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Ballermann

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This 1974 album foreshadows Grobschnitt's later symphonic prog style (featured on Rockpommel's Land ), but also has a hard rock element. The studio version of the legendary Solar Music suite is also featured on this album and has an improvisational and unstructured air to it. The album starts off with an extremely bizarre, incomprehensible monologue by someone with a heavy German accent. This basically sets the tone for Grobschnitt's cheesy humor that pervades the rest of this album as well as their other work. The first five songs are great, with some tasteful guitar playing and beautiful piano and keyboards. Much of the music reminds of Nektar, in that it has a lot of keyboards, but there is a significant guitar presence, which lends a hard rock feel. This is very melodic and there are moments of high-flying dual guitar soloing that are totally great. After the first half of fairly structured music comes the intense Solar Music , which is delivered here in two parts. The intense jamming and soloing on this piece coupled with the more vocally-oriented stuff from the first half of the album makes Ballermann a winner.

For the digital remastering for CD in late summer 2008 Eroc pulled out all stops to reanimate old time feelings and to point out the sound details of each song in the best possible way. It was a pleasure for him to finally assemble Magic Train and Solar Music the way they were supposed to be 34 years ago.

1. Sahara
2. Nickel-Odeon
3. Drummer s Dream
4. Morning Song
5. Magic Train
6. Solar Music, Pt. 1
7. Solar Music, Pt. 2

Product Details

  • Audio CD (January 27, 2009)
  • Original Release Date: 2008
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Brain / SPV
  • ASIN: B001HY3BHM
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #639,639 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Alfredo Yung on April 20, 2000
Format: Audio CD
An excellent album. The very first track, which starts with a bunch of drunks singing out loud a melody that ends up being the main theme of the song, proves that prog rock does not need to be serious to be musically challenging. Much more orirginal than "Rockpommel's...". Contains the original (?) version of "Solar Music", which I like better than the one featured on "Solar Music live". If you like prog, don't miss this one.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Werft22 on November 17, 2014
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Arrived earlier than expected, excellent quality
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2 of 7 people found the following review helpful By raul gordon on September 27, 2003
Format: Audio CD
Oir "solar music" en estudio es una experiencia sobretodo si antes se ha oido la version clasica del "solar music live2....de veras que aqui encontramos caracteristicas clasicas del kraut rock..psicodelia,arreglos electronicos...en fin todo lo que un amante del rock progresivo busca...atento eso si a unas cuantas canciones que reducen calidad al disco...nickelodeon,el tercer tema del disco... impresionante odisea a un mundo irreal...guitarras y teclados increibles...en fin nada menos podia esperarse de esta increible banda...BALLERMAN es a mi gusto el tercero en importancia..luego del primer disco y obviamente luego de solar music live...top 20 dentro del kraut rock.
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0 of 9 people found the following review helpful By S M on September 25, 2011
Format: Audio CD
In looking for any reviews on any prog rock recording I look for any indication of any boring instrumental noodling/jamming whose musicians neither have the professionalism of the Allman Brothers, Phish or other quality bands to do this and still make is interesting music , nor have the improvising talent of many Jazz musicians to do it well, or if they do, they have not shown so because they are either stoned, drunk or zonked out, and the producer likewise.

This is sadly the case as the instrumental passages are boring and sound like the band was unable to play because of being it sounds like a boring fiddle farting around drug addled jam, likewise the same review of the production.
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