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Another symphonic German band in the vein of Eloy, Anyone's Daughter were formed in the seventies and disbanded with the release of 1986's Last Track album. The band reformed in 2000 to release two additional studios and one live album.

While the band originally recorded mostly English lyrics, they returned to their native German the last several years of their original existence. Their debut album Adonis is distinguished by the sidelong track of the same name, a four-part epic featuring heavy use of keyboards (primarily Moog), and periodic violent crescendos combined with languid guitar lulls. The band's subsequent albums were increasingly filled with shorter, often experimental works and occasional spoken-word passages. While the early music can be favorably compared to Genesis, their later work is more in the style of German contemporaries like Grobschnitt and Amenophis.

The band's musical peak is arguably their third release Piktors Verwandlungen, a ranging experimental concept album based loosely on Herman Hesse's novel "Pictor's Metamorphosis", a brooding lament of lost innocence and spiritual exploration. This was also the band's first recording in their native German tongue.

The band toured heavily in the early eighties before civil service commitments and outside interests caused their eventual fracture in 1986. With their reformation in 2000, the band has returned to English vocals, and have adopted a sound that ranges from electronica to jazz/fusion, but is primarily hard rocking with ranges of intensity.

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4.06 | 135 ratings
Adonis
1979
3.84 | 74 ratings
Anyone's Daughter
1980
3.21 | 63 ratings
Piktors Verwandlungen
1981
4.03 | 69 ratings
In Blau
1982
3.46 | 34 ratings
Neue Sterne
1983
2.97 | 12 ratings
Last Tracks
1986
2.52 | 14 ratings
Danger World
2001
2.66 | 24 ratings
Wrong
2004

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4.39 | 16 ratings
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1984
3.57 | 15 ratings
Requested Document Live 1980 - 1983
2001
3.39 | 12 ratings
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2003

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 Adonis by ANYONE'S DAUGHTER album cover Studio Album, 1979
4.06 | 135 ratings

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Adonis
Anyone's Daughter Symphonic Prog

Review by ProgShine
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4 stars Usually I focus my reviews on new albums. That has been my goal. But after receiving so many requests of doing reviews for re-editions I've decided to give them a try and this gives me the chance to review some classic albums or some old material that's worth mentioning.

Today I'm beginning this new section on the website with the German band Anyone's Daughter and their first album Adonis (1979).

Anyone's Daughter is a German band that was founded in 1972 in Stuttgart by Uwe Karpa (guitars) and Matthias Ulmer (keyboards and vocals) while they were still high school students. Their line-up (in their classic period) was then increased with Kono Konopik (drums) and Harald Bareth (vocals and bass).

Adonis (1979) was the first album by Anyone's Daughter and at that time the album came as a blow of fresh air to the Prog world in general. By at that time the genre was in trouble and most of the successful bands were changing their sound drastically searching for commercial success. And then here comes Anyone's Daughter and the bold album that is Adonis (1979)!

The sound of this German band can't really be compared with their English peers as it usually happens. Though certainly the band was influenced by the English famous bands their sound was much more like its country brothers Eloy (although they deny the fact).

Adonis (1979) opens with the suite of same name and its 4 parts in 24 minutes. The suite starts with a peaceful kind of Prog coming out of the speakers with beautiful melodies. Bass player Harald Bareth delivers some soulful playing and very competent vocals while the keyboard player Matthias Ulmer very often double his vocals forming then a perfect union. Also, in 'Adonis Part III: Adonis' he's the responsible for great synthesizers. Something else to pay attention to are Uwe Karpa's guitars. He doesn't show off all the time but instead he works greatly for the music, meanwhile Kono Konopik delivers tight and competent drums. All in all 'Adonis' is the main piece of the album and it should be clear to everyone with this suite the high quality of the group then, especially because this was their debut album.

The second side of the album starts with the slow instrumental piece 'Blue House'. The track was named after the house they lived and rehearsed for this album in the previous 2 years of the release. The next song is 'Sally'. This track, despite its weird tempo, is more of an upbeat song and a bit more simple in comparison with 'Adonis' suite, for example. Closing the original album we have the track that gives the band a name. 'Anyone's Daughter' (that was also influenced by the Deep Purple's song with the same name) is a building up kind of song. It begins slow and it goes on a crescendo, building its climax till the vocals start around the middle.

The original LP was released in 1979 by the labels Brain/Metronome. The version I'm reviewing was released in 2010 by the German label Tempus Fugit and has 3 bonus tracks. The first two are songs never recorded in studio. 'The Taker' and 'The Warship' were recorded live in 1977 on Scorndorf, Germany. The first has a great organ riff with galloping bass and dancing guitars. The second is more of a 'funk' piece full of twists and riffs, though it goes smooth with the verses.

I usually don't like bonus tracks as very often they don't add anything and are also recordings of a completely different period than this the album was recorded in. Not here, both tracks are great treasures for fans and they fit the studio material.

The third track is in fact a video of 'Adonis Part I: Come Away' that was recorded in 1978 in the studio Zuckerfabrick (Sugar Factory) during the recordings of the album. The remastered version of Adonis (1979) also has a very nice text on the booklet by Stefan Oswald (both in German and English) as well as lyrics and pictures of the band.

Adonis (1979) is a great album that brought the late 70's Prog back on tracks and this new edition is a must have for the band's fans and Prog lovers!

Very recommended!

(Originally posted on progshine.net)

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 Piktors Verwandlungen by ANYONE'S DAUGHTER album cover Studio Album, 1981
3.21 | 63 ratings

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Piktors Verwandlungen
Anyone's Daughter Symphonic Prog

Review by apps79
Special Collaborator Neo Prog Team

3 stars Here comes the most interesing part in Anyone's Daughter's history.Since the mid-70's the band developed and performed live a long piece based on Hermann Hesse's short novel ''Piktors Metamorphosis''.Always followed by a great praise by the audience, the band decided to record its final form and release it, but the management of Spiegelei refused to do so, believing that financing such a huge epic track in the 80's would be a total waste of time and economic failure.As a result the band decided to self-finance this work and, even better, they decided to perform it live, so the recations of the audience could be taped.The best place for such a recording to take place was considered the Konzerhaus in the town of Heidenheim, according to Anyone's Daughter its acoustics were simply fantastic.The recording took place eventually on January 18th 1981 and the album was released the same year.

As aforementioned, this was a single concept track, divided in 13 short pieces, where the story is narrated and followed by constant instrumental workouts.From all Anyone's Daughter influences the CAMEL reference is over the top in this album, resembling to works such as ''Moonmadness'' and ''Snowgoose''.The narrations are very nice, linked with the concept and close to the style met in NEUSCHWANSTEIN's ''Alice im Wunderland'', while the instrumental textures are closer than ever to compatriots ROUSSEAU.The music ranges from nice to simply great with mature guitar work by Uwe Karpa and featuring the beautiful and dreamy keyboard parts of Matthias Ulmer.Always in a melodic text, the album shows a slight turn by Anyone's Daughter towards their more traditional symphonic tendencies, highlighted by the spacey synthesizers, the romantic piano lines and the ANDY LATIMER-like impressive guitar work, although a certain Teutonic vibe is evident in the most dramatic parts of the album.Present are also some great Fusion vibes and jazzy touches in both the keyboard and guitar lines, but the band always hides them behind its very grandiose Symphonic Rock.

The track presented here is the final form of ''Piktors verwandlungen'', it is already noted that this piece was a work in progress since Anyone's Daughter early years.An early form of it, clocking at 25 minutes and captured in Harald Bareth's basement in 1977, is presented in the CD reissue of the album by SPV with a sound extremely close to the style of ''Adonis''.Worth investigating.

Definitely one of the longest and finest epic Prog tracks of the 80's.Lacking originality, but this is passionate and mature music, which can be listened with comfort even after so many years.Strongly recommended...3.5 stars.

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 Anyone's Daughter by ANYONE'S DAUGHTER album cover Studio Album, 1980
3.84 | 74 ratings

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Anyone's Daughter
Anyone's Daughter Symphonic Prog

Review by Matti
Collaborator Neo-Prog Team

3 stars On the long run it may be a stretch to label this German band symphonic prog. Neo-Prog - or even Crossover-Prog - wouldn't be very unsuitable either, at least for this (2nd) album, which is not quite as symphonic as the debut Adonis (1979) that had a good side-long epic. The overall approach is slightly commercial and very accessible, the melodic songs are mostly in 4-5 minutes length with a strong dose of pop sensibility. But despite all the contemporary lightness this music clearly descends from the classic (symphonic) prog as many German bands did at the late seventies. The vocals remind me of ELOY's Frank Bornemann, or Wildschwein of GROBSCHNITT. The clean sound puts the emphasis on the melodicism of keyboards and electric guitar. One could think of Barclay James Harvest of the time, which was very popular in Germany.

A couple of songs deal with meeting a girl and falling in love, in a rather banal level, and the catchiest song 'Moria' draws inspiration from J. R. R. Tolkien - as dozens of prog bands have done before and after. I'm glad there's also an instrumental (albeit very short one) and one longer composition (of unquestionable symphonic nature) to widen up the scale. There's not a single weak or unpleasant track on this album, but perhaps it's not exactly Anyone's Daughter at their very best. After this one they changed into German language. With a new drummer they brought a new spark into their sound on the excellent In Blau (1982).

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 Danger World by ANYONE'S DAUGHTER album cover Studio Album, 2001
2.52 | 14 ratings

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Danger World
Anyone's Daughter Symphonic Prog

Review by kev rowland
Special Collaborator Crossover Team

3 stars At one time Anyone's Daughter were one of the most important prog bands in Germany and although I knew that they had broken up in 1984 I wasn't aware that a version of the band had reformed in 2000. They certainly sound different to how I remember them, which is probably due in large part to Harald Bareth not being involved. They are no longer a prog band, but have moved much more into song-based rock. The vocals are extremely powerful, as are the tunes.

I could imagine John Wetton or Glenn Hughes being very much at home with this album. Some songs have sparse backing, relying on the clear melodic vocals of André Carswell, while others are much more complex and belting. The more I played the album the more I fell in love with it, and the longer it took to get it out of my car. It may be that the band are using the original name to get more publicity but with an album this strong then all I can say is the best of luck to them as an album this good deserves to be heard, through fair means or foul. If you want a great rock album that will certainly never get the kudos it deserves then contact the label at www.tempusfugit.de.

Originally appeared in Feedback #66, Feb 02

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 Requested Document Live 1980 - 1983 by ANYONE'S DAUGHTER album cover Live, 2001
3.57 | 15 ratings

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Requested Document Live 1980 - 1983
Anyone's Daughter Symphonic Prog

Review by kev rowland
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3 stars This double CD contains live recordings of Anyone's Daughter from 1980 to 1983. They were surely the most well-known German progressive band of the time and this CD shows well why they managed so much success. In Harald Bareth they had a fine singer/bassist in the style of Greg Lake while Matthias Ulmer (keys), Uwe Karpa (guitar) and first Kono Konopik and then Peter Schmidt (drums) were no slouches either.

While they sometimes came across as ELP, they were in the main not nearly as dynamic and forceful, much softer in approach although they too can produce some very complex pieces. The four tracks that form the title cut of their debut album, 'Adonis', is here at over 25 minutes, while their self-titled number also manages over eleven. But they prove that they are no mean slouches with shorted numbers either as "Moria" is a great song yet is under five minutes long.

They played over 500 gigs, and sold over 120,000 albums, something that many of the UK's prog bands would love to emulate. They are often ignored, but if you enjoy prog that is complex yet easy to listen to then this is a good place to start.

Originally appeared in Feedback #64, Oct 01

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 Anyone's Daughter by ANYONE'S DAUGHTER album cover Studio Album, 1980
3.84 | 74 ratings

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Anyone's Daughter Symphonic Prog

Review by apps79
Special Collaborator Neo Prog Team

3 stars For their second album Anyone's Daughter left the legendary Brain label and were signed by Spiegelei, another specialized Kraut-Rock label, part of the Intercord Ton GmbH record company.The album, released in 1980, carried only the name of the band as a title and was the last one written in English from the band's early progressive years.

In ''Anyone's Daughter'' the German quartet left out the long, epic compositions for more comfortable and conventional songwriting always with a deep progressive content.Gone are also any kind of ELOY influences and the band recalls heavily the 75-80's GENESIS period, having a strong Proto-Neo Prog approach, while the symphonic tendencies remain present.But, while the songs are more easy-listening, the unique talent of the band forced them to write down some pretty nice light Symphonic Prog.The use of synthesizers is more apparent, the bass grooves become one of Anyone's Daughter's trademarks and some tracks have even some straightforward rockin' tunes.Still the tracks maintain a strong symphonic approach, the guitar leads and solos of Uwe Karpa are more than satysfying and, when needed, the music obtains a more complicated sound with light interplays and great floating synths.One though can not do else than miss the epic arrangements of the band's superb debut.

This is another very good album by Anyone's Daughter, much a product of its time, with the band flirting with the fashion of the time, creating more accesible but still impressive music.Recommended.

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 Neue Sterne by ANYONE'S DAUGHTER album cover Studio Album, 1983
3.46 | 34 ratings

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Anyone's Daughter Symphonic Prog

Review by b_olariu
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3 stars Fifth studio album from this german prog band, named Neue Sterne from 1983 is still a prog rock album but this time with pop overtones here and there. It sounds very much like Eloy same period Performance era. Still pretty enjoyble if just listen to Wieder weiter, Das Puppenspiel, etc, with of course typical sound for the '80's special in keybords section, very digital but not bad at all, really am example is the piece Konsequenzen. This is their most mainstream album from their catalogue, at least from first era, prog rock with some pop combinations, gives in the end a pleasent album but far from what they've offered on first 2 albums, the symphonic moments are almost gone living place to a more accesible yet well performed pop prog. So, 3.5 stars their most unitresting album from their first 5 years but with all that has plenty of memorable moments and almost intresting arrangements in places. The last 4 pieces shows that Anyone's Daugher still has great ideas to offer and aswell good musiciaship. Again 3 to 3.5 stars, worthy but not excellent.

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 In Blau by ANYONE'S DAUGHTER album cover Studio Album, 1982
4.03 | 69 ratings

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Anyone's Daughter Symphonic Prog

Review by b_olariu
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3 stars actualy 3,5

Anyone's Daughter was and still is one of the pleasent and most enjoyble bands I've heared from early '80's from Germany. The selftitled album from 1980 is my fav album from them , this forth album from 1982 named In blau is quite near. After some albums with english lyrics they return to thir native language, who btw way sounds pretty great in this context, even the german language is quite rough here sounds very well and melted perfectly with the music. Some fantastic passages Anyone's Daughter offers here, like third piece Nichts fur mich, great musicianship, some memorable parts symphonic prog typical for german school very much in places like Novalis or Genesis but with their own personal touch. Another highlight is the ending tune , 15 min of intricat arrangements that goes from aacustic passages with piano interludes to more uptempo aparts very tight and well performed. In the end a winner, the sonical landscaple of In blau can be intrsting for any prog rock listner, while I can't considered as great as first two album, this is a great work that keeps the flag quite high in prog zone in the '80's. 3-3.5 stars almost 4 stars but ot quite there, stil solid.

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 Adonis by ANYONE'S DAUGHTER album cover Studio Album, 1979
4.06 | 135 ratings

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Anyone's Daughter Symphonic Prog

Review by stefro
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2 stars Hailing from the German city of Stuttgart, symphonic-rock outfit Anyone's Daughter appeared pretty late in the day for a full-blown progressive rock act, their debut release 'Adonis' not issued until 1979. However, despite this, the group had, by 1986, shifted almost two-hundred thousand records in their homeland alone, a phenomenal amount for an unfashionable group playing complex music at a time when punk and new wave were beginning to dominate. Of course, by the time the 1980s had come round Anyone's Daughter had begun to soften their style, whilst later albums, unlike 'Adonis' would be sung entirely in their native German tongue. A concept album-of-sorts, 'Adonis' is a thickly-symphonic beast filled with carefully-crafted neo-classical passages adorned with wailing guitars and melodic keyboards. Atmospheric sound effects are also used to flesh out group's sound, the overall effect not unlike that of fellow teutonic outfit Grobschnitt, only Anyone's Daughter sound is softer, less manic and without that band's wild sense of crazy - and sometimes rather silly - humour. The strongest moments on 'Adonis' are found on their four-part title-track song-suite that opens the album, the group's trademark warm, glistening synthesizers and multi-layered keyboards producing a slow- burning sound that rarely takes flight for long. This is careful, studied progressive rock with the emphasis very much on careful instrumentation, and at times the blend proves rather beautiful. However, whereas Grobschnitt's fantasy-tinged prog would be spiked with powerful solo's and quickfire interplay, Anyone's Daugher by comparison seems slow, occasionally bordering on the tedious. The rest of the album never quite catches fire, thus the end result proves attractive yet ultimately frustrating. Some have likened Anyone's Daughter to such British prog luminaries as Genesis and Yes, yet that is probably to high an appraisal. 'Adonis' is a tasteful and fairly creative slice of ethereal symphonic prog, though sadly it fails too often to set the pulse racing. Interesting then, and not without it's merits, but hardly a classic of the genre.

STEFAN TURNER, STOKE NEWINGTON, 2012

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 Piktors Verwandlungen by ANYONE'S DAUGHTER album cover Studio Album, 1981
3.21 | 63 ratings

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Anyone's Daughter Symphonic Prog

Review by Andrea Cortese
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

3 stars Pictor's Metamorphoses is the third album of south german band Anyone's Daughter. It is a concept album of continuous playing time of almost 40 minutes based on a fairy-tale by Herman Hesse.

The album was recorded live on january 18th 1981 during a regular live gig by the band at the town of Heidenheim.

Until then Anyone's Daughter used mainly english song lyrics but with this record they wanted to begin to use their own german language. Having no problem with albums sung in unfamiliar languages I was very interested in listening the new "sound" of the band.

I have to say the music is played excellently as before, and the production quality is very high, sounding as a normal studio recording, with strong rhythm session and warm electric piano, synth and ELOY-like solemn pace.

The difference lies in the continuous alternating of fantastic instrumental efforts and long (slow) recitative parts (in german, as I said before) with light CAMEL-esque background music. It all gives you a sense of continuous interruptions or suspensions that is somehow frustrating.

Still a wonderful and a must have. Not at the very same level of Adonis, though.

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