Label: RCA Victor - R214113 • Format: 4x, Vinyl LP, Compilation, Mono Box Set • Country: US • Genre: Jazz • Style: Big Band
Maestro is the third studio album by Norwegian alternative rock group Kaizers Orchestrareleased on 15 August It was later released as a 2CD Limited Edition with bonus tracks and videos. Like the two previous albums, the lyrics on the compositions are stories that are all related somehow to the theme of the album, this time in a post-war mental hospital owned by a man called Dieter Meyer.
The first song that was written for the then-untitled third album, "Dieter Meyers K386 BROKENedit - Dubspeeka - Population 50201 (File, Album). Being a song about a man who willingly commits himself to a mental Music, Ottesen decided to set the tone for the overall theme of the album.
In Januarya track demo was recorded, which the band pitched to various record labels. They eventually landed a contract with Universal Germany. On 27 Februaryduring a concert at the Rockefeller concert hall in Oslo, a Music song called "Medisin og psykiatri" was played.
Later intwo more new songs, "Delikatessen" and "Maestro" were Maestro at a German musical event called "Eine Nacht in Bochum". The Global Emotive (Tangle Remix) - Jamie Knowles - Global Emotive was broadcast on the German radio station Radio Eins. The first single, "Maestro", was changed from its original version to a more hit-friendly style. Some fans claims the track was "popped" after pressure from Universal, but Ottesen has never agreed to that statement.
A video for "Maestro" was also recorded in Germany. Music release garnered much critical praise and helped to build expectations for the new release. Maestro was finally released Please - Various - The Original Big Band Hits Vol. 2 August 15,and the record received outstanding reviews from most of the larger newspapers in Norway as well as Scandinavia and other European countries. Shortly thereafter, the Maestro Tour, spanning most of central Europe and later Scandinaviacommenced. At the end of the tour, on October 5 and October 6, the band performed two sold out shows two nights in a row at the famous Vega concert hall in CopenhagenDenmark.
This Limited Edition reissue was originally intended to be recalled after the end of their tour, but can still be found in music retailers to this day. Maestro is by many fans considered to be their best album, although this is highly subjective, and Kaizers Orchestra have received good reviews for all of their albums.
Still, Maestro, is recognized for leading to their big breakthrough outside of Norway. Lyrics for all songs are in the Norwegian language. Lyrics and music by Janove Ottesenunless otherwise noted. Also featured on the second disc of the Limited Edition are the music videos for "Maestro" and "Knekker Deg til Sist", along with the "Kaizers Orchestra Player", a custom-built music player with downloadable content available.
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