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Out In the Sun

Patrick Moraz

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Album Review

Aptly titled, Out in the Sun picks up where 1976's The Story of I left off, carrying on with rhythms drenched in Latin and Brazilian styles. Recorded both in Brazil and Patrick Moraz's home country of Switzerland in 1977, Out in the Sun brings up the liveliness another notch, this time with a more spacious approach to the South American sound. As Moraz dishes out a vast array of playful keyboard mélanges, it is such instruments as Indian finger cymbals and Chinese gongs that add variance to every track. Distant voices and bird sounds are put in as a backdrop by way of Moraz's synthesizers in "Time for a Change." Moraz employs numerous Moog keyboards and Hammond organs throughout the course of the eight tracks, but none take away any of the natural tones and primal auras that surround each one. "Rana Batucada" and "Kabala" are both beautiful instrumentals glazed with Brazilian percussion, while "Out in the Sun" blends congo drums and synthesizer together to form a highly entertaining instrumental mixture. All the keyboard work on Out in the Sun comes off as warm and unrestrained, helping to lay the groundwork for its pure tropical sound.

Customer Reviews

glad to have this again

I wore this album out in college and then lost it (bitterly) in a move. For any fans of Yes or Moraz' work personally, this is a gem. His range is amazing, and it's easy to see where his own style and creativity was submerged in Yes' (little-loved) album, Relayer. What comes out in this work is so amazing that many have no idea it's the same guy. I am thrilled to have this album again!

An absolute gem

I agree with ricetw, excellent review. Out In The Sun is one of my favorite most warn-out albums. Rana Batucada is a masterpiece.


Born: June 24, 1948 in Morges, Switzerland

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

After playing a role in the success of Yes' Relayer album in 1974, keyboardist Patrick Moraz launched a solo career and became one of the more celebrated keyboardists of his age. During the '70s, when Moraz reached his prime as an artist, the keyboard was still a new and complex instrument. Technology was still evolving in the age before the personal computer. For this reason, Moraz's trailblazing keyboard work startled his audience. He practiced a new and exciting sound that was ahead of its time,...
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