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3.23 | 15 ratings | 2 reviews | 13% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 1981

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. The Accident (5:56)
2. Heroes (7:53)
3. Dent Du Geánt (2:32)
4. Night (4:01)
5. Flying Fortress (5:09)
6. Water Of Seasons (2:48)
7. Mediterranean Journey (5:44)
8. Planet Of Dreamers (5:50)

Bonus tracks on CD (from unreleased second LP):

9. - The Knight Errant (4:04)
10. - E Pericoloso Sporgersi (4:01)
11. - The Sailor (3:24)
12. - The Forest Queen (3:09)

Total Time 59:31

Line-up / Musicians

- MIchael Wolff / guitar, acoustic guitar, keyboards
- Roland Enders / vocals, acoustic and electric guitar, mandolin
- Paul Possart / violin, vocals
- Hendrikje Horn / flute, vocals, percussion
- Karl Beck / electric bass, 12-string guitar, vocals
- Franz Kremer / flute, guitar, banjo, vocals
- Eva Küllmer / flute, saxophone, synthesizer, keyboards, vocals
- Richard Bellinghausen / drums, percussion

Releases information

LP - EWP/Aarton Music S-135 LP
CD - Garden of Delights CD 102

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AIGUES VIVES Water of Seasons ratings distribution

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Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(13%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(53%)
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Review by kenethlevine
3 stars The idea of a German group being into any of the following is in itself not particularly noteworthy: early 70s British progressive rock, French and Irish folk songs, Anglo folk rock, to name a few. But an obscure band passing through these distinct stylistic phases from 1971, yet only releasing product in 1981, that IS interesting! More so because the result is worth hearing.

By the time of the original LP that contained the first 8 cuts here, the group was in Phase 3, in which they were exploring folk rock, but had retained their psych origins, sounding not unlike HOELDERLIN meets SPIROGYRA if you will, by way of BROSELMASCHINE but without a trace of OUGENWEIDE. This is understated and largely acoustic prog folk with a mysterious almost misty mood. This is well shown in the longest track, "Heroes", and in which Paul Possart excels on the strings, part violin and part fiddle, imaginatively straddling the line between symphonic and earthy. Hendrikje Horn's flutes are less prominent but also set the atmosphere to match the plaintive multitracked vocals and the wistful melodies. They also take a more active role on other songs and instrumentals. Luckily the voices in English are good. Roland Enders' lead guitar adds some electricity without stepping out of line.

Other highlights include the hypnotic "Night" and "Flying Fortress" which could be an outtake from a much earlier Moody Blues album thanks to the swirling flute. The album suffers from a bit of sameness of tempo and mood, but the original closer "Planet of Dreamers" has a delightful chorus and some delicate and powerful lead guitar. While the lyrics admittedly were a decade past their prime thematically, this anachronistic quality is one of the appeals of the group.

The 4 bonus tracks were from Phase IV of the group, in which more electronic elements were introduced, but at the same time a certain medieval bardic quality could be discerned, especially in "The Knight Errant", which is bolstered by Eva Küllmer's accompaniment on vocals, and "The Sailor". The bonuses were meant to be part of a second album that was aborted when the group disbanded in 1983, and were wisely included by Garden of Lights along with a superb booklet and history. A swig of fresh water for prog folk fans.

Review by Sean Trane
3 stars 3.5 stars really!!!

Looking at how the early 80's still produced a few folk rock gems, you'd be tempted to say that folk music survived better the critics's onslaught and public's disinterest. If France saw a few beauties appearing in the late 70's, Pererin was happening in Wales, Germany was still resisting with groups like Emma Myldenberger still playing in 83, and the very tail end of the movement saw Aigues Vives's sole album appearing in 81. The group had been together for a decade and would last until 83, but they went through many phases, but from 77 onwards they had veered folk, releasing finally their album when nobody was paying attention anymore.

Their sole album can be compared sonically with second-period Holderlin (in part due to Possart's violin) or with Carol Of Harvest (as opposed to Myldenberger, Ougenweide or Parzival who are medieval- influenced), but as usual in folk, acoustic guitars and flutes abound, although I find it a bit sad they chose English to sing, even if they do it quite convincingly. What's left is a listener-friendly folk rock with enough brilliance and virtuoso to make it interesting and enthralling and a tad progressive.

Their sole album was rare enough and until the excellent label Garden Of Delight gave it a recent reissue, AV was certainly a hidden gem of the 80's. And as a blessing, GOD also delivers some bonus tracks from their second never finished album and they don't deface the original album. You'd almost swear this was still same album. Certainly completely out of its original time frame, AV's sole album is definitely an album that will fit the pack of 7ŕ's folk prog.

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