What a treat! Very complex music can rarely be so easily listenable, but they manage to accomplish that due to the excessively catchy vocal melodies and many ear candy moments during the most jazzy sections as well.
They were always like a chameleon switching from prog rock to bluesy hard rock or symphonic hard rock (even some boogie rock, but I don't know that given album). So it's no wonder that here they introduce some jazz. Sometimes in the Zappa sense, but his more digestable mid-'70s style. So it's not copying him but more a thing of common influence, I think.
The songs are all very well orchestrated but so catchy that can hold a non-prog listener's attention, too (I think). This is my favourite album so far by this obscure German band. Oh, and John Lawton's vocals are amazing, they always were (later in Uriah Heep too). Hunt this gem down, it's not all that hard
Peter Hesslein (guitar, vocals), Peter Hecht (organ, keyboards, 1970-82), John Lawton (vocals, 1970-76, 1981-82, 1994), Dieter Horns (bass, vocals, 1970-81), Joachim Rietenbach (drums, 1970-73), Herbert Bornhold (drums, percussion, vocals, 1974-75, 1977-82), Curt Cress (drums, 1976), Michael 'Mike' Starrs (vocals, 1977-81), Ian Cussick (vocals, 1978), Adrian Askew (keyboards, vocals, 1980-82), Andreas Dicke (bass, 1982, 1994), Jogi Wichmann (keyboards, 1994)
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