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Scaramouche - 1981 Scaramouche

ARTIST: Scaramouche
ALBUM: Scaramouche
LABEL: Ohrwurm
YEAR: 1981
CD REISSUE: 1994, Musea, FGBG 4121.AR * 2007, MALS, MALS 204


LINEUP: Holger Funk - lead vocals * Johannes Hofmann - keyboards * Martin Hofmann - bass * Robby Stein - drums, percussion * Tommy Weber - guitars & space invaders

Guest:Julia Wollny - backing vocals (track 2)

TRACK LISTING: 01 A Cloud In The Sky * 02 Only Tail The Bait * 03 Clown Leaves Berlin * 04 Of Rooms And Open Doors * 05 Find Me * 06 Crentcantoe * 07 Isn't It Real

From an era when symphonic rock was prevalent throughout Europe, comes the sole LP from German band Scaramouche. No, the band did not nick the name from a famous Queen song; instead, it was sourced from a Italian Commedia dell'Arte character. This is mostly a symphonic affair with obvious progressive rock filtering, and if similar European outfits like Kayak, Machiavel, Grobschnitt and at a pinch - early Supertramp and Genesis are your cup of tea, then these guys are worth boiling the kettle for.

The Songs
Scaramouche flavour the opening tune 'A Cloud In The Sky' with pockets of organ, intricate percussion and stirring guitar parts. The tempo is slowed down for 'Only Tail The Bait', which is melancholy and dreamy. They pick up the energy for 'Clown Leaves Berlin' which has a jazzy tinge to it. 'Of Rooms And Open Doors' is a near instrumental piece that picks up on the Genesis style of prog, while 'Find Me' steals some 70's styled moments from Canadians Rush, especially that bell sound. The album's two longest moments appear at the tail of the album. 'Crentcantoe' slips in and out of a jazz/funk mode, coupled with a slower prog rock style. Similarly the 9 minute 'Isn't It Real' has difficulty moving into an upper tempo, preferring to linger in slow-mode.

In Summary
And therein lies part of the album's problem, the slower tempo not really allowing the band to operate at pace, and seeing what Scaramouche were truly capable of. The musicianship is very good though, but I don't believe the personnel were truly tested here. This would be their only album, but don't get confused with another band of the same name who released a series of CD's during the mid-90's. For die-hard symphonic rock fans I would suggest. You can listen to this in its entirety on YouTube, or if you are really keen, you can try and find the 1994 Musea reissue out there on Ebay or other retailers.

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#1 | gdazegod on August 29 2016 04:39:28
A very cool record cover!
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