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Boxset/Compilation, released in 1993

Songs / Tracks Listing

Disc 1 - Phallobst (1971)
1. Closing Time (3:21)
2. Wenn Schon, Denn Schon (3:35)
3. Schupfner (5:13)
4. Waste Land (5:10)
5. Makröjel (5:53)
6. Prickel Pit (3:51)
7. Portland Town (3:52)
8. I´m On My Way (5:01)

Total time 35:56

Disc 2 - Avalon And On
- Avalon:
1. Avalon Suite (11:26)
2. Pachelbel (4:02)
3. Prelude To: Who Will I Be Tomorrow (2:40)
4. The Cold Of Winter (1:48)
5. A Thousand Mothers Weeping (1:49)
- And On :
6. The Ballad Of Hollis Brown (12:26)
7. Granum Cerebri (4:06)
8. Portland Town (4:20)

Total time 42:37

Disc 3 - Live 17th June 1972 in Aachen (part 1)
1. Paint It Black (2:45)
2. Kartoffeltango (4:24)
3. Wade In The Water (5:54)
4. Sau Aas (9:16)
5. Spanferkel (2:29)
6. Schnupfer (7:25)
7. Portland Town (4:13)
8. Makröjel (6:09)

Total time 42:35

Disc 4 - Live 17th June 1972 in Aachen (part 2)
1. Miles (8:22)
2. I Put A Spell On You (3:52)
3. See See Rider (5:18)
4. Avalon Suite (11:53)
5. Summertime (5:08)
6. Prickel Pit (3:39)

Total time 38:12

Disc 5 - "1983"
1. 1983 Pt. One
2. 1983 Pt. Two

Bonus tracks on 2005 CD release:
9. Knight Of Third Degree (Live) (6:37)
10. Spanferkel (Live) (2:34)
11. Freitag (Live) (7:05)

Line-up / Musicians

- Günter Krause / guitar, keyboards, vocals
- Thomas Kittel / guitar (disc 2: 1-5)
- Klaus Gülden / flute
- Manfred Spangenberg / bass (disc 2: 1-5)
- Helmut Lieblang / bass (disc 2: 6,7, CD: 9-11)
- Udo Dahmen / drums, percussion

Note : The actual instrumentation could not be fully confirmed at this moment

Releases information

"Avalon" recorded in 1972, "And On" recorded in 1970/71

4LP + 7" Little Wing Of Refugees ‎- LW 1037/38/39/40/41 (1993, Germany) "New" album bundled with "Phallobst" plus "Live in Aachen 1972" and "1983" single recorded in 1993 (tribute to J. Hendrix)

CD Long Hair ‎- LHC31 (2005, Germany) "Avalon And On" album (corresponds to LP #2 from 1993) remastered by Jörg Scheuermann, plus 3 bonus Live tracks from Aachen 16/11/1993 (tracks 10 & 11) and Wurselen 19/06/1999 (track 9)

Thanks to Eetu Pellonpää for the addition
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Review by Eetu Pellonpaa
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
4 stars This box-set is one of my most valued prog artifact! It fitted to my RUFUS ZUPHALL collection perfectly, as I didn't have "Phallobst" or the new remaster of "Weiss Der Teufel", which both contain the live tracks of their Aachen concert as bonus tracks. "Avalon And On" LP has been released only recently, and that album containing great proggy psych folk material was an interesting find during late 90's as I bought this box. The single has Günter's version of JIMI HENDRIX's "1983" song, done with piano and singing, nad it's quite beautiful! There's also a neat and informative book about band's history included.

Only reasons giving this 4 stars instead of 5, are that most of the material are now avalable on cheaper and more easier to find releases, so the price of the box begins to be too big for the material it contains.

Review by Sean Trane
3 stars I'll be reviewing the single-disc release

The story of this posthumous album is that the high-quality demo tape did not please their new label that had started promoting the group in a different manner than the band was heading in another. So the band could not record it and broke-up. These 5- tracks demo tapes reappeared in the 94 4-record box-set and they were later released under the ten-working title Avalon. Were added three tracks from their early stages and another three from a reunion concert in 99.

These demo tapes can actually show how much a great album this would've been had it been allowed to be properly recorded. Actually, the demos are fine enough to be released on their own as a full-fledged album (since RZ was always proud of its rough and raw sound). The 11-min+ Avalon is a rather interestingly progressive track with a medieval-influenced guitar middle section. The next tracks are yet unfinished also, but the great Pachebel and the short Prelude (a guitar duo that has reminiscence of Hackett and Rutherford) are both a pure joy if you are not picky of sound quality. The last two demo tracks were clearly intended as part of other more intricate composition.

Where things go slightly awry is with Krause's vocals: they were never RZ's forte, but in this demo, they are (understandably) just acceptable. Again looking at the three potential albums, RZ had a relatively unique sound, but even these demo tapes sound so typical of them, that it remains difficult to tell quickly on which track you are listening to.

On the other "side" of this record are three tracks coming from early recordings, among which is a 12-min+ Dylan cover of Hollis Brown, which starts slowly and builds a slow crescendo, and if the track stays on the same tempo, the jam-like ramblings are quite enjoyable for non-demanding progheads. Granum Cerebri has a rather messy intro, but develops quickly into a riffy guitar and flute thing. A bit naïve, but this track was recorded prior to their debut album and is still a joy to hear. An early version of their classic reprise of Portland Town follows.

The last three tracks are taken from a re-union concert in 99 with the original line-up and doing tracks from their debut album: Of a much better quality than the bonus live tracks of their two historical albums (Cd version), all three are closely respected in spirit.

If you enjoy much the other two historical albums and like me considered RZ worthy of an obscure and tiny cult-status, this "posthumous " release will most likely please you, and it might not be anymore essential than the other two records, but not much less either.

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