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Prog Folk

3.13 | 5 ratings

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3 stars This compilation of material from 1973-1979 comes from a group that, for anglophiles, can best be described as the German Steeleye Span, with added flutes. This is more folk than prog, but it hardly matters when listening to textured haunting works like "Tobacco-Lob", "Der Blinde und der Lahme", and the brilliant "Bald Anders". The tracks are often based on very old melodies and at their best Ougenweide does them proud.

The arbitrary "best-of" does not fully intersect with the tastes of this folk-prog and German prog fan, and songs like "Im Badehaus" come across as too clever, although one might wonder if the lyrics bear that out. Other tracks are pleasant enough slightly psychedelic amalgams of male and female vox but nothing more, although the classic "Totus Floreo" is clearly much more, almost Ougenweide's Gaudete if you will, even if it's only acapella for the first half minute or so.

kenethlevine | 3/5 |


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