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Boat of Thoughts
OCTOPUS (GER)
Cat. No. : SIR4024
The plan of Pit Hensel and Claus Kniemeyer, to become an independent band, ripened during mid of 1973. They gained singer Jennifer Hensel, drummer Dieter Becke, and the organ player Werner Littau, and checked the musical concept during local gigs. A first try to record an album failed because the producer ran out of money. One year later they recorded – with own money – „The Boat Of Thoughts". Kniemeyer, who wrote the lyrics („We’re singing in English because we also want to sell the album to foreign countries.") wrapped daydreams in readable lyric, like the aggression during meanless talks in „If You Ask Me", which have been carried by melodic but also harder edge tones.
Listening to „Boat of Thoughts" thirty years later reminds us to what famous acts ? Not even to former leading acts of complex compositions like Genesis, Gentle Giant, Yes, King Crimson, more likely to Beggars Opera or Camel, somewhat opulent and filigree at the same time and especially interesting in the teamplay of organ, keyboards, acoustic and electric guitar. OCTOPUS had anthem–like moments but also compact, hard guitar riffs, the nearly melodic Rickenbacher–bass, wonderful Moog solo parts, symphonic Mellotron strings and choirs, long passages, sacral, playful, ¾ beat and transversal metren. With so much composed virtuosity, which not only left space for guitar and keyboard but also for bass and drums beyond the usual accompaniment part, it needed a voice which was able to accomplish the band. This was the fact with Jennifer, she was able to sing rock with anger and aggression during corresponding time–critical passages as good as she was able to sing dreamy passages with nearly fragile folk timbre. No doubt – undependent of the first appearance of this music, especially today, where the fans of neo–progrocker steadily grows, such classic songs are completely en vogue and often sought after rares in the internet.
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