Faithful Breath: Fading Beauty (1974) {2005 Reissue} [WV]

Artist: Faithful Breath

Album: Fading Beauty
Genre: Symphonic Progressive Rock
Year: 1974
Country: Germany
Label/Catalog: Garden of Delights/CD 112 (2005 Reissue)
Format: WV (image+cue+log)

Apesar de ter se tornado uma banda de heavy metal, o Faithful Breath surgiu originalmente como uma banda de progressivo sinfônico cujas letras eram pessimistas e que eram combinadas a um som de atmosfera pesada. A banda surgiu em 1967 na cidade de Bochum, na Alemanha, com o nome de The Magic Powers e após ter passado por diversas formações, a banda finalmente conseguiu lançar seu primeiro álbum em 1974, ainda que em um número bastante limitado de cópias.

Várias bandas alemãs se tornaram adeptas à vertente sinfônica do rock progressivo - ao invés de somente do que é chamado de krautrock - e este aqui é mais um exemplo da qualidade desse estilo naquela país.

In despite of having become a heavy metal band afterwards, Faithful Breath originally arose as symphonic progressive band whose lyrics were pessimist and which were combined to a heavily atmospheric sound. They formed back in 1967 in Bochum, Germany, under the name The Magic Powers and after having suffered a constant change of line-ups, the band finally managed to release their first album in 1974, although in a very limited number of copies.

Many German bands followed the symphonic tides of progressive rock - instead of just sticking to what is called krautrock - and this is another high quality example of how that style was accomplished on that country.

01 Autumn Fantasia (22:32)
a) Fading Beauty
b) Lingering Cold
02 Tharsis (21:30)

Manfred von Buttlar - organ, mellotron, synthesizer, piano, 12-string acoustic & electric guitars, vocals
Heinz Mikus - 6-string and 12-string acoustic and electric guitars, lead vocals
Jürgen Weritz - drums, percussion, vocals
Horst Strabenow - bass, 6-string and 12-string acoustic guitars, vocals
Guest Musician
Renate Heemann - chorus vocals (on Autumn Fantasia)

Originally released as FB Music AA 6963233 in 1974.



  1. For almost 30 years of listening to music, exploring the various neglected artists, albums, many unforgettable moments, this album is a true gem I listened with curiosity. A lot of bands from the era Krautrock recorded This album is another example of seeking their own style, document the era I have this album since the mid-90 ' CD Edition of the U.S. in 1991 (The Laser's Edge LE 1011) . Thanks for the opportunity to listen it in newer edition gladly , become acquainted with the implementation of German record label - Garden of Delights (CD112)....The German band referring to Pink Floyd, Moody Blues and the old Genesis. Compact contains 3 very long, complex and quite melancholic record with cool guitars, plenty of melotronu and subtle arrangements. Fans of soft Prog-rock will be thrilled! After years of a group completely changed the style and appearance, and went into areas hard-rock and metal...but after another
    FAITHFUL BREATH came into being in 1967 in Bochun. Everything started in the autumn of 1967, when a guitarist and vocalist Heinz Mikus (21.9.1952)
    and bass guitarist Horst "Piet" Stabenov (4.10.1952) left their pretentious group Magic Power in order to form Faithful Breath together with three other people; namely two guitarists: Reinhold Immig and Walter Scheuer and a drummer Jürgen Fischer. For a few weeks Georg Grebe replaced Horst Stabenov and it was him who was responsible for the name Faithful Breath. Boggie Kopec also came from Magic Power. Ulrich Bock, who played the flute and the saxophone hone joined them some time later. At the beginning of 1969 the guitarist Reinhold Immig left the group, and in the autumn the drummer.
    Many people were tested in order to replace them, but it didn't work. Finally, at the beginning of 1971 they borrowed Jürgen Weritz (10.12.1953, Bochun) from the group Mama Werwoll (he early been in group called Crash) whose seat was in Witten and who for two years played in the two groups at the same time. In the late summer the flutist and saxophonist Ulrich Block also resigned because he was sick. In spite of that, the four of them still played new pieces.At the end of 1972 the guitarist Walter Scheuer had to resign aswell. He was replaced by a keyboard player Manfred "Carl" von Buttlar (2.1.1955) who played the organ and the melotron and who directed the group towards progressive rock. He had classical piano education. He also came from the group Mama Werwoll, which ceased to exist after his leaving. Where did this strange name come from? It consisted of parts of the names of the following four
    artists: Manfred von Butler, Diethelm Weritz, Jürgen Weritz and Martin Wollschläger. Faithful Breath started to play so well and their compositions were so good that soo it provided the opportunity to bring out a LP. So, at December of 1973 the band arrived in Cologne (Köln) to Tonstudio an Dom and recorded the first longplay. Renate Heemann from Witten was a backing singer on this occasion...cdn->>>

  2. LP "Fading Beauty" FB AA 6963233 FB / 1974 /Kopec
    All titles composed, arranged by Faithful Breath.
    Lyrics by Manfred von Buttlar i Jurgen Weritz
    Engineered by Martin Homberg
    Produced by Boggi Kopec i Faithful Breath
    Cover design by Boggi Kopec
    Backing vocal in "Autumn Fantasia"-Renate Heeman
    The record was released at the beginning of 1974 by a private publisher as Fading Beauty and the initial print run was 1500 copies. The cover of the record was prepared at a poorly equipped printing house Opa Laube in Witten, but without assemblage and sticking. The picture on the front was supposed to be colourful, but it remained only brown. The record itself was made in Diepholz.
    The music of Faithful Breath goes round gloomy and dramatic issues such as the end of the world, lapse of time, fear. In their newly created LP they show in a very convincing way how they can express such problems in music. One side of this LP is entirely devoted to the legend of huge bird Tharsis, according to
    which the earth is an egg of this bird. One day the nestling of the bird will be hatched. The increasing earthquakes foretell that the time is approachin Faithful Breath prove that they are able to subordinate their music virtuosity to such issues.This is the reason why listeners are fascinated.Live transmission enhances the performance due to intentional optical effects; the translations of the lyrics prepare the audience for an amazing journey to the world of legends.
    When the brown edition was sold around 1975, the LP was reprinted, but this time Opa Laube provided a blue cover. It also
    received an indication to Boggie Kopec's Music Publishing House. The subscription number and the label remained the
    same. The blue cover varies: it might be matt or shiny. It is not surprising as they produced only a few hundreds of copies
    at a time and the way of printing might be changed each time. The matt cover seems to be earlier and rare. The picture on
    the back looks the same as in the first edition, but it is blue, then the background is also in blue. All in all they produced
    between 3500 and 5000 copies in brown and blue editions.The additional edition (Cade CSM 10002 FB) is rather puzzling.
    German record label, Amber Soundroom, reissued vinyl record in 2004 (No.AS LP 034). The Edition of CD (nowdays
    unavainable) appeared in the USA in 1991 (The Laser's Edge LE 1011) and reissued in December, 2005 by German
    record label Garden of Delights (CD112). In May 1977, the group came back to studio.The line-up: Jurgen Weritz
    -drums, Jurgen Rendortd-vocal, Heinz Mikus-guitar, Manfred von Buttlar-keyboard. They recorded a new stuff in Rhein-Ruhr Studio in Bochun. They recorded two songs: Stick in your eyes and Back on my hill. This time, the group was changing the style to symphonic rock. The songs were released as single play "Stick in your eyes / Back on my hill" Kopec FB RRF 45003 (October,1977). In January 1978, bass player, Horst Stebenow came in and the group entered the Bochun's studio again. The material recorded during that session was later issued as an LP "Back on my hill" by Sky Records in the spring of the 1980 (No. Sky 038).
    In 1980 after Faithful Breath had disbanded, Sky Records released an SP "Morderbiene / Keep me away" (SSS 106). Horst Stabenow and Heinz Mikus formed Hurricane with Uwe Otto on drums. They changed the name of the group in 1981 into ... Faithful Breath. This time, the group played hard rock.
    In 1987, Faithful Breath disbanded.

  3. Rogerio M. Schirach7 de dezembro de 2011 16:58

    Bom, falar o que depois desta AULA sobre este cd que nosso amigo ADAMUS escreveu àcima?
    Só posso dizer que é um discaço, e que o Micose que se vire e coloque logo mais um post desta bandaça!
    Valeu Micose por nos apresentar mais esta banda, quantos cds foram lançados na fase progressiva deles?

  4. Opa, já tou providenciando o segundo álbum deles! lol
    Mas na fase progressiva, foram lançados esse e somente outro álbum, em 1980, chamado 'Back On My Hill' e aí a banda original se desfez.
    Depois disso, dois integrantes da banda original se juntaram a outros músicos, pegaram o mesmo nome e começaram a tocar heavy metal.


  5. Muito obrigado por este link estar ativo desde 2011!!!!

  6. HD queimado mas mais uma pérola recuperada!!! Muito obrigado de novo!!!!


Postar um comentário