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The band started out in 1971 as OPOSSUM, a six-member jazz-rock outfit. With time, dissention set in as two of the members wanted to tie the band down to free jazz while the other four wanted to rock. So in 1975, the foursome walked out, regrouped as MORPHEUS* and released a self-produced album titled "Rabenteuer" - a name which combines the German words for "raven" and "adventure", as in "Raventure". Unfortunately, the music had been recorded too slowly, resulting in the whole album being a semitone too low. Despite this, the LP (of which a mere 500 copies had been printed) became a collectors' item. Luckily for us, Garden of Delights has re-released it in CD format, using the original master tapes and making it a point to correct the sound problem. Incredible as it may seem, some 22 years later the whole band has reunited around their guitarist and released a brand new CD titled "For a Second". The band consists of guitarist Gerold Adler, alto sax player Heinrich Holtgreve, bassist Peter Blömeke and drummer Alvaro Tarquino.

"Rabenteuer" is an all-instrumental jazz-rock album with lots of saxophone and bits of flute, similar in style to early KRAAN with perhaps a nod or two to MISSUS BEASTLY. Being partly improvised, the music has an almost 'live' feel to it; it is warm and features great guitar riffing as well as strong melodies. The CD version comprises a bonus track, a terrific 20-minute jam session salvaged from the master tapes. The band's more recent album "For a Second", released in 2002, may sound a bit laid-back in comparison but is still redolent of the old MORPHEUS charm, with plenty of trippy sax and catchy hooks.

Recommended to fans of early KRAAN and GONG as well as to jazz-rock fans who enjoy improvisation.

* Note: not to be confused with a string of metal bands also named MORPHEUS.

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3.53 | 17 ratings
Rabenteuer
1976
2.60 | 5 ratings
For A Second
2002

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 Rabenteuer by MORPHEUS album cover Studio Album, 1976
3.53 | 17 ratings

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Rabenteuer
Morpheus Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by apps79
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3 stars Out of the ashes of the Kraut/Psych/Jazz-Rock act Opposum came to life this German Kraut/Jazz-Rock band from Warburg in 1975.Actually Morpheus was just a shorter version of Opossum, as bassist/flutist Peter Blömeke, guitarist Gerold Adler, sax player Heinrich Holtgreve and drummer Alfred Franke shared time with both bands.Morpheus released a private LP in 1976 entitled ''Rabenteuer''.

This an equal-sounding effort along the lines of KRAAN, ALTONA, MISSUS BEASTLY and AERA with the tracks being all-instrumental and split between guitar-driven workouts and sax-based light improvisations.A good example of jazzy Kraut-Rock, ''Rabenteuer'' has unfortunately a very dated production and a very mediocre sound quality, like if the band played all pieces live, but the musicianship is satisfying, characterized by a great number of funky beats, psych-sounding guitar parts, a groovy rhythm section and a huge amount of sax leads.All compositions have good structures with a semi-loose feeling and a positive aura, where the listener can listen to plenty of solos and nice breaks.The only major flaw seems to be the similarity between the tracks, especially on the interplays.The Garden of Delights CD reissue seems even more interesting, as it contains a 2o-min. live jamming of the band, typical of the Jazz-Rock style in Germany around the 70's with some nice guitar and sax solos to be discovered.

Not better but also not worse compared to the mass of German Jazz/Kraut-Rock bands.Lots of energy, improvisations and interesting grooves based on guitars and sax, which will leave pleased all fans of the Kraut movement.Recommended.

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 Rabenteuer by MORPHEUS album cover Studio Album, 1976
3.53 | 17 ratings

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Rabenteuer
Morpheus Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by philippe
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4 stars Formed in 1975, Morpheous's musical community brought to light a very cool free jazz album (their unique with this original formation) a year later. An improvised effort in the tradition of electric, trippy jazz rock items published in Germany during the same period. Consequently the jazz instrumental sections are mixed with freak out sax elements, cloudy keyboard's parts, storming guitar riffs and adventurous, imaginative long guitar solos. With a regular changing mood, this album contains its colourful progressive moments. The reissue notably includes a bonus track which is a rather shining epic piece, masterfully lead by possessed jamming sessions.

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