the shiver: walpurgis
  • the shiver

  • walpurgis (LP)

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  • Condition: Brand New In Stock
  • 24.90
  • $26.15

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  • Format: LP
  • Label: Guerssen
  • Genre: Progressive
  • Remastered sound
  • Original artwork in gatefold sleeve
  • Insert with liner notes and photos

Heavy prog-psych with tons of organ and fuzz guitar courtesy of THE SHIVER from Switzerland.

This is their sole album from 1969, housed in a sinister cover designed by surrealist painter H.R. Giger (his first album cover work).

Originally formed in the mid-60s in St. Gallen (Switzerland) as a beat, R&B band in the vein of Spencer Davis Group or The Yardbirds (and featuring an English vocalist), The Shivers dropped soon the “s” from their name at the same time as they adopted the early progressive sounds of British bands like Procol Harum or Moody Blues. After winning the first prize at a couple of major music festivals and even sharing stage with Pink Floyd, they started recording their first album. Combining interesting cover versions (the LP opens with a monster heavy cover of Procol Harum’s “Repent Walpurgis") and original songs, the album is a perfect example of the transition from beat and blues-rock to psychedelia and heavy prog.

Track listing:

    Side 1
  • Repent Walpurgis
  • Ode To The Salvation Army
  • Leave This Man Alone
  • What's Wrong About The Blues
  • Side 2
  • Hey Mr. Holy Man
  • Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood
  • No Time
  • The Peddle