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G.E.N.E. - Flying-Fish (cd)

 
GALACTIC ANTHEMS - Abstract Circuitry (cd-r)

 
GALACTIC ANTHEMS - Galactic Anthems (cd)

 
GALACTIC ANTHEMS - Semper Fidelity (cd-r)

 
GALACTIC ANTHEMS - The Other Side (cd-r)

 
GANDALF - Colors of a New Dawn (cd)

 
GANDALF - Erdenklang & Sternentanz (Earthsong & Stardance) (cd)

 
GANDALF - Gallery Of Dreams • plus live! (CD/Digital Download)

 
GANDALF - Journey to an Imaginary Land (Lp/CD)

 
GANDALF - More than just a Seagull (cd)

 
GANDALF - Sanctuary (cd)

 
GANDALF - Tale from a long forgotten Kingdom (LP/CD)

 
GANDALF - To Another Horizon (Lp/CD)

 
GANDALF - Visions (LP/CD)

 
GANDALF - Visions 2001 (CD)

 
GANDALF & FRIENDS - Live in Vienna (cd & dvd)

 
RUBEN GARCIA - Colors In Motion (cd)

 
RUBEN GARCIA - Maybe Forgotten Forever (cd-r)

 
RUBEN GARCIA - Through The Looking Glass (cd-r)

 
MICHAEL GARRISON - Point of Impact (cd)

 
THE GATELESS GATE - Landslag Norður Íslands (The Landscape of North Ic (Digital Download)

 
THE GATELESS GATE - Near North (Digital Download)

 
THE GATELESS GATE - Oceans are moving from the Arctic to the south ref (Digital Download)

 
THE GATELESS GATE - Sibir (CD-r/Digital Download)

 
GAYLENE - Journey to the Surface (cd-r)

 
GEIGERTEK - Endless Night (Digital Download)

 
GEIGERTEK - Soundtrack for City Living (CD/Digital Download)

 
GEIGERTEK - The Timeless Mind (cd-r)

 
MICHEL GENEST - Crystal Fantasy (Lp/CD)

 
GEODESIUM - A Gentle Rain of Starlight (cd)

 
GEODESIUM - Arcturian Archives (cd)

 
GEODESIUM - Music from SpacePark 360 (CD/Digital Download)

 
GEODESIUM - Stella Novus (CD/Digital Download)

 
DAVID GERARD - The Dream Chamber (Digital Download)

 
DAVID GERARD - The Realm of Knowing (cd-r)

 
AD VAN GERVEN - Hatching (cd)

 
TIM GERWING - Being to Being (cd)

 
TIM GERWING - Scorpius Rising (cd/digital download)

 
TIM GERWING - The Butterfly Effect (cd)

 
GRAHAM GETTY & STEPHAN WHITLAN - Even Higher Green (CD-r/Digital Download)

 
GRAHAM GETTY & STEPHAN WHITLAN - Higher Green Session (CD-r/Digital Download)

 
GRAHAM GETTY - EMP3 (CD-r/Digital Download)

 
GRAHAM GETTY - The Lattice (CD-r/Digital Download)

 
GRAHAM GETTY - The Sound of the Cloud (cd-r/Digital Download)

 
HOWARD GIVENS & CRAIG PADILLA - Life Flows Water (CD/Digital Download)

 
HOWARD GIVENS & MADHAVI DEVI - Source Of Compassion (CD/Digital Download)

 
RüDIGER GLEISBERG & MATHIAS GRASSOW - Ad Lucem (cd)

 
RüDIGER GLEISBERG - Baktun (cd)

 
RüDIGER GLEISBERG - Chronicle 1986-93 (cd)

 
RüDIGER GLEISBERG - Symphonic Arts (cd)

 
GLENN MAIN - Ripples (CD/Digital Download)

 
GLIESE 614 - Serenity (cd-r)

 
THE GLIMMER ROOM - Grey Mirrors (cd)

 
THE GLIMMER ROOM - Tomorrow’s Tuesday (cd/digital download)

 
GLOBAL COMMUNICATION - 76:14 (cd)

 
GLOBAL COMMUNICATION - Pentamerous Metamorphosis (LP/CD)

 
GOGOOO - Long, lointain (cd)

 
GOLDMUND - Corduroy Road (LP/CD)

 
GOLDMUND - The Malady of Elegance (CD/Lp)

 
STEVE GRACE - Cobalt Blue (Digital Download)

 
STEVE GRACE - Flow (Digital Download)

 
MATHIAS GRASSOW & CARSTEN AGTHE - Beyond the Silence (Live at Gut Saunstorf) (cd)

 
MATHIAS GRASSOW & JIří MAZáNEK - Inner Path (cd)

 
MATHIAS GRASSOW & TOMAS WEISS - Farewell -In Hommage To Klaus Wiese- (cd)

 
GRASSOW / GLEISBERG / BAGHIRI - Arcanum (cd)

 
MATHIAS GRASSOW - Bloodmoon (cd)

 
MATHIAS GRASSOW - Dämmerung (cd)

 
MATHIAS GRASSOW - Sonnenwende (cd)

 
MATHIAS GRASSOW - Tamanoshima (cd)

 
MATHIAS GRASSOW - The Darklight Quest (CD)

 
MATHIAS GRASSOW - The Lanzarote Concert (cd)

 
MATHIAS GRASSOW - The Nightquest Sessions (cd)

 
MATHIAS GRASSOW - Uttarakuru (cd)

 
MATHIAS GRASSOW - Wisdom of Fate (cd)

 
THE GREAT SCHIZM - For the Ancient Ones (Digital Download)

 
GREEN ISAC - Groundrush (cd)

 
GREEN ISAC - Passengers (cd/digital download)

 
WILLIAM GREGG - Epiphenomenon (cd/Digital Download)

 
WILLIAM GREGG - Source of the Hardware (cd)

 
JEFF GREINKE - Virga (cd)

 
JEFF GREINKE - Weather from another Planet (cd)

 
JEFF GREINKE - Wide View (cd)

 
THE GREY ENCOUNTER - Dark Matter (cd-r)

 
THE GREY ENCOUNTER - State of Decay (CD-r/Digital Download)

 
MIKE GRIFFIN & DAVID FULTON - The Most Distant Point Known (cd)

 
M. GRIFFIN - Sudden Dark (cd)

 
GRINDLESTONE - Tone (cd)

 
UWE GRONAU - Midsummer (cd)

 
UWE GRONAU - Visions (cd/Digital Download)

 
HARALD GROSSKOPF - Synthesist (Lp/CD)

 
HARALD GROSSKOPF - Synthesist 2010 (cd)

 
PERTTI GRöNHOLM - Winterplanet (cd)

 
PHILIPPE EMMANUEL GUEBLE - 9 Memories-Tracks (Digital Download)

 
PHILIPPE EMMANUEL GUEBLE - Fire & Remembrance (cd-r)

 
PHILIPPE EMMANUEL GUEBLE - Fire & Remembrance (cd-r)

 
GULAN - Cassiopeia (cd-r)

 
GULAN - Prologue (cd-r)

 
GULAN - Sphere (cd-r)


GANDALF & FRIENDS
Live in Vienna
CD & DVD, BSC/Prudence, 2008
The material contained on this release celebrates the 20th anniversary of Austrian multi-instrumentalist Heinz Strobl, aka Gandalf, as a performing artist.

The nicely designed and documented digipack features a live cd and dvd. The latter contains the concert in the Ronacher Theatre in Vienna (which Gandalf mentioned at the end of a feature I did on "Visions" and "Visions 2001" in 2006) next to a concert in Zell am Zee, Austria, two bonus tracks, an interview with Gandalf and a promo clip of "Just go on believing".

The concert sees Gandalf on stage with a whole range of session musicians he had the honour working with on previous albums, including Steve Hackett, Peter Aschenbrenner, Robert Julian Horky, Toni Burger and others, and even his son Christian Strobl on drums and percussion.

The first half of the recording is certainly the best, taking off with the fantasy themes "Return to the Shire", the 10-minute "Colours of the Earth" and "Cosmic Balance".
The track "I am here" (featuring the vocals of both Julia Martins and Andy Baum) is out of place here, which also certainly applies to two other German sung tracks ("Die Ruhe der Sturm" and "Teuflische Verbindung") later on.

The short but beautiful "Magician’s Theme" leads into "The keeper of the old forest", which (sadly enough) receives quite a different, folky musical arrangement with lots of fretless bass and violin.

"Face in the Mirror", the highlight for sure on the disc, sees Steve Hackett and Gandalf excel in some great guitar solo’s, followed by another great track: "Alone at Elrond’s House" melts two tracks, and even treats the listener to some exciting solo violin by Toni Burger.
After the already mentioned flaws of two German vocal tracks, the album nicely renders down with "The Lonesome Wanderer" and "Cosmic Traveller".

Although I would have loved to have seen and hear more material from his first few albums, this concert release is a rarity, documenting "a unique gathering of musicians and of magic musical moments" (as Gandalf puts it himself).

Website: www.gandalf. at

© Bert Strolenberg

 
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