2010 Made in Germany. 1971 archival recordings.
Packaging details: Made in Germany is the next venture from a former SPV executive. The quality of the physical product is impressive, and is first class all the way. Features include a tri-fold digipak holding 2 CDs and extensive liner
notes from Eroc himself.
Notes: "Die Grobschnitt Story 0" is all about the earliest incarnation of
Kapelle Elias Grobschnitt (1971), and as such, much of the material will
also be found on the self-titled Grobschnitt album. In fact, the entire
first album is presented here, but in slightly different form (no
string quartet for example) - though there are not enough differences to
make this an essential purchase - on its own that is...
there is close to 30 minutes of unique material here, starting with
track 6 'About My Town' (8:56), a very fine jazz inflicted progressive
rock number with plenty of those great Lupo guitar solos. 'Fallstone'
(5:25) follows with Eroc's martial drumming leading the way while
Wildschwein shreds away on rhythm guitar and Lupo once again comes in
with some fine solos. Disc 2 opens with 'Das D-Lied' (4:03) and 'Das
Teelied' (3:15) both splendid little psychedelic blues rock numbers in
the Krautrock tradition. 'Die Maschine' (7:49) is perhaps the best of
them all, starting out with power chords like early Black Sabbath. But
at the point where you would expect Iommi to start riffing, the band
goes into jazzy jamming mode and Lupo unleashes some great wah-wah
solos. These 5 tracks alone would have made for a great archival album,
so having the bonus of the entire first album in raw form is just icing
on the cake. The album closes with a live version of 'Das D-Lied' (4:33)
and the final track, on the surface at least, looks like a real boon
for collectors: A 31 minute live version of 'Die Sinfonie'. However this
is the same bonus track as found on the 1998 Repertoire CD, so if you have that already, then nothing new here.
All in all, a fantastic historical document
from one of Germany's finest progressive rock bands of the 70s.
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