LegoweltThe Rise And Fall Of Manuel Noriega

Label:Strange Life Records – SLR022
CDr, Album
Style:Electro, Experimental, Ambient


1Capitán Ortega4:20
2Rain Season6:59
3In The Shadow Of The Mossad4:06
4Darian Gap6:32
6Deep Cover Men6:18
7Vampire Bat Ops4:40
9Bocas Del Toro5:01
10Lunar Maximus5:20
11Axis Of The Armadillo5:31
12Eve Of War4:27
14The Return Of Squadron X93:43

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All tracks written & performed on a Yamaha QY70, Korg Vocoder & MS20 synthesizer. Recorded in The Hague, Holland.

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The Rise And Fall Of Manuel Noriega (12", 33 ⅓ RPM, White Label, Part 1)Panzerkreuz RecordsPANZERKREUZ 1007Netherlands2011
The Rise And Fall Of Manuel Noriega (12", 33 ⅓ RPM, White Label, Part 2)Panzerkreuz RecordsPANZERKREUZ 1007Netherlands2011
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The Rise And Fall Of Manuel Noriega (14×File, WAV, Album, Reissue)Panzerkreuz RecordsPanzerkreuz 1007Netherlands2011
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The Rise And Fall Of Manuel Noriega (12", 33 ⅓ RPM, White Label, Repress, Part 1)Panzerkreuz RecordsPANZERKREUZ 1007-1Netherlands2014
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The Rise And Fall Of Manuel Noriega (12", 33 ⅓ RPM, White Label, Repress, Part 2)Panzerkreuz RecordsPANZERKREUZ 1007-2Netherlands2014


  • DarienGap's avatar
    Edited 6 years ago
    This was the first conecpt album composed by Danny Wolfers I discovered.
    I am a Legowelt fan since about ca. 15 years, but I think this one is the greatest work I ever discovered from Danny Wolfers.

    *** Rough description ***

    If you are interested in very dark, atmospheric 70s/80s movie soundtrack style synth music you should take a listen! Attention: this is no dance music, not suitable for clubs (!) It's all – in my personal oppinion – about weird mindblowing imaginary movie score.
    ...respectively a score to a real event happened in the 80s/90s – most of you will know the name Manuel Noriega – military dicator and - perhaps - drug lord, mass murderer. And/or respectively a victim of the US secret service.

    *** A little track selection and my associated imaginary movie ***

    Please note that I know the real Noriega story only by lexicon and of course I can not say what therefore has really happened and if Noriega is more monster or more victim of an U. S. conspiracy – this is only my INNER MOVIE to this concept album!

    01. Capitan Ortega: Manuel Noriega reaches for the power. The U. S. and the western states notice that there’s something going on in Panama.

    02. Rain Season: Overflight about wet and foggy jungle landscapes and Panama City. Feeling of insecurity.

    04. Darien Gap: I can nearly FEEL the inhospitable, dangerous jungle landscape, dark, nebulous commanders, men who be kidnapped and dead bodies throwed in the swamps.

    05. Avianca: major drug and weapon deals take place on the background of secret, beautiful tropical bays.

    10. Lunar Maximus: The united states put all options on the table. In Panama, more and more people dissapear. Noriega walls in his self.

    11. Invasion: Suddenly countless U. S. Sepecat Jets and Black Hawks turn up in the night skies, scattered throughout panama. Thousands of U.S. special forces proceed against the Noriega army, by the way discovering torture camps, underground prisons and drug hidings. Noriega tries to escape with his closest circle and security Gorillas.

    *** Similar works by Danny Wolfers ***

    Supsequently I also discovered other concept albums by Danny Wolfers, which I also call masterpieces. You will maybe also like these works if you like THE RISE AND FALL OF MANUEL NORIEGA:

    Franz Falckenhaus - My Cold War Stories
    Franz Falckenhaus - The Europa Judgement
    Klaus Weltman - Cultus Island
    Phalangius - The Cambridge Library Murders
    Smackos - The Age Of Candy Candy

    I always felt attracted to in 60s/70s/80s movies – mainly horror and thriller, and I adore their synth movie scores. I guess the aforementioned concept albums have been inspired by movies like this.

    *** Soundtrack examples among many - listen to it on youtube for instance ***

    David Cronenberg - Videodrome (Soundtrack by Howard Shore) - for example Track 02
    David Cronenberg - Scanners (Soundtrack by Howard Shore) - for example Track 08

    John Carpenter - Assault On Precinct 13 - mainly Track 01
    John Carpenter - Prince Of Darkness - whole soundtrack
    John Carpenter - Big Trouble In Little China - whole soundtrack
    John Carpenter - The Thing (Soundtrack by Ennio Morricone) - for example Track 08
    John Carpenter - They Live - for example Track 07
    John Carpenter - The Fog - mostly the main theme
    …and many other Carpenter works

    Dario Argento - Tenebre (Soundtrack by Goblin) - for example the main theme

    George A. Romero - Dawn Of The Dead (Soundtrack by Goblin) - whole soundtrack

    Lucio Fulci - Woodoo (Soundtrack by Fabio Frizzi) - for example the main theme
    Lucio Fulci - City Of The Living Dead (Soundtrack by Fabio Frizzi) - whole soundtrack
    Lucio Fulci - Manhattan Baby (Soundtrack by Fabio Frizzi) - whole soundtrack

    Ruggero Deodato - Cannibal Holocaust (Soundtrack by Riz Ortolani) - whole soundtrack, except the main title

    William Lustig - Maniac (Soundtrack by Jay Chattaway) - whole soundtrack

    Peter Weir - Last Wave (Soundtrack by Charles Wain) - main theme

    Don Coscarelli - Phantasm (Soundtrack by Fred Myrow, Malcolm Seagrave) - main title

    How I love these movies and their scores…and Danny Wolfer’s imaginary soundtracks! I would love to hear them on real movies! Thank you.

    I hope my english was halfway comprehensible.
    Salutations from Germany.
    • tsinikosmaoglou's avatar
      Is this an official release? The cd i received was just a playstation cd with printed sleeve on a simple plastic bag. Just like the photos posted....



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