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Necronomicon — Strange Dreams
(Garden of Delights CD 147, 1976/2009, CD)

by Henry Schneider, Published 2011-06-01

Strange Dreams Cover artStrange Dreams presents 13 archived recordings from the Aachen band Necronomicon. The first ten are rehearsal tapes and the final three live, all from 1976. Consequently, the sound quality is not all that good, despite Garden of Delights’ efforts to present the music in the best possible light. Though Necronomicon had moved on musically from their debut release Tips zum Selbstmord, their music was still dominated by the duels between Dieter Ose’s organ and Walter Sturm’s electric guitar, along with Harald Bernhard’s dynamic percussion. However, gone are the politically-charged and vicious lyrics, opting for more of a poetical feel, and “Morning” has a definite “Whiter Shade of Pale” vibe to it. All the lyrics for the songs on this disc were written by the band, except for “The Donkey,” taken from a poem by British author G. K. Chesterton. The cover art for this CD is an insane pen and ink drawing of a joker from one of their concert posters. The music is interesting if you can get beyond the muffled sound, it sounds as if it was recorded inside a garbage can. It is probably best to experience this disc in small doses to truly discover the hidden beauty of the music. The bottom line is this disc is probably only of interest to the collector.

Filed under: New releases, Issue 39, 2009 releases, 1976 recordings

Related artist(s): Necronomicon

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