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|Origin||Mannheim, Heidelberg, Germany|
Second Battle 1997
|Associated acts||Take Five
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Night Sun were a German heavy prog/metal band consisting of Bruno Schaab (vocals, bass), Walter Kirchgessner (guitar), Knut Rossler (organ, saxophon) and Ulrich Staudt (drums).
Their one and only album, Mournin', was released in 1972 on Polydor's Zebra label. Kirchgessner's compositions and way of guitar playing reminds of Deep Purples's Ritchie Blackmore, and Schaab's vocals recalled the screams of Robert Plant from Led Zeppelin. The group played a loud, Deep Purple/Black Sabbath/Led Zeppelin style rock, with a characteristic "heavy progressive" instrumentation of lead guitar, organ, bass and drums. The album was produced by Konrad Plank (whose production credits include Kraftwerk's early output and Ash Ra Tempel) at the Windrose Studio, Hamburg.
With their sudden shifts of rhythm structures, guitar-with-organ riffing style and some studio effects, particularly phasing, Night Sun never went too close to the ordinary boogie and rock'n'roll trap.
Night Sun Mournin' soon shortened their name to just Night Sun, during which time they went through various line-up changes until their 1972 recording of the Mournin' LP.
Night Sun had only moderate local success and after the leaving of Kirchgessner in 1972, the band split up in 1973.
Walter Kirchgessner later switched over to playing classical music (cello) in different symphony orchestras and string quartets.
They released only one LP.
- 1972 - Mournin' - Label: Zebra 2949 004
Songs / Tracks Listing
1. Plastic Shotgun (2:34)
2. Crazy Woman (4:22)
3. Got A Bone Of My Own (7:45)
4. Slush Pan Man (4:25)
5. Living With The Dying (5:31)
6. Come Down (5:48)
7. Blind (4:24)
8. Nightmare (3:16)
9. Don't Start Flying (3:07)
Total Time: 41:12
The LP was re-issued on CD digipak in 1997 by Second Battle SB 041