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Default Lucifer's Friend - Awakening (2015)

Lucifer's Friend - Awakening (2015)
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Progressive Rock, Hard Rock | Lucifer's Records #LF001CD

Compilation album "Awakening" with 4 new songs released 6th April 2015. Disc One includes a re-mastered selection of the "most popular" Lucifer's Friend songs. Disc Two includes four hot new original studio tracks recorded in Oct-Nov 2014. Lucifer's Friend is a German hard rock band, formed in Hamburg in 1970 by guitarist Peter Hesslein, singer John Lawton, bassist Dieter Horns, keyboardist Peter Hecht, and drummer Joachim Reitenbach. The group was an early practitioner of heavy metal and progressive rock; they also incorporated elements of jazz and fusion into their music, especially in their fourth album Banquet of 1974. Beyond heavy metal, the band has been cited, too, as one of the pioneers of doom metal, helping to define both genres due to their heavy sound and dark oriented lyrics of their acclaimed debut Lucifer's Friend of 1970, and returning to their roots in 1981 with Mean Machine.

Uriah Heep certainly comes to mind when you hear Lucifer's Friend, as do Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple and Black Sabbath to some extent, although you can't accuse the Friend of cloning them as none had attained their notoriety as yet. The band started off as Astrix in 1970, with frontman and future Uriah Heep vocalist John Lawton teaming up with guitarist Peter Hesslein, keyboardist Peter Hecht, bassist Dieter Horns and drummer Joachim Rietenbach. Through various personnel changes over the course of twelve years - including Lawton exiting in '76 and then returning for a last gasp in '81 - the band released nine studio albums and two compliations. In '82, they split up but reunited in '94 for a night album.

Their earlier releases are aggressive and raw, not unlike The Scorpions, Jane or Lonesome Crow. Living up to their sinister name, they performed heavy, mean, keyboard-based rock that should please Led Zep, Sabbath or Purple fans. Then came their absolute masterpiece, "Banquet", in 1974, which focusses on epic prog numbers with complex instrumentation, complete with string and horn arrangements, and Lawton giving his full-throttle vocal performance. This album perfectly pulled together the many different elements of their sound: prog, soul, jazz and hard rock. If you want to sample some Lucifer's Friend, you could try their compilation albums; if you want to hear Lucifer's Friend at their proggiest, go for the "Banquet" - their subsequent releases received mixed reviews, particularly "Sumogrip" in 1994.

Fans of Uriah Heep or those interested in the roots of heavy metal definitely ought to get their hands on some of these items.

Track List CD1:

01. Ride the Sky [02:57]
02. In the Time of Job [04:07]
03. Keep Going [05:27]
04. Toxic Shadows [07:01]
05. Burning Ships [04:33]
06. Fugitive [04:55]
07. Moonshine Rider [04:48]
08. Dirty Old Town [04:50]
09. Fire and Rain [04:44]
10. Hey Driver [04:13]

Tracks 1-4 from the self titled debut album (1970)
Track 5 from the album "Where the Groupies Killed the Blues" (1971)
Tracks 6-7 from the album "Mind Exploding" (1976)
Track 8 from the album "Banquet" (1974)
Tracks 9-10 from the album "Mean Machine" (1981)

John Lawton - Lead Vocals
Peter Hesslein - Guitars
Dieter Horns - Bass
Peter Hecht - Keyboards
Addi Rietenbach - Drums on tracks 1 - 5
Curt Cres - Drums on tracks 6 - 7
Herbert Bornholdt - Drums on tracks 8 - 10

Track List CD2 (New Studio Recordings):

01. Pray [04:15]
02. Riding High [05:01]
03. Did You Ever [04:17]
04. This Road [03:49]

John Lawton - Lead Vocals
Peter Hesslein - Guitars & Keyboards
Dieter Horns - Bass
Stephan Eggert - Drums

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