Week of December 12, 1999
Epidaurus were possibly a studio project only, assembled for the recording of "Earthly Paradise" in 1977. A classic in the genre of symphonic rock, it featured dynamic musical progressions and refined arrangements. There were five long tracks on the album in all. The moogs, mellotrons, organs and pianos performed long solos in turn, played with great virtuosity by Gunther Henne and Gerd Linke. In general, the album featured a beautiful, fragile, dramatic and melancholic music with influences from the instrumental music of mid-seventies Genesis evident. Epidaurus' music was also graced by the highly talented vocals of Christiane Ward. Her singing style was in the mould of Jenny Kaagman (Earth & Fire) or Jo Meek (Catapilla, Julian Jay Savarin). Heinz Kunert played bass while Manfred Struck and Volker Oehmig played drums on half the album each. "Earthly Paradise" is now a mega rarity, selling regularly for more than 500 DEM.
Eartly Paradise GEMA 1004
Reissued on CD by Penner (001) in 1992.
Taken from Cosmic Dreams at Play - A guide to German Progressive and Electronic Rock by Dag Erik Asbjørnsen, Borderline Productions, ISBN 1-899855-01-7
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