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3.95 | 386 ratings

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4 stars I listened to this album for the first time in early 1977. One of my older brothers bought it. He was the main "buyer" of Rock albums in my family in those years, and in the present he doesn`t listen to this kind of music anymore, but I still appreciate albums like this.The first time I listened to this album I said to my brother: "Hey, this is the song they play at the start of the T.V. programme called "Hoy Mismo"!" This song was "Maze", and the T.V programme was a news/interviews programme, very popular in those days in my country (ELP`s "Fanfare for the Common Man" is still played as the start of an old sports T.V. programme in my country!). Now, writing about this album as a whole, I can say that this is a very good album, with two long musical pieces one in each side of the L.P. (as previous reviewers wrote before me). From start to finish, this album is very enjoyable, full of changes. Jürgen Fritz is a very talented keyboard player, with very good technique. He composed most of the music in this album (except "Lucky Girl", composed by Helmut Köllen), he did the string, choral and brass arrangements in this album. Original bassist Hans Pape plays bass in the side one of this L.P. because he left the band for personal reasons (marriage) during the recording of this album. Helmut Köllen later joined the band, and in the side one he added some guitars and lead vocals, and in the side two he plays bass, guitars and sings lead vocals. Hans Bathelt wrote the lyrics, and he is also a very good drummer who plays with great energy without sounding tired!This album is a "very dynamic" album which caughts the attention of the listener from start to finish.In 1991, one of my brothers was living and working in a German city, and he met some people there who became his friends. So,months later one of his German friends came to my city for one of his holidays.He also liked Progressive Rock music as my brother and me. We chated about bands. I asked him if he had listened to Triumvirat. He say "No". I said "Would you like to listen to this album?", but he said that he wasn`t interested, so he asked me to play the King Crimson`s "USA" album instead!I was surprised that he wasn`t interested or didn`t know about this German band!Well, it is the same for me about "Iconoclasta" and other Prog bands from my country which I know that are very appreciated by some people in my country and in other countries. Maybe some day I had interest to listen to their music, but it is very hard to find their albums and even to know where and when they will play concerts in my city! Maybe my brother`s German friend never saw any of the Triumvirat`s albums before!
Guillermo | 4/5 |


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