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Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Nine Days Wonder


10-28-08 Nine Days Wonder


German 70’s group, singing in English!


CD NINE DAYS WONDER BELLAPHON DE 288.09.106

1971 4 TRKS

LP NINE DAYS WONDER BELLAPHON DE 6494 004

1971 4 TRKS fish head cover

LP NINE DAYS WONDER BELLAPHON DE 6494 004

1971 4 TRKS green cover

CD WE NEVER LOST CONTROL BELLAPHON DE 288.09.113

1973 7 TRKS

LP WE NEVER LOST CONTROL BELLAPHON DE BLPS 19163 Q

1973 7 TRKS SQ Quad

LP ONLY THE DANCERS BELLAPHON DE BLPS 19200 Q

1974 8 TRKS SQ Quad

CD ONLY THE DANCERS BELLAPHON DE 288.09.116

1975 8 TRKS

LP SONNET TO BILLY FROST BELLAPHON DE BLPS 19234

1976 11 TRKS


as “Wintergarden


LP LAND OF MILK & HONEY EMI DE 1C 064-46131

1980 9 TRKS


I got onto Nine Days Wonder by having a ‘free of charge’ promo copy of their debut LP sent to me from Germany! I got the ‘fish head’ cover first, and the puffy green cover later. I played it to death! It reminded me of Frank Zappa – it was fun music! Every now and again, I find myself singing “Moss Had Come” to myself, and it’ll take a few minutes to remember what it is…


And they had some really great song titles: “The Undershirt of Time” etc.


I liked them very much about ’73 – ’74…and was delighted when a member (or members?) of Van Der Graaf Generator appeared on their 3rd LP, “Only The Dancers” (was it David Jackson?).


For whatever reason, I never warmed to their 4th album – “Sonnet To Billy Frost” – I must take it out again and give it a listen. Whenever I went to Germany, I always used to buy “one more NDW CD”. “Sonnet…” is their only LP I don’t have on CD!


I don’t remember where or how I found out about Wintergarden – but I could clearly see that the singer OF NDW was present. A friend in England recently told me that he ran into, I think it was the NDW bass player, at a music show, somewhere in the north of England. So, some of them were British and some were German.


So, thanks for the music, guys. It’s been a part of my soul for 30+ years.


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Blogger browngidouille said...

the first album is a very fine effort, I like it to. But already on their second effort I find it hard to grasp. It just doesn't click. I tried many times with their second album, but it just doesn't work out. It has got a funny album cover, they look hmm... very 70:s.

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