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Schicke & Führs & Fröhling


Symphonic Prog

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The majestic trio of SCHICKE,FUHRS and FROHLING was found in mid-70's,when keyboardist Gerd Fuhrs approached drummer Eduard Schicke and guitarist Heinz Frohling,both members of ''Spektakel'' ,after a live concert of the later.Schicke and Frohling were amazed by Fuhrs' skillful keyboard playing,so they decided to disband ''Spektakel'' and form their own progressive rock trio.This would lead them to the excellent release ''Symphonic pictures'' in 1976.

An album filled with melody,grandiosity,emotions but also complexity and demanding musicianship.''Symphonic pictures'' is mostly a keyboard-driven instrumental album,supported by the smooth drumming of Schicke and the GENESIS-like guitar work of Frohling.The comositions are different sounding and both Fuhrs and Frohling use a variety of keyboards to create these alternating atmospheres.Some of the compositions are close to symphonic progressive rock with tons of fantastic mellotron work,melodic guitars and superb use of the moog synthesizer and the clavinet.There are also lots of passages with pure classical approach,based on Fuhrs' grand and electric piano work...but the biggest achievement of the band is those grandiose cinematic soundscapes close to soundtrack music,where deep bass lines and haunting drumming are blended with heavy electronics and dark mellotron parts.This is something else,I tell you!The final result is absolutely fantastic and unique and there's nothing more to write than recommending this album to everyone looking for grandiose progressive rock,filled with symphonicism,melody and deep atmospheres!

apps79 | 4/5 |


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