Subject: RE: Rachel's B-day
sorry for the late answer, I was in holidays some time.
Well, not easy to give you a description of Rachel's Birthday, because I left the band already in 1997, shortly after the release of the CD "an Invitation to"†
but I can tell you the story from my point of view, here it is:†
The story began when I, Alfred Mueller, keyboardist, met Ralf Glassbrenner, later singer of Rachelís Birthday, in 1986. I invited him to rehearsals to my band Quenya, we played there several months and then both leaved and after some months forming the band ďEmeraldĒ, with later Rachelís Drummer Juergen Haegele. After some troubles and line-up changes this nucleus of the band formed Rachelís Birthday in 1991. I played with Rachelís until 1997, but during that time I was two years away in 1993 and 1994. The Band had some line up changes until we had Bernd Mueller as a guitar player who joined Rachelís in late 1995. In 1996 we recorded the album ďan Invitation toĒ for the WMMS label, and I left the band in march 1997. The "an Invitation to" album can be best described as neo-prog, and was compared with early Marillion, early Genesis, and due to the vocals also with Echolyn. After my leaving of Rachel's Birthday, I started the solo-project Soniq Theater and Rachel's Birthday kept on playing with two guitarists and no more keyboards. They recorded independently an EP in 1999 called "The English Roses" (not distributed), containing only 5 short songs, stylistically completely different from "an Invitation to", best described as folk-rock. They played live in the South German area. I don't know if they are still active, the last sign of life that I heard of them was about in 2002 or 2003.†
That's the story so far, but written from my point of view.†
I hope you can use that for your purposes in Progarchives.†
Thanks for supporting my project Soniq Theater !!!
I would kindly suggest that you offer a description of Rachel's Birthday to ProgArchives. I have heard some of the material and it is very good. Here's is currently how Rachel's Birthday is listed.†
http://www. progarchives. com/artist. asp?id=1593