Snopek III, Sigmond - Virginia Woolf

Year of Release: 2000
Label: Gear Fab/Comet Europe
Catalog Number: GFC421
Format: LP
Total Time: 67:31:00

Sigmund Snopek III is a somewhat legendary figure in the annals of progressive rock. The album Virginia Woolf was a precursor to prog rock, though at the time it was recorded it wasn't considered to be progressive. There are a lot of spaced out and weird tracks, which prompted Dr. Feelgood to say -"What Sigmund Snopek III is doing or trying to do is not always understood."

Snopek was a real unique individual making music that was experimental and innovative for the day. If you listen to the only song on side four, "Orange/Blue," you will see how a lot groups got their ideas of building long running tracks featuring layers of keyboards and guitars. It's a real classic magnum opus prog composition clocking in at 11:47. He certainly had enough talent to pull it all off himself as he played a myriad of instruments very well, but he did get some help along the way.

This may be out in left field a bit for some of you, and for that reason I would encourage you to stay with it from start to finish, only then will it all begin make sense. Irregardless, side four is worth the price of admission alone on this generous two LP set.

Originally released in 1972 by Water Street (#1001); reissued on CD by Music Is Intelligence (#042) as Who's Afraid Of Virginia Woolf? with bonus tracks in 1994

Side One: Prelude El Ciudad (0:55 ) / Orange (6:07) / Blue (13:15)

Side Two: Elizabeth (3:29) / Soothsayer's Dove (4:38) / Virginia Woolf (9:01)

Side Three: Song Of A Nation (2:42) / Epilogue (0:45) / Lifencave Book Two (I Am The Moon... (16:52)

Side Four: Orange/Blue (11:47)

Richie Cole - alto sax
Sigmund Snopek III - percussion, piano, keyboards, vocals, producer, mellotron, Putney
Michael Lorenz - percussion, drums
Duane Stuermer - bass
Byron Wiemann III - guitar, vocals
Rick Aaron - flute

The Bloomsbury People (1970/2003)
Virginia Woolf (1972/2002)
Trinity Seaseizesees (1974)
Nobody To Dream (1975)
Thinking Out Loud (1978/1996)
First Band On The Moon (1980/2002)
Roy Rogers Meets Albert Einstein (1982/2001)
Voodoo Dishes (aka Feeling American) (1982)
Wisconsinsane (1986/1989)
Who's Afraid Of Virginia Woolf? (1994) (reissue of Virginia Woolf with bonus tracks)
Music For Pipe Organ (1995)
Nobody To Dream (1997) (re-recorded version)
Beer (1998)
Trinity Seaseizesees (2000) 2-CD, re-recorded 1997-99, plus original tracks from 1973)
Jade (2003)
Elephant (?)

Genre: Progressive Rock

Origin US

Added: July 16th 2002
Reviewer: Keith "Muzikman" Hannaleck
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