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STALINGRAD [AKA: Сталинград]


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3.78 | 49 ratings | 3 reviews | 17% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 1977

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. The Whole World (Looking Over My Shoulder) (3:37)
2. After The Fall (4:27)
3. Seven Times Tomorrow (3:56)
4. For You To Live With Me (3:23)
5. The Tournament (2:52)
6. (It's Always) Easy To Be Hard (4:46)
7. Xenophon (4:51)
8. Ctalingpad (3:30)
9. Stalingrad (4:33)

Total time 35:45

Bonus tracks on 1990 reissue:
- The Unreleased Singles :
10. You Lied About Your Age (3:10)
11. Ring Of Truth (2:54)
12. Sirocco (2:56)
- Studio Live :
13. Ctalingrad (3:21)
14. After The Fall (5:34)
15. For You To Live With Me (4:37)
16. Seven Times Tomorrow (6:48)
- Archives :
17. Through The Eyes Of A Child (3:59)
18. An Appointment With The Master (3:38)
- Live Cannes '75 (Extract) :
19. Bo Bo's Party (6:11)

Line-up / Musicians

- Colin Swinburne / lead & rhythm guitars, electric mandolin (9), piano (7), bell tree, vocals
- Peter Kimberley / 4- & 6-string basses, Moog bass (3), Wurlitzer (9), vocals
- Brian Smith / drums, percussion, vocals

- Irv Mowrey / vocals (7)
- Karel Beer / electric 12-string (2-5,8) & slide (2) guitars, co-producer
- Andy Scott / ARP synthesizer (8), co-producer

Releases information

Artwork: Luciano Lanati

LP The Initial Recording Company ‎- IRC 002 (1977, UK)
LP Progressive Vinyl Company ‎- 352 (2016, Europe)

CD World Wide Records ‎- SPM-WWR-CD-0010 (1990, Germany) With 10 bonus tracks previously unreleased:

Tracks 10 and 12: Paris, May 1974. Studio: Europa Sonor Poste Parisienne.
Track 11: Paris, July 1975. Studio: Damiens, remixed at IP Studios.
Tracks 13 to 16: the live studio tracks are recordings made in July 1975
Track 17: Bachdenkel's first recording(CBE Studios in September 1969) remixed in July 1990.
Track 18: released by Philips only for radio promotion. It was recorded at Studio de la Gaîté in January 1973. Copied from one of the few remaining singles
Track 19: live recording of Melanie's Bo Bo's Party in Cannes, France (April 5th, 1975).

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BACHDENKEL Stalingrad [Aka: Сталинград] ratings distribution

(49 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(17%)
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Review by greenback
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
4 stars The very good lead singer has a tone right between Kansas' and Neal Morse. The miscellaneous electric guitar arrangements are very original: the comparison with Steve Hillage is often quite valuable: Hillage however sounds more spacy and extravagant. The keyboards are rarely used: indeed the guitar-driven tracks do not justify the presence of organ and piano: they are rather used in a few specific tracks. Compared to their previous Lemmings album, here they are more elaborated, sructured and less psychedelic. There are many parts that have an excellent complex punk tendency: I even find some Neu! similarities, regarding some of the drums and electric guitar sounds, especially on the "Stalingrad" track. Obviously, they are 100 times better than Neu!, since their compositions remain very respectable and structured. The album globally is moderately progressive, psychedelic and it never falls into a deja vu rock/hard rock style.
Review by Marty McFly
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Errors and Omissions Team
5 stars UPDATE - May 2012 The impression this album makes on me, the depth of its backing story (concept album, of a special kind) is something you (or I for that matter) don't come across too often. There is overall musical theme (probably signature sound of the band), but that's just backbone of Сталинград, the point I am about to make is that each song fits perfectly to the mood its lyrics are establishing. Each is unique.

"with no one to fight for they die""

You can simply close your eyes and imagine (or rather try to imagine, as the horrors of Eastern Front cannot be fully understood) how it was back then.

"eagle is falling his wings has been mastered"

Maybe my awe I pay to this album is boosted by the fact that I am big history (especially 20th century) buff and studied as much about Second World War as I could, maybe because I am always moved a lot by strong concept albums or just that it is very melodic, yet complex album, killer combination that never fails to entertain me. It all can also be caused by this album being more closer to my "home" turf - Crossover Prog than their first one about furry rodents. But this all together ? Hell yeah.

OLD REVIEW - June 2009

Stalingrad is a tale. This is very important when rating this album. Among those which I listened recently, I must say that name "Bachdenkel" sounds terrible so I wasn't very keen on listening to it. But CMA/\NGPAB (or how to say it) sounds good to me. History is something I like. I can't help myself, but the name of the band sounds very German-ish. There's nothing like that amongst their sounds. Among other less known bands from these times, Bach. are one of the best ones.

Why the best ? Well, it's because their music is something which I imagine as average prog rock band. Very 70's music, ambitious album (even without long tracks). I can barely describe this feeling, but I'm very pleased. They just fulfilled my expection. Track to track, story keeps telling itself and you can use it as your main concern (to truly listen to this music) or as "ambient" background (well, who is actually doing this?).

4(+)Better not to say more. Four stars because I'm not dissapointed by this. Not even a little bit, which is quite unusual. But note that first half is almost perfect, while second loses a little bit.

Review by Mellotron Storm
3 stars For me the debut is a lot better than this one.The first one has more of a Psyche vibe to it while this is more Symphonic.This second one was released in 1977 and for me it's not just the overall feel that makes me prefer the debut, but the songs are better too. Also the sound quality on this one isn't that great at times.

"The Whole World (Looking Over My Shoulder)" is mellow with reserved vocals to start. Guitar and drums become prominant just before 2 minutes when the vocals stop briefly. "After The Fall" has more energy with vocals. I like the instrumental section after 1 1/2 minutes. "Seven Times Tomorrow" shifts tempos often.This sounds like it might have been a single, it's very good. "For You To Live With Me" is okay but i'm not a fan of the way he sings here.

"The Tournament" has almost spoken vocals and it's not very melodic. An experimental tune. "(It's Always) Easy To Be Heard" is the best sounding song on here although it's not as good when it settles around 1 1/2 minutes.We get a guitar solo 3 minutes in. "Xenophone" is a vocal/piano led track. It's okay and it does get fuller. "Ctalingrad" puts the focus on the vocals in this laid back number with lots of outbreaks. It's alright. "Stalingrad" is the closing instrumental. It builds and I really like the drum work. Guitar comes to the fore around 3 minutes.

Barely 3 stars and i'll stick with their excellent debut.

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