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Grobschnitt - Solar Music - Live CD (album) cover




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4 stars Here we are.

I was completely blown out with "Solar Music" from their second album "Ballermann" and I was thrilled to listen to this "Solar Live".

Actually it holds bits and bites of the original studio track (which lasted for over thirty three minutes), spread out over the entire album.

But it does not really matter. It can be considered as the vital lead for this live recording which consists of seven pieces (plus two bonus tracks on the CD edition) put together without any breaks. I can't really tell which are my favourite parts from this excellent live offering (except the first two ones which are nothing more than a good warming-up). But "Solar Music II & III", "Muehlheim Special" (a long jam named so because the concert took place in this German town) and "Golden Mist" stand out.

The music from this live album is extremely strong and if ever you tend to like crying guitars sustained by an exceptional drumming, a powerful bass playing, and lots of atmospheric keyboards parts; this album is tailor-made to your ears.

There will be lots of different versions of "Solar Music" which I will cover later on as I work chronologically. Some of them appealing me even more than this one.

The "Santana" guitar style that could be noticed on their debut is again present during "Otto Pankrock", just after the pleasant and spacey break. These sounds (the "Santana" ones, I mean) are so much part of my flesh and bones for well over than thirty-five years now that I am just voiceless when I hear such brilliant music.

The keyboards on "Golden Mist" are fully "ASOS" oriented. It is the most spacey section of the whole and the drumming reminds me sometimes to the one featured on "Set The Controls.". A brilliant trip in the far solar system.

Each time I listen to a "Grobschnitt" album now, I am thinking deeply of my friend Febus (he knows why) and I dedicate this review to him.

I will rate this album with four stars (nine out of ten actually). Just a bit short for the masterpiece status although "Solar Music III" is really exceptional.

ZowieZiggy | 4/5 |


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