Week of December 5, 1999

Night Sun

A heavy rock group consisting of Bruno Schaab (vocals, bass), Walter Kirchgassner (guitar), Knut Rossler (organ, piano, trumpet, bassoon) and Ulrich Staudt (drums). Their only album, "Mournin'", was released in 1972 on Polydor's Zebra label. Schaab's vocals were creaky and recalled the screams of Ian Gillan. In addition, the group played a loud, Deep Purple-like rock, with a characteristic "heavy progressive" instrumentation of twin guitars, organ, bass and drums. With their sudden shifts of rhythm structures, guitar coupled with organ riffing style and some studio effects (particularly phasing) courtesy of Plank, Night Sun fortunately never went too close to the ordinary boogie and rock'n'roll trap. The album was produced by Konrad Plank at the Windrose Studio, Hamburg. After the demise of the group, Bruno Schaab briefly joined Guru Guru, where his contribution was notable on the track, "The Story Of Life".


Mournin' 1972 Zebra 2949 004

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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