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2.42 | 21 ratings | 4 reviews | 5% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 1979

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Die Sage (M. Schreier, L. Kramer - N. Jäger) (7:50)
2. Gib mir, was du geben kannst (B. Fiedler, T. Kurzhals - Fred Gertz) (5:30)
3. Was bleibt (T. Kurzhals - N. Jäger) (4:47)
4. Der Motor (M. Schreier - N. Jäger) (4:40)
5. Der Frühling (A. Vivaldi, arr. by Thomas Kurzhals) (12:20)
6. Der weite Weg (M. Schreier, L. Kramer - N. Jäger) (6:25)

Total Time: 41:32

Line-up / Musicians

- Martin Schreier / leader
- Thomas Kurzhals / keyboards
- Norbert Jäger / percussion, vocals (4, 6)
- Reinhard Fißler / vocals (2, 6)
- Lothar Kramer / keyboards
- Werther Lohse / drums, vocals (1, 3)
- Bernd Fiedler / bass
- Michael Behm / drums, vocals

Releases information

LP Amiga 855652 (1979)

CD Deutsche Schallplaten GmbH Berlin DSB 3207-2 (1993), remastered
CD Unioton (under licence of BMG Berlin) (2001)

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STERN-COMBO MEISSEN (STERN MEISSEN) Der weite Weg ratings distribution

(21 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(5%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(30%)
Good, but non-essential (40%)
Collectors/fans only (5%)
Poor. Only for completionists (20%)


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Review by hdfisch
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!!!!
Review by NotAProghead
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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).

Latest members reviews

2 stars After their wonderful eponymous debut album and the tremendous second album, "Weisses Gold", I had high hopes that their third album, "Der Weite Weg" would be another step forward in the bands development as a notable prog band. It wasn't. It was a step backwards, and a large one at that. "Der Weite ... (read more)

Report this review (#2269255) | Posted by wiz_d_kidd | Sunday, October 13, 2019 | Review Permanlink

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 gouvernmen ... (read more)

Report this review (#1512212) | Posted by Reuter | Friday, January 15, 2016 | Review Permanlink

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