Κυριακή, 2 Μαρτίου 2008

Opossum - Bears Banquet(1974 private pressed Germany , psychedelic rock with jazz elements)



Opossum – Bear’s Banquet. 1974.

Opossum is the predecessor to Morpheus. And hearing this posthumous release, one can tell that Opossum is much looser in their embryonic stages to the more rigid Morpheus. Despite lacking cohesion and strong melody composition, the rough styling here is quite appealing. Maybe like a less avant Exmagma perhaps. Interesting to note for an album that displays prominently a flute player on the cover, it’s surprising how little the instrument is used. Outer Music Diary

Precursor of Morpheus, from the greater area of Warburg. Playing a relaxed instrumental jazz-rock, with flute, keyboards, and two drums, no vocals. Unreleased tracks in a clear sound.
the tracks:
The sun and moon have come together/ Mittelstreifen / Amina / Opossum novum / Bear’s banquet


Gerold Adler (g),

Heinrich Holtgreve (sax, cl),

Robert Binnewies (key),

Peter Blömeke (fl, synth, perc, dr),

Alfred Franke (dr, perc),

Karl-Heinz Cornelius (b)
Morpheus is a band which might be known well to the enthusiasts of German rock. The band came from the greater area of Warburg, a city situated in the eastern part of Westphalia. Their precursor was given the slightly silly name Opossum. The name is connected with their bassist who was wearing an opossum skin tobacco pouch on his belt. Opossum, like later Morpheus, were playing relaxed instrumental jazz-rock. There were no LPs released, but in 1974 five tracks had been recorded of which the tapes were kept hidden from the public almost for thirty years. Now they are released by Garden of Delights, carefully remastered by Gerold Adler, the band’s guitarist and composer. One can hear by their tracks that the six musicians had a sound education. The sound was made by flute, sax, synthesizer, and – very extravagant – sometimes by two drums(Garden of Delights)

get it here enjoy - Part1. & Part2.

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