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PETARDS - A Deeper Blue - LP 180 gram Vinyl Bear Family

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Psychedelic / Krautrock
Manufacturer: Bear Family
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Cat. Nr.: BAF18046
Weight:280 g
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- The first volume in our series with 1:1 vinyl re-issues of the four original Petards albums.
- One of the most popular and successful German beat and rock bands.
- The first album of the group, originally released in 1967.
- New edition - re-mastered; comes with original cover, additional inlay and English liner notes.

In their early days, The Petards (French: firecrackers) were regarded the third force on the German scene behind The Rattles and The Lords - with the decisive difference that they did not come from a major city like Hamburg or Berlin like their rivals but from the tranquil community of Schrecksbach in Oberhessen in the mid-eastern part of West Germany. No big city media behind them, no urban club scene around them, far and near no record company office, let alone professional artist or tour management.

The Petards stood for province, deepest province, although it is often ignored that even today most people still live in rural areas. It was the same in 1964 when the two brothers Klaus and Horst Ebert (both: vocals, guitars, keyboards) with Roger Waldmann (bass) and Hans-Jürgen Schreiber (drums) set out to mix up the German rock world. The band compensated the geographical disadvantage with unbelievable ambition, diligence and determination. No village pub or marquee was left out in the following years, The Petards have earned their audience, and that should finally pay off. In addition, the band had two exceptionally talented musicians with the brothers Ebert, especially Klaus as composer of almost all Petards titles stood out, while Horst contributed most of the lyrics and took care of the band management.

In 1966 the band went to Osnabrück to record the first two singles (45s), Baby Run, Run, Run, Run / Pretty Miss and Right Time / She Didn't for the CCA label of Hans-Werner Kuntze in two sessions in August and December, which were distributed throughout Germany via Metronome and brought the band its first national recognition. In 1967 the decisive course was set for The Petards. With the new drummer Arno Dittrich the band performed in March in the national TV show, 'ZDF-Drehscheibe' in front of an audience of millions, one month later The Petards already had 58(!) registered fan clubs. The TV appearance in the SWF 'Talentschuppen' in June 1967 brought the band their final breakthrough.

The jury for this extremely popular music show also included producer Bert Varell, who summed up the performance of the Petards as follows: ''Your performance was a bang. Not only we judges, but also the competing artists were enraptured by the vitality, the speed, the tough sound of these four guys. Six weeks later we met again in the studio in Maschen near Hamburg. To produce this disc. A Deeper Blue.''

A Deeper Blue' was recorded between August 15th and 18th, 1967 under the direction of Bert Varell. The band was well prepared and quickly recorded the 12 titles from the pen of the two Ebert brothers. The songs corresponded to the typical Beatles pop sound of the time with slight psychedelia influences. Short and very catchy.

Varell placed the record with the low-budget label Europa, which at the time used a sensational marketing trick. 'A Deeper Blue' was released in autumn 1967 at an unbeatable price of DM 5.00 per record and sold over 100,000 copies in no time. For the debut record of a German band an almost unbelievably high run!

Bear Family re-issues this album for the first time on vinyl since it originally came out in 1967. It comes with the original artwork, is pressed on 180 gram vinyl, and we have added the reproduction of the original autograph card to 'A Deeper Blue', plus English liner notes. This record is the first of four scheduled vinyl re-releases by the Petards.

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