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WANIYETULA

Symphonic Prog • 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 Dirks), 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 (see that band's listing also in the Archives).

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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3.05 | 14 ratings
A Dream Within A Dream
1983

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3.26 | 8 ratings
Iron City
2006

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 Iron City by WANIYETULA album cover Boxset/Compilation, 2006
3.26 | 8 ratings

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Iron City
Waniyetula Symphonic Prog

Review by apps79
Special Collaborator Neo Prog Team

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.

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 A Dream Within A Dream  by WANIYETULA album cover Studio Album, 1983
3.05 | 14 ratings

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A Dream Within A Dream
Waniyetula Symphonic Prog

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 !!!

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A Dream Within A Dream
Waniyetula Symphonic Prog

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 styles and the use of an echo chamber atmosphere in the vocals. Sure there are updates resulting in a more polished 80s 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, clangy 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.

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A Dream Within A Dream
Waniyetula Symphonic Prog

Review by erik neuteboom
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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.



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