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Weltschmertz Import

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  • Audio CD (21 Nov. 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Garden of Delight
  • ASIN: B00005NQP5
  • Other Editions: Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,030,262 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By D. J. H. Thorn VINE VOICE on 24 April 2012
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Goethe gave us the concept of weltschmerz, a feeling of despair that young Germans of Romantic tendencies adopted to the point of suicide in the late eighteenth century. Fortunately, Siddhartha's prog offering from the 1970s does not induce it. Five tracks of crisply produced, keyboard-heavy music featuring nifty guitar licks comprise this album. The first track, 'Looking In The Past', with its heavily accented English female vocal and bewitching melody recalls Curved Air. Elsewhere, 'Tanz Im Schnee' trades on baroque runs and 'Weit Weg', the album's centrepiece is sung in German by a male whose style captures the anguished spirit of weltschmerz. This is in no way a ground-breaking album, but it is a well-crafted, beautifully played and highly melodic affair. The only problem is obtaining it at a reasonable price.
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From the forgotten dusty corners of artsy Krautrock comes... 26 Jun. 2011
By W. T. Hoffman - Published on Amazon.com
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I've always enjoyed this Cd a little bit more than the other reviewer, apparently. A couple of the songs sound a bit trite for the Artrock genre, i admit. For example on "LOOKING IN THE PAST", you have long instrumental passages, arpeggios on keyboards, and female guest vocals sung by Gabi Rossmanith, who sounds a LOT like Renate from Amon Duul II. However, TANZ IM SCHNEE (Dance in the Snow) is much more fun, even tho the artrock standard acrouitments remain in place. TIMES OF DELIGHT has some interesting electric lead guitar work, that meshes well with the keyboard player. The lyrics, tho indecipherable, at least are sung by guys in the band. The next track is WEIT WEG, a very long composistion, starting out with acoustic guitar leads over heavy synth beds, with abrupt changes in time signiture--all well performed, no doubt thanks to a solid drummer. Also, there's a beautifully delicate flute passage doubled by the violin, over a guitar arpeggio. THe song makes a blitzkrieg change, with a totally unexpected instrumental color... TUBA! YUP, now that's what i call teutonic, TUBA! (and the song moves into waltz time, as if you walked into a beerhall on acid.) WHen the song flows into the vocal section, you'll hear a HUGE surprise for krautrock from the 1970s....GERMAN LYRICS! After some pretty violin/flute, the dynamics change again into two heavy electric guitars in call and response, then back to soft keyboard arpeggios draped with lead electric guitar. Overall, WEIT WEG's sound is psychedelic, tho probibly ecclectic would be a better discription. Instead of sitars, you got tubas, and instead of moogs, you have violins. The unusual instrumentation provides the saving grace of SIDDHARTHA's "WELTSCHMERZ". The CD concludes with GIFT OF THE FOOL-- violin figuring prominantly once again. Overall, SIDDHARTHA is one of those mildly trippy, krautrock/artrock bands, with tight, focused changes, long melodic passages, utilizing occasional unexpected instrumentation for a rock record. SIDDHARTHA unfortunately only recorded this one album, breaking up after 4 years.
If you are into early ELOY, or bits of AMON DUUL II, RUFUS ZUFALL, LIGHTSHINE, or maybe FRAME, then you'd probibly enjoy this album, as an occasional sonic treat.
Siddhartha - 'Weltschmerz' (Garden Of Delights) 30 Jan. 2009
By Mike Reed - Published on Amazon.com
Originally released as a limited edition lp in 1975, this was the obscure German band's sole effort. Nothing great, but yet again not bad either. If you don't mind (every now and again) taking a chance with some of the most 'off the beaten path' music you've never heard, then you might get something out of 'Weltschmerz'. Tracks here I dug the most were "Looking In The Past" - which features some decent psychedelic guitar with some female vocals and the diverse twelve-minute "Weit Weg". Line-up: Martin Morike-organ, piano & vocals, Eberhard Miller-guitar, Ebehard Kraus-violin & vocals, Klaus Scharff-bass and Klaus Hermann-drums. Might appeal to some fans of Out Of Focus, Neu's '75 reissue and Pink Floyd's 'Obscured By Clouds' album.
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