German proggers Epitaph release video for cover of Rare Bird's Sympathy

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German prog rock quartet Epitaph have released a video for their new single, a cover of the 1969 Rare Bird hit Sympathy. The single features on Epitaph's recently released three-disc career-spanning set Five Decades Of Classic Rock.

The triple CD set celebrates the band’s five decade journey in the world of rock, from the Fantasio Club in Dortmund to the leading venues of Chicago where they recorded their classic Outside The Law album in 1974, supporting the likes of Yes, Black Sabbath and Argent along the way.

"1969 was the year we founded Epitaph," says guitarist and vocalist Cliff Jackson. "The lyrics of the song, with its critical view on the world, fit what is happening now. It was important to us to arrange this title with our twin-guitars and a cello to create a contemporary Epitaph rock song."

The current line-up features founding members Cliff Jackson (guitar/vocals) and Bernd Kolbe (bass/vocals), as well as Heinz Glass (guitar), who joined the band in 1976 and drummer Carsten Steinkämper.

Jerry Ewing

Writer and broadcaster Jerry Ewing is the Editor of Prog Magazine which he founded for Future Publishing in 2009. He grew up in Sydney and began his writing career in London for Metal Forces magazine in 1989. He has since written for Metal Hammer, Maxim, Vox, Stuff and Bizarre magazines, among others. He created and edited Classic Rock Magazine for Dennis Publishing in 1998 and is the author of a variety of books on both music and sport, including Wonderous Stories; A Journey Through The Landscape Of Progressive Rock.