Eberhard SchoenerVideo Magic

Label:Harvest – 1C 064-45 234
Vinyl, LP, Album, Gatefold
Genre:Electronic, Rock
Style:Abstract, Modern Classical, Prog Rock, Krautrock


A2Speech Behind Speech
Words ByE. Schoener*
A3Natural High
Words ByE. Schoener*
A4Code-Word Elvis
Words ByE. Schoener*
Words ByE. Schoener*
B2Night Bound City3:12
B3San Francisco Waitress
Words ByE. Schoener*

Companies, etc.



Produced at the Electrola-Studio Munich and Bavaria Studio Munich, remixed at the EMI-Electrola Studio Cologne August 1978 to November 1978

℗ 1978 EMI Electrola GmbH

Cat# on labels: 1 C 064-45 234
Title on front and back cover: Video-Magic
Title of track A4 on label: Codeword Elvis
Title of track B1 on label: Video Magic

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Rights Society: GEMA
  • Label Code: LC 1305
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A runout, stamped): 45 234 A-1
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B runout, stamped): 45 234 B-1

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Title (Format)LabelCat#CountryYear
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Video Magic (LP, Album)Energy (4), Energy (4)ENR 57005, 91 ENR 57005Italy1978
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Video Magic (LP, Album)Harvest10C 064-45234Spain1978
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Video Magic (LP, Album, Promo)EMIEMS-81310Japan1978
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Video Magic (LP, Album)EMIEMS-81310Japan1978
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Video Magic (LP, Album, Gatefold)HarvestST-121711978



  • sounddust's avatar
    Does Sting play on this? Why is he pictured on the back cover?
    • progfan97402's avatar
      Edited 11 years ago
      Warning: there are other Schoener titles with the Video-Magic title but are in reality music that compiled his two 1978 albums Flashback and the real Video-Magic. I guess after the Police made it big, the record company decided to do this to emphasize the Police connection (all three members, Sting, Andy Summers and Stewart Copeland are on Flashback, and on the real Video-Magic, Evert Fraterman replaced Copeland, and also Olaf Kuebler on sax, neither Police members, naturally). To get the true Video Magic, you have to look for the Harvest label, and that it's a German pressing.

      I actually found a copy at a Eugene, Oregon record store for dirt cheap. Since I was already aware of the Police involvement, and the fact Eberhard Schoener used Mellotron, I wanted to see what it was like to hear Sting's voice backed by a Mellotron. Well, for Police fans, you will find it strange to see these guys venturing into prog rock. "Octagon" is firmly in Pink Floyd territory, with Andy Summers playing more like David Gilmour, and Sting just sticking to bass here. "Speech Behind Speech" is the first vocal track. You can't mistake Sting's voice, that's for sure, but you get faced with just a ton of Mellotron. It sounds completely nothing like the Police. "Natural High" is more rock and upbeat, again the Mellotron makes its presence, it's a great prog piece, nothing like you expect out of Sting. "San Francisco Waitress" is a jazzy piece that sounds a little like a precursor of Sting's own Dream of the Blue Turtles (although it's Olaf Kuebler and not Branford Marsalis on sax). The rest are instrumental, ranging from minimalism to electronic. Throughout the album you can tell this is Eberhard Schoener's show, as this music is very little like what the Police were up to. It's an interesting listen, but I'm not entirely certain this is some lost prog, electronic, or Police gem, but I do find some material I find enjoyable here.



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