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Novalis

NovalisAudio CD
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  • Audio CD (June 5, 2007)
  • Original Release Date: 2007
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Revisited Records
  • ASIN: B000O78S8K
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #760,685 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Sonnengeflecht (4:04)
2. Wer Schmetterlinge Lachen Hört (9:16)
3. Dronsz (4:53)
4. Impressionen (8:55)
5. Es Färbte Sich Die Wiese Gr1/4n (8:16)
6. Impressionen (bonus track live in Hagen) (10:36)

Editorial Reviews

The real big breakthrough for these Romantic-Rockers from Hamburg came actually with their third album, but this, their second effort originally released in 1975, already shows their direction: poetic German text, surrounded by ever changing progrock with classic influences, which in this case is still rough enough not to descend in to insipid drivel. Their fondness for German Poet Friedrich Hoelderlin shines through and their music has also been borrowed in sound and style by French Duo Air, for their soundtrack to the Virgin Suicides. Guest guitarist Carlo Karges is present here, (who later became the guitarist for famous Nena) and his Track Wer Schmetterlinge Lachen Hört became the secret hymn of the band. Novalis are one of the best in the genre.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars German 'romantic rock' for the ages. October 26, 2008
Format:Audio CD
Novalis was a band out of Hamburg, Germany that existed roughly for a period of ten years. They specialized in taking romantic, atmospheric symphonic rock pieces and interspersing them with harder rocking material, dynamic keyboard flourishes, and harmonic guitar interplay.
These guys were masters at evoking moods and textures, using Moog, Mellotron, strange sound effects, multiple time changes and dynamic shifts, and Heino Schunzel's wonderful vocals. The album starts out with 'Sonnengeflect', an uptempo piece with lots of analog synth runs, harmonic basslines, and wah-wah guitars. 'Wir Schmetterlinge Lachen Hort' is a slower, haunting piece with Hammond organ. 'Dronsz' is another slow piece with eerie vocals, more Hammond organ, and various weird sound effects, kind of reminiscent of another German band, The Eloy. For the next song they chose to do a rendition of an Anton Bruckner piece, titled 'Impressionen'. Hammond organ kind of dominates the song(you'd swear you were in church). 'Es farbte Sich Die Wiese Grun' is another slow song with vocals by Heino Schunzel, and a nice Moog intro, with strings played on Mellotron. The middle section of the song gets quite a bit jazzier, but still great. The album (what's an 'album'?) ends with a live version of 'Impressionen', so it's obvious that the chops these guys had didn't exist simply in the studio, and why they were such a popular live act.

Novalis ceased to exist around the mid-eighties, but left a rich and diverse musical history on the albums they released. They are worth checking out.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Magnificent August 5, 2002
By ERICK
Format:Audio CD
This is the first album of Novalis that I listen, but I can tell you,it is beatiful music composed in 1975 by this german band. This cd needs to be in every really prog fan collection. A lot of synthesiser, for all ELP lovers.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By Lethe
Format:Audio CD
Reminiscent of another German rock band with a strong progressive attitude (Eloy), sometimes enriched with a few hints of hard rock (fortunately- in a few circumstances only- reminding me of Uriah Heep), the present album is characterized by an Hammond sound, according to the 70's mood, as well as by a classical approach in the vein of Ekseption, like in the symphony # 5 by Bruckner (here also taken from a live act of their own, whose arrangement is particular...) . But the hard rock imprinting, even though not often present here, is a typical "trademark" of this 70's cult band, which never forget the roots of the basic classic rock of that period...In particular the song "'Es farbte Sich Die Wiese Grun'" is the unique example regarding a soft mellotron sound, coupled with the moog in a pop progressive mood, which sounds "strange" in this work.
This time We find a different style, in the vein of the romantic songs by Moody Blues and Procol Harum and probably it's the most spontaneous act within "Novalis"...besides in the other songs you can find interesting time changes, the presence of "wah-wah" guitars and various sound effects (in the territory of "space rock"), but it's not their main target (and above all the most natural one) in my opinion...well, if you like the romantic prog sound of the seventies, in a strange mix between Uriah Heep and also a kind of typical space rock genre, you will buy the present album; otherwise you could also evaluate it like a good work of the past, without pretensions; and at the end it could be worth checking out at least, for a 3 stars evaluation..remarkable memory of the seventies, after all!!
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