Aera - Mechelwind 2 x CDs

SKU 26-LHC 083-084
Aera were a long running German fusion band that recorded for the independent Erlkoenig label in the 70s and into the 80s. Their albums have been reissued and people are once again aware of their works. This however, is not a reissue - it's a collection of all previously unreleased material from 1973, which was very early in the band's life. At this early stage, they featured the keyboardist from 2066 and Then, which gives the group a bit more of a progressive rock sound, along with the jazzy/jazz-rock overtones. The sound quality ranges from quite good (the live disc) to basically perfect studio quality. A minor and quite unexpected treasure from the German scene.

"This double CD (CD1: 44:15/CD2: 41:41) unites absolute rarities of famous German band Aera. Aera, founded in 1972 by 'Ihre Kinder' guitarist Muck Groh and 2066 & Then keyboard player Steve Robinson, were in their very beginnings when they recorded their special extended version (26 minutes) 'Mechelwind Suite' from their later classic title 'Mechelwind' (on album Hand und Fuss, LHC 44, vinyl-edition). The 'Mechelwind Suite' is divided into 5 parts and is rather different from the later album-version, not only because of Steve Robinson's excellent keyboard playing but also because of Muck Groh's fine guitar playing and Klaus Kreuzeder's pleasant sax tunes. CD 1 finishes with two SWF-recordings, 'Hodibbel' and 'Mechelwind,' from Oktober 1973 again with 2066 & Then keyboarder Steve Robinson. CD 2 contains a live performance of Aera from 23.12.1973 with the same line up as on CD 1. Highlights are the 15-minute version of 'Hodibbel' and 12-minute version of 'Papa Doing.' The recordings show Aera at their very best during their first decade. Both CDs are digitally remastered from the original tapes. Double CD comes with a 20-page comprehensive booklet with a lot of unseen photos and band history told by founding-member Steve Robinson. A must have."

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