Lebenstanz (Blue Rose LP 20108) 1979 Germany *
Markus Egger’s name can be found listed as a member of the German groups Semaja and Eden, both of which are Christian bands with superb albums worth tracking down. On this solo album he’s accompanied by the band Eden, so it should come as no surprise that Lebenstanz (German for “life’s dance”) has all the earmarks of an Eden album. That means a high-quality production featuring dynamic electric guitars, spacious commanding synthesizers and vibrant acoustic guitar, all within a ‘70s progressive art-rock context. Includes hard-edged moments as well as artful acoustic stretches and touches of jazz-rock. Further enhanced with organ, flutes, fuzz, violin and even some sitar. All lyrics in German (I did manage to hear a “hallelujah” in there). Bizarre cover art showing a longhaired shirtless guy pointing to the sky while standing between buildings that have signs like “casino”, “sex”, “devil”, “drugs”, etc. (The Archivist, 4th edition by Ken Scott).
This one was on Heavenly Grooves. Tracks:
01. Blinder Man & Frisbee 02. Jon Will Leben 03. Narr 04. Juhbinsofron 05. Driben & Sterbende Stadt 06. Meinne Sonne 07. Scahau Dich Um