Progarchives, the progressive rock ultimate discography

CIRCLE

Symphonic Prog • Germany


From Progarchives.com, the ultimate progressive rock music website

Circle picture
Circle biography
This is a German six-piece band (including two keyboard players) that made only one album in 1988 on the Music Vision label. It is 'eine Sonderfertigung der EMI-Electrola GmbH' which means that it is a special release from EMI-Electrola GmbH.


Why this artist must be listed in www.progarchives.com :
This album is a very melodic and harmonic progrock album. The use of two guitar - and two keyboard players gives the music a very lush sound.

I don't want to eliminate Erik's contribution, but I thought it would be nice to add some information. As fortune would have it, I was able to contact Volker Stern. The following commentary is based on what he told me.

The band was founded in 1984 in Düren Germany. The original lineup was Frank Rövenich on guitar and vocals, Michael Braun on bass, Josef Kirschgens on drums, and Volker Stern on keyboards. In late 1985 they were joined by Andy Franke on lead guitar, and Ingo Jannes on keyboards. This would be the lineup for the debut album. In 1986, "Foreign Skies" was released. The band stayed intact until 1989, when the two newest members (Andy and Ingo) departed. That was when they welcomed Bernd Hilgert on lead guitar. This lineup recorded "Twist of Events" in 1990.

Volker and Frank wrote all the songs. However, they were not exactly Lennon and McCartney. Rarely did they work together on a composition. The main problem was musical vision. While Volker was after a more progressive direction, Frank wanted a more mainstream sound (Volker suggests a comparison between "Harlequin" and "Circles Edge" to see this delineation). After a few concerts in support of "Twist of Events," Josef and Bernd left the band. This, combined with increased struggling between Frank and Volker, led them to dissolve Circle altogether in late 1990.

Volker and Michael still play together, but have made no new official releases. He views it more as a "hobby" now.

H.T. Riekels (with help from Volker Stern)

CIRCLE Videos (YouTube and more)


Showing only random 3 | Search and add more videos to CIRCLE

Buy CIRCLE Music


Right Now on Ebay (logo)
OLETA ADAMS circle of one (CD album) smooth jazz, neo-soul, soul USD $9.77 Buy It Now
STEVIE WONDER - IN SQUARE CIRCLE 1985 STILL SEALED VINYL MOTOWN US PRESS USD $20.38 Buy It Now
Helen Baylor - Full Circle [New CD] USD $8.92 Buy It Now
KEERIL MAKAN: LETTING TIME CIRCLE THROUGH US NEW CD USD $18.84 Buy It Now
A PERFECT CIRCLE - THREE SIXTY [@ BEST BUY FIRST] [PA] NEW CD USD $86.94 Buy It Now
Black Moon Circle-Sea Of Clouds (Black Vinyl + Cd) (UK IMPORT) VINYL NEW USD $26.13 Buy It Now
Black Moon Circle-Psychedelic Spacelord (Red Marbled Viny (UK IMPORT) VINYL NEW USD $26.13 Buy It Now
Bon Jovi - The Circle 12" Vinyl USD $24.14 Buy It Now
NEW Circle (cd/dvd deluxe) (Audio CD) USD $7.97 Buy It Now
PAT METHENY GROUP / FIRST CIRCLE LP w/OBI Insert ECM Orig JAPAN ISSUE USD $19.99 Buy It Now
Amorphis Circle new 2 X LP sealed record BROWN vinyl 2013 limited 038 / 250 USD $60.00 Buy It Now
Amorphis Circle new 2 X LP sealed record WHITE vinyl 2013 limited 233 / 250 USD $60.00 Buy It Now
The Spiritual Cinema Circle 2007 Volume 4 USD $7.99 Buy It Now
OLETA ADAMS_Circle Of One_used CD_ships from AUSTRALIA_A15 USD $8.74 Buy It Now
NINES (UK) - CROP CIRCLE * NEW CD USD $16.41 Buy It Now
SUPERCHRIST Black Magical Circle of Witches 7" Brown Vinyl RARE Black Metal VG USD $10.13 Buy It Now
Helen Baylor - Full Circle [New CD] USD $8.63 Buy It Now
CIRCLE II CIRCLE-Circle Ii Circle-Consequence Of Power-Ltd- CD NEW USD $14.37 Buy It Now
Squealer-The Circle Shuts CD NEW USD $11.91 Buy It Now
Circle Ii Circle-The Middle Of Nowhere CD NEW USD $14.37 Buy It Now
Full Circle USD $24.17 Buy It Now
`Rubin, Yuri`-Drum Circle Vol. 1 (UK IMPORT) CD NEW USD $14.58 Buy It Now
Roger Nichols-Small Circle of Friends (UK IMPORT) CD NEW USD $10.29 Buy It Now
STEVIE WONDER IN SQUARE CIRCLE CASSETTE TAPE TAMLA MOTOWN 1985 NEW USD $6.31 Buy It Now
Peter Calandra-Inner Circle CD NEW USD $18.71 Buy It Now
ROCK ON MAGAZINE 5/2003 METALLICA CIRCLE II CIRCLE USD $6.99 Buy It Now 2m 20s
AMORPHIS CIRCLE RED 2LP 100 COPIES + POSTER USD $89.99 Buy It Now 2m 21s
BON JOVI japan Deluxe Edition CD+DVD with OBI, THE CIRCLE USD $29.99 Buy It Now 6m 54s
INNER CIRCLE "BAD BOYS" (THEME FROM COPS) CASSETTE SINGLE USD $5.59 Buy It Now 12m 7s
Rollins, Lawson-Full Circle CD NEW USD $16.49 Buy It Now 14m 24s
OLETA ADAMS CASSETTE TAPE CIRCLE OF ONE FREE POSTAGE WITHIN AUSTRALIA USD $3.09 Buy It Now 22m 24s
Kite - Circle of Infinite Radius CD New and Sealed USD $6.31 Buy It Now 40m 16s
Roger Nichols & The Small Circle Of Friends ?JAPAN CD OBI USD $19.10 Buy It Now 40m 46s
BOBBY RUSSELL_1432 Franklin Pike Circle Hero_used 45 VINYL_7"_ships frm AUS!_ro1 USD $8.74 Buy It Now 56m 59s
Elton John Circle of Life RARE Picture CD Single USD $22.93 Buy It Now 58m 8s
BUD POWELL AT THE GOLDEN CIRCLE VOL.1 STEEPLE JAPAN USD $19.99 Buy It Now 1h 6m
BUD POWELL AT THE GOLDEN CIRCLE VOL.2 STEEPLE JAPAN USD $19.99 Buy It Now 1h 8m
Various Artists : First Circle CD USD $3.99 Buy It Now 1h 10m
A PERFECT CIRCLE / HED (PE) / GLASSJAW / ROB HALFORD + ROCK SOUND CD Vol. 16 USD $8.27 Buy It Now 1h 11m
Various Artists : Celtic Circle 2 CD USD $4.40 Buy It Now 1h 11m
INNER Circle (a La La La La Long) Cassette Tape Cassette Single USD $3.56 Buy It Now 1h 14m
DUKE ROBILLARD BLUES FULL CIRCLE DIGIPAK CD NEW USD $22.48 Buy It Now 1h 27m
Pearl Jam - Spin The Black Circle (CD) USD $15.27 Buy It Now 1h 27m
FOREST - FULL CIRCLE PROG FOLK LP Harvest sealed USD $75.99 Buy It Now 1h 37m
Lynn, Loretta - Full Circle CD New & Sealed USD $7.43 Buy It Now 1h 38m
45 rpm FRANKIE SLAY flying circle SWAN 4085 nice SEE PICS USD $2.00 Buy It Now 1h 43m
Infest t-shirt dropdead black flag negative approach fx bad brains circle jerks USD $15.27 Buy It Now 1h 44m
Infest t-shirt dropdead black flag negative approach fx bad brains circle jerks USD $15.27 Buy It Now 1h 44m
Infest t-shirt dropdead black flag negative approach fx bad brains circle jerks USD $15.27 Buy It Now 1h 44m
Infest t-shirt dropdead black flag negative approach fx bad brains circle jerks USD $15.27 Buy It Now 1h 44m
Infest t-shirt dropdead black flag negative approach fx bad brains circle jerks USD $15.27 Buy It Now 1h 44m
Infest t-shirt dropdead black flag negative approach fx bad brains circle jerks USD $15.27 Buy It Now 1h 44m
Infest t-shirt dropdead black flag negative approach fx bad brains circle jerks USD $15.27 Buy It Now 1h 44m
Infest t-shirt dropdead black flag negative approach fx bad brains circle jerks USD $15.27 Buy It Now 1h 44m
Infest t-shirt dropdead black flag negative approach fx bad brains circle jerks USD $15.27 Buy It Now 1h 44m
Infest t-shirt dropdead black flag negative approach fx bad brains circle jerks USD $15.27 Buy It Now 1h 44m
Bon Jovi Vip Circle Tour Bag USD $36.40 Buy It Now 1h 48m
Inner Circle Everything Is Great 12" vinyl single record USD $5.10 Buy It Now 2h 4m
Jeff Healey Band 45 How Long Can A Man Be Strong / Full Circle w/ts USD $1.50 Buy It Now 2h 5m
BORIS KOVAC East Off Europe - Closing the Circle (CD 1998) World Music Jazz USD $13.45 Buy It Now 2h 7m
Ambient Air, Soundshots, Full Circle (Ambache, Ambache Co) CD NEW USD $13.21 Buy It Now 2h 7m
CHALK CIRCLE As the Crow Flies LP 1989 Duke Street Records Canada Vinyl VG/VG USD $6.65 Buy It Now 2h 13m
The Circle USD $16.43 Buy It Now 2h 13m
NYNUS SYLVIA Carnival Showcase Reggae Down 84 CIRCLE NM/NM- Shrink USD $9.90 Buy It Now 2h 15m
CAN CIRCLE BE BROKEN: COUNTRY MUSICS FIRST FAMILY (CD) sealed USD $9.92 Buy It Now 2h 22m
Inner Circle - Da Bomb - Japan CD+2BONUS - NEW - 14Tracks USD $34.94 Buy It Now 2h 22m
CIRCLE OF SOUL - HANDS OF FAITH - CASSETTE TAPE - HOLLYWOOD (1991) USD $10.18 Buy It Now 2h 24m
Audio CD: Will the Circle Be Unbroken, Vol. 3, . Acceptable Cond. Enhanced. 7243 USD $9.14 Buy It Now 2h 31m
CIRCLE OF DUST-METAMORPHOSIS (RMST) CD NEW USD $16.70 Buy It Now 2h 32m
Commander - Fatalis The Unbroken Circle CD #117625 USD $12.18 Buy It Now 2h 32m
Magic Circle - Wizard 884860132626 (CD Used Very Good) USD $13.12 Buy It Now 2h 34m
Betty Walker Presents Aunt Lena & Her Entire Family Circle LP *SEALED* USD $7.99 Buy It Now 2h 35m
Keith Secola - Circle (25th Anniversary) (NEW CD) USD $14.32 Buy It Now 2h 35m
The Doors Full Circle Gatefold Album Ex / Mint USD $10.19 [0 bids]
USD $19.11 Buy It Now
2h 38m
The Wizard, Wizard - Magic Circle [New CD] USD $14.92 Buy It Now 2h 47m
REAL HISTORY OF INNER CIRCLE 1978 CHANNEL ONE SESSION JAPAN CD A6411 USD $6.29 Buy It Now 2h 47m
MONTANA TAYLOR IN THE BOTTOM & INDIANA AVENUE STOMP CIRCLE J1008 USD $6.36 Buy It Now 2h 51m
Bon Jovi - The Circle (Deluxe) - Bon Jovi CD 94VG The Fast Free Shipping USD $23.48 Buy It Now 2h 51m
Eydie Gormé and Steve Lawrence - The Golden Circle USD $2.00 Buy It Now 2h 53m
Creed - Full Circle [CD] USD $9.81 Buy It Now 2h 54m
One Little Owl - Sally's Music Circle 190394776930 (CD Used Very Good) USD $13.18 Buy It Now 2h 56m
RED BOX The Circle & The Square CD Japan 12 tracks Sire WPCR-2314 USD $9.99 [0 bids]
2h 56m
BRIGHT CIRCLE: SCHUBERT, BRAHMS, DEL TREDICI USED - VERY GOOD CD USD $14.01 Buy It Now 2h 59m
CIRCLE OF DUST - METAMORPHOSIS [BLISTER] USED - VERY GOOD CD USD $12.34 Buy It Now 2h 59m
Neal Morse - Inner circle DVD ? QUESTION Mark Tour sept-2006 USD $9.00 [0 bids]
3h 9m
Sally's Music Circle - One Little Owl [New CD] USD $15.18 Buy It Now 3h 10m
?FS?THE STAPLE SINGERS?UNCLOUDY DAY/WILL THE CIRCLE BE UNB?JAPAN CD EX?PCD-1404 USD $40.00 Buy It Now 3h 11m
Songs From The Hearth - Unbroken Circle (CD Used Very Good) USD $15.47 Buy It Now 3h 13m
INNER CIRCLE - EVERYTHING IS GREAT - 7" SINGLE USD $1.26 Buy It Now 3h 27m
CIRCLE OF DUST - METAMORPHOSIS [BLISTER] NEW CD USD $14.85 Buy It Now 3h 27m
BRIGHT CIRCLE: SCHUBERT, BRAHMS, DEL TREDICI NEW CD USD $14.48 Buy It Now 3h 27m
CIRCLE OF DUST - DISENGAGE [BLISTER] NEW CD USD $17.99 Buy It Now 3h 27m
Stevie Wonder In Square Circle 1985 6134TL 1st Gardner Grundman Press +Booklet USD $5.99 Buy It Now 3h 29m
Bon Jovi : The Circle (CD + DVD) 602527245591 EU CD A2643 USD $6.98 Buy It Now 3h 31m
Bon Jovi : The Circle CD USD $5.71 Buy It Now 3h 35m
SAX 5252 OTTO KLEMPERER STEREO SEMI CIRCLE uk 1st USD $12.74 [0 bids]
3h 39m
Black Flag - Damaged PINK VINYL sst Circle Jerks Misfits Kbd Punk Colored USD $70.00 Buy It Now 3h 41m
Bruno, Ze : Big Circle CD USD $4.28 Buy It Now 3h 46m
Inner Circle: Everything Is Great UK 12" EX SIGNED BY ROFER LEWIS USD $6.36 Buy It Now 3h 47m
DAVID ROSE & ORCHESTRA the stripper*the runway 1973 US MGM GOLDEN CIRCLE 45 USD $11.45 Buy It Now 3h 51m

More places to buy CIRCLE music online Buy CIRCLE & Prog Rock Digital Music online:

CIRCLE discography


Ordered by release date | Showing ratings (top albums) | Help Progarchives.com to complete the discography and add albums

CIRCLE top albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.44 | 5 ratings
Foreign Skies
1986
1.95 | 2 ratings
Twist of Events
1990

CIRCLE Live Albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

CIRCLE Videos (DVD, Blu-ray, VHS etc)

CIRCLE Boxset & Compilations (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

CIRCLE Official Singles, EPs, Fan Club & Promo (CD, EP/LP, MC, Digital Media Download)

CIRCLE Reviews


Showing last 10 reviews only
 Twist of Events by CIRCLE album cover Studio Album, 1990
1.95 | 2 ratings

BUY
Twist of Events
Circle Symphonic Prog

Review by bhikkhu
Special Collaborator Symphonic Prog Team

2 stars The battle for musical direction continues on "Twist of Events," and leads to the band's demise. Is it pop, or is it prog? Where prog was the dominant force on "Foreign Skies," pop seems to be winning on this one. There is no overall theme, and there is no epic.

There are moments where there seems to be some stylistic growth. There is a bit of darkness, and even some alternative influence. But the quest for a hit single seems to be taking precedence. Those moments are barely listenable to me. "Don't Fear the Changes" could have been on the soundtrack for a really bad '80s comedy ("Mannequin" anyone?).

It's not all bad. There are some quality songs here. The problem is that none of it is overwhelmingly good. It's average at best for prog, and just plain cheesy for 80's pop. It is too bad Volker couldn't have found a collaborator better suited for what he had in mind. We might have had something very special for a follow up album. As it is, this is just an extrapolation of the problems with first album. It may have some value as a collectible, but not much more than that.

H.T. Riekels

 Foreign Skies by CIRCLE album cover Studio Album, 1986
3.44 | 5 ratings

BUY
Foreign Skies
Circle Symphonic Prog

Review by bhikkhu
Special Collaborator Symphonic Prog Team

3 stars CIRCLE is a difficult band to evaluate. In the first place, their albums were pressed in limited numbers, and were never released on CD. Once the music itself is found, then comes the task of deciphering what is going on here. If I hadn't had the chance to converse with Volker Stern, there would have been much more guessing involved. What he told me is plainly borne out on "Foreign Skies." This is a band being pulled in two directions. It is a tug of war between '80s pop, and prog.

The poppier moments aren't really bad, but they are very much of the time. The same is true of the instrumentation, and production elements. There is no doubt that this album came from the mid '80s. The problem is that this can get on my nerves a bit. This is very evident is the opening track, "Why Don't We Fear." If I had just casually found this album, I may have dismissed it right away. Luckily, it is saved when the proggier passages ensue.

The vocals are reminiscent of Supertramp, as are some of the instrumental stylings. It is also very much in line with a lot of the Neo-Prog sounds of the period. There are moments when you might think Mark Kelly was doing a guest appearance. When in full prog mode, it can be very lush and passionate. "More Than a Nightmare" is a very good example of this. There are many moments like this, right alongside some obvious attempts at commercial viability. It's an odd thing to hear, but the quality moments are worth it.

As much as I do enjoy the prog highs here, it is not especially unique. There is nothing that is really going to knock your socks off. It's a rarity, and worth getting if you happen to run across it (and have the capacity to play vinyl). I just wouldn't recommend investing a lot of time and money in tracking it down.

H.T. Riekels

 Foreign Skies by CIRCLE album cover Studio Album, 1986
3.44 | 5 ratings

BUY
Foreign Skies
Circle Symphonic Prog

Review by erik neuteboom
Prog Reviewer

4 stars Many years ago I bought this album during my annual 'progrock pilgrimages' to Cologne (Germany) in the known record-store Saturn, one of the largest in Europe. I did this mainly because of the back cover picture featuring two keyboard players, in my opinion this would guarantee great symphonic rock. Well, it did! 1 - Why don't we fear 4.04

This piece starts with pleasant vocals and sparkling piano runs, followed by bombastic eruptions featuring a lush, modern (duo) keyboard sound and powerful electric guitar. The final part contains good duo-electric guitar, culminating in a great build-up guitar solo, very moving and slowly fading away. 2 - Harlequin 3.34

The rhythm is up-tempo delivering a tight and strong rhythm-section, a mellow part with twanging guitars (mid-Genesis echoes) and a percussive keyboard solo. 3 - More than a nightmare 5.47

First a slow rhythm with emotional vocals and warm piano work, then an accellaration with a mid-tempo, inspired vocals, propulsive guitar riffs and a tight rhythm-section. The harmony between the instruments is wonderful and it sounds very pleasant and melodic, featuring some wonderful keyboard eruptions including a short solo and orchestral layers. 4 - Lady 3.37

This one has a mellow climate with delicate piano and fine interplay between sensitive electric guitar and piano and also quick synthesizer flights, the duo-keyboardplay gives the music a very lush sound. 5 - Sweet childhood 6.06

One of the highlights delivering a moving atmosphere with melancholical vocals and wonderful duo-keyboard play. 6 - Nightracer 2.23

This song starts with sensational synthesizer flights, a propulsive up-tempo beat and an applauding crowd, creating a live atmoshpere. Then lots of fluent shifting moods and again sensational synthesizer flights. 7 - Circle's edge 7.10

My favorite track because of the compelling climate featuring great interplay and tension between the lush keyboard sound and the fiery and sensitive electric guitars, culminating in a bombastic eruption with Minimoog-like runs and a choir-Mellotron sound. Halfway we hear pleasant vocals and sparkling piano arpeggio's, very warm. Again Minimoog-like flights and great interplay between the instruments, this is Circle at its symphonic peak! 8 - It's not easy 4.43

A wonderful ballad featuring sensitive, very romantic vocals and fine piano along a warm bass sound. The second part delivers a powerful saxophone solo. 9 - I believe 5.06

After an intro with delicate piano and then bombastic choir-Mellotron, an up-tempo rhythm follows with obvious religious lyrics, the climates shifts from mellow to bombastic with Minimoog-like runs and choir-Mellotron waves. 10 - Beneath a foreign sky 5.07

This track delivers wonderful changing climates, from mellow with twanging guitars and warm vocals to bombastic eruptions with delicate guitar and keyboards and in the end a sensitive electric guitar solo 11 - Final step 2.54

A dynamic final song that delivers a mid-tempo rhythm with lush duo-keyboards including flashy synthesizer flights

I won't say this is a memorable or original album but it sounds so warm and tasteful, this is very pleasant, modern sounding progrock. The warm vocals, inventive duo keyboards and - guitars give this album an extra dimension. If you try Google, you will find it for a decent price with some luck! By the way, thanks to Andrea and Peter for their nice words!



Thanks to erik neuteboom for the artist addition. and to bhikkhu for the last updates

Copyright Prog Archives, All rights reserved. | Legal Notice | Privacy Policy | Advertise | RSS + syndications

Other sites in the MAC network: JazzMusicArchives.com — jazz music reviews and archives | MetalMusicArchives.com — metal music reviews and archives