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3.49 | 28 ratings | 1 reviews | 12% 5 stars

Good, but non-essential

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Studio Album, released in 1971

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Jo Joe (8:51)
2. Vivaldi (11:34)
3. Torakov (12:54)
4. Fancy Desire (8:00)

bonus tracks on Long Hair CD release 2003
5. Drive Me (2:20)
6. Pig II (10:56)
7. Vivaldi's Revival (7:18)
8. Trying (5:10)
9. New Life (2:20)
10. Dawn (2:57)
11. An Invitation (3:09)

Total Time: 75:29

Line-up / Musicians

- Wolfgang Buhre / saxophone
- Karl-Heinz Blumenberg / vocals
- Werner von Gosen / guitar
- Wolfram Minnemann / organ
- Arno Bredehöft / drums
- Rainer von Gosen / bass

Releases information

LP Phillips 6305 1971
CD Long Hair LHC 26 (2003 Germany)

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THRICE MICE Thrice Mice ratings distribution

(28 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(12%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(44%)
Good, but non-essential (44%)
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Review by hdfisch
3 stars This singular album by Hamburg based band THRICE MICE is a nice example of early Krautrock exhibiting influences by Blodwyn Pig and Curved Air, both bands they're paying tribute to by cover versions added up on the CD re-release. After some local success and a gig on legendary Fehmarn festival in 1970 (where Jimi Hendrix gave his last concert) they disbanded in 1972 when Rainer von Gosen decided to leave. His brother Werner and Karl-Heinz Blumenberg continued their progressive jazz-rock style with the band ALTONA.

Thrice Mice which grew up from a beat school band originally presented here a quite noteable and for those days very unique blend of jazz elements, influences from classical themes and heavy rock using some technical sound effects that bring HAWKWIND into one's mind. Although the four compositions are basically rather melodic and straightforward they're highly enriched by improvising solos, intricate dual sax playing and use of big band-alike brass. The classically inspired "Vivaldi" was quite a big success for them when they played it live (can be heard as well on the CD release). Each one of the other three tracks is based on either a particular theme or story. "Jo Joe" is about someone's idiosyncratic philosophy, "Pancy Desiree" is inspired by Joachim Ringelnatz's novel "Fancy Desire" and "Torekov" is telling the very personal experiences of some band members with a Finnish girl on a camp tour in Sweden.

Overall this album is a quite unique and noteworthy one, certainly not to be considered essential but anyway good for 3 ½ stars. Highly recommended to collectors of rare and obscure German progressive albums!

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