Week of January 17, 1999
The British group Janus was one of the best around! What a huge disaster that they only gave us one album first time around (the reformation some years ago was just a drag). "Gravedigger" (1972) relealed Janus' duplicitive nature: side one had the excellent heavy progressive classic "Red Sun" and a couple of other songs coming close to the distinctive British nature of "Parachute" period Pretty Things. Side two featured the 20-minute title track, full of dark images with acoustic guitars and strings accompanying the sparse lyrics. The hook line was, "The Gravedigger's arm is waiting for you!" A fantastic album! Why didn't anyone bother to release it in the UK? Janus reformed around 1989 and made a dreadful album (parts of which are featured on the CD reissue listed below, as bonus material - Ed).
Gravedigger 1972 Harvest 1C062-29433
Gravedigger 1992 Worldwide Records, Germany, SPM-WWR-CD-0035
Taken from Cosmic Dreams at Play - A guide to German Progressive and
Electronic Rock by Dag Erik Asbjørnsen, Borderline Productions, ISBN
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