Exposé Online banner

Wind — Morning
(Green Tree GTR 014, 1972/1993, CD)

by Mike Ohman, Published 1995-11-01

Morning Cover art

Somewhere between their debut, Seasons, and this album, Wind seem to have gone through an abrupt and drastic personality change. That album was quintessential German heavy rock with an unrestrained, fierce Hammond organ attack. They did a total about-face for Morning, trading in their Hammond and burning fuzz-tone guitar for Mellotron and delicate acoustic 12-string. Yes, Morning emulates the sound of King Crimson's "Epitaph," and they do a good job of it as well. The only musical element which remains somewhat constant is singer Stephan Leistner. While it is true his voice is probably better suited for the hard-rock belting on Seasons, he does a more-than-adequate job here, sounding rather like Cat Stevens or Bernardo Lanzetti. The songs are well written, with judicious, dramatic use of minor chords, and copious amounts of 12-string and Leslie piano. Mellotron is used with a vengeance, but is not over-used. But when it does appear, as on the beautiful "Dragon's Maid," it is so emotionally moving it almost brings tears to the eyes. While it's true that fans of one album are not necessarily going to like the other, different as they are, both Wind albums have much to recommend them for different reasons. I do think, however, that since the Mellotron-o-phile quotient is so high among Exposé readers, I can recommend Morning with a much clearer conscience than Seasons. I know a lot of people will really like it.


Filed under: Reissues, Issue 8, 1993 releases, 1972 recordings

Related artist(s): Wind

Latest news

2020-05-15
Phil May of The Pretty Things RIP – We were saddened to learn that Phil May, lead singer and founding member of The Pretty Things, has died at the age of 75. The band's 1968 album S.F. Sorrow is one of the enduring classics of the psychedelic era, and the group existed in various forms until finally retiring in 2018. » Read more

2020-05-14
Jorge Santana RIP – Jorge Santana, noted guitarist, leader of the band Malo and brother to Carlos Santan, died on May 14 at the age of 68. Jorge and Carlos worked together on a number of occasions, though Jorge's career was centered around Malo, solo work, and with Fania All-Stars. » Read more

2020-05-06
Florian Schneider RIP – Florian Schneider, one of the founders of the pioneering electronic group Kraftwerk, has died at the age of 73. Co-founder Ralf Hütter announced that his bandmate had passed away from cancer after a brief illness. » Read more

2020-04-23
Shindig Festival Goes Lock-Down – Here's what they're saying: It's A Happening Thing! The Shindig! Magazine Lockdown Festival. In our days of no large gatherings of people, maybe it's still possible to have a music festival. Shindig! Magazine is giving it a go with a multi-artist streaming extravaganza on Saturday April 25. » Read more

2020-03-24
Bill Rieflin RIP – The sad news reaches us today of Bill Rieflin's death. Rieflin was best known as a drummer in bands ranging from post-punk to industrial to indie-rock to progressive rock, including work with The Blackouts, Ministry, Nine Inch Nails, Swans, Land, and King Crimson. Rieflin had been battling cancer for several years, and succumbed to it on March 24. He was 59. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Klaus Schulze - Kontinuum – With great anticipation I waited for the release of Klaus Schulze’s 45th solo album Kontinuum and I was not disappointed. Klaus has been reissuing lots of music lately, but it is two years since his...  (2008) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues