One of the rarest of the rarest private pressed german albums from out of those magic seventies, we can thank the very generous contributor filfer for this share, an album which is quite impossible to find online if you for some crazy reason wished to buy it. Is it worth the rarity and price? Well I would leave that to the listener to decide since tastes are so varied especially in this progressive racket. Oddly for such a late seventies output the vibe is of fifties-sixties surf music with rickenbacker picking and quick and bouncy rhythyms. The singer seems to think he's doing late-fifties hollywood. Except for two instrumentals it is debatable whether this should be called progressive rock since most of the album consists of simple guitar songs. A couple riffs remind me of the early seventies aussie band Pirana, but the songwriting is nowhere nearly as good. If you didn't know it you would expect the date on this to be 1972 or thereabouts.
The first track starts strongly with some nice C sharp minor (?) riffage even leading into a nice rapid modulation. It builds up nicely to some guitar soloing which is quite good. Then we have this odd sounding organ chorus of take a trip to music, sounding like a cheap supermarket organ from the sixties -- anyone alive in that time might recall and shudder at the sound of the cheap electric organs of the day.
The second instrumental, a play on how high the moon, "How high Von Mohn" (reference--?) has another insteresting descending minor chord riff in C minor this time, and a break in the middle between passages features a very cool minor seconds scale on the choppy guitar. The following descending minor 7th set of chords is quite trite though.
I really wonder about the musicians' thoughts about this oddly anachronistic style. On "1000 stars" we hear an almost don ho-hawaiian guitar picked melody.
Mention must be made about the hilarious and playful cover of an ?elephant being chased, presumably a drawing made by one of the artists.
Egbert Theissen (guitar, vocals, bass), Rainer Mussmann (guitar), Burghard Netthöfel (bass, vocals, guitar), Klaus-Dieter Junke (organ, piano, string ensemble), Udo Winkler (drums, percussion), Helmut Philipps (congas, timbales, percussion, drums), Jochen Vetter (drums, 1981)
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