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Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 22, 2007)
  • Original Release Date: 2007
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Revisited Records
  • ASIN: B000O78S94
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #470,355 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Moving To The Country
2. Visions
3. Hopelessly
4. Little Maggie
5. Early Morning
6. London Town Girl (bonus track)
7. Autumn (bonus track)
8. Are You Ready
9. I'm Trying (bonus track)
10. Changing World (bonus track)

Editorial Reviews

In the early/mid seventies, the German and English Rock band Epitaph was one of the "big ones" in the German Rock Business. Their feeling for good and irresistible melodies paired with powerful Rock soon made them a name to be reckoned with. Comparisons to their Anglo-Saxon idols like Deep Purple, Black Sabbath and Uriah Heep soon vanished with their own style and panache delivered on their 1971 debut album, Epitaph. Of particular note is the impressive ability and musicianship of the individual band members, giving this record a memorable and lasting presence.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By znodog on August 27, 2008
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Most German bands and most late 60's, early 70's bands usually come out of the gate playing bluesy spacey hard rock and developing into a progressive machine for musicians to grow. Like Eloy, Lucifer's Friend, Birth Control or Grobschnitt humble rock tunes turned into big time arrangements and soundscapes.Epitaph did things the other way, by starting out on their debut playing complicated sensitive music with mellotron adding a majestic touch of class.With very heartfelt vocals and busy lenghty songs,this is a progressive classic.Also the bonus tracks add up to another EP'S worth of music showing some prog and some of the hard rock guitar music that came later.Then after this great showing they started to just simplify. To the point of just another rock'n roll band with ruff and ready twin guitars and lead vocals. A backwards progression but they rock well and developed a good style of rock tunes with bite. In fact they just released a 2008 album and Cliff Jackson's great voice is still there. From a Prog Planet and back to Earth again. A very unique band that went against the grain and just kicked back and made simple music. A must have for Krautrock fans...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Albert Burdick on March 19, 2012
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If you're looking for a piece of excellent musicianship that has probably NEVER been played on the radio, then Epitaph's first self-titled album/CD is for you. Ever since I first heard this well-crafted rock album on YouTube, I was hooked. Formed around 1969, the band is half German, half British, and their music is like a fusion of Deep Purple or Uriah Heep meets King Crimson. Though they were never popular in the U.S., their musical creativity is on full display in every song, including the bonus tracks. Thank Goodness Amazon.com has an international seller, otherwise I wouldn't have been able to procure a copy. But believe me--the extra couple of bucks were worth every penny!
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First saw the light of day in 1971, as this was the German heavy rock collective's first effort. Almost as good as it's 1974 follow-up 'Outside The Law' (see my review). Tracks that lured me into keeping this (good to have) CD reissue around were "Little Maggie", "London Town Girl", both edits of "Vision", the total ass-kicking (almost Deep Purple-like) "I'm Trying" and "Changing World". Line-up: Cliff Jackson - guitar & vocals, Klaus Walz (appeared in a later-day Jane effort) - guitar, Bernd Kolbe - bass and Jim McGillveray (Veruca Salt, Monster Magnet) - drums. As i looked up more info - I had no idea that Epitaph had as many lp's out after this one.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By B. E Jackson on June 4, 2010
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Maybe Epitaph has better albums than this one, but I'm not very impressed with the songwriting here.

It seems Epitaph really wanted to be like King Crimson, even using mellotron passages and drum patters in a nearly identical way to the legendary classic In the Court of the Crimson King album.

Now I don't think the material on here is particularly *bad* or anything. It's inoffensive at worst, and pleasant at best.

"Visions" has a really bland vocal melody, something King Crimson never would have created in their early years. "Early Morning" has a vocal I consider an improvement, but still misses the mark in comparison to you-know-who. This track -along with a few others- features lots of progressive rock tendencies by the secondrate bands, such as numerous guitar riffs running in succession.

Of course King Crimson never really fell into a predictable hard rock formula with ordinary guitar riffs and ordinary songwriting. Don't tell me Red qualifies as ordinary hard rock either.

The music on this Epitaph album is still decent hard rock, but not exceptionally noteworthy by any means. It reminds me of early Camel, however, Camel definitely has better songwriting (and a better guitar tone) than the majority of this album.

At least this is better than the Flower Kings. If you aren't familiar with the Flower Kings, let's just say they're a really overrated and forgettable King Crimson wannabe band. At least this Epitaph album has its moments.
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