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Studio Album, released in 1978

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Der Geigenspieler (Job) (8:15)
2. Zingaresca (Mühlböck) (5:12)
3. Manchmal fällt der Regen eben lang (Mühlböck) (3:50)
4. Vielleicht bin Ich ein Clown? (Rahn - Mühlböck) (6:22)
5. City-Nord (Rahn) (6:07)
6. Die Welt wird alt und wieder jung (Original text by Friedrich Schiller, adapted by F. Mühlböck) (4:30)

Total Time: 34:16

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Line-up / Musicians

- Hartwig Biereichel / drums, kettle drum, percussion
- Detlef Job / acoustic, electric & slide guitars, vocals
- Fred Mühlböck / vocals, acoustic & electric guitars, flute
- Lutz Rahn / Hammond H100 organ, acoustic & electric pianos, strings, Mellotron, PPG synth, clavinet
- Heino Schünzel / bass, vocals

With:
- Tommy Goldschmidt / percussion (1-2)
- Walter Quintus / violin (1)

Releases information

LP Brain 60.164 (1978)

CD Repertoire PMS 7076-WP (1997)

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3.02
(40 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(5%)
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Review by Progbear
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3 stars One could hear changes on the horizon for Novalis with this one. No Hardenberg interpretations this time round (The somber, Mellotron-laden album-closer "Die Welt wird alt und wieder jung", however, was based on Friedrich Schiller's poem "Höffnung"), and "Manchmal fällt der Regen eben lang" borders on Kansas and AOR. And the album's "epic" centerpiece, the rather melodramatic "Vielleicht bin ich ein Clown", suffers from the same problems as "Astralis": stiff rhythms and repetitious musical constructs.

On the plus side, Detlef Job's composition "Der Geigenspieler" (a song about a street violinist, featuring a guest spot by Walter Quintus, ex-Parzival, on violin) is lively and varied, as are the two evocative instrumentals. "Zingaresca" features some of the strongest dual-guitar work since "Wer Schmetterlinge lachen hört", and "City-Nord" allows Rahn to toy effectively with various keyboard sounds and textures.

So, like BRANDUNG, about half a good album. Not essential, but fans will certainly want it. I'd say it's worth it for "Der Geigenspieler" and the instrumentals alone, but then, I'm a bit biased as this was my first ever taste of Novalis.

Neat, surrealistic Hipgnosis cover artwork on this one, too.

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Posted Saturday, August 13, 2005

Review by febus
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator / In Memoriam
2 stars THE BEGINNING OF THE END.

By 1978, all prog band were required by their recording companies to forget about long suites and long trips at the bottom of the topographic oceans. So everybody , including NOVALIS have to adapt. With their precedent album BRANDUNG, the band members already made a slight turn and got a hit, the radio friendly ''IRGENDWO, IRGENDWANN''

The change of sound will go further with VIELLEICHT BIST DU EIN CLOWN? No more long suites, no more NOVALIS ,the 18th century romantic writer , poems adaptations. The music is definitely more straightforward, the Keyboards of LUTZ RAHN take definitely a back seat leaving the lead to a more rock oriented guitar from DETLEF JOB. Not that there is bad music on this album, but there is nothing that can be compared to the first 3and a half albums.The symphonic side of the band has all but vanished (almost) entirely.

THE MAGIC HAS GONE FOREVER!

Listen to the horrible MANCHMAL FALLT DER REGEN! A cheesy chorus, poor vocals, cliche AOR guitar sounding; easy to forget! I think also that the vocals of MUHLBOCK are really drownibg the album; he sounds sometimes harsh, more suited for a beer fest than for a symphonic prog band. Here and there, you can hear glimpses of the past, thanks to occasionaly tasty keyboard playing from RAHN, but that's always in the background. This album sounds like MUHLBOCK'S album; he is in the front, the other members just are like working for him.

The highlight??? Yes there is...one!!! of course it is an instrumental, of course it is penned by RAHN; it is a 6mn keyboard- driven trip back to NOVALIS magic land, very reminiscent of what we were used in the past. Classic great NOVALIS.The last Hurrah!

But 6mns don't make an album!! 6mns of happiness versus 27 mns of forgetable music???

This is the last NOVALIS i review! they released more albums after this one, but you can guess how they sound. The songs will get even shorter in the 3-4 mn length.

Thanks anyway for 3 and a half WONDERFUL MAGICAL albums!

2 STARS!

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Posted Saturday, August 04, 2007

Review by ZowieZiggy
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2 stars The worse could be expected with this album, but when ''Der Geigenspieler'' is over, one has to admit that this song holds lots f the splendour that made this band so impressive with their first three albums.

The melody is fine and even the German lyrics are not so difficult to bear for this time. It is a tranquil and poetic ballad which is highlighted by a strong organ play combined with a bombastic finale full of crying guitar. A very good opener actually clocking at over eight minutes.

Although not essential, the instrumental ''Zingaresca'' remains in the good territory even if the track offers little variety. Some more enthusiasm could have been revealed but nothing wrong so far. Very much ''Camel'' oriented music is always fine to listen to.

Things get worse with the weak ''Manchmal Fällt Der Regen''. The same popish orientation that could already be felt in their previous release is hitting the fan. The chorus is hardly bearable. Some German pop-rock. Is this really needed? Huuuumm.

It is true to say that the title track (maybe you are a clown) is not a great song. On the rocking edge (which is not quite the style form the house), it features too many sung part to be attractive. Some fine (but too short) fluting is the only light from the tunnel. The shouting vocals are not an asset either but the closing guitar part is sumptuous.

While ''City Nord'' is another good instrumental track (but again, the band is not reaching their so emotional style of their debut), the peaceful closing number is thumbing again under the vocals.

I would have rated this album with three stars if it would have been sung in English. As such, two stars.

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Review by kenethlevine
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4 stars Fred Mühlböck arrived in time for "Brandung", and injected a masculine energy heretofore lacking in the NOVALIS sound. Unfortunately, he stunted the other group members and the subtleties of early releases. "Clown" puts them back on the right track. Finally the squawking lead guitars have found a proper context, having rung clumsy and insincere on earlier albums. The opener "Der Geigenspieler" could have come from their self titled disk, only improved upon by the group's new-found sway, although it visits for about 90 seconds too long.

Even more consequential is the venture into new territories. The quasi-title cut is preeminent, a late 70s adaptation of classical music to a vocal rock track. The melody and vocals stirring, and eloquent flute and lead guitar round out the triumphant delivery. "Zingaresca" is a peppy paean to CAMEL's more Latin side, while "Manchmal fällt der Regen eben lang" is prog pop of the highest order, especially in the lead guitar work. The closer "Die Welt wird alt und wieder jung" is a graceful ruminative ballad with mostly piano and voice, and radiates more empathy than any of the group's early works of questionable induction. Only the instrumental "City Nord" fails to impress, with it's robotic beat and slick consistency.

NOVALIS found their authentic voice at a late hour, on their 5th disk. Four stars, no clowning around.

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Review by seventhsojourn
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3 stars The fifth Novalis studio album, Vielleicht Bist Du Ein Clown? (1978), gets off to a flying start with Detlef Job's wonderful composition Der Geigenspieler. Skilfully crafted around acoustic guitar, Mellotron and string-synth, this is easily the best Novalis song since Wunderschatze. It features Job and Fred Muhlbock singing alternate sections in turn, Job's quiet pensive verses contrasting beautifully with Muhlbock's upbeat resolute choruses. The final few minutes of Der Geigenspieler find the band getting a rare chance to rock, with Lutz Rahn deserving special praise for his superb Hammond work. The album also closes strongly with Die Welt Wird Alt Und Wieder Jung, an introspective ballad that features simply piano and Mellotron (cello and strings) accompaniment. However the rest of the material here is something of a mixed bag.

The instrumental Zingaresca sounds a bit like Camel; believe it or not I can even hear a little of Santana thanks to guest percussionist Tommy Goldschmidt's congas. Job plays slide guitar on Manchmal Fallt Der Regen Eben Lang, which otherwise is a catchy pop song in the mould of Irgendwo, Irgendwahn from Brandung. Vielleicht Bin Ich Ein Clown is a touch monotonous and it doesn't feature Muhlbock singing at his best, although he does play some mean flute on this song. Lutz Rahn's composition, City-Nord, is a synthesizer-led instrumental and in my opinion is the best of the rest here. So a few tracks are of dubious quality, and while this isn't one of their best efforts it's really not that bad overall. I don't think Novalis can be written off as a prog band with this album, because the opening song in particular shows they could still produce some beautiful, mellow progressive music. 3 stars.

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4 stars Novalis was really in a category of it's own when it came to German bands of the seventies. They certainly didn't fit into the freakier Krautrock heading with their lyrical, orchestral sound with romantic laments sung in the German language. This is one of their finest recordings which appeared ... (read more)

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