The band started out in 1971 as OPOSSUM, a six-member jazz-rock outfit. With time, dissention set in as two of the members wanted to tie the band down to free jazz while the other four wanted to rock. So in 1975, the foursome walked out, regrouped as MORPHEUS* and released a self-produced album titled "Rabenteuer” – a name which combines the German words for "raven” and "adventure”, as in "Raventure”. Unfortunately, the music had been recorded too slowly, resulting in the whole album being a semitone too low. Despite this, the LP (of which a mere 500 copies had been printed) became a collectors’ item. Luckily for us, Garden of Delights has re-released it in CD format, using the original master tapes and making it a point to correct the sound problem. Incredible as it may seem, some 22 years later the whole band has reunited around their guitarist and released a brand new CD titled "For a Second”. The band consists of guitarist Gerold Adler, alto sax player Heinrich Holtgreve, bassist Peter Blömeke and drummer Alvaro Tarquino.
"Rabenteuer” is an all-instrumental jazz-rock album with lots of saxophone and bits of flute, similar in style to early KRAAN with perhaps a nod or two to MISSUS BEASTLY. Being partly improvised, the music has an almost ‘live’ feel to it; it is warm and features great guitar riffing as well as strong melodies. The CD version comprises a bonus track, a terrific 20-minute jam session salvaged from the master tapes. The band’s more recent album "For a Second”, released in 2002, may sound a bit laid-back in comparison but is still redolent of the old MORPHEUS charm, with plenty of trippy sax and catchy hooks.
Recommended to fans of early KRAAN and GONG as well as to jazz-rock fans who enjoy improvisation.
Gerold Adler / guitar
Peter Blömeke / bass, flute
Heinrich Holtgreve / saxophone
Alfred Franke / drums
Garden Of Delights:
For the first time in this series this is progressive jazz rock, doing without any vocals but featuring an alto saxophone and occasionally a transverse flute. When the precursors of Morpheus, the band Opossum, wanted to tie their members down to free jazz, half of the crew refused to obey, left the band and founded Morpheus in early 1975. Their only LP, "Rabenteuer”, was released in an edition of 500 copies and is by now an expensive collectors’ item. For the CD, which was taken from the master tapes, the 20- minute "Morpheus jam” has been dug out as a bonus track. Particularly outstanding are the spacey sounds in the first quarter of "Abflug”, so that this track was also selected for the CD on hand. The mishap that the LP is a bit too slow and thus a semitone too low has been put right on this CD.
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