While an accomplished production, "Ladhiven" could have been improved by replacing of few of the less interesting cuts, such as "Warm Touch", "Mediis Tenebris" and "Step Beside" with a single longer track to vary the pacing and more firmly impose progressive credentials.
Yet for all that, this is mostly a fine collection of occasionally hard edged folk rock with a progressive soul, a bounty of flutes, electric guitar and even a few sensible keyboard and orchestral arrangements. I am especially heartened by their restraint, as they rarely grandstand for the sake of it.
Most of the highlights occur early on, with the best being the proggy and varied paced "Guilty"; the brilliant instrumental "Virtual Dance" with its dramatic harpsichord like flourishes and aggressive lead guitar solo; the Ulli-led "Be on the Right" with a smidgen of the oom pah pah in its sophisticated grooves; "Well Haired Golden Maiden" with its sublime melody again carried by Ulli, the choruses bolstering the tension building from the verses.
I will add one more - the nervous "Fred Friendly" with its tale of a fellow who can't turn down a request for help from his friends who are of course convinced that their need is a gift to the poor fella. Paul Alexander Jost continues to share vocal duties with the talented Ulli Koberg, but here Jost sings more leads, if you can call it that.
He actually has developed a talking on tune style that is paradoxically both warm and irreverent. It's a fascinating affectation that he barely hinted at on prior releases, and may have developed in keeping with the story telling aspect of this somewhat connected collection, though he plays a few roles including the titular one, more familiar to many of us as "Merlin the Magician" Koberg herself is more assured than ever, right out of the gate as the "Celtic Queen", a spirited and independent woman who chooses to devote herself to the cultural traditions rather than accepting a husband.
This creates a backlash to which Merlin himself refers in his narrative. In a way, it all seems a rehearsal for the "Girl from the Woods", about a suspected witch, and the "Two Witches" suite, based on a true tale of woe set in Germany in the s.
While there appears no direct relation between the witches and the Celtic Queen, women who defy the prevailing patriarchal system have tended to be outcast, and calling them witches is an effective tool of ostracism, with imprisonment as a further consequence.
The suite approaches 15 minutes in length and peaks on the "Where are You Now", when we discover that one witch is actually in love with another not in attendance, perhaps one from her prior life in a convent. Apart from 2 obvious retreads, "Gaudete" nothing really added to the legions of versions and "God Rest Ye Merry Gentleman" a scintillating doodle fest that makes me so glad I didn't hit skip , the remainder is likely to please purists and heretics alike.
The center piece in every aspect is the astonishing title track that is indeed based on the 13th century German tale of the Pied Piper of Hamelin, a "rat catcher" who is not properly compensated for turning the town's rats into proverbial lemmings so leads away the children of the village in lieu of payment.
Shrouded in the mists of the middle ages, the story invites myriad interpretations, but this is a magnificent musical arrangement with an extended mournful lead guitar intro, imaginative vocal arrangements in the verse, and a catchy chorus with a raunchy final bar. Wish you were the floating river within your silken blossom bed And Wicklow Mountain trees will shiver in the evening sun and let — —.
My love love grow like a red rose while moon and shade spin threads Like mystic buds enclosed like songs of life an love and death. Wish you were the Shannon River floating through the fields of love Come and kiss me and deliver our dreams and let them flow. Connemara Girl. From the waterfalls of Glencar, To the air so sweet and free, From the rustic celtic horsefarm, To the girl I want to see.
Under the Evenstar. Fairy fay at midnight a light in the dark so far Sooner or later I will fail under the evenstar. Glow in the midnight hour glow, my fairy star Love me when the time is right under the evenstar.
Mediis Tenebris. Peacful Slumber. Playing on the floors, guiding him to so much doors With much more rooms behind. The child becomes a king! He knew how to talk, how to sit and how to walk and what he had to do becoming strong. Like a light rose. Like a light rose in a dark sea, appearing at the door Moving gently she played with him He hoped there could be more.
But the piper he played his tune the maiden went to dance. When he noticed the dimming light of sunrise in his eyes And the piper still played the tune the prophecy came true.
Breavheart Story. On a dawning morning the mother felt in love when clouds were deep and tide was high And when nine months past away she laid down, her skin was wet.
She never felt the way like this had born a couple boys and girls but now she knew, he was the one the dreams had told her. And she called him. He stood there alone raising his hands, prayed until dawn, so he knew what had to be done and he was never seen again.
She asked the strangers crossed the way But noone heard about the boy. The very first time. Please come to me and love me Love me for a while I wanna feel your lips now I wanna see your smile. After Rising will be fall.
Just remember values which never change. Ships on the horizon then — stay out of range. Brave Malley-O, commanding bride and captain of a pirates-ship hunted for years all traiding ships and seldom one escaped her grip. She slept at night down by the sea a warning chain bound at her toe.
And the crew knew the orders well, bring in the prize, the sailing boat, take the gold and send the sailors to hell. Incredibile Galahad. The Princess and the frog. Back in my arms. A little bird sat in the rain. What is the purpose of my life. A wild big lion on the run. Rested sit down in the sun. Will you please be back in my arms. My heart wants more to give to you, my love. Be sure you are the one. My heart wants more to give to you my love. A snake long as a winding road. A man so mighty and so proud.
Sang the song of love, sang loud. Here we are to folk you. Let me hear you sing — we came to folk you. We had some fun — and also you. You may remember that we promised to come back, and here we are again — come and join in. Now it is you term — to entertain us. Hi, folks, come on, we wanna hear you sing.
Here we go again — come and join in. Go sit on a tack. You once may have thought that I need you, your deafness told you to ignore me. Ev'ry sin. Early in the morning, a nice maid by his side tender dreams of loving, wild side of the night The sweet sound of the heartbeat, the fragrance of her skin, the warm and tender feeling and a little trace of sin And when she leaves the knight, no sorrow on his skin he ever remember the night.
Early in the morning, that nice maid lies asleep oh my love, oh my sweetheart tears of love I weep. Early in the morning, the nice maid by his side, tender dreams of loving, wild side of the night. Next Step. Fighting for peace and for freedom, fighting for kings and democracy, fighting for Gods and the pope and for money, fighting at last for me.
Fighting for brothers and sisters, fighting the Russians and Iraqis. Fighting religions and Gods and pollution, fighting at last against me. No more fights forever, people stand together. Ages and ages of fighting, ages of deafness and bigotry, Now it is time for the next step of mankind, go on, Space Oddysse.
Tender Crazy. In the evening we were walking, through the fields of little lies, when the nightfall disappeared, see the darkness, lovely eyes. When the morning sun came shining,sweetheart gave me lemon ice, all my love I gave her, I gave her little lies Sweet like roses in the sun, sweet like heartbreak in the storm, gave her whispered word of love, tender, crazy and so warm. Sweet like candy in the sun, sweet like teardrops in the storm, gave her whispered words of love, tender, crazy and so warm.
Bringing dreams of hope and glory on a breeze of wild desire all my love I gave her and I gave her little lies. Stay alive. Hunger and thirst gave no other possibility, the highest of our village had to go.
A look in the eyes and the eyes of our children shows the last weeks privation, yes the last weeks privation for shure. An urgent message went ahead, a lot of strong man were wounded. The father of my children but the highest of the village had to go Stay alive my dear, whatever you may fear. Our love will never break. Stay alive my dear, there is no need to fear.
Ciccada - A Garden Of Delights. Ciccada - Ciccada. Cinderella - Gypsy Road. Cinderella - Nobody's Fool. Cinderella - The Last Mile. Circulus - Miri It Is. Circulus - Orpheus. Circulus - Power To The Pixies. Circulus - The Aphid. Circus - I Am The Witch. City - Nur Rock'n Roll. Clannad - I Will Find You. Clannad - Poison Glen.
Clark Hutchinson - After Hours. Clawfinger - Nigger. Climax Blues Band - Flight. Climax Blues Band - Little Link. Clutch - The Regulator. Cochise - Isumuya.
Coldplay - Clocks. Coldplay - Speed Of Sound. Coldplay - Talk. Coldplay - The Hardest Part. Collective Soul - Shine. Colosseum - January's Search.
Colosseum - Tanglewood '63 Live. Colosseum - The Kettle. Colosseum - Tomorrow's Blues. Complex We Don't Exist. Comus - Song To Comus. Copperhead - Kibitzer. Cosa Rosa - Millionenmal.
Cosmic Dealer - The Scene. Cosmic Trip Machine - Strange is …. Cosmos - Contact. Counting Crows - Mr. Cowboy Junkies - Missing Children. Cracker - Low. Crawler - Pastime Dreamer. Crawler - Stone Cold Sober. Crawler - Without You Babe. Crawler - You Are My Saviour. Cream - Badge. Cream - N.
Cream - Spoonful. Creed - Unforgiven. Creedence Clearwater Revival - Fortunate Son. Creedence Clearwater Revival - Hey Tonight. Creedence Clearwater Revival - Lodi. Creedence Clearwater Revival - Proud Mary. Cressida - Asylum. Crosby, Stills And Nash - Cathedral. Curt Cress - Sundance. Curtis Mayfield - Superfly. Curved Air - Images And Signs. Curved Air - Stay Human. CWT - Roly Poly. Cyberpiper - Lord Of The Dance. Dalbello - Black On Back.
Dalbello - Cardinal Sin. Dalbello - Target. Dan Fogelberg - Ghosts. Dan Fogelberg - In The Passage. Dan Fogelberg - Nexus. Dan Fogelberg - The Innocent Age. Dan Fogelberg - The Lion's Share. Dan Patlansky - Sonnova Faith. Dana Fuchs - Bliss Avenue. Dana Fuchs - Helter Skelter. Dante - Finally.
Dark - Live For Today. Dave Grusin - Friends And Strangers. Dave Mason - Feelin' Alright. Dave Matthews Band - Broken Things. Dave Matthews Band - Two Step. David A. David Bowie - Andy Warhol. David Bowie - China Girl. David Bowie - Drive-In Saturday. David Bowie - Golden Years. David Bowie - Moonage Daydream. David Bowie - Rock 'n' Roll Suicide.
David Bowie - Stay. David Bowie - Suffragette City. David Bowie - The Jean Genie. David Bowie - Young Americans. David Knopfler - Soul Kissing. David Lindley - Rag Bag Live. David Minasian - Masquerade. Deep Feeling - Classical Gas. Deep Purple - A Gypsys Kiss. Deep Purple - Bird Has Flown. Deep Purple - Blind. Deep Purple - Chasing Shadows. Deep Purple - Fault Line. Deep Purple - Holy Man.
Deep Purple - Lalena. Deep Purple - Lazy. Deep Purple - Lazy Live. Deep Purple - Living Wreck. Deep Purple - Mandrake Root. Deep Purple - Soldier Of Fortune. Deep Purple - Space Truckin' Live. Deep Purple - Stormbringer. Deep Purple - The Painter. Def Leppard - Hysteria. Def Leppard - Rock Of Ages. Def Leppard - Wasted. Deine Lakaien - Where You Are. Deke Leonard - Del Amitri - Nothing Ever Happens. Delirium - Jesahel. Demon's Eye - Heaven Again. Deodato - Super Strut.
Depeche Mode - Behind The Wheel. Depeche Mode - Everything Counts. Depeche Mode - Love, In Itself. Depeche Mode - Policy Of Truth. Depeche Mode - Precious. Depeche Mode - See You. Der Moderne Mann - Der Sandmann. Derek And The Dominos - Layla. Deutsch Amerikanische Freundschaft - Der Mussolini.
Devo - Gut Feeling. Devo - Mongoloid. Devo - Whip It Live. DeWolff - Medicine. Dexys Midnight Runners - Geno. Diagonal - Semi Permeable Men-Brain.
Die 3. Herren - Heinz, Das Schwein. Die Art - Das Schiff. Die Crackers - Phonhaus. Die Fantastischen Vier - Krieger. Die Gesunden - Leutnant Miller. Die Krupps - To The Hit. Die Toten Hosen - Disco. Die Toten Hosen - Ertrinken.
Die Toten Hosen - Letzte Wache. Die Toten Hosen - Liebesspieler. Die Toten Hosen - Paradies. Die Toten Hosen - Unsterblich. Die Toten Hosen - Wannsee. Die X Agenten - Wanderer. Dinosaur Jr. Dire Straits - Industrial Disease. Dire Straits - Lady Writer. Dire Straits - Romeo And Juliet. Dire Straits - So Far Away.
Dire Straits - Walk Of Life. Dire Straits - Water Of Love. Dirty Tricks - Back Off Evil. Do Drop In - Maama. Don Fardon - Indian Reservation. Don McLean - American Pie. Donald Fagen - Green Flower Street. Donald Fagen - New Frontier. Donna Summer - I Feel Love. Donna Summer - State Of Independence. Donny Hathaway - The Ghetto. Donovan - Atlantis. Donovan - Roots Of Oak. Double - Woman Of The World. Feelgood - Milk And Alcohol Live. Dream The Electric Sleep - Drift. Dream Theater - Burning My Soul.
Dream Theater - Metropolis, Pt. Duncan Browne - The Wild Places. Duran Duran - Notorious. Duran Duran - The Reflex. Dust - Chasin' Ladies. Earth, Wind And Fire - Getaway. Earth, Wind And Fire - September. Eddie Floyd - Knock On Wood.
Edgar Winter - Frankenstein. Edgar Winter - Free Ride. Editors - Papillon. Eela Craig - Indra Elegy. Eiliff - Journey To The Ego. Ekseption - Peace Planet.
Ekseption - Toccata Live. Electric Light Orchestra - Calling America. Electric Light Orchestra - Confusion. Electric Light Orchestra - Mr.
Blue Sky. Electric Sandwich - China. Elephant - Break Out Tonight. Elephant - You Kill The Cold. Elle King - Ex's And Oh's. Eloy - Between The Times. Eloy - Castle In The Air. Eloy - Daylight. Eloy - Decay Of The Logos.
Eloy - Future City Live. Eloy - Horizons. Eloy - Inside. Eloy - Lost The Decision. Eloy - Love Over Six Centuries. Eloy - Mutiny. Eloy - Mutiny Live. Eloy - The Sun Song. Elton John - Rocket Man. Elton John - Saturday Night's Alright. Elvis Costello - Watching The Detectives. Live And Funny. Embryo - Music From Today. Embryo - New Ridin'. Emergency - Gimme Some Lovin'. England - Midnight Madness.
Enigma - Mea Culpa. Epidaurus - Silas Marner. Epitaph - Crossroads. Epitaph - Hole In My Head. Epitaph - Little Maggie. Epitaph - On The Road. Epitaph - Stop Look And Listen. Epitaph - Woman. Eric Burdon - House of the Rising Sun. Eric Burdon - I Don't Mind. Eric Burdon - The Last Drive. Eric Clapton - Cocaine Live. Eric Clapton - Double Trouble Live. Eric Clapton - Promises. Eric Clapton - Same Old Blues.
Eric Clapton - Tulsa Time Live. Eric Clapton - Wonderful Tonight. Eric Gale - Multiplication. Eroc - Der Traum Vom Wald. Eroc - Hagener Wellenreiter.
Espers - Dead Queen. Espers - Widow's Weed. Eternal Rest - You Suck. Eureka - Heading South feat. Yogi Lang. Europeans - Arguments. Evanescense - Bring Me To Life. Evanescense - Going Under. Exkurs - Fakten.
Exuma - A Place Called Earth. Eyes Of Blue - Prodigal Son. Fairfield Parlour - Emily. Fairport Convention - Fotheringay. Faith No More - Epic.
Family - Anyway. Family - Strange Band Live. Family - The Weaver's Answer. Fantasyy Factoryy - Carnival Of Memories. Fantasyy Factoryy - Landing. Fantasyy Factoryy - Nova. Farin Urlaub - Sumisu. Connemara Girl Step Beside Hope This Day Is Not Today Ladhivan instrumental reprise Total Time The arrangements here are more progressive than ever, even if the songs themselves rarely eschew the folk idiom.
Other superlative offerings in this vein include the mystical opener, "Sparrow in the Midwinter Hall" and the frenetic "Fox at the Airport", both terse yet poignantly lyrical and infused with urgency. Several themes repeat, such as the main melodies in "Under the Evenstar" and "The Very First Time Part 1", both slow paced and deliberate.Ladhivan - Tales Of Celtic Myths is a music studio album recording by GALAHAD (Prog Folk/Progressive Rock) released in on cd, lp / vinyl and/or cassette. This page includes Ladhivan - Tales Of Celtic Myths's: cover picture, songs / tracks list, members/musicians and line-up, different releases details, free MP3 download (stream), buy online links: amazon, ratings and detailled reviews by 3/5.