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WALPURGIS

The Shiver

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3.16 | 6 ratings | 1 reviews | 17% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 1969

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Repent Walpurgis (7:10)
2. Ode To The Salvation Army (0:38)
3. Leave This Man Alone (5:15)
4. What's Wrong About The Blues (5:15)
5. Hey Mr. Holy Man (3:15)
6. Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood (4:40)
7. No Time (2:50)
8. The Peddle (4:45)
Bonus Tracks
9. You Don't Love Me (3:00)
10. Hear My Plea (4:05)
11. Repent Walpurgis (7:21)

Total Time 48:14

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Line-up / Musicians

- Dany Rühle / guitar, harmonica, voices
- Jelly Pastorini / organ, piano
- Mario Conza / bass, flute, voices
- Roger Maurer / drums, voices

Releases information

LP Maris Music 20-501 (1969)
CD Garden Of Delights 096 (2004)

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THE SHIVER Walpurgis ratings distribution


3.16
(6 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of rock music(17%)
17%
Excellent addition to any rock music collection(33%)
33%
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Review by DamoXt7942
FORUM & SITE ADMIN GROUP Avant, Crossover & Neo Teams
3 stars Look at the weird art upon the sleeve at first, and keep an ear upon the psychedelic Krautrock prototype next.

This stuff can be called as one of psychedelic progressive / Krautrock legends from Switzerland, veiled in a renowned artistic sleeve drawn by H. R. Giger. Basically non-colourful heavy bluesy rock tinged with dark stoner vibes they launched, but some innovative progressive essence can be heard via such a blues rock authenticity.

The beginning shot "Repent Walpurgis" is awesome indeed. Exactly dark Kraut-ish flavour filled with deep, heavy exaggerate drumming and guitar voltage drives us of surrealism. Psychedelic watery keyboard sound surface is very atmospheric but at the same time very theatrical. Drenched in Satanic majesty like the sleeve painting, this masterpiece enough explains all of their album world, we can mention.

Anyway "Hey Mr. Holy Man" features "Dies Irae" of Gregorian Chant ... I've listened to another Krautrock version of "Dies Irae" by SHANNONDOA, that sounds drier and cooler. "Hey Mr. Holy Man" has notified us of their sticky, depressive appearance covering this whole album. On the contrary other tracks are simply blues rock ones each of which can be listened to at ease comparatively (especially "Ode To The Salvation Army" is impressive, interesting, easygoing).

One of blues rock stuffs "What's Wrong About The Blues" let's us shout the phrases. Old Krautrock, like ACHTZEHN KARAT GOLD or AIR, has exerted such a bluesy texture. Another bluesy kick "No Time" is one of old-fashioned standard numbers that has sung or played here and there (also in Japan ... cannot remember who sings this song in Japanese). Not so special for those days but conventional atmosphere might relieve us I imagine. The last "The Peddle" sounds delicate but cloudy through psychedelic effects ... enough with comfort, reminding us of something like Live Dead.

Totally via the "current" progressive rock guideline it might be a tough call to categorize them as a progressive rock combo, but hey, how do you feel their innovative musical scheme in late 60s?

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