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the Crack in the Cosmic Egg:
Formed 1969, in Düsseldorf, with the line-up of: Hans Wende (guitar), Horst Wagner (bass), Rolf Selbach (drums) and Peter Figge (keyboards), Flaming Bess went through many changes in the 10 years before they released an album. Only after a lengthy hiatus in the mid-1970's did they really attempt to get it together and break-out beyond occasional rehearsals and local gigs.
They got their first break when featured on the music programme "Rockstudio" on WDR, and the interest generated led to them recording and self-producing their debut LP. TANZ DER GÖTTER is the elaborate and sophisticated progressive it was reputed to be, but not exactly the mixture of Eloy and Camel of some reports, but closer to Iskander and other indie prog bands of the era. A unique aspect (also used on some later records) is the narration in German, which occasionally punctuates the music, seemingly telling the legend of Flaming Bess. Their second album VERLORENE WELT, is quite different, as it presented a unique style that involved heavy rock numbers, with dramatic and operatic elements, a wealth of keyboards, and strongly featured guest female vocalist Marlene Krükel. Instrumentally they were superb, if a bit heavy in the song/lyric department.
Peter Figge and Achim Wierschem continued with the band Key after this, eventually reforming Flaming Bess in the 1990's, releasing two different versions of the FATA MORGANA album, and a new album project in 2002. Peter Wahle also has his own projects Amigo News and Digitalis.
1. Bedrohung (9:43)
2. Kampf und Verteibung (8:22)
3. Oasis (5:27)
4. Arkana (4:56)
5. Tanz der Götter (10:10)
Peter Wahle (drums, gong, guitar, bells, rhythm machine),
Hans Wende (bass, guitars, clavinet, drums),
Joachim Jansen (organ, violin, synthesizer, piano, clavinet)
Wolfgang Neumann (voice),
Bruno Blättler (guitars),
Wolfgang Hoffmann (guitar),
Barry Peeler (acoustic guitar),
Bernd Renn (bass),
Helmut Leinhas (timbales),
Frank Kirchner (saxophone)