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Rockpommel's Land


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  • Audio CD (November 6, 2007)
  • Original Release Date: 2007
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Brain / SPV
  • ASIN: B000V7B8T4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #610,637 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Ernie s Reise 11:02
2. Severity Town 10:02
3. Anywhere 2:18
4. Rockpommel s Land 19:53
5. Rockpommel s Pott Püree (bonus live track) 16:40

Editorial Reviews

Rockpommel s Land is Grobschnitt s rock opera, based on a concept developed by their keyboardist, Mist. The album tells the story of a little boy who is taken away to a dream world by a fairytale bird, where he brings back to life a dead, cold city and its inhabitants. The album consists of four tracks which were up to 20 minutes long, true to the style of Mist s idols, Yes and Genesis. The band spent 15 months working on the fairytale-like music before recording it at Conny Plank s studio in four weeks. In the liner notes, Eroc mentioned a number of occasionally serious disagreements in the rehearsal room, which had some band members repeatedly leave the building in exasperation during rehearsals, although this doesn t seem to have had a negative effect on their recording: Rockpommel s Land is considered one of the band s greatest success stories.

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I sincerely recommend it to anyone new to this type of music.
Gerardo Azpurua
It's definitely progressive rock with a strong emphasis on storytelling.
B. E Jackson
And the rest of the band can play as well, thank you very much!
Gian-luca Di Rocco

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Jeffrey J.Park VINE VOICE on April 25, 2003
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
This is an excellent bit of German symphonic progressive rock released in 1977 that exhibits intricate ensemble work, great synthesizer sounds, haunting melodies, and sophisticated arrangements that are on a par with their English counterparts (especially "Foxtrot" and "Wind and Wuthering" period Genesis). What sets "Rockpommels Land" apart however is the generally sunny and friendly feeling that the music evokes. Combined with Grobschnitt's great sense of humor (I actually laughed aloud at the end of "Severity Town") and their superb musicianship, this constitutes a welcome addition to a body of music that is essentially "dark" and "serious". The vocals (in English) are generally good but are a bit on the "croony" side for my taste, that is, there is a lot of tremolo in the vocalist's voice. The highlight of the CD of course is the 20-minute multi-movement suite "Rockpommels Land" which encapsulates the attributes that fans of progressive rock look for; namely epic-length and instrumental virtuosity. Highly recommended.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mike Reed VINE VOICE on November 14, 2006
Format: Audio CD
Originally released in 1977. I'm giving this CD a five-star rating for effort,alone. Until here recently, I never even knew about this title. It's much different than the other Grobschnitt discs I have in my collection which are their self-titled album, 'Volle Molle' and 'Solar Music Live' (see my reviews of all three). Couldn't help but to notice a strong Yes-like influence, specially with Stefan Danielak's superbly done vocals. Best cuts here are the awesome "Ernie's Reise", the twenty-minute title track "Rockpommel's Land" and the reissue's bonus tune "Tontillon". Truly brilliant German progressive here for the taking. If you're able,try to follow this lp's story line. Recommended.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Gian-luca Di Rocco on October 23, 2000
Format: Audio CD
This is Grobschnitt's concept album from 1977. Rated by many as their finest album, and at their most progressive. The fifth track is actually an instrumental bonus track that wasn't on the original album, and as such does not form part of the album's storyline - however the track is excellent and its inclusion is most welcome. The story is reminiscent of Jacob Two-Two and the Hooded Fang (for those fellow Canucks familiar with the famous Canadian tale), and concerns a young boy named Ernie who journeys to an imaginary land via a magical bird and frees all of the imprisoned children. This may sound silly, but like most prog albums the storyline is simply a metaphor for a more serious, philosophical message which I'll let the listener discover for themselves. The music is excellent,containing many traditional progressive elements used to their most pleasing possibilities. In particular their is some awe-inspiring guitar work from Lupo (the band's guitarist) - his solo towards the end of Rockpommel's Land (the 20 minute track which ends the album's story) is incredibly beautiful and uplifting, and must rank amongst the finest closing guitar solo in rock history. And the rest of the band can play as well, thank you very much! Buy this Cd. It is perhaps Grobschnitt's finest hour.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By JEFF BEHNE on September 26, 2002
Format: Audio CD
THE MORE I LISTEN TO IT THE MORE I LIKE IT . THE MUSIC IS HYPNOTIC . YA WANT MORE AND WISH THE END WOULD NEVER COME . THIS IS ONE CD YA CANT JUDGE BY LISTENING TO IT JUST ONCE .
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jack on June 20, 2003
Format: Audio CD
A great symphonic prog rock album over 4 tracks between 4 and 20 minutes. It tells the story of a little boy - not a hero at all - just the kind everybody may identificate with him enters by the way of his draems a strange fantasy land. Dark mights have this world under rule. Now little Ernie and his new found friend, a giantic bird named Maraboo stand against them and there dark servants - the "Blackshirts" . In common they travel through "Rockpommel's Land" to Mr. Glee's exile to save this world and bring the forbidden laugh of children back.
You can't get enough!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By disco biscuit on August 2, 2005
Format: Audio CD
1 of the true great progressive albums of all time....in an era where progressive,art rock has began anew.....u must listen to this to learn the beginnings and to share in the beauty that it still provokes...the only tell tale sign of an albums greatness..is,how much do u play it,think of it..what images are evoked..this has it all..culminating in 1 of the great climaxes in music of all time(right up there with awaken by yes)..track this cd down,enjoy for life awaken,andy
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Gerardo Azpurua on September 7, 2009
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In my humble opinion, this should be the best prog record ever made. I sincerely recommend it to anyone new to this type of music. It is mellow, simple, yet extremely complete, and easy to enjoy.
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