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THE INTERNATIONAL STORY

Grobschnitt

 

Symphonic Prog

3.75 | 27 ratings

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erik neuteboom
Prog Reviewer
4 stars In the late Seventies I discovered a record store that sold German Progressive Rock (aka 'Krautrock'), within a very short time I had bought many albums from Jane, Novalis, Eloy and ... Grobschnitt, in my opinion the most unique German progrock band. A few years later I could witness a Grobschnitt concert on the German television, what great live band! On this brandnew 2-CD you can experience that dynamic and powerful live sound by Grobschnitt.

CD-1 opens with Die Sinfonie, a long track from their eponymous debut album, here you can enjoy a 1973 live version featuring that distinctive Grobschnitt progrock sound: fiery, rock based guitar, the strong, often English vocals (with that obvious German accent), the excellent, very inventive drumwork and the wonderful vintage keyboard sound. The next track is Nickelodeon (in a 1973 rehearsals version, originally on the 2-LP Ballermann from 1974) featuring top notch rock guitar, what a compelling soli! The final composition on CD-1 is the famous epic Solar Music (also from Ballerman) in a 53 minutes version, it sounds great and remains the highlight in the German progrock history for me, what a captivating and exciting music!

CD-2 contains 10 tracks like Ernie's Reise (10.56) and Rockpommels Land Finale (6.06) from the known concept album Rockpommel's Land, both from 1981 and we can enjoy a fine blend of acoustic guitar and varied keyboards. The song Silent Movie sounds fragile with acoustic guitar and soaring synthesizers. Another strong track is the final one entitled Magic Train (10.15) in a previously unreleased version from 1973: great interplay by guitar and keyboards and that distinctive voice, this is Grobschnitt in full splendor!

THIS IS A MUSICAL DOCUMENT, NOT TO BE MISSED BY ANY SERIOUS FAN OF THE GERMAN PROGROCK!!

erik neuteboom | 4/5 |

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