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VOLLE MOLLE is the second live album from GROBSCHNITT released only 2 years after the fabulous SOLAR FIRE. But don't expect anything as good as their first live album. It has been recorded during the tour promoting their last studio album MERRY-GO-ROUND. GROBSCHNITT concerts were quite a unique experience as it was as much a theatrical show than a proper music performance. The musicians were wearing masks, the roadies and groupies were part of the shows that featured also lavish pyrotechnics and smoke machines.

These concerts were a lot of fun to watch with a lot of jokes (in German), good humor and there was a lot of interaction between the attendance and the band. But listening to those performances 25 years later on CD with a very basic knowledge of the German language is not really a rewarding experience, definitely not on the level if you had been part of this experience.

These GROBSCHNITT concerts do have certain similarities with some FRANK ZAPPA and his MOTHERS OF INVENTION performances regarding the fun athmosphere that reigned between the songs.But i am afraid if your German is no existent or very rusty, you might not be able to enjoy the show, especially if you don't have the visual and just have the CD to judge.You just have the pictures of the booklet to give you an idea about these shows.

VOLLE MOLLE is not SOLAR FIRE part 2; this is not a spacey journey as there are a lot of vocals and shorter songs, except for the 16 mns ROCKPOMMELS ISLAND . Also each song comes from different concerts and as such it doesn't give any unity to this live album.You will find a parody of a VILLAGE PEOPLE A.C.Y.M maybe fun to watch personally live among the attendance, but on CD that's not what i want to hear for my breakfast. The same goes for the ''fun''!!COKE-TRAIN -SHOW.

Also i have never been a ''symphonic ''GROBSCHNITT fan when they tried to be a German GENESIS, so this ROCKPOMMELS ISLAND live version even played perfectly stiil doesn't win over me, but i am sure a lot of other GROBSCHNITT aficionados will enjoy it.WUPPERTAL PUNK is my fave on the album, great rythm, great guitar,the GROBSCHNITT i like, but not much more.

VOLLE MOLLE can be a pleasant album to listen to. There is nothing really bad on it, but also nothing out of thie world. Of course, if you are German and have been part of these heroic times, VOLLE MOLLE is a 5 star album. But for me i can see only GROBSCHNITT collectors buy it.


febus | 2/5 |


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