Thursday, February 21, 2013
Pancake - No Illusions. 1979 Germany
CD reissue: 2012 Garden of Delights
Packaging details: Unlike the first two Pancake's, I didn't purchase the LP until a few years ago on ebay - a copy I still own. Kind of a bizarre cover, that crosses the harsh realities of the late 70s with the psychedelic dolls of the original Ohr LP covers. As for the CD, Garden of Delights had this listed for reissue as far back as when they first released the "Roxy Elephant" album (2003). Then it dropped off their "coming soon" list, and was re-added back a couple of years after that. And finally here is the CD! An excellent job as usual, with full liner notes and photos. As well, this version contains 6 bonus tracks. The first 3 are a set of demos from 1980 that was to be their 4th album. The other grouping is a live reunion from 2002.
Notes: "No Illusions" is Pancake's third album, and an improvement compared to its two predecessors. Again, guitarist Walter Negele was forced to rebuild the band almost from scratch. Here, Pancake presents a typical German symphonic progressive album with female vocals which veers towards the sound of bands like Octopus circa "Boat of Thoughts" or Streetmark's "Eileen". While the first two albums tended to meander, "No Illusions" demonstrates a mature band, with tighter arrangements, and a more forceful approach.