terça-feira, 3 de fevereiro de 2009

REPOST: Virus - Thoughts (1971 German Heavy Blues Rock)


NÃO PASSEM ANTI-VIRUS QUE ESTE É UM VIRUS DO BEM!! VIRUS EM FORMA DE VENENO ALEMÃO DA MAIOR QUALIDADE!! ESTE É O SEGUNDO ALBUM DA BANDA, BEM DIFERENTE DO PRIMEIRO ALBUM "REVELATION" QUE ERA BASICAMENTE PROGRESSIVO E PSICODÉLICO!! THOUGHTS APROXIMA-SE MAIS DE UM HEAVY BLUES ROCK COM PREDOMINÂNCIA DE UM BOM ORGAN!! ALTAMENTE RECOMENDADO!! É VIRUS QUE DOMINA E COMANDA O CÉREBRO, MAS SEM EFEITOS COLATERAIS!!
Virus were a psychedelic band originating from Bielefeld in Northern Germany. Their music incorporates Pink Floyd's space rock, heavy keyboards somewhat reminiscent of Deep Purple all put together into long songs filled with jams. They released only two albums -- "Revelation" (1970) and "Thoughts" (1971). The album was recorded in Star Studios, Hamburg and produced by Konrad Plank. The Virus lineup for the first album is: Werner Monka (guitar), Jorg-Dieter Krahe (organ), Bernd "Molle" Hohmann (vocals, flute), Reinhold Spiegelfeld (bass) and Wolfgang Rieke (drums).

"Revelation" starts as a straight forward psychedelic track and develops as the song conines forward. Towards the middle of the song comes in a cover of the Rolling Stones song -- Paint It Black. Another homage is found in the second song where at the end you can hear a Saucerful Of Secrets choir bit. This album is very inventive and contains surprises along the different tracks. These songs have long guitar playing parts and exciting organ playing, both demonstrating very good musicianship.

The second album "Thoughts" is a big change from their first one. The lineup change considerably as well, leaving only Krahe and Rieke from the original group. The new members were: Axel Nieling (drums), Jurgen Schafer (bass, vocals), Bernd Rosner (guitar) and Werner Vogt (bass, guitar, vocals). In this album they abandoned their long tracks and space rock and psychedelic nature. This album presents a more mainstream approach with blues rock songs. Therefore this would not be of interest for those looking them for their psychedelic and progressive sound.

In 2004 a 1973 live show was released under the name Remember.

1. King Heroin (5:37)
2. Manking, Where Do You Go? (4:59)
3. Theme (0:23)
4. Old Time Movie (4:14)
5. Butterflies (4:25)
6. Take Your Thoughts (6:09)
7. Sittin' And Smoking' (2:55)
8. Going On (4:32)
9. Deeds Of The Past (2:13)
10. My Strand-Eyed Girl (4:13)

Total Time: 39:40

- Jörg-Dieter Krahe / keyboards
- Bernd Rosner / guitars
- Werner Vogt / vocals, bass, guitar
- Jürgen Schäfer / vocals, bass
- Wolfgang Rieke / drums
- Axel Nieling / percussion, drums
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