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Tales From A Hidden Dream (2015)

 

1. Beginning

The album is introduced by a dreamy piano ballad, very puristic and instrumental. It’s the only track, which was not composed by Gerd Albers, instead by amateur musician Johannes Hahn, who played the keyboards too. The song was finally graded up with a soprano saxophon solo played by Marek Arnold.

Data
playing time
03:58
Credits
concept
Gerd Albers
notes
Johannes Hahn
keyboards
Johannes Hahn
sopran saxophones
Marek Arnold
mix/master
Frank Rausch @ audioworld Remscheid

2. Oblivion

As long as I can think it seems, that there are the same horror news of conflicts and war all around the world every day. Some of them attended me over decades, the crisis in near-east for example. Today I’m sure, no one is able to stop this never ending spiral of hate and incomprehension. I feel an emotional blunting and ask for myself, if I have a heart of stone, when I care for my own and family life and happiness?!

Data
playing time
13:24
pt. 1
Introduction
pt. 2
Always The Same
pt. 3
Focus Points
pt. 4
Oblivion Things
Credits
concept/notes/words
Gerd Albers
vocals
Lars Begerow, Claudia Kettler
backing vocals
Lars Begerow, Claudia Kettler, Gerd Albers
el. guitars/solo
David M. Scholtz
el./ac. guitars
Gerd Albers
keyboards/programming
Marek Arnold
grand piano
Thomas Orth
bass
Matthias Becker
drums
Gerd Albers
recordings/premix
Peter Koll
endmix/master
Marek Arnold @ B’side-Music Waldenburg

3. The Turning Point

Someday everyone calls himself into question, if his life is according to the one he wants to. If not, there are two options: You won’t change anything and will stay unhappy. Or you shake up and risk a new start.

Data
playing time
06:55
Credits
concept/notes/words
Gerd Albers
vocals
Olaf Kobbe
backing vocals
Gerd Albers
el. guitars/solo
Martin Schnella
el./ac. guitars
Gerd Albers
keyboards
Volker Wichmann
bass
Matthias Becker
drums
Gerd Albers
recordings/premix
Peter Koll
endmix/master
Martin Schnella @ Overlodge Studio Badenhausen

4. Elysium

This song is dedicated to the nameless young female student from Dehli/India, who was brutally gang-raped and killed by six men in December 2012. May she rest in peace, hopefully at a better place.

Data
playing time
00:51
Credits
concept
Gerd Albers
notes/choir set
Gerd Albers/Thomas Orth
words
Gerd Albers
vocals
Church choir “Kreuz & Quer” Wuppertal-Küllenhahn
Soprano: Angela Götz, Claudia Orth, Dagmar Albers
Alto: Sylvia Hartmann, Dagmar Albers, Claudia Orth
Tenor: Frank Jung, Thomas Orth, Gerd Albers
Bass: Ingolf Fuss, Reinhard Hinz, Georg Pläcking,
Thomas Orth, Gerd Albers
recording/mix/master
Frank Rausch @ audioworld Remscheid

5. Land Of Hope And Honour

Let’s stay in India for a while: What a curious country full of contrasts. Aerospace technology, nuclear power and a booming IT industry on the swings. A thousand of years old culture incl. a caste system, which has never been transformed into modern life. A break-up nation, on the threshold to an important economical force of the world, but in contrast very extreme poverty and hunger with an increasing population.

Data
playing time
05:14
Credits
concept/notes/words
Gerd Albers
vocals
Jessica Schmalle
backing vocals
Martin Schnella, Jessica Schmalle, Gerd Albers
el. guitars/solo
Michael Ettema
add. el. guitars/solo
Peter Koll, Gerd Albers
ac. guitars
Gerd Albers
bass
Matthias Becker
flutes
Claudia Orth
drums
Gerd Albers
recordings/premix
Peter Koll
endmix/master
Marek Arnold @ B’side-Music Waldenburg

6. Not Yet

As a Business Manager you have to learn to live with the always-on pressure, and you have to be comfortable with hunting for revenues and earning money. I share this fate with my business partner and musical friend Kay Ernst. Together with him and the funk-slap bassman Jost Halenta this song was created within a jam session, which became more and more… curious, when recording it finally.

Data
playing time
05:10
Credits
concept
Gerd Albers
notes
Kay Ernst, Jost Halenta, Gerd Albers
words
Gerd Albers
vocals
Stefan Mageney
backing vocals
Stefan Mageney, Magdalena Sojka, Gerd Albers
el. guitars/solo & bouzukis
Yossi Sassi
el. guitar
Kay Ernst
bass
Jost Halenta
drums/percussions
Gerd Albers
recordings/premix
Peter Koll
endmix/master
Martin Schnella @ Overlodge Studio Badenhausen

7. Every End Is A Beginning (Bau’ Dir Ein Schloss)

This song is a prevailing acoustic title with german words, which got some typical phrases of pop music, too. The textual concept and words were written and sang by my band singer Magdalena Sojka. She included some very personal things in this song. Even if you don’t hear it, the ground tone sequence is quite the same one than in the piano intro of the first song.

Data
playing time
06:16
Credits
concept/notes
Gerd Albers
words
Magdalena Sojka, Gerd Albers
vocals
Magdalena Sojka
backing vocals
Magdalena Sojka, Gerd Albers
el. guitars/solo
Frank Göbel
ac. guitars
Gerd Albers
bass
Matthias Becker
drums/percussions
Gerd Albers
recordings/premix
Peter Koll
endmix/master
Frank Rausch @ audioworld Remscheid

8. Oblivion Things (reprise)

At the end of the recordings I had an idea of a classic influenced instrumental reprise track. The 4th part of the second track named Oblivion Things, transposed and played by other instruments, that was the inspiration. Thomas Orth again played the grand piano theme, like my band mate Matthias Becker on bass too. But the very special feature is the orchestra programming of Andreas Wimmer. It’s incredible, how he simulated a full orchestra with classic instruments only with a keyboard and professional plugins.

Data
playing time
03:25
Credits
concept/notes
Gerd Albers
grand piano
Thomas Orth
bass
Matthias Becker
orchestration programming
Andreas Wimmer
recordings/premix
Peter Koll
endmix/master
Frank Rausch @ audioworld Remscheid

9. Incomprehensible (demo)

Long before I decided to produce a CD, I just wanted to write and record one own song. Because I’m a fan of epic longtracks, it had to be a longer one. The trigger for this song was the story of a little girl, who became witness of a brutal crime at a riverside. For weeks and months, policemen and psychologics tried to crack her catatonism silence, till the girl suddenly was able to tell about the crime, so the offender could be arrested.
During the recordings we made fatal mistakes because of lack of knowledge. So I’m still wondering, how well-sounding this track became.

Data
playing time
17:51
pt. 1
Sunday Morning Crime
pt. 2
Mind Confusion
pt. 3
Cracking The Case
pt. 4
Finale
Credits
concept/notes/words
Gerd Albers
vocals
André Müller, Melanie Nocon, Gerd Albers
backing vocals
Melanie Nocon, Gerd Albers
el. guitars/solo1
Kalle Wallner
el. guitars/solo2
Oliver Hanf
ac. guitars
Gerd Albers
el. guitars
Peter Koll, Gerd Albers
keyboards (pt. 2–4)
Volker Wichmann
keyboards (pt.1)
Gerd Albers
bass
Markus Schüttler
drums/percussions
Gerd Albers
recordings/premix
Peter Koll
endmix/master
Frank Rausch @ audioworld Remscheid

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2015-05-11 | Musikreviews.de

2015-03-26 | Babyblaue Seiten

July 2015 | Empire #111

2015-07-15 | Betreutes Proggen

June 2015 | Musikzirkus-Magazin

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