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3.88 | 25 ratings | 3 reviews | 12% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 1994

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. The Rose Of Memory (Once Upon A Time) (20:28)
2. The Rosegarden (Woe Be To You) (5:59)
3. The Robbery (If I Can´t Steal Your Heart I Can Steal You) (3:58)
4. The Heroes (The Rabble Cries For Heroes) (5:54)
5. The Ride (Never Say Die!) (4:16)
6. The Encounter (Gentlemen´s Agreement) (5:13)
7. The Mediation (I Did Never Touch Her Purity) (4:26)
8. The Court Of Laurin (The Last Word Has Not Yet Been Said) (4:01)
9. The Battle (instrumental) (7:18)
10. The Spell (Roses Should Never Be Seen There Again) (3:27)
11. The Alpglow (instrumental) (0:30)

Total Time: 65:30

Line-up / Musicians

- Georg Lang / drums, percussion
- Thomas Pichler / bass
- Manni Kaufmann / keyboards
- Manfred Schweigkofler / vocals
- Christoph Senoner / guitars, voice Firebird on "The Encounter"

- Esther Silbernagl / flute on "The Rose Of Memory"
- Annalisa Pasqualotto / vocals
- Erica Corbellini / vocals
- Edward Martin / narrator
- Ashley Martin / dwarfs on "The Rose Of Memory"
- Wendy Martin / a girl on "The Rose Of Memory"
- Günther Falser / voice Whittaker on "The Encounter"

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MAD PUPPET King Laurin And His Rosegarden ratings distribution

(25 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(12%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(56%)
Good, but non-essential (20%)
Collectors/fans only (8%)
Poor. Only for completionists (4%)

MAD PUPPET King Laurin And His Rosegarden reviews

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Review by tszirmay
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4 stars If you are constantly on the look out for that rare hidden gem , here is a mesmerizing concept album by the relatively unknown Germanic progmeisters from Tyrol, Italy. This is an imposingly exhaustive story with lots of narration (not always a good sign yet critical here), a teutonic fairy tale about a dwarf king of unusual cruelty and the enchanted rosegarden that was his rather selfish pride and joy. The musical envelope is compelling, gushing forth effortlessly with all players ebuliently inspired, no instrument trying to dominate the other, all tuned into creating a cohesive story. Starting off with a 20 minute suite takes a lot of audacity, dive bombing straight into the saga of the mad king Laurin but the next piece the "Rosegarden" is the killer cut here, (Woe be to You) offering up a canvas very reminiscent of a harder edged Floyd both in spirit and inspiration, with a hook-laden chorus to die for and a blistering guitar solo to boot ! This hour long CD is an oyster of tasty neo-prog, quite original in scope and delivery , certainly not a Classic but a very trusted recording that I like to revisit regularly. 4 schtroumphs
Review by andrea
4 stars In 1994 Mad Puppet released what can be considered their best album so far, "King Laurin And His Rosegarden". This work features a slightly renewed line up with Manfred Kaufmann (keyboards), Manfred Schweigkofler (vocals), Christoph Senoner (guitars, vocals), Thomas Pichler (bass) and Georg Lang (drums, percussion). During the recording sessions they were helped by many guest musicians who contributed to enrich the sound adding many musical colours. The result of all this hard work is a complex concept album inspired by local folklore with an amazing synthesis of modern and vintage sounds.

All the the tracks are linked together in a long suite that tells the lore of King Laurin and of his mythical garden of roses. In fact, the Rosengarten or Catinaccio is the name of a spectacular spot in the Dolomites and Laurin was the king of the dwarfs who lived up there. The music is less derivative than on the debut album and the song-writing here in my opinion is rather good. Some passages could recall Pink Floyd or Genesis or Marillion, but this influences are just reference points. There are some narrative parts that help to follow the development of the story but, in my opinion, it's a pity that the band chose to sing in English rather than in Italian, German or Ladin since this choice put some limits in the lyrical expression. Anyway, listen to the album and judge by yourselves! You can listen to the complete work and read the lyrics on the official website of the band. Don't miss it!

Latest members reviews

4 stars If you like concept albums, Peter-Gabriel-era Genesis, Marillion, Italian symphonic prog plus great guitar work, this CD could be worthwhile to check out. It tells the story of Laurin, dwarf king in the Dolomites of Southern Tyrol in Italy. As the folk tale goes, Laurin was extremely proud of ... (read more)

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