German progressive rockband Flying Circus releases a 'Best Of' with re-recordings by the current line-up of songs that were released before 2004 (3 albums and one EP) and remixes (with eventual overdubs) of songs that were recorded between 2005 and
2016. There's one new song and two songs left untouched of their 2020 album '1968'. With a total of fifteen songs this sounds like a new and fresh album. Due to extensive re-recording or remixing everything sounds up-to-date, fluid and with a unity in sound.
Until last year this band from the Köln/Düsseldorf area remained a well kept secret to many music lovers. Signing with Fast Ball Music for its '1968' album started a new and more international life for the band. '1968' is a well crafted album keeping
alive the positive reputation of so called 'krautrock'. This retrospective album gives a well balanced overview of the best work of the band, with songs from every album they made before. Some new arrangements were written that bring keyboard player Rüdiger
Blömer more in the picture as a violin player. Listen to his briljant work on 'Seasons' or ''Derry'; wonderful! This album is full of beautiful music that sounds like typically high quality German rock with roots in late sixties and seventies progressive
music. Giving references is a hard thing to do, but one band they make me think of now and then is Grobschnitt and that's probably because of the singing of Michael Dorp (original member!) who does a fantastic job and fits the band perfectly. And let's not
forget the guitarwork of Michael Rick. And yes, boys of the rhythm section, you guys do a good job too. Another great point about this release is the fact that the digipack is full of information about the band and its history (previous line-ups, previous
recordings, the purpose of this album). What a good way to celebrate 30-years of existence and an excellent way to get an overview of this wonderful band. (Geert Ryssen)
'Flying Circus' will be released on Fast Ball on February 26 2021.
Line-up (left to right):
Rüdiger Blömer: keyboards, violin, orchestral programming
Michael Dorp: Vocals, percussion
Ande Roderigo: drums, percussion, backing vocals
Roger Weitz: bass, backing vocals
Michael Rick: guitars, backing vocals