NIGHT SUN: Mournin' (1972) (1997 Reissue) [WV]

Artist: Night Sun

Album: Mournin'
Genre: Krautrock, Heavy Progressive Rock
Year: 1972
Country: Germany
Label/Catalog: Second Battle / SB 041 (1997 Reissue)

Format: WV (image+cue+log)

Surgido nos arredores de Mannheim, na Alemanha, o Night Sun emulava com perfeição o hard rock britânico - influenciado por bandas como Black Sabbath, Deep Purple e Uriah Heep - misturado a uma bela dose de psicodelia e esquizofrenia típica de muitas bandas alemãs da época. O Mournin', seu primeiro e único álbum, é um excelente exemplo de proto-metal, tendo particularmente ido bastante além em termos de originalidade se comparado a bandas como Lucifer's Friend. Infelizmente, a história do Night Sun é muito pouco documentada, tendo durado apenas cerca de três anos com diversas trocas de formações. Com o fim da banda, pouco tempo após o lançamento do álbum, o baixista Bruno Schaab virou integrante do Guru Guru, tendo gravado o álbum 'Guru Guru' em 1973, enquanto que o tecladista e trompetista Knut Rössler criou o Chameleon, sua própria banda de jazz-fusion.

Born out of Mannheim outskirts, in Germany, Night Sun emulated with perfection British hard rock - influenced by the likes of Black Sabbath, Deep Purple and Uriah Heep - blended with a delightful dose of psychedelia and schizophrenia typical of many German bands of those times. Mournin', their only and debut album, ranks itself as an excellent example of proto-metal, having particularly gone far beyond in originality matters if compared to bands like Lucifer's Friend. Sadly, Night Sun history is quite documented and the band only lasted for about three years followed by many line-up changes. Upon disbanding, shortly after the album release, bassist Bruno Schaab went on to join Guru Guru with whom he recorded 'Guru Guru' album in 1973, whilst keyboardist and trumpetist Knut Rössler founded Chameleon, his own jazz-fusion band.

01 Plastic Shotgun (2:34)
02 Crazy Woman (4:22)
03 Got A Bone Of My Own (7:45)
04 Slush Pan Man (4:25)
05 Living With The Dying (5:31)
06 Come Down (5:48)
07 Blind (4:24)
08 Nightmare (3:16)
09 Don't Start Flying (3:07)

Bruno Schaab - vocals, bass
Walter Kirchgässner - guitar
Knut Rössler - organ, piano, trumpet, bassoon
Ulrich Staudt - drums

Originally released as Zebra 2949 004 in 1972.



  1. Like many German hard rock albums of the day, Mourning',was one of those overlooked gems which, through the fault of bad promotion,or bad luck,has not found recognition at the time of its release. Their only album, Mournin’, was released in 1972 by Polydor’s Zebra label, produced by the largest producer of krautrock Conny Plank (Faust, Kraftwerk, David Bowie, etc.), who took the Manheim-based at the Windrose Studio in Hamburg.

    This German quartet born from the ashes of a jazz band called Take Five , the other half will go Kin Ping Meh form a rock band supported the happier destiny. The group played a loud, Deep Purple/Black Sabbath/Led Zeppelin style rock, with a characteristic “heavy progressive” instrumentation of twin guitars, organ, bass and Night Sun revolves around guitarist Walter Kirchgässner , bassist and singer Bruno Schaab whose raucous flights evoke a mixture of Robert Plant or Ian Gillan... drummer Ulrich Staudt and multi -instrumentalist Knut Rossler who handles both keyboards various wind instruments, nine consistently scorching heavy rock tracks enriched with organs in a similar vein to Uriah Heep, Lucifer Friend's and Deep Purple. With their sudden shifts of rhythm structures, guitar-with-organ riffing style and some studio effects, particularly phasing, Night Sun fortunately never went too close to the ordinary boogie and rock’n'roll trap. What you have here is terrific instrumental battles and screaming vocals.

    The album opens with “Plastic Shotgun,” a strangely syncopated stop-go explosiveness, both guitar and organ ablaze with intensity and is over before you’ve ingested it. “Crazy Woman” also features an awesome organ and guitar battle and some nifty psychedelic drumming. “Got A Bone Of My Own” is a prog-a-rific instrumental; “Slush Pan Man” has some great mid-tempo sludgy riffs and a pounding organ. Another standout, "Come Down," represents its title well by providing the album's only pause for breath, but its deliberate, creeping gait and sinister melodies still impart a sense of dread reminiscent of Atomic Rooster.

    Then, the furious cacophony of "Nightmare" once again recalls Deep Purple at their most rampant (only with Robert Plant at the helm, thanks to Bruno Schaab's high-flying vocals), and the horn-laden finale of "Don't Start Flying" makes for a nice, quirky conclusion to Mournin's exciting menu; a menu unquestionably rooted in the early ‘70s, but which still manages to attract new fans with every year that passes. It’s a fun thrilling album – just like so much music that was produced in this particular year... nothing only Enjoy.

    @micose: thanks for sharing :)

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    1. the 1st album i put onto cd when i was able .. also was 1st on napster private servers.. miss those days...


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