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Sean Trane
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4 stars 3.5 stars really!!!

One of the most spacey-psychey German album you'll find, this album was one of the most expensive and sought-after vinyl until its first Cd reissue in the Ohrwalsch label in the early 90's. I believe the Garden Of Delights label reissued this recently most likely with bonus material. This qintet emerged from Saarland (between Luxembourg and Alsace) and presented themselves as the standard prog quartet plus a percussionist. Their first album is graced with a strange floral erotic artwork and was relatively long for the time (easily over 50-mins).

On The Way To Uranus (the English translation of the album's title) is a very fitting name to describe the music on the record. Indeed the rock developed is plenty cosmic- spacey-psychey, but not overly complex, a bit amateurish but with high dramatics. By the time this album came out, it must've been a bit of an anachronism, which might explain why so few albums sold (the rest of the stock was destroyed), even if most progheads will find plenty of most everything he loves. The album is hardly flawless either as it holds too many fade outs (and not just at the end of songs), but also nave songwriting (not always a minus as is the case here) and weaker production.

Right from the opening title track, you are plunged into deep space rituals, prayers and masses, multi-voiced choirs, wild searing guitars, haunting and languid organ layers and the whole shebang, completed by full-Flamenco drama (Bossa Rustical) weird German lyrics (one tracks is called Dance With His Mouth, I gather) ans for an apotheosis, the splendid eponymous track Gaa, which was deformed from Gaia, the ancient Greek goddess of Earth. Only one track sticks out like a sore thumb: Mutter Erde, which is more of a standard song with strong Moody Blues accents.

This is definitely not for everyone, but it holds some of the most delicious psych-space ambiances around and it should please most progheads.

Sean Trane | 4/5 |


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