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During the mid-seventies, the Hamburg-based band NOVALIS established themselves as leaders in the field of German-language romantic rock. The quartet called itself NOVALIS after the most important German poet of early romanticism. They created a rock music of poetic, lyrical with german lyrics and instrumental beauty. Their music, a heavy organ rock, was compared to the sounds of bands such KING CRIMSON and PINK FLOYD. They released a few albums of lush, keyboard-dominant prog rock during the seventies. The keyboards created majestic layers on which the guitar builds airy melodies.

Starting with heavily organ-accentued art rock a-la KING CRIMSON (and on their debut, "Banished Bridge", including English lyrics), NOVALIS later developped their own unique style, a mixture of progressive, classic, folk and rock. "Banished Bridge" (1973) showed their KING CRIMSON influences... in a dreamy, laid back progressive rock. This 1975 self-titled album was their 2nd album and continues to show their own style take on these influences. "Novalis" (1975) and the classic "Sommerabend" (1976), both are actually much better than the comparatively disappointing fourth album, "Brandung" (1977). They did very well down musically and commercial in the second half of the 70's. "Flossenengel" (1979) was the last good one. "Rock on Brain" (1978) is an excellent document of the first 6 (and best) years of this great band.

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3.60 | 76 ratings
Banished Bridge
1973
3.75 | 132 ratings
Novalis
1975
3.73 | 150 ratings
Sommerabend
1976
3.32 | 68 ratings
Brandung
1977
3.17 | 49 ratings
Vielleicht bist Du ein Clown?
1978
3.32 | 43 ratings
Flossenengel
1979
3.29 | 33 ratings
Augenblicke
1980
2.31 | 18 ratings
Neumond
1982
2.13 | 16 ratings
Sterntaucher
1983
2.20 | 18 ratings
Bumerang
1984
1.55 | 14 ratings
Nach uns die Flut
1985

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

3.87 | 36 ratings
Konzerte
1977
3.50 | 6 ratings
Novalis Lebt !
1993
3.33 | 6 ratings
Letztes Konzert 1984
2009

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

3.96 | 4 ratings
Wer Schmetterlinge Lachen Hört
1978
3.00 | 3 ratings
Sonnenwende
1978
4.00 | 2 ratings
Rock On Brain
1978
4.00 | 2 ratings
Visionen
1982
0.00 | 0 ratings
Castle Masters Collection
1992
0.00 | 0 ratings
Atlanto
2000

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

0.00 | 0 ratings
Oft Sagt Man Mehr, Wenn Man Schweigt
1982
0.00 | 0 ratings
Nach Uns Die Flut (Single)
1985

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 Sommerabend by NOVALIS album cover Studio Album, 1976
3.73 | 150 ratings

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Novalis Symphonic Prog

Review by FragileKings
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3 stars Sometime last year a prog reviewer posted a few reviews of Novalis albums, and as I had never heard of them before I decided to check them out. I picked one album on Amazon which seemed to be the best one to get but "Sommerabend" was a fair bit cheaper and so I ordered this one.

Going for the "Close to the Edge"/"Pawnhearts" style of one side-long track and two other tracks, this album from the beginning is one that you know will take a few listens to really understand what's going on. However, the digesting process is shortened by the fact that most of the music is not overly complex, nor are there any complicated twists and turns. This is an album of rather mellow and easy listening synthesizer prog with a frequent appearance of electric and acoustic guitars. In a way, the similarities between Novalis on this album and their compatriots, Eloy are easily recognizable.

For my taste, I enjoy the opening track "Aufbruch" the most because it is the most lively and adventurous of the three. This instrumental track alone makes me glad that I purchased the album. There's a good mix of synthesizer-led musical themes and electric guitar-led ones as well. The pace is not fast but still the music feels like it's going somewhere.

"Wunderschatze" is a song with German lyrics and keeps with the musical theme established in the first track. However, I find it is not as easy to keep paying attention here. I have no qualms with the German lyrics but as I understand about five words and three phrases in German, I can't say the lyrics arrest my attention. As I listen to this track while walking to or from the train station, my thoughts wander and I have to concentrate to bring them back to the music. A pleasant composition to be sure but nothing to keep me focused.

Side two is devoted entirely to the multi-part title track. For most of the duration, the song is very relaxing with either synthesizer or acoustic guitar leading the way and more soft and meditation-inducing German vocals. At one point, I'm not sure which part, there's a clanging guitar sound and the song suddenly becomes very lively and sung with a chorus of voices (well, perhaps a trio at least). The synthesizer solo steps up to the front and it seems the song has progressed. But soon we return to the softer themes and the song closes like this. Very nice to hear when I have other things to occupy my mind. I did try to listen carefully to the entire track one night as I walked home. It's good enough but not so thrilling for me.

I like this album and I love the colours of the cover. But there is little here to get e excited about Novalis. It's just an album that's nice to have in my collection and may get played from time to time when I happen to notice the soothing and trace-inducing aquatic colours of the cover. I may yet get around to buying the album that came before this one, the one with the butterflies. I have a strong feeling that the two will make a nice pair.

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 Sommerabend by NOVALIS album cover Studio Album, 1976
3.73 | 150 ratings

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Review by Thai Divone

4 stars Novalis are a magnificent band. Some even call this band legendary. So when I first came to this album, the one regarded as their best, I came to it with high anticipations. I hoped for something unique, revolutionizing. As it turns out, they're not revolutionary, but rather very much symphonic, especially Romantic-period style symphonic.

But it doesn't mean that I was disappointed, as this album is another one of my favorites. It combines much emotion with much elegance, and just like the poetry of Novalis himself, or the poetry of Coleridge and Byron, beauty and virtuosi join forces to create something that is so old and primitive, yet so fresh and new.

The album opens with the magnificent Aufbruch. Some watery sound effects lead to an amazing keyboards riff, with added sparkles of an amazing yet simple electric guitar. Drums and bass join around the 35 seconds mark. Hammond joins not much later, and it all centers around the keyboards' riff, that still grows and changes, even though it does that a little bit slowly.1:48 and we're presented with our guitar motive, an amazing, elegant and beautiful line, and then the piece's pace grows, all to lead to a certain spacey feel. Neo-Prog and Kraut-Rock join forces with some Beethoven? Perhaps. The motive comes back, leading this time to a different segment, at around 4:00. Slow, with much use of drums and bass.at around 4:26 it changes yet again, going the keyboards-rock route. Quick and precise, virtuosic and suspenseful. Then it changes again, around 5:15. Then layers are taken off, leaving us with only bass, Hammond and drums, only to inject them again. Then we're presented with the keyboards riff from the beginning, this time on a different instrument and with a much rock-ish feel. 6:53 and the motive is presented again, feeling much fuller and much more worthwhile and hard-won.7:32 leads to a beautiful guitar solo, simple yet beautiful. Two guitars harmonize each other, solo on each other's backs. Then a rock-ish bridge to bring us near the ending segment, or should I say to another keyboards riff? And then the closing segment, which is a little bit just like the way we begun, with the same "keyboards-with-some-electric-guitar-sparkles", and then another SFX as an ending. What a great way to open the album.

Wunderschätze opens much more quickly, and around the 34 seconds mark stops a little to let the fingerstyle guitar-riff take its place. Vocals join around 1:10. I wished that I knew some German, to understand them, but they do sound beautiful, and so full of sorrow. It does feel, though, like a verse-chorus-verse-chorus kind of song during those early minutes. Before the harmonies of 3:12, but the pace is built during those moments, all to lead to a certain come-back to the early riff-like beginning. The bass here is no less than amazing. 4:08 is where the song starts to really shine with some amazing instrumentals building on each other. Keyboards solo, then electric guitar, then an almost drum-solo and back to the guitars. And around 5:24 we're back to the beginning riff-like motive. 5:48 and we're back to the fingerstyle guitar. This time it is different, and it is allowed to linger a little bit, before coming back to the vocals and to the earlier sound of it. 8:06 and we're back to the instrumentals, more suspenseful and a little bit less melodic. And it all feels like building to a certain crescendo, with layers added and pace rising slowly but surely. And when it comes? It doesn't disappoint.

Sommerabend is the side-long track, and it opens slowly, taking the time to build itself. It sounds spacy, known but unknown, English yet so-not-English. Drums and keyboards on them, doing no less than magic. The bass is slow and simple, yet adds so much. Then a keyboards motive enters around 2:10, giving us an ethereal feel. Nylon-string guitars enter around 3:10. 3:51 and a fingerstyle guitar riff is presented to us. 4:30 and some lone and long keyboard's notes are added, and sometimes it is just Hammond chords. It takes its time, giving us the atmosphere it deserves, building it for us. 6:19 and vocals join in. they feel like the words of a man who saw too much for his own good. 8:14 and we're back to instrumentals, changing the song completely but not too much, guitars giving us a beautiful harmony around 9:03, and then we're back to vocals around 9:20. It feels a bit conservative, during those moments, like they hold themselves in purpose. 10:00 and we get the vocalic melody, on Moog. 10:40 and we're back to vocals. 11:24 and we're back to keyboards' melody. And then it builds to? 12:06 is a mark than one just has to listen to for himself/herself. There's no way to describe the change of pace, the genius of this transition. It is just mind-blowingly brilliant. The change backwards, at 14:28 is no less amazing. 15:07 and the vocals come back again, a little bit happier, and the voices are harmonizing each other. 16:32 and we're back to the sound of the piece's beginning, even though it is a bit more spacy, more ethereal, more airy. This circular ending, though, feels so right for this piece, so part of its genius.

And so the album ends. Which brings me to its rating question, because as much as I like it, essential? I don't think so. So 4 stars: excellent (and even more than just excellent) addition to any Prog-Rock collection, but not essential.

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 Novalis by NOVALIS album cover Studio Album, 1975
3.75 | 132 ratings

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Novalis Symphonic Prog

Review by admireArt
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3 stars Rehearing my cassettes.

I have had a couple of Novalis original and low priced cassettes since quiet a while. Although they never impressed me beyond singing in German, which is a relief, opposite to their fellow countrymen Progggers who tend to use the English language mostly. One of those cassettes is this "Novalis", 1975.

To their benefit, here in Mexico, Novalis was well known. Their sweet tooth for easy going "complex" Prog/Rock, their humorous touch and "tango" like epic structures, fitted in the "latin" flavors, so appealing in this lands. But nevertheless, their musical offerings stay short of becoming notable. To cut it short, they have a knack for cheesy melody solutions to their compositions, even the good ones.

The keyboards which are a BIG act on this recording's scope, as they can construct excellent "Jon Lord" or Jazz like structuring lines, as they can also turn any moment unexpectedly into less interesting cliches. Like a battle within, between being creative or being corny. At the end, one's listening experience has to decide to indulge or ignore, or both.

In my personal experience, since I aquired this recording, if I have not bought the cd, it is because it has not been that essential in the long run, but I have kept this "mechanical box" up to now, anyway.

3 "Good but not essential" PA stars.

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1.55 | 14 ratings

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Novalis Symphonic Prog

Review by DrömmarenAdrian

2 stars Okey, let me say this first! Despite my two lonely stars I don't think this album was bad and I think it's underrated. Though could I understand that the interest for this album isn't big at all at a prog forum, that is understandable. "Nach uns die flut" is Novalis' eleventh and final album and it was released 1985, twenty-nine years ago and twelve years after the band's debut album. We could really say that this was a productive band.

Beside the drummer Hartwig Biereichel, the guitarist Detlef Job and the keyboardist Lutz Rahn who have played in the band since the start this album features Hinrich Schneider on bass and a new singer in Ernst Herzner. Fred Mühlböck was gone and then I of course is curious about the new star and my opinion about him is good. It was a great vocalist they found in Herzner, he isn't the problem here. The album is longer than every other Novalis record and I like the cover too.

Musically this is quite well produced German rock with no intentions to do innovative music. The songs are nice, the instruments are played just as they should but the band had lost their soul. For example do I consider Rahn's keyboards one key ingredient but here I almost don't notice them. The songs are short and here is there no "epics". Well I love the German language so a song i German can nearly never be bad. I like "...und wenn die Gitarren brennen"(6/10) and "Heute oder nie"(6/10) rocks the house. "Im neonlicht der nacht" is another one(6/10) that I think holds a high standards. Otherwise is the music very average and mediocre. Perhaps I think this album was better than Sterntaucher but why didn't Novalis end their carreer with "Neumond". I think they should have done that.

There are still some musical aspects that are similar to the Novalis I like and that together with a relatively even record makes this a two and not a one star record!

To sum Novalis deed I would say this. Novalis did seven impressing albums of which six are very good and four are amazing. I'd rank them all in this way:

1. Brandung(5/5) 1977 2. Vielleicht bist du ein clown(5/5) 1978 3. Sommerabend (5/5) 1976 4. Novalis (5/5) 1975

5. Flossenengel(4/5) 1979 6. Bannished bridge (4/5) 1973 7. Augenblicke (3/5) 1980

8. Neumond (3/5) 1982 9. Bumerang (3/5) 1984 10. Nach uns die flut (2/5) 1985 11. Sterntaucher (2/5) 1983

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 Sommerabend by NOVALIS album cover Studio Album, 1976
3.73 | 150 ratings

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Sommerabend
Novalis Symphonic Prog

Review by DrömmarenAdrian

5 stars I am going back and forth in Novalis' discography and that is a good way to do. You get variety and understand the differencies between decades. "Sommerabend" now was Novalis' (The Hamburg symphonic band) third studio album and it happens to be the most frequently rated album by the band here on Prog archives. at this time the band consisted of Hartwig Biereichel who drummed, Detlef Job who played guitar and sung, Lutz Rahn who played the keyboards and Heino Schünzel who sung and played a bass. This was a quite unchanging line up that almost stayed the same through the years.

What a lovely cover this record has. We se a girl sitting and reading in a beautiful nature with flowers in her hair. The album consists of three tracks, two with vocals, one without. They are all fabulous. "Aufbruch" is an excellent start that gives the symphonic fan everything he wants. It is instrumental varieting and the record flies though you. "Wunderschätze" with lyrics of Novalis(the poet) is totally amazing with vocals and a melodic line that takes you with it to the music world of wonders. The title track, to be honest is a bit less interesting than the others but it is almost a masterpiece, that one too. I just think it is a bit lame in the beginning. Then the fanfares start seriously and the melody that is lead by Lutz Rahn's keyboards are great.

So now have I heard Novalis' third effort "Sommerabend" twice and how does it compete in the discography. I would say that the records "Novalis" and "Sommerabend" are fantastic and just as good as each other. Though do I prefer "Brandung" and "Vielleicht bin do ein clown" which are even more bombastic. But that is a question of personal preference. This is a five star record!

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 Bumerang by NOVALIS album cover Studio Album, 1984
2.20 | 18 ratings

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Bumerang
Novalis Symphonic Prog

Review by DrömmarenAdrian

3 stars I continue with the tenth studio album of Novalis. I thought it to be afurther decline from "Sterntaucher" but I am glad to say it was not. The year after came "Bumerang", released 1984, today thirty years ago. The cover isn't directly interesting. It's very black and we see a shining church dome down in the middle.

Just as before the band cosists of Hartwig Biereichel, Detlef Job, Lutz Rahn and Fred Mühlböck. That has been a winning concept so why shouldn't they continue. With "Sterntaucher" though could you ask yourself why they did. "Bumerang" is the last release with Mühlböck on vocals and this time he does it well. There are no har rock screams but on this record he sings in tune.

The music of Bumerang isn't progressive and not especially interesting but it isn't the same disaster as "Sterntaucher". Many songs are rather appealing, especially on the b-side. Here we have the nice closing track "Talisman"(6/10), the pleasant instrumental thing "Wien"(6/10) and the faster and happier "Horoskop"(6/10). The title track "Bumerang" has a melody that differs in a positive way(6/10) and the calm song "Spazieren im morgen" with flute isn't bad either(6/10). The other songs are okey but not especially good. The good thing is that you'd keep listen and enjoy it. The least interesting song is the sleapy "rock song" "Torero der nacht"(4/10). Both me and you can demonstrate my rating of three stars to this record. Three stars for me could mean everything from an okey record to a good record. With more than five rating options this could have been more fair. This is also a marker I consider this slightly better than their latest.

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 Sterntaucher by NOVALIS album cover Studio Album, 1983
2.13 | 16 ratings

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Sterntaucher
Novalis Symphonic Prog

Review by DrömmarenAdrian

2 stars This was a sad review to write. Declines use to continue unfortunately. Novalis' ninth studio album "Sterntaucher" from 1983 was not an especially pleasent thing. It is not totally bad and it contains track that could be worth hearing. The musicians are Hartwig Biereichel, Detlef Job, Fred Mühlböck and Lutz Rahn as earlier so nothing particular has happened with them. The cover picture is, I think, the best thing with this record. An astronaut that is floating around in space and the artistic Novalis' logotype.

The sound of Sterntaucher seems to be an attempt to go back to a more rock based sound. That is good and some tracks are worth hearing. "Keiner kann gewinnen" on the first side has especially in the end a powerful feeling with vocals and especially great guitars(6/10). The album's best track though is the final instrumental "Sinus"(7/10) which itself almost uplifted the record to a three. That song has parts that have similarities to Pink Floyd but other parts that are to melodic for that. Fine guitars are present there too. I would also recommend you to hear "Abschied" a song with a lot of feelings(6/10).

What is wrong then with the rest? Well the two first songs for example are terrible. These two could make you stop listen. Boring melodies and vocals out of key(I use to like Mühlböck's voice) together with some hard rock yelling and just mediocre songs. When the cover is the thing that is best with an album, something is wrong. Not terrible, but terribly close...

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 Novalis by NOVALIS album cover Studio Album, 1975
3.75 | 132 ratings

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Novalis
Novalis Symphonic Prog

Review by DrömmarenAdrian

5 stars Novalis! Here I go again with a review of an excellent album. Novalis is a German band who rocked the seventies with their romantic sound and I think it's appropriate to say that that sound was begun here on their second record with the name "Novalis" from 1975. The cover picture is wonderful. In the bottom we see a sleeping or a dead lady and over that we see flying birds. The colourful cover is an artwork that perfectly fits the style and the quality of this music.

I do love Novalis. There is something special with them that is hard to find in other bands even here where the singer isn't Mühlböck as I am used to here but the bassist Heino Schünzel. That is though a big progression from the debut where they hadn't a perfect singer. The other musicians here were Hartwig Biereichel, the drummer, Detlef Job, the guitarist, Carlo Karges, the guitarist and keyboardist and Lutz Rahn, the keyboardist. It's a quite short but eventful piece of music.

The starting song is mayby the least interesting track. Well the composition is lovely in many aspects but I lack the gloryness that this band uses to radiate(8/10). Then comes a fantastic song which I totally love. "Wer schmetterlinge lachen hört"(10/10) has a lovely text that is sung beautifully by Schünzel. The romantic song is surrounded by progressive, sensitive and splendid music. I think you'd like it to. Then comes "Dronsz"(9/10), an atmospheric and intersting track that, perhaps, is more Krautrock than Novalis ever should become. "Impressionen(Nack themen der 5 symphonie von Anton Bruckner)" is a classical piece that perhaps could grow more but it's not what I know Novalis for(8/10). The album's second best composition is "Es färbte sich die wiese grün"(10/10) which is composed from an original text by Georg Philipp Friedrich Leopold von Hardenberg, the romantic poet which nickname "Novalis" gave name to the band. That is a lovely composition with both great lyrics, vocals and instruments. It's also closes the album in a very fine way.

My overall impression of "Novalis" is that it was now the band found themselves and this record gives us wonderful German prog that holds its position even today. My rating for every song makes the total average 4.5 stars, but for this band am I ready to go far. Five stars!

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 Neumond by NOVALIS album cover Studio Album, 1982
2.31 | 18 ratings

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Neumond
Novalis Symphonic Prog

Review by DrömmarenAdrian

3 stars Well, I jump from Novalis' first record to a record late in their career "Neumond" from 1982. It is the band's eighth studio album and it was released nine years after the debut. After Novalis had done a yet quite progressive album in "Augenblicke", though with a clear touch of the eighties, they now two years after did a non progressive record which I have heard not. That doesn't mean the album was bad but still it was a further step down from their former heights. Also the cover making had taken a step down. Not it was almost just white but I suspect a face could be seen in the whiteness. Hartwig Biereichel plays drums, Detlef Job plays guitars, Fred Mühlböck sings and plays flute and guitars and variphon and Lutz Rahn plays keyboard. Help do also Heinz Fröhling(bass), Herb Geller(saxophone) and Gillian Scalici(song).

"Neumond" has many decent songs you can listen to a cold autumn night when you wan't some sounds of the eighties. The album is even. It hasn't the smashing highlights you probably want but it does not contain bad songs either. It is quite well done. Starting and ending with atmospheric instrumentals surround the record in a fine way(6/10). The second song has a wonderful saxophone that is a pure delight to hear and the song is a duet between Mühlböck and Scalici(6/10). "Frühsport im Sachsenwald" is almost an experimental pop tune with a minimalistic text. I really like the powerful guitars and keyboards here(6/10). "Du bist schön" (6/10) proves the great potential of Fred Mühlböck. I am so glad to hear his voice. He did it so great in the late seventies and he still made Novalis rock 1982. I'd say the same about "Kein frieden". The instrumental title track is a bit less interesting than the others (5/10) and the longest one "Nachttraum" has both interesting craftsmanship and passages I find boring.

If I would recommend songs from here, I'd do it with "Frühsport im Sachsenwald", "Du bist schön" and "Blauer Morgen". Then you get some different aspects of this band. Some wonderous aspects though are missing. They should be found somewhere else in the middle of the seventies. I am glad this is not a total disaster and if you listen carefully you'll find this record nice. I am confident to give it three stars. Now I look forward to continue my Novalis journey and go back in time.

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 Banished Bridge by NOVALIS album cover Studio Album, 1973
3.60 | 76 ratings

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Banished Bridge
Novalis Symphonic Prog

Review by DrömmarenAdrian

4 stars Novalis is a band that holds a special place in my heart. Actuelly I found the band and loved them years before I became aware of the subject prog. Their late seventies' romantic rock was a style that directly touched my heart. Novalis developed a special form of symphonic rock that was very romantic and German. How I appreciated that they didn't sung in English. This, though, which is their first album from 1973 with the name "Banished Bridge" is totally different. Two years after they started to sing in German and paly in their special grand way. 1973 though were they more inspired than later by English symphonic rock bands with a more groovy and dark approach. Especially inspired by organ driven bands such as Emerson, Lake & Palmer.

"Banished Bridge" had I a bit harder to get into than other Novalis' record because I wasn't used to it. But as well as later in the band's carreer is the keyboards one of the strongest isntruments. They aren't as wide and monumental but more like piano concerto's keyboards. The cover is just white white blue letters and the musicians that were present are Hartwig Biereichel on drums and percussion, Lutz Rahn on organ, mellotron,piano and synthesizers, Heino Schünzel on bass and Jürgen Wenzel on guitar and vocals. This album has many ingredients that should make a superb prog album and they do that. The organ work is marvelous as well as drums and bass and the virtuoso themes are really worth listening to. The only thing that lowers the total impression of "Banished Bridge" is the vocals that not really withstand the pressure. A powerful vocalist with bigger concentration on texts should have made this a five star record. But I am very sure with my four stars. This is definitely a record to examine if you like the sound of classic prog. My advice to you too is to continue to their later records and explore the sound of romantic rock! Best track is hard to pick, they are all good!

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