Sahara - For All the Clowns. 1977 Germany


Strangely, Sahara's second effort is an American sounding rock album, but with some very interesting long form progressive numbers. Flute, acoustic guitar, and some meter gymnastics save the more pedestrian tracks found here from overtaking the primary pole position. And because these two best tracks are over 24 minutes, or more than half the album, it's hard not to give this one a high score. File this one next to Hoelderlin's Clowns and Clouds, though I'd still suggest going for that one first.

Personal collection
CD: 1993 Ohrwaschl

Well... just like every progressive rock collector here in the States, my first copy was the domestic Peters version, which is cover #2 above. I'm sure I found it in some buck bin crate and in VG shape. Hey, I needed to stretch the dollars really far back in the 1980s! I ditched the LP when the CD came out in 1993, and that's the current status at Casa UMR. For All the Clowns has pretty much been neglected in the reissue market, which is a pity. Like all of the Ohrwaschl CDs, you get a jewel box with original cover art, and that's it. At least it's legit though. It would be nice for a specialist label to step up on this title. Maybe one day I'll start a CD RE-Reissue Wish List blog (Tom - just STOP the madness!).

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