Saturday, 9 February 2008

BLUE MOON (musick by request)

OUGENWEIDE
LIEDERBUCH (Compilation 1973-1978)

Original Issue: 1988 Polydor (837 162-2)


Margot-meter: 3 moons / 5

1. Im Badehaus (Album=Ohrenschmaus)
2. Pferdesegen(Album=Ohrenschmaus)
3. Tobacco-Lob (Album=Ousflug)
4. Ouwe Wie Jämmerliche... (Album=Ohrenschmaus)
5. Der Blinde Und Der Lahme (Album=All die Weil ich mag)
6. Merseburger Zaubersprüche und Tanz (Album=All die Weil ich mag)
7. Es Stount Ein Frouwe Alleine (Album=Ougenweide)
8. Nieman Kan Mit Gerten (Album=Ougenweide)
9. Kommt Ihr Jungfern Helft Mir Klagen (Album=Ohrenschmaus)
10. Enzio (Album=Eulenspiegel)
11. Totus Floreo (Album=Eulenspiegel)
12. Gerhard Atze (Album=Ousflug)
13. Ronde (Album=Ungezwungen)
14. Wol Mich Der Stunde (Album=Eulenspiegel)
15. Für Irene (Album=All die Weil ich mag)
16. Hinweg, Die Besten Streiter Matt (Album=Frÿheit)
17. Bald Anders (Album=Ohrenschmaus)
18. Zu Frankfurt, An Dem Main (Album=Frÿheit)
19. Denunziantenlied (Album=Ousflug)

from Progarchives:

This compilation of material from 1973-1979 comes from a group that, for anglophiles, can best be described as the German Steeleye Span, with added flutes. This is more folk than prog, but it hardly matters when listening to textured haunting works like "Tobacco-Lob", "Der Blinde und der Lahme", and the brilliant "Bald Anders". The tracks are often based on very old melodies and at their best Ougenweide does them proud.

The arbitrary "best-of" does not fully intersect with the tastes of this folk-prog and German prog fan, and songs like "Im Badehaus" come across as too smarmy in style, although one might wonder if the lyrics bear that out. Other tracks are pleasant enough slightly psychedelic amalgams of male and female vox but nothing more, although the classic "Totus Floreo" is clearly much more, almost Ougenweide's Gaudete if you will, even if its only a capella for the first half minute or so.

Unique as far as I know among German bands for their merging of traditional northern European folk with prog elements, Ougenweide is well served by this compilation, which probably contains all you will need as a fan or completist.

Kenethlevine

10 comments:

Margot said...
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lucieandco said...

Wonderful, thanks! I've been meaning to look into this band, this seems like a good starting point :)

slugbucket said...

Looks interesting. Thanks.

Anonymous said...

Margot,
your taste in music is very similar to mine,judgingfrom the fact that i already have most of what you're providing us with an admirable consistency.
Please keep on the good work & keep sending e-mails about new items...

Jeloca.

Margot said...

Thank you, Jeloca
maybe I can be of help if you have some request :)

Margot

arbor said...

hi there, I am the person who requested this one, but I can't get the link to open now, but I will try again later

Helmut said...

Thanx a lot for this beautiful piece, brings me memories :-)

arbor said...

thanks again for this

Anonymous said...

hey margot, can't get me clappers on this.. keeps timing out, oh well, will probably come up next time.. looks tasteful, love fairport/sandy denny/steeleye span stuff, and some of the german folk, a la broselmaschine, or some of the other tasteful krautrock, oppossum, etc, real beautiful.. liked the last post, the field recording high in the skies.. thanks margot.............. anthony

Perro D Chrome said...

Thanks for to share this!!!
A hug!!