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4 stars Yes - this is prospering a lot ...

For a self-released debut this album is really well done and might compete with every professional production without a doubt. Limited to 500 copies 'Broken Door' is a very rare and searched vinyl coming from the early german prog rock history. Many thanks to the Garden Of Delights label which released this diversified album on compact disc in 2003. PROSPER was a band from the northwestern part of the german Ruhrgebiet, founded in 1973, first undergoing some heavy line-up changes until five musicians finally managed to consolidate. The music is somewhat jazz rock respectively fusion dominated, mainly forced by Evert Brettschneider, a jazz guitarist who seemed to be influenced by John McLaughlin, Gary Boyle and Robert Fripp whilst recording this album. Other attractions to point out are the compelling use of several key instruments like e-paino, mellotron, moog and a very nice twin guitar work during some parts.

Beginning is an excellent opener working as a mix of jazz rock and psychedelic with wonderful piano accompaniment and some mellotron impressions - immediately followed by the short twin acoustic guitar song Burning in the sun with good english vocals. Broken door, the title song, remembers me at Eloy a little bit whereas Dance of an Angel sounds like pure jazz rock in the vein of Isotope or Soft Machine. And then - somewhat contrary - Your country is provided as a very psych drenched song with reminiscences to american westcoast bands and country folk influences. Great guitar work! Birds of Passage comes as a melancholic acoustic guitar driven song with sparkling piano. The mandatory but short drum solo is put into Master's inspiration and Where the Sun touches the Water finally rocks with a jazz orientation, initiated and closed by some storm and water imitating samples.

Unbelievable - another nearly unknown gem of the prog history in Germany which deserves to be famous - a big hand for this album and a must have for jazz rock and kraut fans! 4 stars really.

Rivertree | 4/5 |


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