Burning Candle ‎– Burning Candle

Label:
Steyrer Disco ‎– SD-18025
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Vinyl, LP, Album
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Tracklist

A1 Stranger 3:00
A2 Eternal Faith 5:05
A3 The Appearance Of The Ghost 9:18
B1 Mosella 2:23
B2 Expedition To The Sun 14:50

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Notes

Clavinet is misspelt Clarinet on the cover.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (Side A runout, stamped): ST SD 18025-A
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B runout, stamped): ST SD 18025-B
  • Matrix / Runout (Etched on both runouts): H2
  • Rights Society: GEMA
  • Label Code: LC 6462

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progfan97402

progfan97402

October 3, 2015
edited about 1 year ago
Surprisingly good symphonic prog by this German band who released this only album in 1981. I say surprisingly good given how much prog rock was in bad shape by this time, so finding a good prog rock album that's just as great as the best stuff from the 1975-78 time period is a daunting task (notice I didn't mention pre-1975, because it would be very difficult to top off pre-1975 prog much after 1975, never mind in 1981). There's the French band Terpandre, but to be fair their album was recorded in 1978, but shelved until '81 because of lack of labels interested in releasing their work.

This is a trio, in the vein of Novalis, Tritonus, perhaps a bit of Eloy, Jane (late '70s, as in 1976-78-era) and Ramses, with the ocassioanal ELP or Trimvirat-like organ moves. Vocals are your typical German singing in accented in English, just like Eloy, Ramses, Mythos, etc. Three band-oriented pieces, one unaccompanied piano piece and one unaccompanied acoustic guitar piece. "Stranger" is rather short, but shows how it's possible symphonic prog of this quality could be made in 1981. "Eternal Faith" is the piano piece, so back to full-band interaction on "The Appearance of the Ghost", and this is perhaps a highlight for me. Love those synth themes, plus the guitar work that ends after the drum solo. "Mosalle" is the acoustic guitar piece, while "Expedition to the Sun" is by far the lengthiest piece and a great ending piece. Keyboards include organ, Korg (probably MS-20) synthesizer, piano, and electric piano, with the usual bass, drums, and occasional guitar. There's a few tell-tale traits this dates from 1981, but for the most part, it can easily pass for 1970s symphonic prog. Listening to this album makes you forget this came out the same year as Genesis' Abacab.

This album is probably destined to languish in obscurity, as this had never been reissued, so you have to get the LP on the Steyrer Disco label (a label that also originally released Rousseau's Flower in Asphalt, although obscure, nowhere as obscure by diehard progheads given that had been reissued). The Burning Candle album seems like something Garden of Delights should attempt to reissue.

So if you can get an original LP, this is truly a worthy album to your prog collection.