Pell Mell "Marburg" LP
Originally released in 1972 on Bacillus/Bellaphon Records "Marburg" saw a unique combination of psychedelic and progressive sounds, complex and lyrical with subtle classical touches handled in a manner rivalling the best Italians of the era ("The Crack In The Cosmic Egg"). Colourful, swirling Hammond organ, violin played by Thomas Schmitt with great virtuosity, mellotron, flute and guitar characterized Pell Mell´s sound. The opening piece "The Clown and the Queen" is one of the album´s highlights. The adaptation of Czech composer Friedrich Smetana´s "Moldau" is of timeless beauty and melancholy, resting in itself, carried by violin and Mellotron.
"Friend", the last title on the first side, really puts the foot down, until the sound of a lovely flute is heard all of a sudden, followed by polyphonic singing in the style of Gentle Giant and a furiously played organ setting the tone in the end. Side 2 begins with "City Monster", reflecting the multifaceted atmosphere in a large city and ending in a bombastic final. "Alone" takes you back to the early Black Sabbath and their doom-metal-sound. Impressive, ominous and fierce! The changes in theme have everything on offer from heavy up to a subtle and passionate violin solo, another highlight and the finale of a first class debut album.
The album comes with reproduction of the original cover and an insert including band story and never seen before photos and the band´s first poster (under the name Pell Mell Ltd.).
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