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4.09 | 91 ratings | 14 reviews | 32% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 1978

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Put On Your Nightcap (16:02)
2. You and Me (2:31)
3. Somewhere at the End of the Rainbow (6:26)
4. Treary Eyes (4:17)
5. Try a Little Bit (9:59)

Total Time 39:15

Bonus tracks on 2001 & 2017 CD reissues:
6. River (live) (2:36)
7. Sweet Heroin (live) (7:04)
8. Brickstone (live) (1:14)

Line-up / Musicians

- Beate Krause / vocals
- Axel Schmierer / guitars
- Jürgen Kolb / keyboards
- Heinz Reinschlüssel / bass
- Roger Högn / drums

Releases information

Artwork: Manuel (photo)

LP Brutkasten ‎- 85 0004 (1978, Germany)
LP Brutkasten ‎- 85 0004 (1994, Germany)

CD Second Battle ‎- SB 064 (2001, Germany) With 3 bonus Live tracks
CD Amphonotones ‎- 228 (2017, Italy) Remastered (?) with 3 bonus Live tracks

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Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(32%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(51%)
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Review by Sean Trane
4 stars Stunning sole album from this very recent discovery even among hard-line collectors, this group is now more reputed but it still has loads to achieve in notoriety to achieve the popularity it merits. This quintet recorded what can be considered a masterpiece of progressive Folk Rock in 1978, when the interest for such a record had been on the wane for a while, which might explain the confidentiality of it (it was also pressed to minimum quantity). Looking back, this album probably sounded quite dated in 78, but I assure you that nowadays this music is timeless and absolutely beautiful.

Brainchild of guitarist Axel Schmierer, who wrote all tracks and English lyrics, this album radiates beauty of groups such as The Trees or Hoelderlin's Traum. Compared to the Trees (most striking comparison) is the beautiful female voice of Beate Krause, but also the large instrument passages which are given even more room than on any tracks of The Trees's two albums. If some progheads have doubt that all f those folk rock groups from the turn of the 70's decade are progressive enough to be on the Archives, here you will have absolutely no doubts: if this folk is not prog, than there can be no such thing.

Lenghty opener (16 min) Nightcap is a pure delight wiçth an acoustic guitar emerging from the winds and adopting a melody that will closely resemble one from Roger Waters on The Wall, and the vocals (Sandy Denny anyone?) takes us quickly to a superb ambiance mixed with KB of the era but played divinely slow to fit the music. Just before the 7 min-mark, the track picks up speed but repeats the previous pattern and Schmierer's soaring solo does you wonders in terms of spine chills before dying out. A sonar tone brings you back to life along with the siren's chant: you must be Ulysses tied to his mast. The tunes picks up speed once again than calms down to the returning sonar and so on. Second (short) track is much more trad folk and closing a stunning first side.

The second side starts very much in the mould of its predecessor (maybe a bit too much) but slightly less expansive on the instrumental side and Treary Eyes is also in that typical mould between Pentangle and The Trees while the 10 min closer brings back some of the majesty of the first side of the vinyl. Most of the lyrics (perfectly sung in English) are not reaching far or have no deep meaning but still positive and charming.

The three live bonus tracks bring little more to the album (the sound quality is average and the songs are unremarkable but have a space rock sound), but they do not interfere with the overall fluidity of the album as well as its enjoyment. Part of the excitement of this album is to discover a great to superb folk prog album that belongs with the best of the decade but was recorded so late that it went unnoticed and can now be seen as a lost and forgotten gem.

Review by philippe
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
3 stars Not very famous on the prog folk scene, this little 70's German band deserves certain adulation for those who remains sceptics with kraut/folk eccentricities. "Carol of harvest" is a beautiful, refined and gentle folk rock exploration. The whole recording flows like a unique "dreamy" journey of sounds. The band alternates with a certain talent moods and instrumentations. "Put On Your Nightcap " starts as a calm semi-electric ballad accompanied by guitars arpeggios, the sound of wind and stressed female voices. After seven minutes, the sound goes to something more progressive with discreet symphonic "floating" keyboards. "You and me" is a rather "soft" acoustic ballad dominated y female vocals and a "bucolic" guitar accompaniment. A good melodic folk interpretation but slightly "mainstream". "Somewhere At The End Of The Rainbow" is a moody, inspired folk ballad with a very effective melody. The last minutes of the song contains some keyboards lines...probably the most powerful song of the album. "Treary Eyes" starts with a nostalgic, lonely acoustic guitar interlude. The same theme is taken back with the addition of vocals. "Try A Little Bit" is an other plaintive folk rock composition with very "present" female vocals, much more aggressive (if I can say so, than the others). The track features a nice & intense electric guitar solo break. A pleasant listening experience but personally I regret the "accessible" side and the "Anglophone" accent of their music.
Review by Eetu Pellonpaa
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
5 stars This is a very serious, sad and emotional record, and it made a very big impression on me. The songs have stunning melodies, and the overall feeling is very psychedelic. The dreamlike surrealistic solutions are also done with a good style, and the band hasn't gave room for any unconsidered stupidities, but still keeping touch to the uncalculated channels to the subconsciousness. The amplified acoustic guitars are often processed through an echo reverbs, and there are also some great moody electric guitar solos to be heard. The production date of late 1970's is revealed only by some more modern sounding synthesizer tones, which could not have been present on late 1960's or early 1970's recordings. There's also quite strong rhythm section in this band, and there are some faster and more complex movements in the compositions. I'm sure that they have studied their classic jazz recordings. Beate Krause's deep voice is truly stunning, and she also pronounces English in a very good manner, this being a quite rare achievement in the underground recordings from continental European countries.

As only small negative aspect of this record I would detect the similarity of some melodic manners being repeated on the songs, so there are no big contrasts on the music. There are three long compositions here, which lengths vary from six to sixteen minutes, and two shorter more conventional folk songs. The opening track "Put on Your Nightcap" rises from ethereal winds or waves, as undistorted amplified electric guitar begins to weave the soothing web of sound. The lyrics criticize war and institutional religion, and during the violent days of our time this is sadly a good song as background music while watching muted television news. The composition is interesting, as it has many different and very beautiful sections in it. "You And Me" is then a traditional folk with acoustic guitar and the lady singer, and it has even few major chords, which are a rarity in this record. "Somewhere at The End of The Rainbow" is another longer stunning psychedelic voyage like the first track, which really hypnotized me whilst listening to it. "Treary Eyes" is another shorter tune, which is followed by the song "Try A Little Bit", which is the last longer tune of the original album, and played with amplified guitar. The last three songs are bonus tracks from a concert, which are only found on the CD reissue. The sound quality of these live recordings is not very good, but they are a nice addition to the record. "River" is a short, instrumental psychedelic rock passage, which works as an intro for the following song "Sweet Heroin". This performance starts with a moody, abstract sound wall, from where mysterious and powerful song rises. The composition has a mellow and calm feeling, where the fast and loud parts emerge from time to time. The vocals are also treated with weird effects during the verses. "Brickstone" is then only a short excerpt from an interesting sounding performance, alas this being faded out after a minute as maybe the tape or band ran out.

The greatest moments of this album are among the most essential musical moments that I have yet founded from the genres of both artistic folk and psychedelic music. Therefore I recommend it warmly to the fans of moody and beautiful art music. Found also as on praised bargain-priced vinyl reissue.

Review by ClemofNazareth
4 stars What an incredible find! This album is a true delight from start to finish, and a great example of the modest and short-lived resurgence of interest in folkish psychedelic music in free Germany in the latter seventies.

Carol of Harvest unfortunately released only one album, and that originally only in the form of a small private pressing. The album was re-released in the nineties, and again on CD several years after that. Prior to these releases this music was pretty much reserved for those who were fortunate enough to pick it up at its original release, or those who had thousands of dollars to invest in an auctioned copy. Today the CD is available for little more cost than that of any modern popular band, and includes three live tracks of unspecified origin.

There is almost no information available on the web or in library archives that gives many clues as to where and why these guys came into existence. Too bad, because I’m quite sure the story is fascinating. I also cannot find any evidence any of them pursued music as a career after the band folded, with the exception of bassist Heinz Reinschlüssel who ended up in the pop-nostalgia band Rey Vulcano, with whom he apparently still performs. Again, too bad: singer Beate Krause has a folk-laced, almost operatic voice that should have graced the grooves of many albums, and guitarist Axel Schmierer’s sound is in the finest David Gilmour / Steve Rothery tradition. Jürgen Kolb’s moog would have placed him well in any number of psychedelic, symphonic, or even hard rock bands of that day; while the rhythm section, though not exactly stellar, is well-suited to their subdued supporting role.

The band’s name is taken from the American poet Walt Whitman’s epic ‘Leaves of Grass’, and specifically from the stanzas where he describes the wasteland of the battlefield strewn with casualties, and where he philosophically posits that carrying-on with life is all that remains to do for the survivors (the CD’s liner notes include an excerpt from Whitman’s poem). This sentiment is similar to Voltare’s idea of “cultivating our garden” in the depressing but hopeful ‘Candide’.

And this is also the sentiment of the band, particularly in the lengthy opening track “Put on Your Nightcap”, in which Ms. Krause croons in hypnotically appealing tones about war and its aftermath. Sandy Denny of Fairport Convention comes to mind, as does the activist/musician Peggy Seeger. But it is important to note this album was recorded in 1978, not a decade earlier though that is what it sounds like. Considering the common musical fare of the late seventies, it’s not surprising this one never made any kind of impression on the masses. Our loss. The opening track starts out sounding very much like an old Fairport Convention, Joan Baez, or Peter, Paul & Mary folk song, but quickly proves its mettle by progressing into a borderline psychedelic work with rangy, soaring guitar by Schmierer and a sporadically heavy rhythm. This is undoubtedly the highlight of the whole album, although the rest is well worth many listenings.

“You and Me” is the track most often played on college radio or obscure compilation albums when Carol of Harvest gets represented. This is probably because it is short, mellow, willowingly upbeat, and more representative of the folk side of the band.

From there the band launched into another extended track with “Somewhere At The End of the Rainbow”, which sounds remarkably like the later British band Mostly Autumn, or maybe even Stream of Passion. This is another track that skirts the boundary between hippy and acid folk, and manages both with equal skill. The almost bluesy guitar solo in the middle is simply beautiful, and also features the only really prominent bass lines on the album.

“Treary Eyes” is another short tune, and like “You and Me” features acoustic guitar and very understated keyboards. This one reminds me quite of a bit of the interaction between Nancy Wilson’s acoustic guitar and sister Ann’s soulful singing on Heart’s ‘Dog and Butterfly’ album, and in fact was recorded around the same time.

The first few guitar chords of “Try a Little Bit” are suspiciously similar to the Animals’ rendition of “House of the Rising Sun”, and the track does manage to stray well into the psych R&B sound of that band almost immediately. The guitar work here is again exceptional, intricate and emotive while at the same time disciplined. Aside from the opening track this is probably the strongest work on the album, and the noodling moog and loose bass line sound much closer to the end of the decade in which is was recorded, as opposed to the rest of the album that sounds like a Woodstock-era throwback.

The final three tracks on the CD are live, which of course begs the question of when and where they were recorded. Not sure, but there is definitely an enthusiastic crowd. “River” and “Brickstone” are heavier and more melodic than the original album, and the keyboardist seems to have traded in his moog for an analog organ of some sort. The recording quality of these tracks isn’t so good, but both songs are energetic and fun to listen to, although not representative of the rest of the album.

The remaining live track is “Sweet Heroin”, which I’m positive is a cover of someone else’s, but I don’t know whose. This is an intensely psychedelic composition with extended instrumental passages, moaning vocals courtesy of Ms. Krause, and overall a Jim Morrison Doors-like feel. This is easily the heaviest work on the album, and the crowd responds enthusiastically. Ms. Krause borders on sounding like Patti Smith as she spits out the vocals in between flights of guitar fantasy. Again, great track, but not consistent with the rest of the album.

So in all this is an outstanding album, with only a couple of very minor quibbles to keep it from being considered a masterpiece. Primarily is this feeling that the band was originally scoping this as a concept album (as evidenced by the band’s name, artwork, and opening track), but for some reason the theme doesn’t seem to quite hold throughout. Also, the lack of any kind of detailed credits or liner notes is a bit disappointing considering the relative obscurity of the band. This is a tack that bands like Godspeed You! Black Emperor and even punk bands could pull off, but it’s just annoying with this band.

Maybe this is a masterpiece anyway, but for now I’ll say it is a solid four stars, and will perhaps revisit that someday.


Review by kenethlevine
4 stars

Carole of Harvest, like Emtidi, Gurnemanz, Ougenweide and Hoelderlin, showed that a psychedelic prog folk scene did exist in Germany in the 1970s, but their sole effort came along when the other bands had shifted or disappeared, and therefore the genre was of less interest by then. In fact, one might even ask what the point was. Most of the ideas presented here were long past their expiry date both in their native land and elsewhere, often sounding more like early than late 1970s. The instrumentation is sparse and samey, featuring mostly heavily strummed electric or amplified acoustic guitars, with the keys secondary.

Where Carole of Harvest departs from all of the above in a favourable sense is the superb vocals of Beate Krause, who is reminiscent of the singers in the aforementioned groups but also of Jacquie MacShee and Annie Haslam. It is expressive and is in perfect sync with the accompaniment, no more so than in the finale of the original LP, "Try a LIttle Bit", 10 minutes of prog folk bliss with more bite than Pentangle or Renaissance could ever hope to muster. Ms Krause's wordless accompaniment that follows the main part of the song is masterfully expressive and harmonious, and the synthesizers, and perhaps mellotron at the finale, provide just the right augmentation to the basic sound. While drums are present on this track, they are kept low and are not needed, so potent is the basic groove. That is the general trend in the album.

The other major highlight is the longest song, the 16 minute anti war reflection called "Put on Your Nightcap" that opens the album with tentative guitar reflections, unrushed and pregnant with promise, accompanied by the sounds of the wind. The structure and manner of buildup is very progressive, with time given to express the lyrical themes and some impressive synthesizer and lead guitar work, mostly played at a slow pace reflecting the ponderous nature of the theme. A second part is slightly more upbeat with more emphasis on the rhythm, and some prominent bass work.

The other three original songs from the LP are all shorter and decent but not quite to 5 star level, being like more concise but less interesting versions of the two monsters. The bonus material is live, shows a more straightforward rocking side of the band, and sounds quite out of place given the strength and style of the other material.

While the harvest reaped is superficially similar to the usual autumn fare, the album manages to carve a feast for the prog fan with an interest in electric folk, as well as an indelible niche among the many German one-offs in existence. Highly recommended.

Review by apps79
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
4 stars A complete German obscurity,Carol of Harvest came from the city of Furth in northern Bavaria and were formed in 1976,led by main composer and guitarist Axel Schmierer.The line-up was completed with female singer Beate Krause, bassist Heinz Reinschlüssel, keyboardist Jürgen Kolb and drummer Robert Högn.Their self-titled debut was released on Brutkasten,a label which have released a fair amount of German obscurities from late-70's to early-80's.The 2001 CD re-issue of Second Battle includes also three live tracks.

A 16-min.long suite on the first side along with a short ballad followed by three mid-length compositions on the flipside see Carol of Harvest blending some typical Acid Psych/Folk with synth-driven instrumental prog in an awesome way.Pastoral folk acoustic explorations and psych-influenced vocal-based trippy musicianship is supported by professional,highly dynamic instrumental parts with an energetic rhythm section and superb synthesizers.The compositions follow mainly a low tempo,often dominated by Schmierer's spacey guitar playing along with some orchesteral mellotron sounds.What however pushes the album to another level is the majestic voice of Beate Krause,one of the most amazing,expressive and psychedelic female voices ever with a dreamy and ethereal voice,who additionally sings in almost perfect English.The three live cuts back from the early days of the band indicate a bunch of musicians playing with high energy,Krause's voice in full shape and the synths replaced by some really great organ waves.

Carol of Harvest disbanded shortly after this release,propably due to the low interest of the public in their music and the upcoming wave of commercial music.However the band left behind a really masterful album of majestic Progressive Folk music,which produces unmet trippy soundscapes.Highly recommended far beyond the typical lovers of Hippie Folk or Acid Psych Folk,the album heads to any serious music lover.

Review by Warthur
4 stars Ask most prog fans to guess who Carol of Harvest was, and they'd say something along the lines of "Er... was she an A&R rep at Pink Floyd's record label?". Nice guess, but nope - in fact, Carol of Harvest is an intriguing prog-folk band from Germany. J'rgen Kolb uses his keyboards and synthesisers to weave spacey textures and soundscapes into the delicate folk tapestry woven by the rest of the band, with Beate Krause's fine vocals adding the final embellishment to the mixture. As far as mellow, trippy space-folk goes, it's a very strong release indeed, and it falls into the category of "so-called lost classics that are actually sort of worth the hype".
Review by siLLy puPPy
COLLABORATOR PSIKE, JR/F/Canterbury & Eclectic Teams
4 stars One of those bands that formed, released a single album and faded into obscurity, CAROL OF HARVEST has had the luck of having its music resurrected from the vaults of history through word of mouth due to its unique psychedelic progressive folk sound that has steadily gained recognition over the following decades. The band was founded in 1976 and the creation of songwriter / guitarist Axel Schmierer who collaborated with his school buddies bassist Helmut Reinschlüssel and drummer Robert Högn in Fürth, Germany near the northern Bavarian city of Nuremberg. After streamlining a similar musical vision the trio quickly recruited Jürgen Kolb on keyboards who changed the band's sound and steered it more into the Krautrock and psychedelic arenas. Soon thereafter the band found the perfect lead vocalist with Beate Krause, a friend of Reinschlüssel who at a mere 16 years of age provided the perfect feminine vocal touch to the psychedelic folk music that the band would create for their first and only eponymous album that came out two years later. The unusual name came form a Walt Whitman book published all the way back in 1867. Instead of playing live gigs, the band spent ridiculous amounts of time honing their passions in the studio rehearsing which can be heard in the meticulous interplay between the musicians as well as the production techniques.

Despite the album cover looking like it came from 90s black metal or an apocalyptic post-rock band such as Godspeed! You Black Emperor, the music is actually a unique sort of psychedelic Krautfolk which blends aspects of Camel, Sandy Denny, Renaissance, Pink Floyd and Clannad with touches of German Krautrock which is dominated by Krause's powerful enigmatic vocal style which blends quite well with the arpeggiated guitar strolls and psychedelic atmospheres. The album is bookended by a lead and an ending track that are quite lengthy with three shorter tracks in the middle. The opening "Put On Your Nightcap" sets the tone for the album with spacey arpeggiated guitar parts, a Floydian bass line and cool keyboard effects that despite sounding like a British band finds a touch of their native land in their unique form of Krautfolk. While the general tempo is laid back and nonchalantly floats from one track to the next, the two longer tracks such as the opener and the ending "Try A Little Bit" find the pace picking up with more rocking segments that even include electric power chords adding a bit of heft to the rather hazy drifting through the psychedelic folk forest of sound.

Despite never attracting the attention they deserved, CAROL OF HARVEST did manage to woo the interests of the independent label Brutkastern Records who released a mere 200 copies of this first pressing and remains a nice little collectible for those who crave original issues. As the decades have passed and word of mouth interest has revitalized the album's legendary status as an obscure classic, the album has been released by a few select labels and finally found a remastered version on Prog Temple which includes three unreleased bonus tracks. After the recording of this album the band finally took on the promotion of it and scored a handful of gigs and actually won a band competition in Würzburg but ultimately encountered very little interest in their music which led Kolb to pursue more fruitful adventures. Unfortunately his departure caused a chain reaction and the band quickly dissolved thereafter despite a replacement filling the gap. The band found they couldn't rekindle that original motivation for making their unique brand of space folk and went their separate ways.

Upon first listen, CAROL OF HARVEST wasn't a band that blew me away by any means. Due to the reputation of greatness i found it a little ordinary and it was hardly love at first listen. However, after subsequent listens i began to appreciate the subtleties of the music as it's not about performing flashy prog workouts but rather atmospheric trance inducing mediations of sort. The album is reflective and focuses on emotional depth rather than technical chops. It is in effect a psychedelic album dressed in folk clothing. CAROL OF HARVEST doesn't sound anything like their German folk contemporaries such as Ougenweide or Parzival for example. It sounds more like a Sandy Denny meets Pink Floyd sort of gig with touches of symphonic prog and other influences. For me this was a grower but ultimately revealed its secrets to its enduring legacy as one of the forgotten classics.

Review by BrufordFreak
COLLABORATOR Heavy Prog & JR/F/Canterbury Teams
5 stars A German band from a semi-rural town immediately west of Fürth and Nuremburg, the band's members were right out of high school (except for late addition, singer Krause, who was only 16 years old when she joined the band--17 or 18 at the time of recording this album.) There are so many diverse influences in the psychedelic nuances to this prog folk music. With Beate's crystalline Celia Humphries/Jacqui MacShee/Sandy Denny-like voice singing in perfect British English, one could easily mistaken this music for something coming from the Isle of the Britons.

1. "Put On Your Nightcap" (16:02) synthesized or filtered wave/wind sounds provide the background for some standard blues chord construction with electric guitar over its two minute introduction. When the haunting voice of Beate Krause enters it is with surprising confidence and maturity. Bass and drums eventually join in as do layers of background vocals (provided, no doubt, by Ms. Krause). Annie Haslam-like vocalise in the fifth minute precede a shift into a second motif in which an interesting synthesizer solos over the foundational two chord rhythm section. Beate's confident, cleary British-accented English is also remarkable for its lack of German accent. Very nice lead electric guitar solo in the tenth minute before the song fades into electronic waves in order to make way for a new, more pastoral movement founded upon arpeggiated guitar chords from multiple guitars. Beate's vocal styling stolidly mimics that of Britain's finest female folk singers of the previous decade--especially those of Jacqui MacShee and Sandy Denny. In the thirteenth minute the band ramps up the pace and volume with a kind of "Just a Singer in a Rock 'n' Roll Band" motif within which keyboardist Jürgen Kolb goes a bit wild. Beate makes a final appearance in the final minute to both bring the uptempo passage to a close and then to usher out the song with a dreamy, lullaby-like melody. Wonderful stuff! (27/30)

2. "You and Me" (2:31) in this more traditional folk song Beate's voice sounds years older than her age would suggest--as if a wise woman singing about a long-time relationship. Remarkable. Two (or) more) acoustic guitars entwine their picking for the second half as Beate's lyrics peter out. (8.6667/10)

3. "Somewhere at the End of the Rainbow" (6:26) electric guitar arpeggiates four chords before Beate joins in with a plaintive voice. Accordion-like synth joins in and then bass and drums kick in to support the chorus as Beate drops her pitch a full octave. Wow! That was unexpected. Can this singer be truly only 17-years old? The music is very warm and engaging though not very technically sophisticated, but the vocal performance is remarkable. (8.875/10)

4. "Treary Eye"s (4:17) the guitar opening of this one sounds so British Folk! Very nice. I kept expecting it to slide into a JETHRO TULL song or something from Fairport Convention. When Beate enters her ethereal vocal moves the music more into the realm of the hypnotic Jacqui MacShee. She is a force! An excellent folk song. (8.875/10)

5. "Try a Little Bit" (9:59) the music is perhaps a little simplistic and one-dimensional but the amazingly confident singing of young Beate Krause illustrates how polished and dedicated the band was to its craft and songs. (18.75/20)

Total Time 39:15

A style and sound of Prog Folk that resonates very deeply with me. Ms. Beate Krause (later Sampson) deserves the credit and recognition lauded upon the great British folk sirens of the era.

A minor masterpiece of Prog Folk and one of my favorite Classic Era Prog Folk albums.

Latest members reviews

5 stars I was first recommended the album on Steve Hoffman's music forum a few months ago. Upon first listen I knew this was something special, and I like to try to review albums that might not be particularly well known. Anyway, this is a prog folk album similar in vein to Renaissance, Camel, and Fairp ... (read more)

Report this review (#1521272) | Posted by fudgenuts64 | Wednesday, January 27, 2016 | Review Permanlink

4 stars It´s been a long time that i don´t listen to such a gordeous record like this one! It´s German prog folk band with a beautiful female vocals performed by the soft voice of Beate Krause.  In fact, the record includes some genres of progressive rock, passing through symphonic mixed with the softne ... (read more)

Report this review (#1078825) | Posted by Luciana Aun | Monday, November 18, 2013 | Review Permanlink

4 stars A really nice record here. The sound is reminiscent of bands like Emtidi (Saat) or Holderlin (Holderlin's Traum/Hoelderlin). You get a similar feel, though there is more of a (prog) rock approach. It sounds like it came out of the early 70s too. The music is generally quite melodic, generally melanc ... (read more)

Report this review (#215207) | Posted by listen | Tuesday, May 12, 2009 | Review Permanlink

4 stars Hallo all friends of carol of harvest. my name is Axel and I was the composer of all carol of harvest songs. After 30 years I publish a new record, coming out January 2009. Again I found a wonderful new voice singing on the record. The music is not so much different as the old carol of harvest ... (read more)

Report this review (#194662) | Posted by carol of harvest | Monday, December 22, 2008 | Review Permanlink

3 stars This is a nice obscurity from late 70s Germany. Honestly, there isn't really much "folk" in this is record, but it is a pleasant slice of mellow prog. The first track, the oddly-named "Put on Your Nightcap", is a sixteen minute melancholic epic full of dramatic synths, soaring female vocals, mel ... (read more)

Report this review (#84155) | Posted by | Wednesday, July 19, 2006 | Review Permanlink

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