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OUGENWEIDE

Ougenweide

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Studio Album, released in 1973

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Nieman Kan Mit Gerten (2:26)
2. Es Stunt Ein Frouwe Alleine (4:50)
3. Ouwe (2:29)
4. Der Fuchs (5:25)
5. Eilenau (1:28)
6. Ougenweide (6:08)
7. Swa Gouter Hande Wurzen Sint (3:19)
8. Der Sohn Der Näherin (3:10)
9. Sarod (2:45)
10. Statement Zur Lage Der Ganzen Musica (1:05)
11. Es Fur Ein Pawr Gen Holcz (1:36)

Total time 34:41

Line-up / Musicians

- Olaf Casalich / vocals (1-3,6-8), cymbal (1,3,11), drums (2,4,7), congas (2,6), maracas (6,11), timpani (6), tabla (8), triangle (8), narration (10)
- Renee Kollmorgen / vocals (3,4,6-8), percussion (2,4), triangle (3)
- Brigitte Blunck / lead (1,3,4,6,8) & backing vocals, percussion (2,4)
- Wolfgang Henko / electric (1,2,4,6-8), octave (6,9) & acoustic (3,5) guitars, vocals (8)
- Stefan Wulff / harmonium (3,6), bass (1,2,6-8,11), double bass (4), organ (2,9), percussion (4), guitar (9), narration (9)
- Frank Wulff / guitar (1,2), recorders (1,3,6,7,9), Indian flute (2), concert flute (6,8,11), Arab flute (11), mandolin (4), lute (5), bouzouki (6), sitar (8,9)
- Jürgen Isenbart / glockenspiel (1,3,8), xylophone (2,6-8), percussion (2,4), drums & bells (11)

With:
- Achim Reichel / fuzz bass, flute & timpani (11), producer
- Ulle / backing vocals

Releases information

LP Zebra ‎- 2949 009 (1973, Germany)
LP Polydor ‎- 2371 687 (1976, Germany)

CD Polydor ‎- 833182-2 ( ? , Germany)
CD Bear Family Records ‎- BCD 16775 AH (2006 , Germany) Together with 1974 album "All Die Weil Ich Mag" on one disc, new cover

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3.11
(17 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(6%)
6%
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(41%)
41%
Good, but non-essential (35%)
35%
Collectors/fans only (18%)
18%
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Review by Sean Trane
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Prog Folk
4 stars This group started from Hamburg and has roots in the mid-60's in the City Preachers and the Fabs, but Ougenweide was really born in 69 with the break-up of the latter. Their folk rock music is a based on their discovery of Pentangle's Basket Of Light and Fairport's Liege & Lief crossed with ISB's tendency to use eastern instruments, but not the acid vocals. They chose to not only sing in German, but also to use older Middle High German, which gave them an authentic feel, especially in their Northern regions, where Platte Deutsch ruled (Low German dialects), writing their own texts, with the arrival of literature student Olaf Casalich. Even their name comes from a 12th century poet Von Reuenthal, meaning "feast for the eyes". The group is built around the Wulff brothers (bassist and multi-instrumentalist), the afore-mentioned Casalich (vocals and percussions), the guitarist Von Henko and other percussionist Isenbart, but also boasts two female singers, Blunck and Kollmorgen. Ougenweide, unlike other German Folk Prog groups like Emtidi, W&W, Holderlin and Broselmachine did not try to rock up their sound, even if they used some electric instruments.

The debut album (which has recently been released in a different recording session under the name Wol Mich Der Stunde compilation of 2004 with Steinbeck in the fold) was produced by icon Achim Reichel and boasts short songs that seem to come out of the traditional folk rock. A few of the tracks seem to be the equivalent of English folk (unless these were common to both cultures. Nieman Kan Mit Gerten, Der Fuchs (The Fox) and the instrumental Sarod certainly are very similar and were obviously strongly influenced by it (we are in 73 and FC is now an old band). While the bulk of the material was written by the group, but also a large part of their repertoire was made from trad medieval folk, one thing is certain: they sounded authentic and their virtuoso playing was very convincing (especially electric bassist Stefan Wulff, being a big part of their sound) and they quickly became a reference in their country. The album flows very smoothly until the second last track, which is a rather abnormal spoken intro for the demented closing track. Clearly the group resembling best Ougenweide was France's Malicorne.

Although historically speaking Ougenweide was not really groundbreaking, they were one of the more authentic when it came to medieval folk (along with Gryphon, Malicorne and their countrymen Parzival) and certainly never tried to become commercial. While this debut is more trad UK folk, it is not the group's most representative, but certainly an essential album, for anyone into this genre of music.

Review by apps79
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
2 stars The folk rock ensemble OUGENWEIDE was found in Hamburg in 1970 by Frank Wulff,Jürgen Isenbart and Brigitte Blunck.They were named after the eponymous song by Neidhart von Reuental,one of the most famous minnesingers in Germany.From the very first moment the band's aim was to recapture the medieval side of music in a contemporary way.Soon Olaf Casalich, Wolfgang von Henko, Frank Wulff's younger brother Stefan Wulff and Jürgen Isenbart jumped on board and the band went on to produce their eponymous debut,produced by Achim Reichel,on Zebra.

STYLE: Vocal-led Folk Music with plenty of nice harmonies and polyphonic parts,bordering often with a rock attitude.The tracks are rather light,despite the heavy use of traditional instruments like congas,xylophones,harmonium or percussions.Acoustic guitars are everywhere either creating the rhythm or producing some fine melodies.From a progressive point of view,the album has not much to offer,the compositions are quite straight,however the instrumental parts have something to believe in,like intensity and a bit of complexity.The female vocals are in the vein of other German folk bands,that is very ethereal and melodic.

INFLUENCES/SOUNDS LIKE: Any other German Medieval/Folk-Rock band with PARZIVAL being the most appropriate comparison.Parts of the vocal-led passages remind me of EDEN or even CANO.

PLUS: Artistically OUGENWEIDE are a great band.Skillful players,very professional approach to folkore musicianship and pleasant compositions throughout.Vocals are a very strong point,clear,dynamic and ethereal at the same time.

MINUS: The biggest dissapointment is the absolute absence of any rock instrumentation: no electric guitars,drums or vintage keys make this album somewhat cold for a traditional prog listener.Very much vocal-based,the albums lacks in extended instrumental journeys to add the album an adventuruous perspective.A mass of instruments is displayed but the overall sound is very light without getting any rich even at a few moments.

WILL APPEAL TO: ...basically fans of pure Folk Music than to the average prog listener.

CONCLUSION/RATING: I have said it before and I'll say it now again.The addition of (prog) rock instruments to a folk sound can make an album from unimpressive to excellent (see EDEN or PERERIN's debut).Thus,I tend to like more a Folk Rock band (without prog elements)than a prog folk one (without rock elements).However,''Ougenweide'' is not an album to simply pass by.If you like pleasant folk melodies and some nice vocal harmonies,this can be quite good for a couple of spins...but it's very far from what I expect when speaking of a challenging and adventurous listening...2 stars.

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