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Clouds & Clowns Import

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  • Audio CD (March 11, 2011)
  • Imported ed. edition
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Edge J26181
  • ASIN: B000MGB3GM
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #39,731 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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After my "Trips and Traume" fiasco (see my review if you're curious), I've been nervous about German 70's folk prog. I also have shuddering moments thinking of the vocals on "Rockpommel's Island". So I've been nervous about buying Holderlin cds, because there aren't any audio samples of their music on Amazon's website(at least that I could find). Also the covers of a smiling clown with flowers also could indicate a certain degree of lameness in a singer song writer gone bad kind of way, but all these fears were unfounded. What I like about Hoelderlin is the way they build up the intensity with guitar, organ, mellotron and viola stopping on a dime and then spiraling on kind of like a more human version of Mahavishnu. As a bonus you get a 15 minute live track from 1974. I also bought their second album "Hoelderlin" which I prefer to "Clowns and Clouds" because the production sounds heavier and with more of an edge in a early King Crimson kind of way. Anyway people who get paid to write reviews and books have a pretty high opinion of both of these albums.
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By 1976 HOELDERLIN had moved far away from the psychedelic folk music found on their first album HOELDERLINS TRAUM. CLOWNS AND CLOUDS was HOELDERLIN's third album, and the first album with their new bass player Hans. Much of their artrock sound owes less to the Krautrock movement, and more to the 1973 GENESIS sound, with a dose of David Cross (violin player)from the 1973 era of KING CRIMSON. The side one soundscape is contained on 3 extended composistions. (Its the "CLOWN" side, so expect Circus imagery, clowns, lions, audience sound effects, dancing bears, etc.) Their orchestration centers around lead guitar, cello and viola often trading "fours" with each other during the instrumental passages. The lead guitar and precise, fluid rock drumming, along with the keyboard/synth work, keeps the sound grounded in the "rock" element, just as the cello/viola instrumentalists keep the "ART" in their artrock concept.

HOELDERLIN's artrock aspires to high concept, with "side one" about "clowns", and side two about "Clouds". Side two's style moves closer to KOSMISCHE Krautrock. A bubbling stream of water(for the song titled STREAMING), flutes, sax solos, and synths, plus the string section, is contained on the two extended pieces. The album's last song, PHASING, is my favorite piece on the album. A delicate melody on the viola floats gracefully over an arpeggioed electric piano, gracefully building over time, as drums and bass fill out the sound , until the keyboards enter. They play tacit to the cello, and the whole effect, completely sans vocals, causes a joyful sonic hypnosis. It's totally beautiful.
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Band's third album, with a time stamp of 1976. 'Clowns & Clouds' wasn't quite what I had expected. Didn't like this CD reissue as much as I did their first two lp's - 'Holderlin's Traum' ('72) or the self-titled 'Hoelderlin' ('75). Main reason was because this title seems to be in a slightly different direction than the previous two Hoelderlin efforts. Tracks worth mentioning include the seven-minute "Mad House" (a bit too jazzy for me), "Streaming", the twelve-minute "Phasing" and the added bonus cut, a live 1974 performance of "Traum". Actually, I thought this tune may've been the best song on the entire disc.
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