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Fire Behind Bars Import

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ABACUS, a German-English Progressive rock music playing band was founded in 1971, publishing four albums on the Polydor Record label, produced in Giorgio MORODER's Musicland in Munich. They were celebrated on numerous rock festivals being a steady institution next to EMERSON, LAKE & PALMER, SANTANA et PINK FLOYD. Musical differences for forthcoming productions were decisive for the band's break in 1976. They reported back in 1980 with an EMI deal, but were forced by their publishing house to write German words for their next production. So they split again in 1983 after having done just one single in English. In 1997 at last ABACUS met again to do some unpublished songs for their fifth long waited album ""Fire Behind Bars"". This is a special project led by the multi-instrumentist Jürgen WIMPELBERG (Vocals, keyboards, guitars & programming), helped by numerous guests, let's mention Robert VALET and Peter TERHOEVEN from SOLAR PROJECT. In a vein near GENESIS, GREENSLADE or PINK FLOYD, ABACUS offers a modern and attractive Progressive rock. Published in the year 2010, ""Destiny"" features six long brand new songs, carefully worked-out and produced, due to the long past career of the band. Let's also mention that Robert VALET and Peter TERHOEVEN, both from SOLAR PROJECT, also guest on this one. Not to be missed !
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (January 1, 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Musea
  • ASIN: B00005M6W8
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #888,085 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Abacus was a progressive rock band that was formed in 1971. They released four albums ("Abacus", "Everything You Need', "Just a Day's Journey Away", and "Midway") and then broke up due to problems with their label. They reformed in 1979 and attempted to release a fifth album in 1980, but again ran into problems as the people who held the rights to the band's production demanded that the lyrics on their new album be only in German.

In 1997, Jürgen Wimpelberg decided to finish that fifth album with some guest musicians. The first seven tracks on this album are re-recordings of the tracks from that album, to which he has added an 8th track, "Avalanche Part 2", which is an instrumental. None of the original members of the group remain; even Klaus Kohlhase, the original bass player who reformed the group in 1979, is gone, although his presence is still felt on "Nightflight" and "Loser" where he wrote the lyrics to the songs.

The sole group credit goes to Jürgen Wimpelberg (keyboards, vocals, guitars, & drum programming), which makes the group a one man band. Listed as "friends" on the album are Manford Heilmann (vocals and guitars), Rainer Niklowitz (drums and percussion), Reinhard Schulte (basses), Robert Valet (acoustic guitars), Peter Terhoeven (guitars), and Pattrick Pelzer (vocals). Most of the writing credits go to Jürgen Wimpelberg, but Manford Heilmann shares the music credit on five of the eight pieces and Pattrick Pelzer gets a lyric credit for "Rien Ne Vas Plus".

This CD sounds nothing like the bands original CDs, at least not the three which I have heard. This album has a much more synthesized sound and is dominated by keyboards, which is not surprising given the fact that it is mainly the work of a keyboardist.
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