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Solar Music: Live

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Without a doubt, this is the greatest prog rock live album of all-time!

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Solar Music 1
  2. Food Sicore
  3. Solar Music II
  4. Mühlheim Special
  5. Otto Panckrock
  6. Golden Mist
  7. Solar Music III
  8. The Missing 13 Minutes [#][*]
  9. Vanishing Towards the East [*]


Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 24, 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Revisited Records
  • ASIN: B001K2KHMS
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #844,541 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Way back in the late 70's and mid 80's, I was a dj speciallising in Rock music. One of our most popular nights was"Progressive Nite", where we featured such artists as 'Floyd, Hawkwind, Gong,Hillage, etc. Krautrock was a popular genre, and I was heavilly into this at the time ( still am ! ). One night my friend brought in "Solar Music Live", and we gave side one a spin. There was a lot of very mixed reaction UNTIL, the guitar breaks broke in, and then it just did'nt take off -- it flew ! "Solar Music " became of of the "Prog Nite" mainstays.
"Solar Music Live", was recorded in 1978, and looking at my original vinyl LP cover, the band wore some strange costumes, and together with live animals in stage, the whole affair must have been quite bizare, although the music is absolutely amazing !
Side one starts off with strange noises, and some laid back guitar, and then more strange sounds, and gutteral voices ( typical Krautrock, that ). After about 12 minutes or so, the lead guitar goes into solo, and plays , alternativly off the percussion. THEN, the 2nd lead guitar kicks in, and both guitars play off the percussion, and off each other. The result is a screaming,wah wah laden, blistering twin attack, with the percuission crashing around it, -- it is absolutely fantastic !!
The solo's continue until mellowing out into a keyboard wash of mellody, and finally chilling out towards the end. The concert must have been a great performace.
I rate this album as eleven out of ten !!
I am pleased to be able to get this on cd now, particularily as there are an extra 13 minutes on the cd, which presumably would'nt fit on the vinyl.
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GROBSCHNITT's 1978 live masterpiece "Solar Music-Live" is without a doubt the most over the top, intense, and downright MIND blowing German Acid/Prog (Krautrock) live album ever created! Following straight on the heels of their 1977 classic studio fantasy epic "Rockpommel's Land", GROBSCHNITT unleashes the sheer power and virtuosity of their live performance and subsequently capture the magical spirit of all great 70's prog/acid rock/acid jazz in one blistering live set. Quite possibly the reason "Solar Music-Live" is such a mind blower is because it offers up the often unheard side of GROBSCHNITT: the live side. For fans outside of Germany and its immediate neighbors, GROBSCHNITT was known only via their studio releases, which while still extremely powerful in their own right, do not quite fully capture the sheer power that GROBSCHNITT possessed on stage. Ranging from blistering guitar solos to intricate jazz patterns weaved into subtle spacey keyboard dynamics coupled with vocals that range from beautiful melody to monstrous freak out vocals straight from the void, "Solar Music-Live" has EVERYTHING acidhead/space rock fans, prog rock fans, Krautrock collectors, jam band fans, or even hard rockers and metalheads could dream of (in their WILDEST most tripped out dreams)! There are very few acid rock/prog/Krautrock live recordings which even come close to matching the intensity and musical mastery of "Solar Music-Live" (some of those being classics such as the insane acid jazz rock of MAGMA's '75 "Magma Live" (aka "Kohntark" and "Hhai"), HAWKWIND's legendary "Space Ritual" 2LP and their amazing "1999 Party-Live Chicago '74", ELOY's 1978 "Live" LP, and the classic live portion of PINK FLOYD's 1969 two LP set "Ummagumma").Read more ›
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Boy, was I surprised to find this on CD! This is a superb example of the creative forces at work in the '70s. I highly recommend this to anyone who likes (in no particular order) "old" Pink Floyd, Yes, Supertramp, Camel, StarCastle, etc. Definitely a must have for the progressive rock junkie.
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Originally released in 1978, this was the band's sixth lp, to follow up on their first five albums. However, each of the disc's tunes here appear to be exclusive to this record. Another fantastic progressive heavy rocker here to fully experience. Some say they're like Germany's reply to Gong. I'll accept that. Most kraut fans should enjoy this CD. Tracks that I was most impressed with were "Solar Music 1", "Solar Music 2", the eleven-minute "Golden Mist" and "Missing 13 Minutes"... which is just that, a thirteen minute segment that the Repertoire label pressing had added on to make this title even more in demand. Line-up: Gerd Petrolk - guitar, Volker Kahrs - keyboards, Joachim Ehrig - drums & electronics, Stefan Danielak - guitar & vocals and Wolfgang - drums. Might appeal to fans of Gentle Giant, Gong, Nektar, Greenslade and possibly Eloy. Recommended.
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