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WANIYETULA

Psychedelic/Space Rock • Germany


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WANIYETULA were a band that existed for nearly a decade and a half, but one whose career was marred by bad timing and bad marketing.

The band formed in 1969, but would not release an album ("A Dream Within a Dream") under their own name until shortly before their demise in 1983. The band did record a full-length studio album in 1975 (with the help of SCORPIONS producer Dieter Dierks), but when it was finally released in the U.S. in 1978, progressive music was already in decline and their label issued the album ("Nature's Clear Well") under the band name GALAXY.

WANIYETULA followed up "Nature's Clear Well" with another trip to the studio to compile a thematic project based on the literary works of Edgar Allen Poe. Once again, the band fell victim to poor timing as the ALAN PARSONS PROJECT released "Mysteries & Imagination." to great acclaim first, and the project would flounder for several years before being realized as the watered-down work "A Dream Within a Dream". Garden of Delights Records would reissue the album in the nineties, and included three tracks from a discontinued and rare live compilation ("Concert '71"), which included the band's cover version of the DOORS standard "Light My Fire".

The band's sound has been compared to other eighties commercially-progressive bands such as SAGA and UK, but their compositions have a decidedly late seventies feel to them, particularly in the dissonant vocals and understated digital keyboards.

WANIYETULA deserve a place in the progressive archives for their unusual history, as well as their obscure but worth-collecting discography.

Bob Moore (ClemofNazareth)

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3.65 | 26 ratings
Nature's Clear Well
1978
3.08 | 18 ratings
A Dream Within A Dream
1983

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3.24 | 10 ratings
Iron City
2006

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 Nature's Clear Well by WANIYETULA album cover Studio Album, 1978
3.65 | 26 ratings

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Nature's Clear Well
Waniyetula Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by kenethlevine
Special Collaborator Prog-Folk Team

2 stars The only thing at all controversial or revolutionary about "Nature's Clear Well" is its backstory. Already somewhat hippy- dippy even for 1975, its release was delayed to 1978, and, in a monumental display of record company hubris, they unilaterally changed the name from Waniyetula to GALAXY, Having said all that, while we still can't quite hone in on the band's precise geographic origins - it's either Germany, Switzerland, or some agglomeration of the two - naming themselves after the Lakota word for winter was almost as brazen as the name change stunt. At least the music and lyrics are congruent with the GALAXY moniker. Yes it is a trite, generic band name, but that too is consistent with the contents of "Nature's Clear Well".

This is generally accessible prog with decent and frequent vocals, acoustic and electric guitars, and plenty of vintage keyboards. I'm reminded of the usual suspects, but also of GRACIOUS, NEKTAR, GROBSCHNITT, and even a few American bands of that time that I can't quite discern. While I'm obviously not a big fan, this is well played with a fair share of pleasant passages, but which are rarely dynamic or lasting in their impact. Similarly, the lyrics are not particularly strong but also not embarrassing. By far my favorite track is "Dreams out in the Rain", with everything you might want in a 6 minute prog song, from a fine melody to exquisite vocal harmonies and keyboards including mellotron flute.

In the universe of 1970s prog rock, "Nature's Clear Well" is obscure for reasons that have nothing to do with its contents, but even if it were better known to more of us, I doubt it would merit more than a tiny-fonted footnote. The band went on to release a slightly better album in the early 1980s under their original name. 2.5 stars rounded down.

 Nature's Clear Well by WANIYETULA album cover Studio Album, 1978
3.65 | 26 ratings

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Nature's Clear Well
Waniyetula Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Warthur
Prog Reviewer

3 stars With Dieter Dierks in the producer's chair, you might be fooled into thinking that Galaxy - who were actually calling themselves Waniyetula when they recorded this in 1975 - might be the sort of Krautrock outfit Dierks is known for working for in his prog-based work. In fact, they play a style of psychedelic-leaning symphonic prog - light, accessible stuff which kind of points the way towards the neo-prog sounds of the early 1980s. It's rather pretty stuff, but I can sort of tell why it was canned until 1978 (when an American record company bought the rights to the album and put it out under the Galaxy name) since in the prog glut of the mid-1970s there were plenty of superior releases. A charming album, but not so incredible that I'd call it a lost classic.
 Iron City by WANIYETULA album cover Boxset/Compilation, 2006
3.24 | 10 ratings

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Iron City
Waniyetula Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by apps79
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

3 stars While Waniyetula still remain a well-hidden secret of the 70's German Kraut-Rock scene with only one official album during their existence, their history is definitely long and worth-mentioning.They came from Frankfurt-am-Main and evolved from the Beat group The Empty C in 1969 originally as a trio of Heinz Kühne (guitar, vocals), Hermann Beckert (bass) and Thomas Goerdten (drums).As with Fashion Pink/Brainstorm their full story of the early years were well documented by Garden of Delights in 2006 in a CD release entitled ''Iron City''.

In 1971 the trio had a good live activity and the track ''Lindis Farne'', which opens the album, is a good proof of their very early sound.This is typical but quite cliche instrumental Hard/Psych/Kraut Rock with jamming and improvisation elements, based on Kühne's long and repetitive guitar sections and a psychedelic rhythm section with little imagination.

By 1974 the band featured two more members, singer/acoustic guitarist Richard Kersten and keyboardist Norbert Abels.The addition of Kersten, which became also the band's main composer, resulted to a change of name, now Wanyietula were Galaxy, and musical direction.This period is represented with four long tracks, between 10 and 13 minutes, where keyboards and melody play also a significant role in Wanyietula's sound.Their style now was somewhere between ELOY, NEKTAR and MESSAGE, sounding more like an English than a German band.Nice psychedelic guitars are blended with expressive vocals and interesting moog solos to result an approach with elements from both Psychedelic Rock and 70's Classic Prog styles.Instrumental parts are still a great part of the band's music with a bit loose arrangements.

As Galaxy they released only one album (shortly after which Kersten left the band) and then the crew switched the name back to the original Wanyietula.However the band never returned to the early Wanyietula style, on the opposite we are talking about 1978 here and the second Wanyietula formation had fully transmitted into a late-70's Symphonic Rock band.Two tracks from this period are great examples of this fact.Very close to the likes of ANYONE'S DAUGHER or AMENOPHIS, Wanyietula's music was now very refined with emotional arrangements full of interesting guitar melodies and synth explorations, while the band used the multi-vocal harmonies and distorted vocal lines more and more.The presence of the some piano inteludes is also another new enrty, yet the sound remained fairly progressive and quite adventurous.

This album holds both significant historical and musical interest.A rather unknown band is fully presented here from their very early stage and sound to its transformation into a Melodic Prog act, most of the tracks are satisfying and there is also a very nice booklet with the history of the band along with rare photos of the members, making ''Iron city'' at least a recommended purchase, especially for fans of non-standard German Kraut/Prog with a flexible sound.

 A Dream Within A Dream  by WANIYETULA album cover Studio Album, 1983
3.08 | 18 ratings

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A Dream Within A Dream
Waniyetula Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by maryes

3 stars Good work ... , in this album "A Dream Within a Dream" the German prog band WANIYETULA try to create a prog-rock more close to comercial song and the results isn't bad. In spite the disk shows a really pop rhythms like in the track 3 "Feathery Bird" whose shows a rhythmic section as soon as the track starts which remember new-wave or even post-punk bands, also presents excellent symphonic prog moments as for instance in the track 2 "Alone" in the guitar solo and a keyboard arrangements in space prog "vein" ( a clearly reminiscence from their countrymans of ELOY or NOVALIS) another detachable symphonic and space prog fusion moment are in the track 4 "Valley of Unrest" where the initial atmosphere are space-prog when suddenly the music turn into a symphonic theme. I wish to make mention to the excellent quallity of all musicians, which results (aside some pop "slips") in a pleasant disk My rate is 3 stars !!!
 Nature's Clear Well by WANIYETULA album cover Studio Album, 1978
3.65 | 26 ratings

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Nature's Clear Well
Waniyetula Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by b_olariu
Prog Reviewer

4 stars Galaxy (Waniyetula) is german band who plays symphonic prog in mood of Genesis, Yes and in places from their country fellows Grobschnitt. Waniyetula (Galaxy) recorded this album album in 1975 and was only relesed in 1978 but with diffrent name - Galaxy -the american label who bought the rights of the album from the german one change their name in Galaxy, matter of marketing and because the name was better and more catchy than Waniyetula who sounded pretentions an unintristing. In fact is the same band but with diffrent name. My Cd version is re relesed on Spalanx in 1998. About the music, is very ok with great time signatures, excellent shifts between guitar and keys, remind me of Genesis (Trick of the tail era), great musichianship all through the album. The voice is good, not exceptional but fits very well in this kind of music. One of those forgotten little treasures from late '70's and for sure needs a better view. The music is well played delivering a great symphonic prog with some beautiful key passages made by Norbert Abels. So all in all a great album, the best pieces are: the title track Nature's clear well, over 10 min of pure symphonic moments of the highest calibre, great key arrangements, You've really got it fixed and Dreams out in the rain, the rest are aswell strong. This album desearves from my side 4 stars without hesitation, one of the minor albums from late '70's that gone unnoticed by many.

 A Dream Within A Dream  by WANIYETULA album cover Studio Album, 1983
3.08 | 18 ratings

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A Dream Within A Dream
Waniyetula Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by kenethlevine
Special Collaborator Prog-Folk Team

3 stars Yet another one-off courtesy of the Garden of Delights label, A Dream within a Dream sounds rather more like the work of seasoned and synergistic musicians. And with reason, for they had actually been together for years and produced an album under another name, but this is the one to get. Sort of a companion piece to APP's "Tales of Mystery and Imagination", "A Dream within a Dream" sounds curiously similar to Parsons at times, perhaps in the vocal style and treatment. Sure there are updates resulting in a more polished 1980s sound, but it does not detract in the least, and the songs develop enough to feature some appealing progression, particularly in "valley of Unrest", while "Dreamland" is a fine number whose origin I question. I cannot find songwriting credits but the chorus sounds like something I have heard before. Other highlights are "Alone" which begins sleepily and develops into a Gothic tune with plenty of organ, synthesizers, jangly guitars and vocal harmonies, "Feathery Bird" and "If I could tell you". I am reminded of Eloy at times, but the voice is less accented. This is a disc that traps a spacey atmosphere and draws you into it as in a dream. Recommended to fans of German symphonic rock.
 Nature's Clear Well by WANIYETULA album cover Studio Album, 1978
3.65 | 26 ratings

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Nature's Clear Well
Waniyetula Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by ClemofNazareth
Special Collaborator Prog Folk Researcher

4 stars A few housekeeping items are in order here. First, the name of this band is not Galaxy, it is Waniyetula. Like so many coke-addled record executives in the latter seventies, the ones at Venus Records got the brilliant idea that they needed to practice deception to capture music fan’s interest (as opposed to simply supporting the musicians on their labels and leaving the whole ‘interest’ thing up to the fans). Secondly, this is not a Swiss band – they’re German. Not being from that part of the world, I am understandably surprised at how often that mistake gets made with German musicians that don’t sound like either Magma or the Scorpions. Weird. Finally, the album cover that is usually shown for this record is not the only one it was released with. The better one features a spaced-out sketch of a statue that appears to be on another planet, and looks like one of those monolith statues on Easter Island. Very cool.

So despite all the confusion, and the relative obscurity of the band, this is an excellent record. The lyrics are introspective, and are apparently supposed to represent an other-worldly view of earth through the eyes of visitors from afar. Kind of similar to the perspective of Klaatu’s ‘Hope’ album, or the Kansas tune “Nobody’s Home”. You know, the world is full of a bunch of self-destructive humans who would do well to look to the skies for inspiration and a better way of living. Pretty cheesy and idealistic, especially for 1978, although if I’m not mistaken this was actually recorded in 1976 but not released until ’78.

But anyway, the music is quite good, melodic with lots of funky guitars, mellow keyboards, and harmonic vocals. And speaking of the vocals, these guys don’t sound German at all. In fact, lead singer Richard Kersten starts off the album sounding an awful lot like Parallel or 90 Degrees & the Tangent vocalist Andy Tillison, and ends up coming off as a slightly jazzy Rupert Holmes (remember ‘The Piña Colada Song’?). And the rest of the band does a pretty fair job of parroting the rest of the Tangent on most of the backing vocals as well. Well, parroting isn’t quite the right word since this album predates any Tangent album by more than a decade. But you get the point.

The keyboards are quite good for the time period, and are a perfect example of the neo symphonic resurgence that peaked a couple years before this was released. The album had virtually no promotion that I can remember, and ended up almost immediately in the cutout bins when it was imported to America. It has since been released on CD, but still isn’t exactly well-known.

The title track is the best on the album, and like I said it sounds very much like a good Tangent album – mellow vocals, intricate and vibrant keyboards and piano, jazzy guitars (including a lot of acoustic guitar), and a varied tempo that makes the track seem even longer and more epic-like than its eleven minutes.

The rest of the album is in much the same vein, with the exceptions of “Dreams out in The Rain” which has an Alan Parsons Project feel to it; “I've Come from a World” which sounds like it was recorded apart from the rest of the album and has a latter-seventies borderline arena-rock anthem groove; and the closing “Wish I Were Happy”, which was clearly written to be performed at the end of a live concert (acoustic guitar strumming, string synths, and a jam session ending.

This is a very good album, as I said at the beginning. It was poorly promoted, badly positioned by the band’s label, and just generally not given a chance to be successful. The band would end up putting out an album under their real name several years later, and a couple decades after they broke up Garden of Delights (God bless those guys!) put out a compilation of early recordings, including “You Really Got it Fixed” and “Wish I Were Happy” from this album. Neither of those recordings has the feel of understated grace that this one has though, so if you have to choose, get this one. Four stars.

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 A Dream Within A Dream  by WANIYETULA album cover Studio Album, 1983
3.08 | 18 ratings

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A Dream Within A Dream
Waniyetula Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by erik neuteboom
Prog Reviewer

3 stars The name of this German band is derived from the USA native Indian word for 'winter. Waniyetula is rooted in 1969 but it lasted until 1982 to release an album under their own name entitled A Dream Within A Dream. This album sounds varied and pleasant featuring some wonderful pure symphonic prog moments with hints from the Classic Seventies Prog like Yes and Genesis but not derivative, Waniyetula was a group that hosted creative composers. The atmosphere in the 7 songs alternates from dreamy and moving to up- tempo and bombastic with some beautiful soli on guitar and keyboards. The 3 bonustracks are on the level of 'fillers' (poor sound quality) but the original album delivers some very interesting prog, this is one of the better releases of the Garden Of Delights label.



 Nature's Clear Well by WANIYETULA album cover Studio Album, 1978
3.65 | 26 ratings

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Nature's Clear Well
Waniyetula Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Diablocool

5 stars I must Say this is I think the best record ever done after pink Floyds THE WALL!!! By the way this band is not swiss! this band is multinational but founded in Frankfurt am Main in Germany! This swiss label ripped them off! they never ever got a penny for this album! they never knew it was sold outside the country!!!! shame on Brezze Music GMBH!!! but this mr. Dierks is Bankrup anyway!! Just keep that in mind next time someone thinks "OH! these bands they always get SO much money!!"!!! Great Drummer by the way!!! Victor You Rock!!!!
 Nature's Clear Well by WANIYETULA album cover Studio Album, 1978
3.65 | 26 ratings

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Nature's Clear Well
Waniyetula Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by antonio

5 stars pretty masterpice of this uknown swiss band in the dragonfly ,jane ,flame dream and nautilus vein.it produced by the famous dieter dierks who all he touched transformed in gold (nektar,atlantis and even scorpions)the title track is one of the best krautrock suites of all the times,some themes are very acoustics but always with a great progressive feel.it injures who his career finished here.
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