ROEDELIUS - FLIEG VOGEL FLIEGE (CD)
"Having arrived in Austria following a protracted lean period, Roedelius finally had the chance to work in a studio which was not only well equipped, but was also run by a kindred spirit sound engineer. The favourable working conditions, a myriad of new impressions and, by no means least, his personal happiness, saw Roedelius and his music flourish. This is discernable on "Flieg Vogel fliege", even if only some of the music was created in his new adopted home. If complete insouciance, the acceptance of little musical mistakes and inaccuracies were symptomatic of the earlier self-portraits, then a mild formal rigour runs through this volume. Not that Roedelius allows this to hinder him in any way. The joy of playing and talent for improvisation celebrate a cheerful resurrection once again. His spontaneity and exuberance, the ability to express thoughts and feelings through music, none of this was lost. This confirms "Flieg Vogel fliege" as an authentic and undisguised Roedelius portrait. With a little patina, perhaps. But music by the same man today reveals exactly the same individual, perhaps a little wiser and of course some years older. And there you have it: Roedelius is and shall remain the merry fool from the jardin au fou." (Asmus Tietchens) fifth instalment of the "Self-portrait" series, which was recorded between 1973 and 1979. "Flieg Vogel Fliege" was originally released on Sky in 1982.