Exposé Online banner

Walter Wegmüller — Tarot
(Spalax 14900, 1973/1994, 2CD)

by Archie Patterson, Published 1995-07-01

Tarot Cover art

From 1968 to 1974 the Swiss Gypsy Walter Wegmüller and Austrian writer and story-teller Sergius Golowin traveled Europe in search of gypsy legends. In 1973 they collaborated on a series of Tarot cards that related the stories and art of the folk tales they had learned. Then with the help of Germany's "Cosmic Couriers": Klaus Schulze, Manuel Göttsching, and Hartmut Enke (from Ash Ra Tempel), Harald Grosskopf, Jerry Berkers, and Jurgen Dollase (from symphonic rock band Wallenstein) and cosmic folkie Walter Westrupp, they created a kaleidoscopic masterpiece called Tarot. Tarot is a musical tapestry that intertwines elements of all styles. There are delicate folk melodies, powerful rock rhythms. soaring electric guitar and layers of keyboards and electronics, all sequenced into an organic collage of colorful melodies and strange sounds. It has recently been re-issued in a limited edition, deluxe box set with the original 78 full color cards, historical libretto and elaborate double disc digi-pak. The materials are translated into German, French and English. Together with the music they embody the mystical spirit that has been a constant thread running through music and legends for centuries. The album was originally released by Germany's OHR Music Productions, one of the very first European independent labels. And while the "independent" scene has fractured and turned dark today, the "cosmic" act of creation that gave birth to this album remains. It is still a unique and magical listening experience.


Filed under: Reissues, Issue 7, 1994 releases, 1973 recordings

Related artist(s): Manuel Göttsching, Harald Grosskopf, Walter Wegmüller

Latest news

2019-11-07
Glenn Smith RIP – Glenn Smith, founder, mandolinist, and primary composer of the DeLand, Florida based prog / fusion band Magnatar, passed away on October 18th 2019 at the age of 68, after a brief illness.  » Read more

2019-11-04
Dino Brassea RIP – Word reaches us of the passing of Dino Brassea, who sang and played flute in Cast for many years. By our count, Brassea appeared on 11 Cast albums between 1994 and 2002. He also released music as a solo artist. » Read more

2019-10-06
Ginger Baker RIP – Legendary English drummer Ginger Baker has died at the age of 80. After coming to fame with Cream in the 60s alongside Eric Clapton and Jack Bruce, he became one of the most recognized and influential drummers of the rock era. On September 25, his family announced that he was critically ill, and on October 6 his death was confirmed. » Read more

2019-08-20
Alex's Hand Seeks Spa Treatment – American / European band Alex's Hand has a new album in the works called Hungarian Spa, which looks to be their biggest and best yet, featuring a large roster of guest musicians. They're seeking funding to take the project on the road, and are looking for help from the crowd of wisdom. » Read more

2019-06-05
Legendary Co-Founder of The 13th Floor Elevators Passes Away at Age 71 – Sadly, Roky Erickson passed away on May 31, 2019. Known as the father of psychedelic music and co-founder of the ground breaking 13th Floor Elevators, Roky had a profound influence on music from the 60s to today. Plagued by his own personal demons, Roky had a difficult life and is now free of these burdens. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

King Crimson - Vrooom – It seems like we've been hearing about the reformation of King Crimson for years. Well the long awaited new release is finally here. The Vrooom EP consists of six tracks lasting slightly over 30...  (1995) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues