Portuguese keyboard player and composer José Cid is mostly known in progressive rock circles for his 1978 concept album 10.000 Anos Depois Entre Vénus e Marte. It is a spacey symphonic rock trip into outer space, dominated by Mellotron, string synth, and other synthesizers, with supporting use of guitars, bass, and drums.
The 10,000 Anos...
album is considered by Billboard magazine
to be in the top 100 progressive albums, and by many to be one of the Mellotron
masterpieces. Cid's style on the record is very similar to the French take on symphonic rock with lots of string synths, Mellotron and a very simple melodic style. The guitar work works well with the keyboards. Lyrics are sung in native Portuguese. Most of the songs, influenced by a sort of mix combining The Moody Blues
and Pink Floyd psychedelia
were composed by Cid, some of them with the help of guitar player Mike Sargent
and drummer Ramon Galarza
Other similar work by José Cid
Cid explored symphonic rock
with Cantamos Pessoas Vivas
(1974), Vida – Sons do Quotidiano
(1976) and 10,000 Anos Depois Entre Venus E Marte
Another project from the 10,000 Anos... epoch and musicians was Cid's Vozes do Além, that explored the "Live after Death / Reincarnation" theme. Featured in the record are a poem by Natália Correia ("Creio") and two from Sofia de Mello Breyner ("Quando" and "Um Dia"). Presently, work on this album has resumed, with the original lineup and young musicians.
- O Último Dia na Terra (José Cid) - 4:21
- O Caos (Manuel Lamas / Mike Sergeant) - 6:00
- Fuga para o Espaço (José Cid) - 8:10
- Mellotron, o Planeta Fantástico (José Cid) - 6:43
- 10000 Anos Depois Entre Vénus e Marte (José Cid - Zé Nabo) - 6:05
- A Partir do Zero (Ramon Galarza - José Cid) - 4:43
- Memos (José Cid) - 2:07