Exposé Online banner

Pancake — Out of the Ashes
(Garden of Delights CD 139, 1977/2008, CD)

by Peter Thelen, Published 2011-06-01

Out of the Ashes Cover art

Perhaps the band is better known for their opening salvo, Roxy Elephant, in 1975, which featured a far more guitar dominated progressive style. The follow-up, Out of the Ashes, is a very different album in many ways, and for good reason. After swapping drummers with Anyone’s Daughter, and losing their bassist to AD also, a new bassist Peter Indrak was brought in, along with keyboardist Heinz Bertsch to replace the band’s departing second guitarist. Along the way the band’s lead singer left too, with drummer Rainer Röhm taking over the lead vocal duties. So by the time of the second album the only remaining member from the Roxy Elephant lineup was guitarist Walter Negele. The addition of keyboards (organ, Clavinet, Fender Rhodes, string ensemble, and synthesizer) resulted in a more overtly symphonic sound with some complex keyboard-guitar interplay in places, a more minor-key spacy feel throughout – especially on the longer cuts, as well as some flashes of overt funkiness (the track “Cakey Funk” being the prime example). Unlike the first album that just jumps out and grabs the listener by the jugular, this second outing is a bit more subtle and may take a few listens to warm up to and reveal itself, but it indeed does. A live recording of the first album’s title track from ’78 (with a couple more lineup changes under their collective belt) is included as a bonus track.


Filed under: Reissues, Issue 39, 2008 releases, 1977 recordings

Related artist(s): Pancake

Latest news

2018-07-09
Soft Machine Set to Release New Music – It's been 50 years since The Soft Machine changed the face of music with their first album. Their blend of psychedelic rock and jazz was unique, and while the band went through many changes before disbanding in 1981 — by which time there were no original members remaining — they remained an innovative force with a style all their own. » Read more

2018-07-01
7d Surfaces Happy Rhodes Back Catalog – We've covered singer Happy Rhodes before, both for her solo work and recently with The Security Project, but her 11 albums have been hard to track down. Until now. 7d features high-quality downloads of all her releases, and several of them are also available on CD. » Read more

2018-06-25
Fred Chalenor RIP – We have news of another sad passing in the world of creative music. Bassist Fred Chalenor, whose creativity featured on albums by Tone Dogs, Caveman Shoestore, and many more, died on June 23, 2018 after a long battle with Alzheimer's. Tributes have poured in from the many musicians and fans whose lives he touched. » Read more

2018-06-13
Jon Hiseman RIP – One of the great drummers of the rock era has died. Jon Hiseman was a veteran of such ground-breaking groups as Colosseum (I and II), Tempest, John Mayal's Bleusbreakers, and was a founding member of the innovative large band United Jazz + Rock Ensemble. » Read more

2018-06-05
Koenjihyakkei Seeks Funding for New Album – It's been quite a few years since the last new studio album by the amazing Koenjihyakkei. Now they are preparing Dhormimviskha for worldwide release, and they're asking fans to pre-order via a Kickstarter campaign to help it happen. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Sylvan - Deliverance – Here's a well-recorded album by an obviously polished German group filled with interesting ideas. I'm sorry to say that those ideas don't always work, such as "A Fairytale Ending," but I appreciate...  (1999) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues