Melanjutkan tret yang menjadi trademark nya mas Cosmic ini saya ingin mengangkat sebuah band prog dari Jerman yang langka dan sempat menjadi buruan kolektor baik CD maupun Vinyl nya. Saya hanya punya CD nya yang saya peroleh di tahun 2004 saat saya sering hunting CD kemana-mana sampe ke Malcolm yang di UK. Saya lupa akhirnya CD NOSFERATU ini saya peroleh dari mana. yang jelas, begitu dapet CD nya saya njumbul kegirangan karena memang musiknya antik dan rekaman audionya rada kemlothak …tapi justru enak karena keliatan vintage nya.
Dari segi aliran musik, progarchives mengkategorikannya sebagai Krautrock. Namun saat saya dengarkan musiknya, saya gak tahu apa itu dulu Krautrock. Yang jelas saya tahu, musik Nosferatu adalah gado-gado berbagai nuansa musik pitungpuluhan karena kita bisa dengan kemiripan dengan King Crimson, Focus, Van der Graaf, Jimi Hendrix atau lainnya namun dengan sentuhan jazz yang cukup kentara. Yang jelas pasti prooooooooooog ….
Sayangnya band ini hanya punya satu album dan sejarahnya tak banyak diketahui orang.
Studio Album, released in 1970
Songs / Tracks Listing
2. Willie The Fox
3. Found My Home
4. No. 4
5. Work Day
6. Vanity Fair
Total Time: 46:32
Line-up / Musicians
– Byally Braumann / drums
– Christian Felke / saxophone, flute
– Reinhard Groh? / organ
– Michael Kessler / bass
– Michael Meixner / electric guitar
– Michael Thierfelder / lead vocals
LP Vogue LDVS 17178 / CD Ohrwaschl OW 020
Review by Gatot
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
The second track, WILLIE THE FOX, is relatively long track with heavy use of flute at the beginning part. Opened with a touch of jazz and classic rock sound that welcomes the vocal line nicely. Flute work by CHRISTIAN FELKE throughout this track is really wonderful. Unlike the first track, this track has some influence of psychedelic music in a dark mood. Especially, at the middle of the track (approx minute 3 onward for approx 4 minutes) there is a psychedelic and space music exploration appearing sax and organ works. When MICHAEL voice starts re-entering the scene, it’s obvious that his singing style at this part is what later would inspire RADIOHEAD. At the ending part, the flute player , CHRISTIAN FELKE demonstrates his capability. Really nice.
FOUND MY HOME is a typical classic rock music with great and tasty melody. Opened with an uplifting solo drum followed by flute and bass line, the music flows to a kind of bluesy rock music with flute (FOCUS like) work to accentuate the bar. When vocal line enters, the rhythm music is full with jazz touch. It reminds me to JOHN MAYALL blues rock and jazz fusion music. The bass guitar is played nicely to position the solo organ work and flute. For me personally, this track is really enjoyable and it’s probably accessible to most of you who like the sound of 70s. I keep repeating this track as my listening pleasure. Not only that, this track cheers me up, really. The electric guitar solo is also stunning especially when it is combined with hammond organ and flute. Oh man . it’s so damn WONDERFUL!
The fourth track, NO. 4, might be a funny title or the band got no idea to name the track so that they just name it that way. It starts with sort of spacey and atmospheric opening exploring drum, guitar, keyboard and percussion sounds. At first, I did not enjoy this opening. But as part of the whole album, I can understand clearly how this opening is positioned this way as the musicians’ interpretations. This track is probably the most psychedelic (even, it tends to be an avant-garde one) compared to others. When vocal line enters the scene, it reminds me to FLOYD’ Umma Gumma album; even though it’s totally different music. I like the use of clavinet as rhythm section accompanied by saxophone. The music then flows to the exploration of saxophone sounds accompanied by guitar fills. I did not like this part when fist time listening to it; but after 3 spins I loved it! Another interesting thing of this track is the use of drum beat during the sax and organ solo.
WORK DAY (track 5) is opened with a kind of NATIONAL HEALTH music but with a kind like classic rock singing style. It’s really a wonderful opening. The musical rhythm seems monotonous at beginning part but when the melody flows ups and downs it changes accordingly following the melody. The insertion of solo drum accompanied with organ sound at roughly minutes 2:10 is really nice. In the middle of the track there is an ambient music with some simple guitar fills and organ sounds accentuated by percussion. The music then enters in the same vein as the opening part with, again, unique solo drumming.
The concluding track, VANITY FAIR, is opened with latin music percussion style. But when the music enters, it’s again the kind of NATIONAL HEALTH music until the vocal enters the music. Consistent with other tracks, the singing style is in the vein of classic rock sounds of 70s. The solo sax in the middle of the track is stunning; performed in a jazz jamming style. Great! It’s a perfect track to conclude the album.
Despite the long music exploration part in the middle of track 2, WILLIE THE FOX, that tend to be, for me personally, so boring, this album deserves 4 stars rating. In giving the rating, I have excluded the consideration of sonic quality of this CD where I believe that most of you might consider it “very poor”. But for me, even this kind of sound quality has even provided the strong “nuances” of the 70s music. I might not enjoy this CD if the sonic quality is of the modern standard where all details can be heard clearly. Other factors: songwriting, structural integrity of song and album composition, and also musicianship are top notch! It’s not a matter of being naïve or generous (or not generous), this album is excellent. Trust me. If you are NOT an audio aficionado and willing to explore the roots of 70s prog, BUY this CD! – GW, Indonesia.