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|Recorded||EMI studios, Sydney, Australia|
|Sebastian Hardie chronology|
|Singles from Four Moments|
Four Moments is the debut studio album by the Australian symphonic rock band Sebastian Hardie and was released in August 1975 by Polydor Records. It was their most commercially successful release and peaked at #13 on the Australian album charts. The single from the album was the instrumental "Rosanna", which peaked at #31 on the National singles chart. The title track takes up side one of the original vinyl LP release and is a suite of four parts. All tracks were written by lead vocalist / lead guitarist Mario Millo either on his own or with fellow band members Tovio Pilt, Alex Plavsic and Peter Plavsic. The distinctive logo, which would feature on future Sebastian Hardie releases, was designed by Larraine Hall (see infobox at right). The album was produced by former band member Jon English.
Four Moments features dramatic arrangements, seamlessly flowing with its impeccable musicianship displaying influences of European progressive rock bands Genesis, King Crimson, Focus and Yes. Millo, in a 2002 interview, reflected on the creation of the album:
"I began conceiving the various melodic phrases over a period of time and became excited by the idea of writing and ultimately performing an orchestral style piece. I knew I was on to something special and I wanted the world hear it. Sebastian Hardie was the perfect band for this [...] At rehearsals we then took the ideas and began to assemble them, it wasn't long before we were ready to perform what was to become the 'Four Moments' album."— Mario Millo, 2002-05-21
According to Millo: "Glories Shall Be Released" was partly inspired by a boyhood friend's drug experiences - his distorted sense of reality and subsequent suicide, "Rosanna" was named for Millo's older sister who was an emotional support, and "Openings" evolved from the band's jamming.
- "Four Moments" (Mario Millo, Tovio Pilt, Alex Plavsic, Peter Plavsic) - 20:41
- "Glories Shall Be Released" (Millo) - 6:42
- "Dawn of Our Sun" (Millo) - 5:05
- "Journey Through Our Dreams" (Pilt, A. Plavsic, P. Plavsic, Millo) - 6:43
- "Everything is Real" (Millo) - 2:11
- "Rosanna" (Millo) - 6:02
- "Openings" (Millo, Pilt, A. Plavsic, P. Plavsic) - 13:03
- "Day After Day" (Millo) - 5:18 (Bonus track on Japanese CD Release Avalon MICY-1115 1999)
- "Rosanna" #31 AUS
Sebastian Hardie members
- Mario Millo — vocals, lead guitar, mandolin
- Tovio Pilt — keyboards (Moog, mellotron, piano, Hammond organ)
- Alex Plavsic — drums, percussion
- Peter Plavsic — bass guitar
- Arranger — Sebastian Hardie
- Producer — Jon English
- Recording and mixing engineer — Richard Lush at EMI Studios, Sydney
- Symbol design — Larraine Hall
- Photography — David Miller
- McFarlane, Ian (1999). Encyclopedia of Australian Rock and Pop (doc). Allen & Unwin. ISBN 1-86448-768-2. Retrieved 2008-07-24.
- Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970-1992. St Ives, N.S.W.: Australian Chart Book. ISBN 0-646-11917-6. NOTE: Used for Australian Singles and Albums charting from 1970 until ARIA created their own charts in mid-1988.
- "Australasian Performing Right Association". APRA. Archived from the original on 2008-05-05. Retrieved 2008-07-26. Note: requires user to input song title e.g. FOUR MOMENTS
- "Mario Millo interview". ProgressoR. 2002-05-21. Retrieved 2008-07-25.