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Satin Whale - Don't Stop The Show
Just picked up the last album by Satin Whale - 'Don't Stop The Show,. I had heard it was more AOR oriented than their previous efforts. They relinquish their Progressive leanings and move into a more AOR pomp direction, not too shabby. Worth a review here at GDM…
These guys are German. I have this somewhere, worth a look at it indeed Gil.. Thanks for pointing it out.
Edited by gdazegod on 18-08-2017 22:46
Satin Whale biography
The German band 'Satin Whale' was founded around 1971 in the region of Cologne by Thomas Brück (bass, vocals), Gerard Dellmann (keyboards), Dieter Roesberg (guitar, sax ,flute, vocals) and Horst Schöffgen (drums). Their first record 'Desert Places' was released in 1974 on the green 'Brain' label, musically a typical example of German Seventies rock not unlike their stablemates 'Grobschnitt' and 'Jane' for the harder edge, with guitar and organ jams.

During a rock contest in 1974 ('Rocksound 74') 'Satin Whale' was elected the most popular German band. For the second release 'Lost Mankind' 1975 new drummer Wolfgang Hieronymi joined and the band changed to the 'Teldec' label, continuing musically in the same direction as their first record, with 'Jethro Tull' inspired flute-work. The band then went on tour as a support act for 'Barclay James Harvest'. This had a direct influence on their music and their third record 'As A Keepsake' was inspired by BJH, less rock and more symphonic influenced pop.

Their consequent tour served for the double live 'Whalecome', which showed the good musicianship of the band, giving room to extended improvisations, especially on the 17-minute long 'Hava Nagila. In the same year 'Satin Whale' released 'A Whale of Time', a good record especially the title track, an instrumental with a great string arrangement. In 1979 the band composed the soundtrack for the German movie 'Die Faust In Der Tasche' by director Max Willutzki. As the film was a popular and with their popularity rising the band released the same year 'On Tour'. In 1980 'Satin Whale' released 'Don't Stop The Show',their last and commercial record, together with Ex Triumvirat singer Barry Palmer and the band split up in 1981.

1974 - Desert places
1975 - Lost mankind
1977 - As a keepsake
1978 - Whalecome (2LP) Live
1978 - A whale of time
1979 - Die Kündigung / Double Up (7')
1979 - On Tour / Live
1979 - Die Faust in der Tasche (Soundtr.)
1980 - Don't stop the Show
As it turns out, I had no Satin Whale albums in the collection. I've since picked up:

1974 - Desert Places
1975 - Lost Mankind
1977 - As A Keepsake
1978 - Whalecome (2LP) Live
1979 - Die Faust in der Tasche (Soundtrack)

I have 'Don't Stop The Show' coming down the pike. Hopefully will review it soon. Sounds a bit like Saga and Machiavel, and not as pastoral as their previous albums (Jethro Tull, Barclay James Harvest).
At one time or another I've owned most of the Satin Whale albums and they do vary quality-wise. 'Don't Stop The Show' is probably the most GD friendly...
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