Bachdenkel - Lemmings (1973)
BACHDENKEL was an English rock band that started under the name “YOU KNOW WHO” in 1968. The three piece consisted of bandleader Colin Swinburne on vocals/guitars/keyboards, Peter kimberley on bass/piano/vocals and Brian Smith on drums, with Karel Beer as additional musician, lightening engineer and producer. The band moved to France to live, perform and record.
In the 10 years of excistence BACHDENKEL only recorded 2 albums, the first album “Lemmings” was recorded in 1970, but wasn’t released until 1973, the second album called “Stalingrad” (in cyrillic letters) was recorded and released in 1977. in the mean time BACHDENKEL toured small venues through europe (mostly France).
BACHDENKEL started as a Flower Power psychedelic rock band (Pink Floyd, Soft Machine, Beatles, Procol Harum), but developed towards a more symphonic/melodic progstyle for their second album. Their sound is dominated by guitar and drums, with great vocals and occasional keyboard passages.
The band wasn’t (and isn’t) well known, but that doesn’t lesson the experience and thrill you get when listening to their music. The 90’s revival of prog resulted in some aknowledgement to their music, and Bachdenkel re-released their two albums on CD, with additional, mostly unreleased, material. Those CD’s are very much recommended, also because the additional songs are practically as good as their previously released ‘forgotten’ masterpieces.
A fabulous band that deserves universal recognition.
Colin Swinburne / guitar, organ, piano, vocals
Peter Kimberley / bass, piano (2), vocals
Brian Smith / drums
Karel Beer / organ (7)
"Lemmings is a rather psychedelic album with a slight punk guitar tendency. There are many visceral hard rock parts. The tracks are not very progressive. I do not find the record very good, despite the presence of many good passages: the problem is that those passages do not last for a very long period of time. The value of the record lies between ordinary an good. The music sounds pretty deja vu, since there are no elements that allow Lemmings to be distinguished from a bunch of similar albums. The guitar sound quality is above average, though, and the global sound of the music is slightly comparable to Nektar's. The overall rhythm is surprisingly slow. The keyboards are rather subdued. The compositions often lack some structure and sometimes sound a bit amateurish, reminding a bit a garage rock sound." [Review by greenback, Special Collaborator Neo-Prog Specialist)
1. Translation (4:16)
2. Equals (1:52)
3. An Appointment With The Master (5:19)
4. The Settlement Song (11:23)
5. Long Time Living (2:22)
6. Strangerstill (6:56)
7. Come All Ye Faceless (9:06)
Bonus tracks on 1990 CD re-issue (from the EP):
8. The Slightest Distance (6:08)
9. Donna (4:16)
10. A Thousand Pages Before (6:32)