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DER WEITE WEG

Stern-Combo Meissen (Stern Meissen)

Symphonic Prog


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1 stars Well,as far as I know from this band it was the most popular band in east germany and actually it's existing now since 40 years. I heard its name before some time, but it's the first time I listen to some of their music. Actually I can't understand why they are listen here under SYMPHONIC PROGRESSIVE ROCK.This kind of music does not have anything to do with this sub-genre. It's nothing else than pop music. There are some trials to make classical music more popular like Vivaldi's Der Frühling",but sorry you can't call something like this SYMPHONIC nor PROGRESSIVE. It's cheap synth music as every one-man-band does at any wedding or birthday party.Maximum 1 star sorry!!!!
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Posted Tuesday, January 25, 2005 | Review Permalink
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4 stars In my opinion excellent album. The title track, "Der weite Weg" is my favourite Stern Combo Meissen song. I heard it for the first time in 1980 and even now, 25 years after, when I listen to it - I'm not here, I'm far away in the sea (what is it - nostalgia or real quality of music?). "Der Frühling", the band's interpretation of Vivaldi's "The Spring" is a good example of delicate attitude to classical music. All other tracks are also worth to listen, only "Der Motor", a typical pop-rock song of that era, is weaker than other material. If you like melodic progressive with dual keyboards and nice soft vocals, this album is for you. I guess fans of Novalis will enjoy this album. But this band is not a Novalis clone - Stern Combo Meissen, at least in the 70s, had their own sound. Check "Der weite Weg" if you'll find it (it's not so easy outside former DDR).
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Posted Monday, June 6, 2005 | Review Permalink
1 stars Prog? Surely not. Symphonic? Only if you call a cheap synthesizer an orchestra. Pop music? Only in the best moments. Most of the time it reminds me of what we call "Schlager" in Germany. The lyrics actually hurt, German Democratic Republic's pseudo-poetry forced on writers by their gouvernment and willingly committed by Kurt Demmler on this album (as in many songs published on the GDR-label "Amiga"). The vocals are poor, the arrangements sound like they were written for childrens' lullabies. And still some critics - mostly from the eastern part of Germany - call the music of Stern-Combo Meißen milestones in progressive rock. But maybe they also consider Cilff Richard the godfather of Heavy Metal. I just can't stand it !
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