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LAST PARTY - LIVE

Grobschnitt

 

Symphonic Prog

2.40 | 11 ratings

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febus
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Honorary Collaborator / In Memoriam
2 stars THEIR LAST CONCERT.

GROBSCHNITT would record a few more records on the 80s after ILLEGAL, 4 albums to be exact. Sadly i cant review them for a good reason: I don't have any of them and they are almost impossible to find. I don't even know if they have been reissued on CDS. But somehow i found their ultimate one, a live album named LAST PARTY-live.

As the title indicates clearly, LAST PARTY features songs taken from their ultimate tour in 1989 just before disbanded for good. A lot of things hace changed within the band since ILLEGAL. Only 2 original members are left: singer WILDSVHWEIN and guitarist LUPO. Also the music don't bear any resemblance with the sounds of the 70s. What we have now is a hard rock band sounding very 80s, still keeping some basic quality like good musicianship and still decent songwriting. But we are more talking about JUMP from VAN HALEN here rather than SOLAR FIRE.

More than half of the tracks are coming from ILLEGAL considered as their best 80s album by the GROBSCHNITT fans meaning there are no space odyssey waiting for you here.Only one track from the 70s made it to this point: the nice ANYWHERE from ROCKPOMMELS ISLAND, that's it!

The old members from the band like MIST and EROC would come to participate to the last concert in their hometown of HAGEN, but the band has reached the end of the road back then artistically.The music is energetic , the musicians seem to have fun, especially WILDSCHWEIN singing really with a lot enthusiasm but is it still GROBSCHNITT? The new musicians are a world away from the brillance- and madness- of EROC or MIST. And where is POPO? No, what we have here are serviceable musicians backing up only 2 original members.

EROC the drummer ws the heart and soul of the band and you can feel here how he is missed badly! There is nothing wrong with the music played here as i kind of liked a little bit ILLEGAL, so that's not bad but LAST PARTY has more value on a historical point of view as this is the last hurrah of the band than on an artistical one; Just listening now to RAINTIME; yes this is a good song; LIVE PARTY can be pleasant but this album is not a necessary addition to your prog collection as the prog side is somewhat absent anyway!

There are 2 albums from GROBSCHNITT you must have: their first and SOLAR FIRE. Other fans will tell you to go fror JUMBO and ROCKPOMMELS ISLAND but that's all a question of taste. I forgot to mention BALLERMAN which has its own merits. But remember: i told you that maybe SOLAR FIRE might be the best prog album ever, so don't pass up this advice !!

2 STARS.

febus | 2/5 |

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