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2.75 | 4 ratings | 2 reviews | 0% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 2003

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. The Sun And Moon Have Come Together (11:09)
2. Mittelstreifen (10:07)
3. Amina (6:28)
4. Opossum Novum (4:00)
5. Bear's Banquet (15:27)

Total Time 47:11

Line-up / Musicians

- Gerold Adler / guitar, composer (excl. 1)
- Robert Binnewies / keyboards, harmonica
- Peter Blömeke / drums, percussion, flute, synthesizer
- Heinrich Holtgreve / clarinet, alto saxophone
- Karl-Heinz Cornelius / bass
- Alfred Franke / drums

Releases information

Recorded 1974 in their rehearsal room, remastered by Gerold Adler in 2003

CD Garden Of Delights ‎- CD 086 (2003, Germany)

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OPOSSUM Bear's Banquet ratings distribution

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Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(0%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(33%)
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Review by b_olariu
2 stars 2.5 stars to be more precise

Opossum from Germany was a very obscure band with short career who lasted nearly 4 years from 1971 untill 1975, they never released official anything until Garden of delights trace them out and issued as archival in 2003 the album named Bear's banquet. Well I had hard times listning to this release at once, really. This type of instrumental jazz/prog and even folk here an there is not for me, lots of jazzy improvised sections that goes no where to my ears. The band was a predecessor to Morpheus (who I like little more) had a very strange aproach to music, even the art cover who has the fluter of the band on it, but in the music this instrument is use very sporadicaly. The improv moments are tough one to hear for me, the ex are many, the opening The Sun and Moon Have Come Together is absolutly a waste of time, nothing for me to grab here.Mittelstreifen beggins very well and when I though that the piece finaly has something to offer, after 3-4 min the band again gets loos and the improv are back in bussines, lots of free jazzy moments and krautrok parts, not for me. The rest of the pieces remain in same direction, minus Opossum Novum who is the best of the album and quite diffrent from the rest, a good tune. All in all, this is a forgetable album for me, no really intresting moments. 2.5 stars nothing more. I really don't get the hype this band have for some listners and the comparation with Jethro Tull because of the flute is misleading .

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4 stars Opossum was a jazz rock outfit from Germany which would eventually evolve into the band Morpheus after some personnel changes. Opossum's sole recording, Bear's Banquet, is a posthumous release, compliments of the excellent German reissue label, Garden of Delights. The recording was done at the ba ... (read more)

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