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Carol Of Harvest

Remarkably featuring a 16-year-old (Beate Krause) on vocals, plus German songwriter/guitarist Axel Schmierer, keyboard player Jurgen Kolb, bassist Heinz Reinschlussel and drummer Robert Hogn, this prog-folk enterprise from Furth in Bavaria – founded in 1975 – delivered only one LP, the eponymous CAROL OF HARVEST (1978) {*8}. Formed a few years earlier and named after a Walt Whitman novel, Beate and her band sang in English and had obvious designs on taking over from SANDY DENNY (who’d died in ’78) or Annie Haslam of RENAISSANCE.
Also reminiscent of early 70s Krautrock/folkers EMTIDI and HOLDERLIN, the album has been regarded as the holy grail for British collectors seeking out everything under the sun. Tracks like opening 16-minute salvo `Put On Your Nightcap’ could find its way into many a prog fan’s playlist, while in contrast the short ’n’ sweet `You And Me’ does the trick without any frills and spills. A much-anticipated CD re-issue with three “live” bonus tracks was thankfully released at a time when the original vinyl was changing hands at well over £1,000.
Bolstered by constant references to their 70s prog-rock relic, CAROL OF HARVEST were rejuvenated by Axel Schmierer, who, in 2007, was happy to enlist the single singing talents of Ewa Grams; the fruits of their labour arriving with 2009’s “comeback” set TY I JA {*6}. Now based in Cadolzburg (also in Bayern, Germany), the pair’s sound was what would come to expect from a former progressive folk act.
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