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Sunday, February 19, 2012

Asterix - Asterix (1970 germany/uk, excellent heavy progressive rock)

Asterix was a direct predecessor of Lucifer's Friend; released one (eponymous) album in 1970. Technically, this was the first Lucifer's Friend album, only under a different name. Also, one single was released featuring a slightly altered line-up, without John's involvement.

Peter Hesslein began his musical career way back in 1963 with a band called the Giants. Peter Hecht and Dieter Horns were both members of a group known as the German Bonds, from 1965 onwards. Peter Hesslein joined the Bonds in 1968 which survived until 1970. At this point the various members took up the study of graphic design in an attempt to forge more sensible careers.

But the call of rock'n'roll was too strong and in late 1970, the ex-Bonds men, together with Joachim Reitenbach , decided to record a new album. They needed a lead singer and eventually found John Lawton who had been with the group Stonewall. The new band released their first album 'Asterix' in 1970 under the same name before they change to Lucifer's Friend.
by Christer Andersson

1. Everybody - 3:04
2. If I Could Fly - 3:02
3. Look Out - 3:09
4. Gone from My Life - 3:30
5. Broken Home - 4:26
6. Time Again - 3:08
7. Jump into My Action - 3:28
8. Open Up Your Mind - 3:16
9. Corner Street Girl - 4:06
10.Change in You - 4:08
11.Morning at My Dawn - 6:54

*John Lawton - Vocals
*Peter Hecht - Keyboards
*Dieter Horns - Bass
*Peter Hesslein - Guitar
*Joachim Rietenbach - Drums

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  1. Album "Asrerix" recorded by musicians who are a little earlier (also in 1970) played under the name Electric Food and a few months later (now with vocalist John Lawton - then in Uriah Heep), changed their name to Lucifer's Friend. The heavy guitar riffs, solid rhythm section, occasional keyboards - all sounds like a high octane version of the debut of Uriah Heep with a touch of Deep Purple.
    Released by the (Decca SLK-16 695-P)
    Recorded at Windrose Studio, Hamburg, 1970.
    Produced by Herbert Hildebrandt.
    In addition, two track of rare single, (only on CD)
    "Everybody" (Tommy Roe)
    "If I Could Fly" (Hetch / Heisslein / Horns)
    A very consistent and steady heavy rock album that is quite good but not spectacular. Despite this every fan of the first two albums, the LF will be loved this album!

  2. Unfortunately there's two bonus tracks that are not on my cd (Germanofon). Great Hard Rock album, for me same pleasure to listen than Electric Food and the two first albums of Lucifer's Friend, all are essentials. Thanks Marios.

  3. Laurent,
    Yep,just enjoy!!! "Everybody" & "If I Could Fly" bonuses,

  4. Thanks MArios. It sounds right up my alley. And thanks for the additional info Adam!

  5. Wow! Have not listened to this in a while. This is good stuff. Thanks for the upload. Cheers!

  6. Finally getting 'round to listen to it and I like it a lot!

  7. Interesting move to have the bonus tracks at the beginning instead of the end of the disc (I like the bonus tracks well also).

  8. tzhank`s for this post

  9. Their first vocalistt was George Mavros, then John came.