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MARBURG

Pell Mell

 

Symphonic Prog

3.57 | 80 ratings

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Uruk_hai
4 stars Review #80

"Marburg" by PELL MELL was of the first Progressive Rock albums I've ever heard and back in those days (I was only sixteen years old) it completely blew my mind out; I've never listen to anything similar to this album before (now I could mention a dozen of similar bands) but not then, this was a great discover to me. The hard rock combined with symphonic almost classical music is a factor that several bands (especially in ENGLAND, GERMANY and FRANCE) did in the early seventies and this album has lots of that stuff.

Even when I liked this album a lot when I first heard it, now (ten years later) I can see this guys were not as unique as I thought: I don't like the word plagiarism because I believe that in music there are some songs that are similar to others and that shouldn't necessarily suggest it was an intentioned copy; I recognized the unmistakable BLACK SABBATH's riff in "Alone" since I first listen to the album and certainly it has also a lot of similarity with PINK FLOYD's "A saucerful of secrets" but I always thought it was just a coincidence or the influence of those bands and not a shameless plagiarism, but a year ago I discovered the German Progressive Rock band IKARUS and now I can hear a lot of their only album released in 1971 in "Marburg" too. Again: I'm not saying it's plagiarism but I keep finding more and more REALLY similar sounds to contemporary bands.

All of those suspicious similarities to other bands made me take a star off to the rate I was originally going to assign to this album.

Great stuff though!

Uruk_hai | 4/5 |

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