Formed in Bremen, Germany in 1970, PARZIVAL released only two LPs in their short-lived career, although sadly British fans had to be content with pricey imports. Comprising Lothar Siems (vocals, guitar), drummer Thomas Olivier and multi-instrumental Walter Quintus, PARZIVAL’s roots were firmly lodged in the 60s; Siems and Olivier had stemmed from The Chamberlains, while Quintus had cut his teeth in his own quartet.
Adopting the PARZIVAL moniker in 1971, the original trio released their Conny Plank-produced debut album LEGEND {*7}, an enduring record that included English folk-rock revival bands among its references. The album – which featured greats like `Empty Land’, `Marshy Legend’, `Wall Bungalow’ and the 16-minute anchor `Groove Inside’ – was embellished by a wistful string and wind section including Matthias Muller-Menckens (flute and piano), Joachim Reichhold (cello) and Hans Jaspers (viola).
An exclusive single, `Souls Married To The Wind’ (b/w `One Day’) followed in 1972, while their second and final album, the neo-classical/folk BAROCK (1973) {*6} was hot on its heels. The original trio had expanded to a bona fide quartet/sextet with the addition of Walter V. Seydlitz (cello), including auxiliaries Mat Me Miller – aka Matthias – (flute, piano & organ) and Harald Konietzko (bass & vocals). If one could think of British folk/prog-rock comparisons one would choose VAN DER GRAAF or the TREES, while there is a gothic-rock tint on several of the tracks including `Frank Supper’, `Black Train’ and `Scarlet Horses’. Buyers watch out for a recent non-folk heavy-goth act of the same name.
© MC Strong 2010/GFD // rev-up MCS May2017

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