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EPITAPH FOR VENUS

Galactic Explorers

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3.80 | 24 ratings | 6 reviews | 21% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 1972

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Lunarscape (17:59)
2. Ethereal Jazz (15:41)
3. Venus Rising (8:08)

Total Time: 41:48

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Line-up / Musicians

- Johannes Lutz / moog, organ
- Holst Seisert / synthesizers, electric piano, effects
- Reinhard Karwatky / synthesizers, percussion, organ

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LP Repertoire Records PMS 7067-WP

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GALACTIC EXPLORERS Epitaph For Venus ratings distribution


3.80
(24 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(21%)
21%
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(42%)
42%
Good, but non-essential (33%)
33%
Collectors/fans only (4%)
4%
Poor. Only for completionists (0%)
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Review by philippe
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Content Development & Krautrock Team
4 stars Mindblowing psychoelectronic work with abundant and flowing hypnotic electronic arpeggios (in the genre of Tangerine Dream but less obsessive). The music also features a vast collection of analog synth sounds for some "cosmic", immersive dronescapes. This album announces a turning point in the developpement of progressive electronic music; One of the first "implicit" uses of electronic arppegios in popular music (the reflective, introspective and minimalist "lunarscape"). The result is quite astonshing. It looks like (in a distinctive genre and in a more "simplistic"dimension) to Terry Riley in his extended organ "loops" improvisations (especially in the awesome and trance like "Persian Surgery Dervishes"). "ethereal jazz" investigates abstract electronic loops and rhythms, delivering repetitive "molecular", "atomic" sounds. "Venus Rising" is a dronological investigation with long, linear sytnh chords and a "prehistoric" ambient soundscape. The track ends up with emotional & enigmatic synth chords. A Very organic and stimulating electronic work. I give it 4 starts because it's so closed to the all time classic "Phaedra" (Tangerine Dream). Moreover it was published two years before.

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Posted Thursday, December 28, 2006

Review by Eetu Pellonpää
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
5 stars This record brought me a strong vision of a cosmic voyage, and after contemplating the elements of the music and the experience which it gave to me, I'm ready to claim this as a real masterpiece. The trip begins with sequencer runnigs resembling Tangerine Dream's early recordrings. But as the music moves forward, its nature turns to towards more symbolistic sound ambiences, where atonal layers of distant analog synthesizers paint slowly moving magellans to the vast void of space, Random mechanical noises and humming resonate from the hulls of mechanical space vechiles and satellites, thus creating a very dense and powerful feeling of really being on a travel trough cosmos. As the distances and measures of the universe are enormous, also the movements of this record progress slowly and also in minimalistic manner. Thus the listener should be able to appreciate hypnotic and slow music with little events in order to get kicks from this album. I do so, as long as the sounds and musical ideas are aesthetically pleasing. These warm analogue tones did please me very much. and I also adored the lovely psychedelic album cover. My warmest recommendations for all who are interested in ambient and space themed music!

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Posted Thursday, April 26, 2007

Review by Warthur
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4 stars A very impressive piece of early progressive electronic music. Fans of the noisier end of Krautrock will be disappointed: what we have here is a very early blueprint for New Age music, with jazz-tinged instrumental interjections occurring sufficiently often to make sure the album doesn't become monotonous but sufficiently subtly so as not to disrupt the spacey, relaxing effect of the music.

The supposed rumours that this is a fake recorded in the 1990s don't seem credible to me - musically speaking, the album sounds extremely authentic for the Krautrock scene of the time, with commonalities with Klaus Schulze's early work and Tangerine Dream's Zeit. In particular, the other two bands who were involved in this supposed fakery scandal - The Nazgul and Cosmic Corridors - supposedly consisted of complete unknowns, whereas this one is presented as a side project of a member of Dzyan, and it would be an *extremely* stupid move for forgers to try and pass the album off as the work of a real person who could contradict their story!

And even if it is fake, what of it? The music on here is good enough that any fan of progressive electronic or the more ambient end of Krautrock will be satisfied regardless.

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Posted Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Review by Epignosis
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Eclectic Prog Team
2 stars Such little occurs. This is minimalistic progressive electronic, and while many of the ideas and passages could take the listener on a cosmic journey of the mind, the "colors" of the album only evoke the black emptiness and loneliness of outer space. It is an album meant for those who adore droning or cyclic synthetic sequences with scarce melodic interruptions. I wish the musicians would have expended more creative energy in fleshing out the pieces and adding other textures, but others will counter that further sonic ornamentation would have ruined this. Perhaps it is suitable music for meditation.

"Lunarscape" A slightly off-sounding series of rhythmic tones sets the repetitive foundation for this extended track; it does not end until seven-and-a-half minutes, where it leaves the sputtering and smooth washes of sound to themselves. Out of the ether, the initial rhythm sequence returns, like a figure from a fog. It peters along from there until a sudden noise removes the composition from existence.

"Ethereal Jazz" This is indeed a jazz-inspired piece, as though a 1973 Herbie Hancock had replaced Miles Davis on Bitches Brew. Cymbal rolls and electronic bleeps abound. The final moments are eerily beautiful, with a "lost at sea" electric piano.

"Venus Rising" Empty, ventilated tones wax and drone forward, reminiscent of a certain section of Pink Floyd's "Echoes."

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Posted Thursday, April 12, 2012

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3 stars Probably the best of the 'fakes' on the 'Pyramid' label. This one's just too smooth and clear for a 1972 recording. And I'm afraid they don't fool me with that very 1972 cover either! ' Startlingly similar to old electronic 'Popol Vuh', 'Epitaph for Venus' is a quiet, meditative and fairly da ... (read more)

Report this review (#605625) | Posted by Dobermensch | Sunday, January 08, 2012 | Review Permanlink

5 stars Let's just say that this album really blew me away. Now there's some rumors floating about that this was a '90s London-based fake. The fact that so few copies of the original LP were made and not sold at record outlets doesn't help matters any, with no real solid proof of the album's existence (li ... (read more)

Report this review (#471441) | Posted by Progfan97402 | Tuesday, June 28, 2011 | Review Permanlink

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