Novalis — Novalis
(Revisited Records SPV 49522 CD, 1975/2004, CD)
by Henry Schneider, Published 2008-01-01
Novalis was a Krautrock band from Hamburg, Germany and their self-titled second album is part of Revisited Records’ reissuance of the Brain back catalog. This album is an amazing mixture of folk rock, classical music, and progressive rock. There are enough Hammond organ runs to please everyone. One of this album’s highlights is keyboardist Lutz Rahn’s “Impressionen” based on musical themes from Anton Bruckner’s Fifth Symphony. The guitars and organ take you on a wonderful musical journey. As bonus material on this reissue, Novalis included an 11 minute version of “Impressionen” recorded live in Hagen in 1975, where the band really played their hearts out. This reissue comes with the original artwork in a gatefold digipack with band photos and extensive liner notes in German and English as well as the German lyrics to “Wer schmetterlinge lichen hört” and “Es färbte sich die wiese grün”. Overall a wonderful release for the diehard Krautrock fan.
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