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Sahara developed out of Subject Esq. After some line-up changes in 1973, this Munich group was signed to Pan (an Ariola subsidiary) and changed their name to Sahara. The album Sunrise (1974) was recorded in the Autumn of 1973 in the Musicland Studios, Munich. This was an excellent example of complex German symphonic-rock, dearly influenced by British bands like King Crimson, Yes, Emerson, Lake & Palmer, Curved Air, Jethro Tull and others. Sunrise was nonetheless of an international quality, combining haunting melody lines with complex arrangements. The "Sunrise" suite filled the whole of side two. Tile album was also granted a British release on the Dawn label.
Sahara were never a stable unit. At the time of recording For All The Clowns two years later, only Hering, Hoffmann and Wissnet remained from the 1974 line-lip. The new members were: Gunther Moll and Holger Brandt (ex-Missing Link). The resulting album was another great effort - more polished and melodic with long, memorable songs like "The Mountain King" and the title track. Sadly the band wasn't able to cope with more line-up changes when Brandt and Moll decided to leave and consequently disintegrated in 1977. Sahara's legacy is two really great albums recommended for all fans of symphonic-rock.
1. Marie Celeste (7:37)
2. Circles (4:42)
3. Rainbow Rider (8:41)
4. Sunrise (27:12)
- Part 1: a) Sunrise / b) The divinity of being / c) Perception (inc. Devil's tune) / d) Paramount confluence
- Part II: a) Aspiration / b) Creativity / c) Realisation
Henner Hering / keyboards
Michael Hofmann / woodwinds, Moog, Mellotron, vocals
Alex Pittwohn / harmonica, tenor saxophone, vocals
Harry Rosenkind / drums, tuned percussion
Stefan Wissnet / lead vocals, bass
Nicholas Woodland / guitars