Introduction by Jerry van Kooten
Grobschnitt are among a list of bands (Mountain, Stone the Crows, Nektar, Pink Floyd, DeWolff, Deep Purple Mk 1, Birth of Joy) who have appealed to me throughout the years because of their mix of the different musical styles my shifting taste has visited: blues, rock, prog, and psych.
In 1998, I reviewed what I still think is one of this band's best albums: Solar Music - Live. To me, it's the perfect mix of all those ingredients. It rocks with great riffing and drumming, and it is psychedelic in all its keyboard work and Grobschnitt weirdness. It's progressive in combining these elements in a melodic and progressing way and in its epic-ness. Also the bluesy heart (instead of mind) that goes into the solos, simply makes this an awesome piece of music. I still love this album. I listen to it regularly and if you like any of the bands I just mentioned you should at least hear it once.
Read Jerry's original review on this album from the DPRP archives in 1998
Read it here.
Listen to the track Solar Music (Part1)