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Founded in Warburg, Germany in 1971 - Disbanded in 1975

OPOSSUM was a jazz rock group from Warburg, Westphalia, active during the early 70's. The group was a precursor to MORPHEUS and didn't release a record at the time, but a couple of recorded tracks were re-released decades later and can be recommended to fans of looser and improvisational fusion bordering on jazzy krautrock of the time.

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2.78 | 8 ratings
Bear's Banquet

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 Bear's Banquet by OPOSSUM album cover Studio Album, 2003
2.78 | 8 ratings

Bear's Banquet
Opossum Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by Igor91

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 band's rehearsal studio in 1974, and is surprisingly pretty good, considering. The band would split in 1975, with guitarist Gerold Adler, saxophonist Heinrich Holtgreve , drummer Alfred Franke, and multi-instrumentalist Peter Blomeke going on to form Morpheus.

Bear's Banquet is what I would describe as a Kraut-jazz-rock affair, or "Stoner Jazz" if you like. The music is well played, but also loose and experimental at points. The opener, "The Sun and Moon Have Come Together" is the lone cover on the album, originally done by the American jazzrock group The Fourth Way. Very loose, somewhat jammy, and smokey music oozes from the speakers from the very beginning. As mentioned before, there is an early Krautrock vibe going on throughout the album, with the possible exception of "Opossum Novum," which would not sound out of place on Stan Getz's & Charlie Byrd's Jazz Samba album. Adler lays down some nice guitar work, with the remaining band members all making their marks at various points in the album.

Overall, an excellent example of German, 70's jazzrock that fortunately found the light of day, although not until 29 years after it was recorded! Recommended for those who like some psychedelia with their jazzrock. A solid 4 stars for this obscure German relic.

 Bear's Banquet by OPOSSUM album cover Studio Album, 2003
2.78 | 8 ratings

Bear's Banquet
Opossum Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by b_olariu
Prog Reviewer

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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