The name of this album says all about it. “History Book” – is a review of 30 years of epic musical creation from Shamall. It was a long way from the first mainstream-releases of the eighties to the current, timeless neo-progressive rock hymns.
The “History Book” contains 5 CD’s. It musically traces the career of Shamall and illustrated the musical development of the project in an impressive way. The musical output is arranged chronologically in this 5-piece CD-Box.
CD 1 will start with the first longplayer release „Journey To a Nightmare”, which came out in 1989. The disc contains the title theme of this album as well as the audience favorites “Turning Point” and “Nothing to say”. „Physical Visions” and “Moments of Illusion” were taken from the same-named album from 1990, which was the first album going around the world, because the companies German „Telekom“ and „Time Life“ have used it’s music for movies and commercials. The B-Side „Caligula 2009“ from Shamall’s first hit single „My Dream“ (charts rank Nr. 9) which came out in 1986 has been modified especially for the fans of Shamall’s very early works. This edited version is now a minute and ten seconds longer than the original version and the last track on CD one.
CD 2 is devoted to the albums „In Search of Precision“ (1994) and “Mirror to Eternity” (1993) with it’s same-named title. Even the unforgotten track “Mission Hussein” with it’s extended drum solo is not missing. The following tracks “Ambrosia”, the equally successful “Time Machine” and “In Search of Precision” make this CD to a varied experience.
CD 3 continues with the highlights of the albums “This Island Earth”, “Influences” and “The Book: Genesis”. The well-known WDR-radio show „Schwingungen“ voted the title „New Age Krautrock Symphony“ as „best title of the year 2002“.
CD 4 celebrates the musical turnaround of Shamall. Starting with the album „Who do they think they are“, where guitars and vocals found their way into Shamall’s music. Altogether the music style became more native and more rocking. Political and socio-critical lyrics that accompanied the vocal parts of the concept albums from now on, aroused the interest of international music fans. With this new neo progressive music concept Shamall celebrated his first bigger success in the US, France, Great Britain, Spain, Italy and especially in Russia. Therefore the tracks “Hey You” from the album “Who do they think they are”, “The Difference between” from “Ambiguous points of view” and “What will happen” from “Questions of Life” are an absolut must on this cd – as well as “Don’t get your panties in a bunch”and “Is this human behavior“ from the same-named album. The jury of the JPF Foundation awarded „Ambiguous points of view“ in two ways – the whole album and 3 tracks were voted as best releases of the year in the category “Progressive Rock”. In a competition where 560,000 attendees from over 90 countries with 42,000 albums took part.
CD 5 includes exclusively unreleased songs based on the double album “Turn Off” from 2013. It’s basic theme fascinated Shamall so intensely, that it left a lot of recorded ideas for a third CD. So the 5th CD of „History Book” completes the compilation as a CD with absolute new music.
This fifth CD will certainly delight the fans, who are waiting for a musical sign of life from Shamall. Because of many inquiries CD 5 is also available as a regular album under the name „Continuation“.