Monday, March 7, 2011

Midnight Circus - Midnight Circus (Ger 1972)

Midnight Circus - Midnight Circus (Ger 1972, CMP 602-2 remastered)

* Christian Bollmann (vocals,guitar),
* Torsten Schmidt (vocals,guitar).
* Thomas Engel (drums),
* Veit Madaus (keyboards),
* Dave Crocket (bass),
* Rainer Marz (guitar).

Arranged By - Christian Bollmann , Thorsten Schmidt
Written-By - Midnight Circus

Tracks 1 to 7 published by bellver Musikverlag
Track 8 published by Popo Music
Track 9 published by Bacillus Music
(P) 1972 Bacillus
Made under license from Bellaphon
(C) 2003 citystudio media production
printed in germany by pallas group

01. The Light  5:53
02. I Had A Dream  3:29
03. November Church  8:53
04. Mr. Clown  2:57
05. Indian Impression  2:18
06. Disappointed Love  3:54
07. Meditation  5:23
08. Coloured Gay (Bonus)  3:01
09. Get It (Bonus)  3:06

Midnight Circus were essentially the folk-rock-with-progressive-tendencies duo of Christian Bollmann and Torsten Schmitt, who made just the one self-titled album in 1972. Between them, they shared the vocal and acoustic guitar work, with Bollmann adding recorder and trumpet (notably the solo on longest and best track November Church) and various guest musicians filling out the sound. Midnight Circus is good with several of the songs operating in ‘meandering and slightly stoned’ mode, although some interesting instrumentation helps to lift it out of the also-ran category.
Amongst the album’s guests was Veit Madaus on keys, who played instantly-recognisable Mellotron strings on I Had A Dream, with less obvious brass on November Church, with more of what sounds like both on one of the bonus tracks, “Get It”, with a particularly abrasive and upfront brass part.
 ~ (Review from
A very obscure and difficult to locate album produced in Germany in the early-70's. This is a dreamy progressive folk album that appears to be a duo augmented by sessions musicians (in the manner of Witthuser + Westrupp but with vocals sung in English). The album does venture out into a tougher rock sound at times while at others it will float on a bed of mellotron sound which hazily recalls the sound of early King Crimson or The Moody Blues. A very interestibng and rare album which is well worth a listen. This reissue contains two bonus tracks.
 ~ by vinyl kiosk.

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