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Rufus Zuphall — Outside the Gates of Eden
(Long Hair LHC0062/63, 2007, 2CD)

by Henry Schneider, Published 2008-10-01

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Rufus Zuphall is a German band from Aachen that first hit the stage in 1969. They released three albums in the early 70s and then disintegrated. Because of reissuing their albums on CD, there was renewed interest which led to a reformation of the band and a new album in 2000. Outside the Gates of Eden is a live concert recorded June 10, 2006. This double CD set contains 17 songs from Weiß der Teufel, Phallobst, Avalon and On, and Colder Than Hell, plus some new songs. Many of their classics are here like “Portland Town” and “Weiß der Teufel” (including their interpretation of Gershwin’s “Summertime”). These guys can still rock the house after 40 years! Unlike many aging bands who merely go through the paces of their past hits, Rufus Zuphall continues to breathe new life and energy into their music. It is wonderful to hear one of Krautrock’s underrated bluesy rock bands still going strong today. They can still capture that spirit that compared them favorably to Jethro Tull. If you haven’t already experienced Rufus Zuphall, Outside the Gates of Eden is a great place to start. Then you can move on to their earlier stuff.


Filed under: New releases, Issue 36, 2007 releases

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