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Irrwisch - 1991 Forbidden Fruits

ARTIST: Irrwisch
ALBUM: Forbidden Fruits
LABEL: Rays Music
SERIAL: 76012
YEAR: 1991

LINEUP: Steff Burgi - vocals, keyboards * Chris Burgi - guitars * Peter Krattiger - guitars Sappy Kissling - drums * Fredy Gruber - keyboards

Additional Musicians: Curt Cress - drums * Pino Palladino - bass * Choir - Hermann Weindorf, Peter Bischoff, Bertel Gebhard, Bimey Oberreit, Jacky Carter, Christine Seargent, Frida Goodlet

TRACK LISTING: 01 Body And Soul * 02 Cherie * 03 Forbidden Fruits * 04 The Train * 05 Think I'm Crazy * 06 1989 - People In The Street * 07 Somewhere.. * 08 Big Holidays * 09 Dolce Vita * 10 Behind The Walls * 11 Gazing At The Stars


We've had a look before at Swiss melodic rockers Irrwisch. Their 1982 album 'Living In A Fools Paradise' is reviewed here. Their brand of rock mixes progressive and hi-tech elements to great effect. After disappearing for a little while during the late 80's, they returned with 1989's 'The Fish Came To The Surface', a popular comeback, embellished by this one, 1991's 'Forbidden Fruits'. As they did in the past, Irrwisch skipped across the border to Munich Germany to record this album, and utlised the services of Curt Cress, well known to those of you who are fans of Saga and Charlie. Again, the whole thing is well packaged and produced, with highly melodic tunes, a few of which are absolute standouts.

The Songs
'Body And Soul' opens the CD, with a boomy sound, male/female vocals on the chorus, with loads of keyboards and restrained guitars. 'Cherie' is a standout track for me, delicious synth work and a simple magic chorus. The title track has a jangly feel, not unlike some of the stuff coming out of Australia during the late 80's. I liked the dark and foreboding sound of 'The Train', but don't be despairing that there's no melody. Far from it, there's a heap! The band take a break with the slow and wistful 'Think I'm Crazy', somewhat in the Pink Floyd category of prog rock. Many acts had their say in the 1989 fall of The Berlin Wall, so too did Irrwisch who released '1989 - People In The Street', their statement on the never to be forgotten events from that year. 'Big Holidays' is an unusual affair with quirky aspects, unlike the soaring prog of 'Behind These Walls', with Floydian influences with a touch of Barclay James Harvest as well. The prog side of things is carried through to the end with the instrumental 'Gazing At The Stars', a very silky finale I must say.

In Summary
For 1996's 'Chestwood', Irrwisch released that album on their own label - ironically called Chestwood Music. In fact, their subsequent albums including 2007's 'Wizard For A Day' were self released. The band are still a going concern, check out their website to see what they are up to.

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#1 | tonissive on June 30 2010 18:50:07
underrated band!!!!!

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