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Grobschnitt - Solar Music - Live CD (album) cover




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4 stars Do you hear solar music?

Solar Music is space/psychedelic/symphonic rock par excellence during 55 minutes - originally a part of the 'Ballermann' album. Without a doubt a cornerstone of progressive rock music. I was happy to see them live some years before this performance was recorded and I will never forget this experience. This suite has been the highlight of every gig they gave for many years. In every case consisting of extended music and theater improvisations with a lot of jokes. You are searching for an example? Food sicore - please read this backwards!

Solar Music I works like a warmup with great vocals by Willi Wildschwein (Stefan Danielak). They are playing a waltz as celebrating a wedding and then are gliding into the space section Food sicore with the wellknown computer voice asking 'Do you hear solar music?'. With Solar Music II the suite really starts with psychedelic guitars and a lot of samples growing to the main theme after some minutes. Mülheim Special and Otto Pankrock are representing the best sections - jamming pur with german spoken words, also played backwards. This are more rocking parts controlled by the two guitars from Wildschwein and Lupo (Gerd Kühn).

And then finally the keyboard is coming up with Golden Mist dominated by Mist (Volker Kahrs), Popo (Wolfgang Jäger) and Eroc (Joachim H. Ehrig). This song is very groovy and jazzy. Solar Music III - the final countdown of the suite - is not so inspiring as the parts before. The missing 13 minutes they use just as a piece for the presentation of the band members at the end of the performance in Mülheim. This is a nice groover but not very essential.

In the end Solar Music works only fully completely if you are also able to watch their outstanding stage presence with masks, costumes and fireworks. So I'm sure a DVD from this concert would be a real masterpiece.

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