Anyone's Daughter

Requested Document: Live 1980-1983

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Requested Document Live is a two-disc set comprised of assorted live tracks that were recorded during a number of Anyone's Daughter's German tours that took place during the early '80s. With heavy emphasis on the Hammond and Moog keyboards, Anyone's Daughter dished out some extremely electrifying progressive rock throughout the late '70s and into the '80s, with a style resembling Grobschnitt or Nektar, only there's more emphasis given to the power and flair of each individual instrument. Since most of Anyone's Daughter's catalog is hard to find, Requested Document suffices as a wonderful inspection of the band's music, and because it's live, many of the members showcase their individual talents to a greater extent, making for some exciting and even astonishing showmanship. The first disc is highlighted by the "Adonis" tracks, a four-part series of the band's greatest work which employs whirlwind keyboard passages and amazing percussion work from Kono Konopik, who was later replaced by Peter Schmidt in the fall of 1981. Drum enthusiasts will also enjoy "Thursday," a 15-minute epilogue that contains a long, thunderous drum solo followed by some bewildering bass riffs via Harald Bareth. Disc two features a little more keyboard work and an abundance of intricate song structures, making tracks such as "Tanz und Tod," "Ilja Illia Lela," and the short but impressive "La La" prime examples of German progressive music. Anyone's Daughter sported a slightly modern and innovative sound in their work, almost as if they were a few years ahead of their time. Proof of this can be heard in the lengthy keyboard solos and in the attention that is given to the guitars throughout most of the tracks, and while Bareth's vocals do appear sparingly, the instruments appropriately remain front and center during each piece. Not only is this album one of their best, but the re-mastering of the two discs is excellent, and the music comes off clean and lively. Fans of keyboard laden progressive rock will most certainly want to add Requested Document to their collection if they don't own it already.