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Opal [Import]

EmbryoAudio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

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MP3 Music, 10 Songs, 1997 $8.99  
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Vinyl, 2010 $26.52  

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listen  2. You Don't Know What's Happening 4:52$0.99  Buy MP3 
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listen  8. People From Out The Space 7:31$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. You Better Have Some Fun 2:39$0.99  Buy MP3 
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (July 23, 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Materiali
  • ASIN: B00002794H
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #473,636 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

Disconforme 24-bit digitally remastered reissue of the Krautrocker's 1970 album. Features the bonus tracks 'You Better Have Some Fun' & 'Lauft'. 2002.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Embyro's perfect gem : OPAL May 29, 2005
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Before OPAL, Christian Burchard, drummer/percussionist, founder and leader of EMBRYO, played with Mal Waldon, the famous jazz pianist and composer. At the time, Burchard was a teenager, a true WUNDERKIND. This period can be heard on "FOR EVA". But 1969 and psychedelic rock hit Germany, and Munich, and when it did, Burchard was swept up into its philosophy wholehardedly. Abandoning his jazz roots, he hung out with the AMON DUUL commune of freaked out musicians. (He even plays on Phallus Dei, Amon Duul's first LP.) After Burchard became aware of the NEW MUSIC, he recruited Edgar Hofmann, who plays Reeds, flutes and violin, and is the only other constant name seen with EMBRYO over the years. With Burchard on drums, Hofmann on sax, a monster bass player, and the guitarist from TEN YEARS AFTER (John Kelly), EMBRYO gave birth to their first album. Most of the music from 1969-1970 in Germany, sounds deeply influenced by either Zappa, Pink Floyd, Jethro Tull, or the Canterbury sound. EMBRYO's OPAL sounds, if nothing else, like Miles Davis' BITCHES BREW, with a touch of CAN thrown in. AND THAT'S A GOOD THING. I have all the EMBRYO CDS (except Rache) up to around 1982, and this is the BEST. Almost the whole CD is instrumental. "End of Soul" is a cool, spoken word eulogy for the death of soul music. OPAL's psychedelia paints with the palette of free jazz, and bebop, and not just blues, 50s rock or Fluxus/Musique Concrete like most acid music. Edgar Hofmann's Sax work comes across singular, and beautiful. The world music influences have not yet touched the band here, as it would later on. John Kelly's guitar work compliments the others perfectly, and gives the band that cool ROCK AND ROLL edge. I realize that this is an expensive CD, because it is only available as an Italian import. Read more ›
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Embryo - 'Opal' (Materiali Sound) 4 1/2 stars January 1, 2010
Format:Audio CD
Band's brilliant very first, 1970 lp on much welcomed CD reissue. Nearly every track pulls the listener(s) right in with the too-short title cut "Opal", the somewhat strange (yet still good) "You Don't Know What's Happening", the jazzy "Revolution", "Clockenspiel" and "People From Out The Space". Then, there are the two added bonus songs - couldn't get enough of the twenty-six minute "Lauft". To me, it sounds like maybe an early 'open jam'. It's been noted that this krautrock classic is similar to a couple of Amon Duul II titles - 'Phallus Dei' and 'Yeti', You be the judge of that. Recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Embryo's 'Opal' June 29, 2011
By robert
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
'Opal' is justifiably a real Krautrock collector's item, and Embryo generates a very appealing and accessible sound despite a somewhat 'honking' saxophone. This CD arrived promptly and in perfect condition through Amazon.
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