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Sommerabend Import

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  • Audio CD (7 Jun 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Brain
  • ASIN: B000025ZAJ
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 170,349 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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NOVALIS Sommerabend CD

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Koloyarski Avraham on 20 April 2004
Format: Audio CD
I found this Cd in my local store in Tel-Aviv(Dizengoff,93).
I gave ita chance and the result was a very tasteful prog music from classic periodof this ganere. Of course they sang in German but I Don't think it will bea problem ,because most of the music is instrumental.There are only threesongs on the album first and second songs are about 10 min and the thirdis 18 min! On my opinion this album is their best one and it is worth tobuy for all people who like Genesis , Pink Floyd, Camel,ELP etc.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Michael on 6 July 2009
Format: Audio CD
Nice album. Not spectacular but well worth adding to your collection. I'd only heard the eponynously titled Novalis album before and would rate thet as a better album. If you're into the progressive German music of the 70's & 80's Novalis is definitely a band you should hear.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Excellent german progressive album! 12 Oct 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Novalis is a German group that has beautiful, mystic melodies with powerful beats. Romantic rock music with german lyrics. The songs are mostly instrumental. Wunderschätze uses an original text by their namesake (written in 1798). If you like King Crimson, Camel or The Nice, I think you'll love Sommerabend by Novalis. An excellent record.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
A pleasant summer evening 12 April 2003
By Jeffrey J.Park - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Sommerabend constitutes my first (and very recent) exposure to German symphonic progressive rock, and I have to admit that I was very impressed. The three organ and synthesizer-heavy (Roland string synthesizer and Moog) tracks on Sommerabend range from rock with an admixture of classical (Aufbruch), through genuine symphonic prog (Wunderschatze), to superbly crafted minimalism (the title track Sommerabend). Melodies are reasonably well developed and highly reminiscent of the bleak landscape of "Epitaph" (King Crimson). In fact, all of Sommerabend is very haunting and the (picked) acoustic guitar parts of "Epitaph" seem to turn up in every track. Vocal duties (all in German) are shared by the bass player and the guitarist, with one singer much, much better than the other. Fortunately, the vocals are unobtrusive and the emphasis is placed on instrumental passages. While the guitarist, drummer, and keyboard player are moderately competent, Sommerabend sounds somewhat amateurish at times, both in terms of production quality and the arrangement of the pieces themselves. Specifically, Novalis seems to do best at minimalist pieces and stumbles when it comes to arranging with any sophistication. This is not a bad thing however - Novalis more than compensates for lack of arranging and playing skills with brilliant atmospheres. Recommended.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Pretty good German prog rock 27 Oct 2003
By BENJAMIN MILER - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Novalis was one of many symph bands to surface in Germany, like Eloy, Grobschnitt, Ramses, etc. They took their name from an 18th century poet whose pen name was Novalis. Sommerabend, released in 1976 on the green Brain label (one of the last titles on the green label, as 1976 was the year Brain turned to the more familiar orange label). This was their third album and often considered their high point. One thing worth noting is nothing on this album will blow you away. The music is pretty tame, no heavy aggressive passages, or Gentle Giant-like quirkiness here. What you have is a more laid-back version of the Eloy sound. The major difference here is the band chose to sing in German, which benefits them greatly (figuring out that singing in English on their 1973 debut, Banished Bridge didn't quite work out). So while people like Frank Bornemann from Eloy and Stefan Danielak (Wildschwein) of Grobschnitt frequently get criticized for their heavily accented English vocals, the two guys handing the vocals on Novalis on this album (that is guitarist Detlef Job and bassists Heino Schünzel) had totally avoided the criticisms of their English-singing counterparts. The opening cut, "Aufbruch" is the album's only instrumental cut. It's the album's shortest piece at over 9 minutes (there are only three cuts on this album). Nice organ and guitar work, the cut also features the occasional electronic effects. "Wunderschätze" features lyrics written from Novalis (the poet), but as I don't know German, it's hard telling what the poetry is about. Then the album closes with the side-length title track. For the most part, the music sticks in that Pink Floyd-like mid-tempo, with lots of spacy Roland string synths. It's only the fourth movement, "Ein Neuer Tag" that the tempo picks up with an energetic rocker, and is the only part of the title track where Lutz Rahn didn't use the string synths. But for the string synth passages, I find them quite pleasant, as I have always been a fan of the string synth. Nice album, but because it's a "play it safe" prog album, it doesn't reach the very top of my prog favorites, but it's still quite a worthwhile album.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Nice, very nice 3 Oct 2003
By Marcel Wild - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Listening a couple of minutes to a prog-rock cd in a record shop cannot yield the final verdict. But I found that liking a cd at first exposure is usually sufficient (though not necessary) for keep on liking it. I liked Sommerabend at first exposure and now even more. I also listened to Novalis' Brandung but the sparkle didn't spring. As to German prog, Sommerabend and Popol Vuh's Aguirre/In the Gardens of Pharao top the list so far. As to German Heavy metal, its Axel Rudi Pell. Check him out! I didn't know myself that Heavy metal can actually be melodic.
A German summer evening dream 8 Mar 2005
By Robert Cossaboon - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
On the recommendation of my record dealer I bought this album--and wasn't sorry I did it one bit. If you like symphonic progressive rock, you have found your niche with Sommerabend (summer dream), a dreamy piece of German prog. Note: this is not Krautrock; that genre usually involves a spacier, more freak-outish musical theme (Amon Duul II and Ash Ra Tempel). Admittedly this is more guitar-driven and less keyboard dominated than one would expect for symphonic prog. Interestingly the titles tell a lot about what is going on: the first song is "Aufbruch" or `break-up', and it's the most aggressive of the tracks on this album. I love the synth/keyboard work throughout; it's very evocative of the early-mid seventies Pink Floyd. On "Wunderschatze" or `wonderful treasure' the tempo becomes folkier and more celestial in parts, but there is still room for some fine electic-guitar work in the song's middle. The title track has five parts: "Wetterleuchten" or `sheet lighting', "Am Strand" or `on the street', "Der Traum" or `the dream', "En neuer Tag" or `a new day', and "Ins Licht" or `in the light'. Finally, I also liked the fairy-like cover for this album-a perfect companion to the overall atmosphere conjured up by this fine band.
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