Dic 4 2011, 8:57 di Mark_H
Mar 22 2009, 22:46 di heavylione
Lug 5 2006, 21:04 di RocketShipX41Octopus - The Boat of Thoughts (1976)
This German band is most often compared to Ruphus, Frumpy, Joy Unlimited, and Earth & Fire. Unfortunately, I'm not familiar with any of those (yet), so I can't speak to the similarities. It's a fairly heavy 70s rock band with some progressive elements and a female lead singer. The guitar is the dominant instrument, with solid support from keyboards. Singer Jennifer Hensel is a real belter, not your mannered Classical-style singer like Annie Haslam of Renaissance, not jazzy or breathy either. It's pretty decent stuff, though it really sounds like it should be from 1972 more than 1976. 10/15.
Giu 1 2006, 8:45 di ProgbearWhat a strange career arc Germany’s Joy Unlimited has had. Beginning as a vehicle for legendary rock & soul singer Joy Fleming, then the band went on to collaborate with ballet choreographer Lothar Höfgen, first with a highly eccentric album featuring Joy (Schmetterlinge), then a somewhat similar (yet slightly toned-down) one featuring American vocalist Ken Traylor (Reflections).
Minne is the third and final fruit of the collaboration. Now featuring German singer Joschi Dinier, the band take their brassy jazz-rock into an odd, folky direction on this album. Only a few tracks feature the full-on brass sound of earlier releases, acoustic guitars, recorders and harpsichords making up the bulk of the sound this time. Also some full-force Mellotron strings on the opening and closing tracks. Vocals are in an archaic, medieval dialect of German.
I’ve often heard this album compared to BröselMaschine, Emtidi or early Hoelderlin. I suppose such comparisons are valid in that if you like them, you’ll likely enjoy this too. …