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5 stars Considered by many to be the second last good GROBSCHNITT album before the departure of EROC. In fact consciously GROBSCHNITT elected after "Merry Go Round" to stop recording their signature fairytale - like music and move more in the spirit of the '80's. Considering this was one of the later 'SCHNITT albums it contains many of their most beloved melodies. "Merry-Go-Round" contains everything that you would expect with great drumming - bass - guitar interplay with fairytale-like keyboards and atmospheres. Songs are exceptionally well written and performed and if you are a completist then you can snag Repetroire's re-mastered version with bonus tracks. The careful observer will notice that Conny Plank did not do the sound engineering on this album marking the start of a direction change for GROBSCHNITT. "Merry Go Round" is a fabulous album all the way through and ranks up there with their best output in my mind.
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Posted Monday, March 15, 2004 | Review Permalink
4 stars Definitely one of my favourite bands of all time. Grobschnitt combined humour, great storytelling and good musical skills to produce a style distinctly their own, a style that places them at the very top of the progressive rock genre in my opinion. Clearly as good as any of their best, "Merry-Go-Round" almost ranks up there with "Rockpommel's Land."

Compared to their previous work I would say this sounds closest to "Jumbo", but more straightforward. The lyrics have lost some of their fairytale-like orientation but the music is as beautiful as ever. I guess you could say that this album is somewhat of a mix between the more symphonic "Rockpommel's Land" and the more progressive sounding "Jumbo", to my mind making it even more of a complete package. It has great arrangements with wonderful keyboards and good interplay between bass, drums and guitars - and is, as were the previous ones, always very atmospheric with some stunning instrumental passages.

This review is the remastered version available from Repertoire Records, containing live versions of "Du Schaffst Das Nicht" and "Merry-Go-Round", none of which you would want to be without.

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Posted Tuesday, August 24, 2004 | Review Permalink
3 stars This release finds Grobschnitt in a bit of a holding pattern. It's not bad by any means, but by now the frayed edges are beginning to show. Mist is now credited with "keyboard-castle" in the liner notes, having acquired a bunch of fancy new synthesizers. He uses them quite well throughout, and is easily the standout instrumentalist on the disc.

Songwriting is where this one leaves a bit to be desired. The title song is enchanting, but "A.C.Y.M." is little more than a semi-incoherent rant about the commercialization of the music industry inspired by seeing the Village People on TV. And the other tracks, well, there's a bit of up and down there. Like I said, nothing bad, but little stands out. "COKE-Train" is a bit amusing (about Coca-Cola making its way to China, perhaps "Bite The Wax Tadpole" might have been a more apropos title?) and "Du schaffst das nicht" is a fairly compelling, largely instrumental piece. But it's not Grobschnitt's finest hour by a long shot. Good, but not great.

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Posted Monday, September 5, 2005 | Review Permalink
4 stars The wonderful madness of the Grobschnitt circus continues as they take cynical stabs at commercialism singling out the Coca Cola company and the Village People craze of the late 1970`s.

The album is a pure joy filled with humour and emotive instrumental work . It has a bit of a harder edge than Grobschnitt`s previous studio outing, Rockpommel`s Land and is perhaps the last trippy Grobschnitt album containing six long tracks. It has a tighter wider sound to it than previous works partially acredited to great playing and powerful bass sound from POPO throughout. His playing makes the instrumental piece Du schaffts das nicht ( you`re not going to make it ) really shine bright complementing LUPOs moody lead guitar passages which remind me of Houschang Nejadepour`s playing on The Girl From Hirschorn on the Dance of the Flames album by Guru Guru. More emphasis on keyboards can be found here and it seems that MIST incorporated a lot of ideas from the Solar Music live concerts into his playing. Solid drumming as always from EROC who, along with Mani Nuemier was one of the wackiest personalities from the German music scene back in the seventies.

Total Grobschnitt here. The over-kill cover-art features an appropriate diorama of the theme of over-commercialism setting the mood perfectly for another Grobschnitt trip and one of the last albums in the true Krautrock tradition. Two live bonus tracks appear on the CD. Put on the headphones on and turn this one to eleven.

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Posted Wednesday, June 21, 2006 | Review Permalink
Honorary Collaborator / In Memoriam

MERRY-GO-ROUND is not one of my favorite GROBSCHNITT album. Released in 1979, it shows the band having a monentary lack of inspiration and doesn't seem what to do naxt and which way to go musically. I said ''momentary'' because the band was not done yet and would still release a good album in the future ''ILLEGAL'' even if this was GROBSCHNITT entering the 80s.

This album shoots in the same direction than ROCKPOMMELS ISLAND, only with a more ''modern'' straight sound.This is still about a lot of lush keyboards always played very tastefully and some gorgeous guitar moments offered by LUPO. The band is as good as ever with EROC accomplishing a monumental job behind his drum kits.

The problem lies with the quality of the compositions that don't meet the standarts of their earlier works, even from the symphonic period. I was not crazy about JUMBO and ROCPOMMELS ISLAND more because of personal taste as i know these 2 albums are of high quality anyway and cherished by the ''symphonic'' GROBSCHNITT lovers.

No, no we don't have any story of some young boy flying with a big bird battling evil, but that's not better when you have to go through social commentaries about the devilish modern society. Grobschnitt commenting about all the bad things Coca Cola brings to this world in COKE TRAINl or making a parody of VILLAGE PEOPLE on A.C.Y.M doesn't make it serious, at least this is not my idea of prog served with my breakfast.

Also, sometimes the vocals of WILDSHWEIN gets on my nerve when singing too much. I like GROBSCHNITT when they allow the music to expand and give room to the musicians to explore and shine which is not the case here as there is too much of WILDSCHWEIN singing around here.

Of course , my favorite track is the well-crafted instrumental DU SCHAFFST DAS NICHT,a beautiful 8ms athmospherique 8 mns trip. Also the title track MERRY-GO -ROUND is well above average. But this is definitely NOT the album for a new GROBSCHNITT prospect to start with. For that, start with their first album or of course the magnificent SOLAR FIRE.


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Posted Saturday, October 13, 2007 | Review Permalink

This is of course a daunting task and the band will completely fail in their attempt IMHHO.

The opener is a mix between neo-prog sounds and "Supertramp". Rather strange and not the best of their music, I'm afraid. The closing part is very difficult to bear. Let's hope that the whole of this album is not made of the same mould.

The title track is very close to be a (very) poor man's "Genesis" song (in the early days of their life while they were three). It is extremely worrying to hear such a number played by "Grobschnitt". Their great rocking abilities and vigorous music seem to be a forgotten topic. Maybe a one shot mistake?

When the following song starts, the absolute nadir of their work arrives to your ears. The disco beat of "A.C.Y.M." is just intolerable. To go that low shouldn't be allowed. Their flamboyant music is now part of a history (at least as far as this album is concerned). There's only one option : yes, the next key you know.

I was afraid to get a German song with "Du Schaffst Das Nicht". But it won't be the case since it is almost an instrumental track. Some church organ to start with and frankly, it is just an average song featuring some funny screams (can't call this vocals) which are damaging the good content.

After the disco mood, here is the time for some reggae. Coke-Train is pitiful to be honest. I really wonder what came through their minds to record such a piece of rubbish. But by now, your finger knows what to do. Press next of course to reach another culminating height in the ridicule style. The closing number May Day is a synth pop track with poor melody. Gosh! Help!

This album is by no means a masterpiece. I rate the CD release with two stars because of the good live version for "Du Schaffst.". Avoid this album, especially if you don't know the band otherwise you might just be discouraged to check out for other releases which "Grobschnitt" fully deserves.

This album is a big joke. But not funny at all.

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Posted Wednesday, January 2, 2008 | Review Permalink
3 stars The last true Grobschnitt album before Eroc left the band a year after, even they left the sympnonic prog atmosphere from previous release to a more accesible prog rock with shorter pieces and rockier passagages. Merry go round issued two years after excellent Rockpommels land, in summer of 1979. Well , I surprised to see that this is not so bad as many considered to be, ok is not a fantstic one either and is little far then previous one in musical terms, but has some good parts. ZSome good moments one Du Schaffst Das Nicht, an almost entirely instrumental track of 9 min long with very nice parts wheere we can see thet they still keep the symphonic atmosphere like on previous effort, nice and well crafter tune. The title track is ok even no spectacular moments to be found, with more edgy guitar sound. Overall listenable, quite ok but far from the greatness of Rockpommel's land, less spectacular arrangements and less complex and inventive. 3 stars to this one.
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Posted Sunday, June 3, 2012 | Review Permalink

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