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VIOLET HOUR - The Fire Sermon

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VIOLET HOUR - The Fire SermonFormat: CD / Cat No: SKYCD02 / Released: 01/01/2010

Track Listing: 1. Dream Of Me (8:24) / 2. The Spell (4:29) / 3. By A River (3:20) / 4. Could Have Been (5:54) / 5. Offertory Song (5:28) / 6. Falling (3:22) / 7. Hold Me (4:15) / 8. Ill Wind Blowin' (4:41) / 9. The House (4:24) / 10. Better Be Good (5:29) / 11. For Mercy (4:46) / Bonus tracks: In Control / Haunting You / Cross The Line

More information: THE VIOLET HOUR was a UK-based band, formed when Doris Brendel met Markus Waite in 1988 in Leeds where she was busy playing solo acoustic gigs. Markus invited her to join his band, which at that time was an instrumental progressive outfit called Telefunken 57. They shed the saxophonist, changed drummer and togetherwith Doris on vocals became the Violet Hour.

The distinctive vocals of Doris Brendel, the daughter of famed classical pianist Alfred Brendel and one of the most unique female rock-singers of the last decade, have been credited as the driving force behind the band. Her strong vocal performance has been compared to Janis Joplin in style. In addition to vocals Doris also played acoustic guitar and flute on the album, alongside Markus Waite on keyboards, Martyn Wilson on guitars, Andrew Fox on bass and Sean Holborn on drums.

After recording 5 demos The Violet Hour were signed to Sony in 1990, and in 1991 released their only album the critically acclaimed “The Fire Sermon”, produced by Pete Brown. The genre of the music proved very hard to categorise – a mixture of progressive rock, pop rock, yet containing folk influences especially with the proliferation of Doris Brendel’s flageolet; reminiscent of the psychedelia of the 60s, the pomp of the 70s and 80s, yet described by many as being way ahead of it’s time.

The Violet Hour toured with Marillion extensively in 1991 giving them wider recognition and exposure, however the touring proved to be their undoing. Personal and professional differences and a very typical story of drugs and egos culminated in Doris Brendel leaving the band at the end of 1992 and deciding to record as a solo artist. Deals were on the table; a new singer was found for The Violet Hour, Doris Brendel had written and recorded a large number of songs, but then the recession hit in earnest and a huge number of artists were dropped by the major record companies. Both projects were included, and subsequently The Violet Hour folded.