The German accent is strong and there is definitely a sense of humour coming through. Grobschnitt sound extremely anticipated to one another and their lies the quality of this record along with its great flow. It just wraps itself around my cerebral cortex and transports me to Planet X. It's difficult to believe a small percentage of Progarchive reviewers rate the album as non- essential, or worse: for collectors only. Taken from the second half of a show in Mulhiem, West Germany in 1978 , the album showcas. The band are virtuoso and operate within a vacuum of spacey textures jamming off one groove and then they know how to release the tension so appropriately, breaking from hypnotic rhythms of bass and drums to provide uplifting soaring instrumental solos. The colossal space suite that turned Grobschnitt into prog legends is given a reimagining treatment with extra sections, more weirdness and extended soloing.
Mülheim Special and Otto Pankrock are representing the best sections - jamming pur with german spoken words, also played backwards. This is genuine space rock and it encompasses many moods, and as the piece progresses there is the sound of birds twittering, and a dog barks a few times. . I who hate God and give him a name. Some screaming guitar and organ. I thought: This is going to be an Grobschnitt recording which is far too focused on German humor. Mulheim Special is a very strong track and the writing is oh so inspired.
I who want to be God. It really is spaced up to the stratosphere. Posted Saturday, February 4, 2012 Review 625937 First a personal note: I'm not sure why I waited so long to review Grobschnitt's celebrated 1978 live album, a fixture in my own music library for over three decades and counting. Once the pure music begins, it doesn't let up until the final seconds. The synths begins to really take off like a space ship traveling through the solar system. And what an album this one is! This album is largely instrumental, and if you been put off by Stefan Danielak Wildschwein and his singing, you'll be happy to know he only does a couple minutes of singing near the beginning.
Posted Wednesday, August 2, 2006 Review 85474 If your into Krautrock or guitar driven spacerock, have I got a record for you! Mainly instrumental, the recording contains only a few sung parts which are mostly spoken words in German, as well as a couple of surprises scattered over the album, showing the band's sense of humor. You are searching for an example? I really can't find any better words to describe this experience. The guitar is so amazing! The crowd roar at the end and cry out that they want more of Grobschnitt and who can blame them? Solar Music I works like a warmup with great vocals by Willi Wildschwein Stefan Danielak. The final, spine-tingling denouement follows a similar path from the album version - yet more screeching guitar solo's - yet adds some scintillating keyboard effects that takes the music into hither unexpected synth-rock directions. It really sounds like early Hawkwind. Posted Thursday, October 27, 2011 Review 558055 A double live album that has become a milestone in space rock.
Thought side one has a bit of dissapointing opener, everything gets really great after five minutes and stays that way till the last note of side 2. Spatial Awareness There's a very spontaneous feel to these compositions that casts them in the Krautrock mould very firmly, but the pitfall of live improvisation is falling into monotony, which unfortunately happens many times on this album. At a time when most Prog Rockers were already showing symptoms of terminal decadence and redundancy, this unlikely band of Teutonic extroverts managed to organize all their conflicting musical impulses - psychedelia, symphonic rock, vaudeville humor - into an epic 55-minutes of near- miraculous showmanship, actually the second half of a single evening's performance and what a gig that must have been! Grobschnitt were still featuring a slight deviation on their 'classic' line-up at this time, with Stefan Danielak guitars, vocals , Eroc drums , Mist keyboards , Wildschwein guitars, vocals and Popo bass all performing with extraordinary energy and gusto in front of an enthusiastic audience of hardcore fans. I love that the songs all bleed one into the next. Well, if you do, you're better off hearing it here. The musicianship is, simply put, unbelievably assured, and the album as whole never fails to impress, whether it be in the slower, psych-rock sections or the blistering hard-rock blow-outs that takes Grobschnitt's rock dynamic into areas of highly- defined symphonic rock that showcase the group's live prowess. A live one at that and probably one of the five best ever.
Posted Friday, December 31, 2010 Review 368768 Wow! The bass is fairly notable, and reminds me very much of Marillion's Peter Trewavas in places, but despite the accuracy and great flow in the playing, the tendency is to follow the root notes, rather than suggest inversions or modes, and even basic ideas of interest like the use of pedals the musical variety or the Taurus variety! The bass of Wolfgang Jäger and Eroc's drums also serve as backbone to one of the best jam sessions in history, and the fact that every note seems to be planned does not take away from the effort one iota. For Grobschnitt skeptics, I should start by advertising that the focus is entirely on the music here. Pardon the clumsy metaphor, but why bother even trying to gild an already five-star, 14-karat lily? Their closest related studio album would be Ballerman from which the original piece stems. All the elements that make a succeessful prog are present : creativity, weirdness, experimentations, space jamming, beauty, ultimate musicianship, melody, long epics, and very important power. The lead work of duel guitarists Wildschwein and Lupo is mesmirising. Posted Friday, May 27, 2005 Review 19548 I love krautrock and I am so happy I found out about the genre. The live Solar Music marked a creative zenith not only for this hardworking German group, but arguably also for Progressive Rock itself in the waning days of its influence and popularity.
Spacey chimes blend into the jamming session, with eerie star gazing soundscapes. Through those travels I tried Grobsc. The lead guitar just takes off into the stratosphere. Even if that composition was just as recognizable, the magic just wasn't there. En general, Solar Music Live gustará a quienes disfrutan el rock psicodélico y el space Pink Floyd, Nektar, con predominancia de teclado y guitarra a diferencia de bandas como Eloy y Hawkwind, donde priman los sintetizadores. I later went back and revisited the original studio version of Solar Music on Ballermann, purely for curiosity reasons.
I'm a bit unsure how to rate this. Although Grobschnitt manage to dig themselves out of these holes reasonably well, the continuity is badly affected, and the actual structuring of the compositions doesn't help either - there is little or no flow from one track to another, and the whole product feels rather hiccupped in places and directionless in others. I love the vocalist's histrionics and eccentricities. Do you hear Solar Music? Each song blends into the other. Mostly instrumental, energetic and welodic rock.
Posted Monday, June 19, 2006 Review 81510 Set The Controls. This album is sheer power! It is one long piece of music and yet broken into segments that blend seamlessly together. Every now and then, the band inserts their Germanic sense of humor, and even martial music is included here and there. Incredible sense of dynamics, exploring proggy, technical, instrumental playing. This record has a lot of part but if you see it as a whole one could see it as one movement, one big composition.
But actually, on the rest of the recording, their wasn't that much of it, which makes the whole recording great. This is another essential album that one must have in their collection. The band are renowned for their vivacious high theatrics and art rock pyrotechnics with fireworks, sparks, masks and costumes. There is some more silliness after 5 minutes but I don't understand. There is really no point to talk about the individual moments or some specific arrangements that enhance this album because that is really not what this album is about. And unlike the Floyd there's a welcome element of humor in the space rock of Grobschnitt. But the sound also remains fluent and melodious enough for symphonic fans.