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OS MUNDI was located in Berlin. Two forerunners are to point out, the first named SAFEBREAKERS covered TOP 40 songs and later on ORANGE SURPRISE with own material and also producing film music. Four musicians started in 1970 with the new band name: Udo Arndt (guitar, vocals), Christoph Busse (drums, vocals), Dietrich Markgraf (flute, sax) and Andreas Villain (bass). Their first album 'Latin Mass' was produced for the Metronome label. OS MUNDI tried to convert a catholic mass into Psychedelic/Heavy Rock provided with a dark atmosphere and a rough production. Above all the latin lyrics are characteristic and unique.

Wolfgang "Buddy" Mandler (drums, percussion) and Raimund "Mikro" Rilling (cello, bass) later joined the band to produce the second effort '43 Minuten' followed by female Jazz and Pop vocalist Ute Kannenberg. Influences of the new members are well recognizable. Their next album from 1972 is differing to the forerunner prefering more Symphonic and Jazz Rock elements whereas the song 'A Question Of Decision" is known to be the masterpiece.

The band failed producing new albums afterwards but existed until 1975 involving more and more musicians. So OS MUNDI can be considered as one of the first rock big-bands with more than 10 members at once. From 1975 on to 1980 the band gave one sold out revival concert a year at the famous Berlin 'Quartier Latin'. This performances were appointed with a strong Jazz Rock orientation.

Some recordings of the band's late phase are taken for a 2004 production named 'Os Mundi'. Finally in 2007 the compilation 'Sturmflut' featuring Harald Skorepa (keyboards) was released by Schneeball Production. This album contains a live track including the follower Free Jazz band OHPSST.

Many of the former band members are still working in the music business.

Rivertree (Uwe Zickel)


OS MUNDI members and guest musicians:
Udo Arndt (guitar, vocals)
Christoph Busse (drums, vocals)
Dietrich Markgraf (flute, saxophone)
Andreas Villain (bass)
Wolfgang "Buddy" Mandler (drums, percussion)
Raimund "Mikro" Rilling (cello, bass)
Ute Kannenberg (vocals)
Ludolf Kuchenbuch (saxophone)
Klaus Henrichs (saxophone)
Bernhard Arndt (piano)
Michael "Fame" Günther (bass)
Wolfram Jacob (percussion)
Harald Skorepa (piano, synthesizer, organ)
Konstantin "Bommi" Bommarius (drums)
Peter Autschbach (guitar)


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3.75 | 22 ratings
Latin Mass
1970
3.65 | 22 ratings
43 Minuten
1972
3.67 | 3 ratings
Os Mundi
2004

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Sturmflut
2007

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 Latin Mass  by OS MUNDI album cover Studio Album, 1970
3.75 | 22 ratings

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Latin Mass
Os Mundi Eclectic Prog

Review by DamoXt7942
Forum & Site Admin Group Moderator / Psych Team

4 stars Not typical Krautrock but they definitely have something flavoured like desert or dry fruits, as we can hear via Krautrock.

Very theatrical, dramatic, and enthusiastic "Mass". We cannot always feel such a passion via Krautrock basically (understood that they belong to Eclectic subgenre rather than Krautrock). On the other hand, they launch psychedelic organ-based fuzzy muddy colours in front of them, that can be felt in lots of 60s- or 70s-oldie-goodie psychedelic pop / rock / progressive rock with symphonic spice. Credo suite leans toward this colourful atmosphere, strongly.

Anyway, let me say they can be more appreciated as a psychedelic-flavoured, non-electronic, slightly improvised Krautrock unit, like Eiliff. Their improvisation can be heard in "Sanctus" (especially in the latter part featuring bizarre flute dances and explosive percussion) ... in the same vein like "Eve Of Eternity". Cannot avoid saying they'd played fascinating Krautrock really.

I'm so pleased they got appreciated as an Eclectic progressive rock outfit, as honestly I say. Please listen to the former part (or Side A) of this album, and feel how versatile their playing is, through their dramatic theatrical Musical progression, which make us immersed in Os Mundic world. So happy if you enjoy this creation as a versatile, dramatic Krautrock one. Fantastic indeed.

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Os Mundi Eclectic Prog

Review by seventhsojourn
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4 stars Having been brought up a good 'kafflick' boy during the 1960s I can just about remember the Latin Mass, or Tridentine Mass to give it its proper name. Since the Second Vatican Council (1962-65), and as part of an attempt to modernise, the use of Latin has been restricted and the Church has called for Mass be said in the vernacular. Funnily enough the old service is nowadays enjoying a revival, something that progressives in the modern Church actually see as a backward step.

One other irony of the Latin Mass is that the priest conducts the liturgy facing east and, back in the day, it was to the east that many young Catholics looked in their search for spiritual guidance as they deserted the Church in favour of Hinduism and Buddhism. And of course many of Os Mundi's contemporaries performed eastern-inspired music. So, what prompted this album? What drove Os Mundi to record a Latin Mass in 1970 using the rock idiom? Were they mocking the Church or were they advocating the coexistence of faith and rock?

Well my money's on the musical joke angle, with the Church as the butt of the humour, because Os Mundi raise merry hell with this raw, rag-tag work. That may at once be the album's main pro and con however, since the appeal of the Tridentine Mass, not only to traditionalist Catholics but also to atheists like Carl Jung, was its mysticism. But Os Mundi have replaced the extraordinary spiritual power of the Latin Mass with the dark explosive power of trash-psychedelia. The pace seldom slackens from the very first demonic bars of 'Ouverture', and although this track is an instrumental the Hammond organ carries with it images of bleeding statues and the fiery breath of satirical blasphemy rather than the call for spiritual growth.

It's as if the bonds of Catholic convention have been blasted and torn asunder by an icy Teutonic wind, a wind that has also resulted in a 180-degree turnaround by moving from an intensely Christian to a dynamic pagan ethic. The wild fervour of the 'Kyrie' mantra together with the excitable tribal drums and rabble of voices on the 'Gloria' have an organic unity that is both primitive and earthbound. And the two-part 'Credo' is like a descent into the bowels of Hell on the wings of Death, the return journey propelled by the glorious golden sunburst of a billion candlelights.

The 'Sanctus' precedes the consecration of the Host, the most solemn part of the liturgy where the priest is believed to perform the miracle of transubstantiation and Os Mundi represent this with the free association of a flute freakout. The album then draws to a rather non-dramatic conclusion as the 'Agnus Dei' just melts away quickly and meaninglessly.

Four-and-a-half centuries after Martin Luther nailed his Ninety-Five Theses to the Castle Church wall at Wittenberg the Catholic Church recognised the importance of active participation by the congregation through the use of local languages, and it took until more recently for the Catholic laity to finally be allowed to receive the Eucharist, Hussite-fashion, in both kinds. This album isn't without its drawbacks either, in particular the shabby production, but while it may not do anything for the faith it's sure to gain more than a few converts for Os Mundi.

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Os Mundi Eclectic Prog

Review by VitaNova

5 stars Disclaimer: First of all- If you haven't already, then you NEED TO HEAR THIS ALBUM ON VINYL. It is the best way to hear this type of music. CD's (and YouTube, especially) do not do it proper justice. Music-Lovers; there is no excuse, not even the moderately higher price, to justify not listening to this music the way it sounds best. An inexpensive turntable and vinyl reissue will blow you away. Trust me.

Os Mundi came from Berlin, and they only released two albums. Latin Mass is their masterpiece. Originally released (and still) on the Metronome label, it's literally a (flawlessly performed) Latin Mass of 1970. Unfortunately, I do not have an original pressing of Latin Mass, as of this date, but the reissues are exact replica's of the original vinyl.

First of all; if mass really sounded like this, then I would be in church every Sunday. Unlike the traditionally-ceremonial, and restrained chuch-mass- this Latin Mass is something from another dimension. Mostly heavy, with a few soft breaks here-and-there, and very, very, emotional vocals. From start-to-finish, you have heavily distorted guitar chords, and a garage-sounding-organ playing almost non-stop. There is even a little flute on both sides of the vinyl. But, wait! It gets better! There is also a good amount of psychedelia in the album-from the ironically ominous opening of Overtüre/Kyrie/Gloria-to the brooding, heavy breathing/huffing in Credo1 (lay off the frankincense inhalation, fellas), all the way to the finale of Agnus Dei. This is terrific music.

For what it is, the album is flawless. You can tell that a lot of time, effort and feeling were put into this album. The instruments and the singing/vocals are perfect. Hey-after-all, these are the words of a Latin Mass, so you can't deny the emotional presence here. I'm not saying everyone will like it, but fans of heavy-prog/psych will love this album. If you like this kind of music, and don't have some hangup about the Mass-lyrics, then I can't recommend this album enough. 110% Krautrock, and a Latin Mass has never rocked so hard. Five stars.

Even though there is no official, Vatican-authenticated translation of a Latin Mass in English, I put an accurate translation below, for those interested.

Latin Mass/Songs:

01. Ouvertüre 5:44

02. Kyrie 3:11 Kyrie eleison Lord have mercy

03. Gloria 4:39 Adoramus te. Glorificamus te. Gratias agimus tibi We worship thee. We glorify thee. Thanks we give to thee

propter magnam gloriam tuam. Domine Deus, Rex coelestis, because of great glory thy. Lord God, King of heaven,

Deus Pater omnipotens. Domine Fili unigenite, Jesu Christe. God Father almighty. Lord Son only begotten, Jesus Christ.

Domine Deus, Agnus Dei, Filius Patris. Lord God, Lamb of God, Son of Father.

Qui tollis peccata mundi, miserere nobis. Who take away sins of world, have mercy on us.

Qui tollis peccata mundi, suscipe deprecationem nostram. Who take away sins of world, receive supplication our.

Qui sedes ad dexteram Patris, miserere nobis. Who sit at right hand of Father, have mercy on us.

Quoniam tu solus sanctus. Tu solus Dominus. For thou alone holy. Thou alone Lord.

Tu solus altisimus, Jesu Christe. Thou alone most high, Jesus Christ.

Cum Sancto Spiritu in gloria Dei Patris. Amen. With Holy Spirit in glory of God Father. Amen.

04. Credo I 7:26 05. Credo II 5:31 Credo in unum Deum, Patrem omnipotentem, I believe in one God, Father almighty,

factorem coeli et terrae, maker of heaven and of earth,

visibilium omnium, et invisibilium. visible of all things, and invisible.

Et in umum Dominum Jesum Christum, And in one Lord Jesus Christ,

Filium Dei unigenitum. Son of God only begotten.

Et ex Patre natum ante omni saecula. And of Father born before all ages.

Deum de Deo, lumen de lumine, Deum verum de Deo vero. God from God, light from light, God true from God true.

Genitum, non factum, consubstantialem Patri, Begotten, not made, of one substance with Father,

per quem omnia facta sunt. Qui propter nos homines, by whom all things made were. Who for us men,

et propter nostram salutem descendit de caelis. and for our salvation descended from heavens.

Et incarnatus est de Spiritu Sancto And made flesh was of Spirit Holy

ex Maria Virgine. Et homo factus est. of Mary Virgin. And man made was.

Crucifixus etiam pro nobis sub Pontio Pilato, Crucified also for us under Pontius Pilate,

passus, et sepultus est. suffered, and buried was.

Et resurrexit tertia die, secundum Scripturas. And he rose third day, according to Scriptures.

Et ascendit in caelum, sedet ad dexteram Patris. And he ascended into heaven, he sits at right hand of Father.

Et interum venturus est cum gloria, And again going to come he is with glory,

judicare vivos et mortuos, to judge living and dead,

cujus regni non erit finis. of whose kingdom not will there be end.

Et in Spiritum Sanctum Dominum, et vivificantem, And in Spirit Holy Lord, and lifegiver,

qui ex Patre Filioque procedit. who from Father and Son proceeds.

Qui cum Patre, et Filio simul adoratur Who with Father, and Son together is adored

et conglorificatur, qui locutus est per Prophetas. and glorified, who spoke through Prophets.

Et unam, sanctam, catholicam, et apostolicam Ecclesiam. And one, holy, catholic, and Apostolic Church.

Confiteor unum baptisma in remissionem peccatorum. I confess one baptism for remission of sins.

Et expecto resurrectionem mortuorum. And I expect resurrection of dead.

Et vitam venturi saeculi. Amen. And life to come of age. Amen.

06. Sanctus 9:05 Sanctus, Sanctus, Sanctus, Holy, Holy, Holy,

Dominus Deus Sabaoth. Lord God of Hosts.

Pleni sunt coeli et terra gloria tua. Full are heaven and earth of glory thy.

Hosanna in excelsis. Hosanna in highest.

07. Agnus Dei 5:57 Agnus Dei, qui tolis peccata mundi, Lamb of God, who take away sins of world,

dona nobis pacem. grant us peace.

Band:

Arndt, Udo Busse, Christoph(drums) Mandler, Buddy(percussion, vocals, bongos-was also in Siloah) Markgraf, Dietrich(sax, flute) Rilling, Mikro(cello-was also in Siloah) Villain, Andreas(bass)

Guest musicians: Kalkreuth, David V.(organ) Seidel, Hartmut(bass)

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 43 Minuten by OS MUNDI album cover Studio Album, 1972
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43 Minuten
Os Mundi Eclectic Prog

Review by Guldbamsen
Forum & Site Admin Group Site and Forum Admin

4 stars Heritage in bloom

First of all give it up for the most prolific reviewer here on PA, Mellotron Storm for getting me into this album. Here´s a big warm internet hug flying through the computer screen all the way from the windswept shores of Denmark. Thanks buddy...

I originally came into the wondrous world of prog through the sounds of the late 60s. Jimi, Doors, Floyd, Lovecraft, Arthur Brown, Stones, The Dead and so forth. All those hippie bands spoke to me about musical freedom and how such a form of expression should never be locked down in boxes. It was the wild guitars, the bobbling hammond organs, the cryptic lyrics and that whole notion of intrinsic musical sorcery - that was indeed what drew me in like a cat to a ball of yarn. The reason I´m talking about the 60s, is because of the effect it had on almost everything we dive into on this site - be that in the development of new instruments, or maybe in the way this time in space challenged how we think about the very nature of music. Last thing is perhaps the most important and that is heritage. Much of what happened during the latter part of the 60s was actually what the audience heard like echoing ripples all through the following decade. In another costume, another shape another world.

Os Mundi´s 43 Minuten is a testimony to this heritage. Whilst some people call this Krautrock, I´d stake a couple of fried llamas that it isn´t. Not to me anyway... To me this album sounds like 3 different things - like it has 3 musical building blocks, which all through this riveting album act like the foundation for the seemingly easy-flowing rhythmic melody laden gymnastics.

One side of the triangle sounds like Cream. Those breezy relaxing vocals hanging over the sluggishly played guitar riffing. The second side is when the music turns jazzy, and here I´m not talking about fusion a la Mahavishnu Orchestra going 500 miles an hour with everybody doing their own thing, no - I´m talking about old school slow moving Sunday smooth jazz with clear parallels to the debut of Jethro Tull. It´s obvious in the manner in which the flute is handled, but even more so felt in the whole ambiance of the band. Chill out relax mood all over the board, and you can almost picture how every animal in the forest would be inclined to drop by this good natured band, and a brand new Snow White scene suddenly unfolds. Last piece of the puzzle is by far the one with the most sway. It´s the dominant part of the music, and luckily so also my favourite of the bunch. This one sounds like a decisively more progressive incarnation of The Pretty Things. I hear a lot of SF Sorrow in this album, - and to tell you the truth, that is a damn fine compliment coming from me. The vocal harmonies along with the organs - then those spiralling rock n´ roll guitar sprees all wrapped around the familiar booming earthiness of the blues bass incantations calling you from the deepest depths of the music. Yeah there´s definitely something there...

This piggy´s got far more coils and twists to its tail than any of the mentioned bands, but the feel of it harks back to those warm 60s´ dreamings. This might lead you to think, that 43 Minuten is an unoriginal outing comprised of sonic re-runs and old sneakers, but strangely enough this album is very unique - just as their first one was. Os Mundi are one of the few acts that I´ve come across, who masters originality through the spirit and footwork of the artists preceding them. They sound like nothing else. This album is the proof of that, and I recommend everybody who´s into the early progressive scene to go have a listen to this fabulous record. Some parts of it are just gorgeously beautiful, like the hauntingly played But Reality Will Show with it´s slow climaxing orgasms and a sonic palette to it, that just takes me away like a paper cup caught in a hurricane. Swiish!!

If you want a cheap ticket to the beginning of our beloved prog lands, and feel like hitching a ride instead of listening to the mumblings of old geezers in Hawaii shirts, then you should probably start looking for this highly infatuating piece of spine massage.

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 43 Minuten by OS MUNDI album cover Studio Album, 1972
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43 Minuten
Os Mundi Eclectic Prog

Review by Music By Mail

3 stars This second album by the German Os Mundi appeared at a politically charged time (the terrorist attack during the Olympic Games in Munich, the raising of left wing political fractions, etc...), which is reflected in the lyrics (the singing is in English). Musically speaking, the album is a much eclectic beast that in turns will outline various styles and ideas: kraut rock elements are to be found in the long and repetitive jamming, where a simple bass riff gives the basis for the soloists to bring the tune to new heights; let's note especially the superb flute solo on "Children's Games", backed by some very supportive congas, shakers, cow bell and wah-wah guitar and - as said - the bass riff on which all is built up. Other tunes bring us closer to southern rock, with plain song structures and the necessary vocals going along (the singing treatment in "Children's Games" amazingly reminding of John Wetton in King Crimson). Psychedelism is also present (the beginning and end of "Triple" reminding slightly of early Kevin Ayers with Soft Machine, with their hit "We Did It Again"). It wouldn't be fair not to mention the cello playing of Mikro Rilling, not only adding an extra colour (sometimes together with the flute) but also an unusually bite (for that time). The saxophonist and flutist are throughout infusing a jazz and soul spirit to the music, while the use of odd meters (7/4, 9/4 spotted) or sudden changes of themes will ravish the proggers among you. Add a few ballads, guitars shining evenly in quiet or hot moments, organs here and there .... yes .... a very happy and eclectic album indeed!

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 43 Minuten by OS MUNDI album cover Studio Album, 1972
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Review by Mellotron Storm
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4 stars OS MUNDI were one of the first Rock bands to come out of Berlin, Germany. Their debut was really their "Rock" version of the "Classical" catholic mass with Latin lyrics that didn't go over well commercially speaking. For this their second record they changed labels and Conny Plank came in to produce, mix and engineer it. In fact in the liner notes they say: "We also owe a great debt of gratitude to our producer Conny Plank, who...became something like the band's father. His influence is clear for everyone to hear when listening to the songs". They brought in a Free Jazz sax / flute player as well on this one. So we get a blend of Jazz, Rock and Fusion. I have to say that this is a great album. It's hard to believe that this album was recorded in one take.

"A Question Of Decision" was apparently one of their favourites to play live and they would often extend it to 15 minutes. It opens with raw guitar as sax joins in with drums. Vocals before a minute. It settles with percussion before 2 minutes as the vocals stop. Guitar and drums join in as they jam. It kicks in after 5 minutes with flute before settling right down with flute. Vocals and the original melody end it. "Triple" really reminds me of VDGG with the vocals, sax and overall sound when it kicks in. Cello after 2 minutes as it settles.The flute comes and goes.That VDGG section is back late. "Missle" opens with a good beat, cello and prominant guitar. Great sound, vocal melodies too. Cool track. It turns powerful late. "It's All There" is a top three for me. Organ and a beat to open as flute then vocals join in. I just love how this sounds, especially the chorus. Cello comes in later. "Isn't It Beautiful 7/8" is a catchy instrumental with drums, percussion, congas, cello and sax.

"But Reality Will Show" is another top three tune. It really reminds me of LANDBERK to open. It settles before a minute with cello then reserved vocals come in. It's building as vocals become more passionate in this anti-war song. The intro melody returns after 3 minutes. Nice. The guitar slowly and tastefully plays a minute later. The vocals cry out after 5 1/2 minutes. Cello late. What a song ! "Children's Games" is another anti-war tune and my final top three track. It opens heavily with guitar, drums and vocal melodies. Vocals come in as it settles somewhat. The guitar starts to light it up as vocal melodies come and go. Sax before 2 minutes as themes are repeated.They then jam with flute and percussion. The tempo picks up 5 1/2 minutes in then it turns psychedelic before kicking in again. Earlier themes return. "Erstickubungen" is jazzy with lots of flute and drums to open. It settles after 1 1/2 minutes with cello. Kicks back in before 3 minutes with sax then the guitar starts to rip it up. "Fortsetzun Folgt" is a short instrumental with Conny Plank playing some guitar.

I highly recommended this hidden treasure from 1972. My kind of music.

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 Latin Mass  by OS MUNDI album cover Studio Album, 1970
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Latin Mass
Os Mundi Eclectic Prog

Review by Sean Trane
Special Collaborator Prog Folk

3 stars 3.5 stars really!!!

Out of the chaos of Berlin, but spared by the wall ignominy, a bunch of local high school kids were playing in rock or beat bands. Soon enough a loose aggregation formed from two of these group. Sometimes playing up to 12, and sometimes down to a quartet, this unit became a few years later Os Mundi (we are the world) and recorded two albums in the very early 70's, but featuring a sextet, even if two of them were credited as guest. OM was more of a project of Udo Arndt (organ, guitar, vocals and main songwriter) with the help of drummer Chris Busse (drums and lyrics) and their first album is somewhat of a masterstroke, pulling the equivalent of The Electric Prunes, Mass In E Minor, with the same psych tendencies, although darker and with Latin lyrics. The album came in 70 on the Metronome label and presented a candlelight artwork

OM managed to sound very professional, even if the album's production is not always so, often reminiscent of Vanilla Fudge with David Byron (UH) vocals, but in the opening Overture sound very Purple-like (as in Black Night meeting Fireball), but overall, OM have their own sound. Plenty of lengthy instrumental interplay of complex rhythms makes this album a gem, but as mentioned before, the raw-atmosphered production can be discouraging a few. But the album ultra psyched and dark is very much still 60's like in terms of vocal filters and other sound effect, and often, we are drawn to think of Vanilla Fudge most often, except that the Latin vocals are not well recorded, especially in Gloria, which cumulates the error of having a double drum solo (good in itself, but out of context), the often-excellent lengthy Credo is evening things out, especially in the Saucerful-era Floyd passage nd Udo's ensuing soaring guitar solo >> easy dramatics, but effective.

The second Credo is obviously taking from where the first part ended, but strikes even more the good cords. The 9-mins Sanctum is upping the ante even more with Markgraf switching from sax to a delicious flute, and this song is evidently close to having us believe in their mysticism, but the improv is taking things a bit far for a successful mass. Too bad the closing anus Dei is the weaker track on anotherwise strong album, though.

While their second album would sound quite different, developing a jazz-rock ala Kraan, early Chicago and Colosseum, Latin mass is certainly a good example of Germany's multi-faceted music scene, and as recommended as it could be, I'm not sure it deserves the essential mention, but it's definitely worth your while should you choose to make the detour by OM's two albums.

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 43 Minuten by OS MUNDI album cover Studio Album, 1972
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43 Minuten
Os Mundi Eclectic Prog

Review by Ricochet
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3 stars Second album in quite a classic-confident time, yet the cards were long set in Os Mundi being the kind of artistic, off-classic (a bit), eclectic, and having the mature severity. 43 Minuten, recognizable around the major interest for progressive German rock or for the usual hidden craft of breathing (under) this kind of music. Os Mundi aren't a band of groundbreaking presence or of un-missing temperament, their music actually sums up the concept of "sessions" and "experiences", of "revolution ideas" and "program rock" as much as the two album, both very different in their cause, sound like a progressive typical movement, more or less in the German scene, more or less in the implacable music mundum sign.

The style and the versatile expression of Os Mundi changes a bit, towards more jazz, psych and ordered rock, than towards the massive concept that leads to an expansion of ideas, to an early apostatize of nuance and sound-forms, to a mass ritual of acid and atmospheric music, onto the impression of deep and revolutionary. If Latin Mass could be called one influential kraut-rock persuasion,43 Minuten can't (or, least of all, needs to reorientate towards the pure slides and fragments of psych rock); it chooses a prog rock confident path, but also shares the doused creativity of melody, improvisation, rhythm and minimalistic songwriting; things that don't shape up the album better than its previous request, yet will nevertheless have a good chance at being like and a decent shot at finding a wide open scene of applauded music and effects. The prog characteristic or deterministic way.

Much of the beautiful, arranged, colored or free-felt music here is largely under the impression of melody benevolence, of sense experiment, of jazz and the drifts of that wonderful fusion type, of psych and the heavy smokes that still characterize such an infinitely talented band, of rock and all the simplest of its moves made complicated or complexed (of themselves or of their message), of small folk ornaments. The music's flow is easy and enjoyable, yet the album is made of rough stones and ambivalences - in a tandem of massive feeling or music-written influence, of wild impact or soft-courageous art. Going from unique and reaching the state of being an impossible song-write, 43 Minuten can be imagined from perfect to shining, from moderate to sensitive, from open-lighted to acid (reminiscently). Between the rough edges, most liked is the free-jazz event, going from rock's actual sound being experimental and trend-set to saxophone delirious movements or linguine instrumental heaviness. Psych is yet a movement which combines the mood into a tough mark of illusions and sound-forms, going on the old art habit of finding the spirit within the note and the nuance. Finally I'll recognize even some hard rock essence or such strange characters, such as the vocals from It's All Here having a bit of Wyatt or Children's Game (a very pace-beat composition) having something of Wetton and Crimson groove. An album with lots of inspiration turned into lots of music and dominant essence.

A second (and last, in the classic line of official recordings) creation by Os Mundi, which seems just as good and alive in recommending the band's huge progressive gift. Like I said over at Latin Mass, the art of gravity and dark lust of there is quite differently the art of improvisation and fluid rock in this album. The art you prefer is the gem album Os Mundi created. Generally, I like the "debut ritual"; yet 43 Minuten is in it's right mind a good and full of flavor album.

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 Latin Mass  by OS MUNDI album cover Studio Album, 1970
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Latin Mass
Os Mundi Eclectic Prog

Review by Ricochet
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4 stars Largely accepted as kraut-rock (in a fresh and early phase of moving from the psychedelic to the acid taste and dandle rough motion), psychedelic (as a trench of concept and a bland of rock over sensations, in the usual psychotic and novelized ways) and rock (by slow motions that will grant a fine progressive impression or a chant beneath the waves and the inner trend), Os Mundi impress artistically and also share a common taste for the ravishing progressive passion, in a mixture that, mostly, is indescribably a great taste and a depth and darkness' more refined search, and stands afterwards as the bits of caprices and melted down orientations that, in classic time, have all the best originality but also dry an exclusive music.

Upon a few other such influences (bands that, enlarged in their century's experiment or chaos) , Os Mundi decided to have a debut of mass improvisation, acid dynamics and irregular means - subtly, this would also count as the more impressive manner of them ever composing and producing a dream and a musical ideal; they never quite gather themselves up anymore, or like so, upon the second album - taking a latin mass ceremony, with all the essential and characteristic elements (something run in the concept, not that sure how well and integrally in the music), and making a rock extravaganza, with moments of art and depression, of sobrieties of cluster and cringe, with music or nude sounds, with a concept vigilance or a mad claustrophobia, down the more spiced psychedelic or the more searched idea of a bombastic dark and humid recording. The idea of a masked profoundness is the only thing not up to the psychedelic smoke or the kraut vogue. Otherwise, the band has a meaningful, old-sound, eclectic and poly-rock arranged art rotation.

The more "choral" and "incanting" pieces prove sensibility and sound harvest, like the Overture, full of glows and organ parallels, merging hard and heavy on ritual-esque and subtle, like Credo being a piece for the hopes of vocals and sound-words, or like Sanctus, made in a typical language, but also blending massively and integrally vibrations of flute and rock-rhythm moody improvisation. The rest of the pieces do expand to more rock and more deloused symbols (for the "latin mass"), exciting by the peculiar and distinct psych, free-jazz, hard rock or tenacious abstract. Kyrie and Agnus Dei are quite the most dark and ambiguous examples, preaching over a dark atmosphere, scabrous (mildly, the really rough or desolating art is never reached in this state) vocals or riffs out of their infinity, in a sinister kind of rock or a very impressive high spirit. There are little mistakes or paranoid moments of interpretation in this album, it can just get a slim and over-droned essence if the taste, quite clearly, would not be to keen on acid rock and concept movement.

In Os Mundi's Latin Mass, the great lead of music perspective and special sound are given by Christoph Burse, less by the arrhythmic verses, but more by the mute taste of sound and color-explosion, and Udo Arndt, through the keyboards and organ addicted mind-drive, something of a sheer taste and caliber, compared to music being an illustration of psychic harms and musical ubiquities. Nevertheless, good (though occasional) woodwind work (either jazzy, or phosphorescently easy) by Dietrich Markgraf and, integrally, a fine interpretation of some special characters and some abyssal daises.

An impressive and marking debut album by Os Mundi, with a rough moment of progressive rock awaking from the psychedelic infinity of expression. Thinking that music should be an art moment or a special significance, this album (and not the more "relaxed" next one) should really be of interest. The other way around, this would be seriously against all the general trend and the moody vibes of rock and psych; having therefore a star off, thanks to pretentiousness and auricular creativity. But it feels better on the first side. Three point five stars.

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 43 Minuten by OS MUNDI album cover Studio Album, 1972
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Os Mundi Eclectic Prog

Review by Sean Trane
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4 stars This rather unique group emerging from Berlin, recorded a pair of excellent albums in the early 70's in Germany's difficult context of cold war and left-wing extremists actions, and early international terrorist actions (Munich Olympiads) and in the very near future, the first oil crisis that will cripple Western Europe's economy. Inevitably most young Germans were politicised, and like the vast majority, the members had left wing sympathies, which you will find in their lyrics. Os Mundi's (Latin for birth of the world) was born amidst the Berlin protests and doomed imprisoned future from two teenage bands fusing together and could have a line-up of up to 12 musicians including a three-man wind section and a cellist. This lead to their debut album taking up a catholic mass into rock realm but they decided to sing in Latin. After this rather unique start, the second album might seem less inspired with a title relating to its length and a very bland cover artwork.

This sophomore effort was released on their new label Brain (in the progressive Metronome section) and produced by the inevitable Conrad Plank, but by this time, they were no more than a septet. On this album, Os Mundi created a rather unique jazz-rock, blending rock, jazz, psych, which comes out particularly tight, considering the member's varied background (from classical to free-jazz and beat groups) and influences. Stuck between Colosseum, Chicago, Santana and Weather Report, the songwriting comes mostly from guitarist Udo Amdt and drummer Christoph Busse (both of which come from the beat/rock world, the later dealing mostly with lyrocs), but the overall feel of the music is very jazzy, with strong political lyrics, which reflects the difficult times. Generally the music is a very pleasant and positive atmosphere, contrasting with the texts, but on the whole, because of the "light" feel, you can easily skip over the lyrics should the content not be "up your alley". Cellos, flutes, sax, fuzz guitar, congas, bongos, ashtrays, organ, telephones contribute to the great music, where there are no weak moments and plenty of enthralling ones (the psych-jazz flute solo in Children's Games sounding like Thijs Van Leer amongst others), makes this album a small early-70's gem.

While the album (mostly recorded on the first take according to the drummer in the booklet) had its success (especially critically), the group never became full professionals. While not absolutely essential in terms of prog historics, Os Mundi is essential to the German scene and exemplifies best the German jazz-krautrock scene, much like Kraan or Annexus Quam, but being better and more accessible than both.

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