're slang titles. Or names. Or just not Magyar. Anyway - Hungary's got (mod) soul. Who knew? A more than respectable debut. Chek!
monkeyboxing.com
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review on 1beat.de by Peter Hagen
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review on wasser-prawda.de by Nathan Norgel
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