I am ashamed to say it has been a full year since I last posted in this series! But I have returned, this time with Hartmut Zinn, a German musician whose debut effort, Heile’s Land, will transport listeners back fifty years to Mike Oldfield’s legendary debut Tubular Bells. Like Oldfield, Zinn released his first album at a very young age (20), played every instrument himself (over a dozen, sans tubular bells), and opted for an entirely instrumental concept album. Although the highlight of the work is the two-part title track (which opens with beautifully layered keys, similar to the aforementioned T. B.), the shorter pieces showcase Zinn’s talents on various acoustic guitars, which he plays with skill and gusto.
This is no cheap imitation of Mike Oldfield, but rather an album that deserves greater attention, especially from aficionados of instrumental symphonic prog.
But enough from me. Enjoy:
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