Fata Morgana (Remaster)

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Progressive Rock
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The band's last album was really a forgettable effort best saved for completists. The label forced them to sing in German and the music took a decidedly commercial twist. It was a sad end for a great band. Remastered edition with four demo bonus tracks.

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    $12.00
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