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KARTHAGO - Live at the Roxy - CD 1976 Bacillus

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Krautrock / Rock
Manufacturer: Bacillus
Original release year: 1976
Cat. Nr.: 288-09-004
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'Karthago were founded in Berlin by Joey Albrecht (originally from Hannover) and Gerald Luciano Hartwig. Since 1968 they had performed together in clubs as the duo Blues Machine. In 1970 they engaged the Bolivian percussionist Thomas Goldschmitt (mainly hand percussion) and soon landed a recording contract with BASF. Just a month before the recordings of their first album began, two additional members were added to their line-up: Ingo Bischof and Wolfgang Brock. Karthago was recorded in October 1971 at Audio Tonstudio, Berlin with Dieter Zimmermann producing and Stan Regal engineering. It was released in a spectacular, inventive and expensive six part fold-out cover with several die cuts! Certainly a lavish package, recalling the multicoloured and psychedelic Santana album designs - but actually outdoing them! Karthago's sound was graced with excellent heavy guitar work and the funky, gutsy vocals of J. Albrecht, recalling the Jimi Hendrix Experience and the heavy progressive funk band Funkadelic. The best tracks in this style were 'Why Don't You Stop Buggin' Me' and 'String Rambler'. Others, like the catchy little instrumental 'Nos Vamos', had a more distinct Latin character, very much like early Santana. In my opinion, this is a very underrated album! Few other German bands recorded music in this particular style.

More Santana-esque instrumental work was present on Second Step, recorded at Windrose Dumont Time, Hamburg, May 1973 with C. & M. Hudalla producing. This was much more of a joint group effort, balanced between jazzy keyboards, heavy guitars and South American rhythms. Most of the material was great, but I feel Ingo Bischof's compositions were a bit out of place - his songs were almost singer-songwriter type of ballads! Original drummer W. Brock had left for The Rattles in February 1973 and was replaced by Norbert 'Panzer' Lehmann on this album. Then within months Lehmann departed to the heavy progressive band Epitaph. Into Karthago came Konstatin Bommarius (ex-2066 & Then, Abacus). The bass player Gerald Luciano Hartwig also left - in the Summer of 1974. His replacement was something of a sensation at the time - Glenn Cornick (ex-Jethro Tull, Wild Turkey) joined the band in October 1974.

A revamped five-piece Karthago signed with Bacillus and relocated to Oxford, England, in November 1974, where they recorded Rock'n'Roll Testament in the Chipping Norton Studios. The producer of this album was Peter Hauke, manager of the Bacillus label. About the same time, another of his German signings, Nine Days' Wonder, recorded in England, although his British signing Nektar recorded in Germany for years! Karthago's new album did quite well and many people consider it to be their best. It marked a change of style towards a smooth, well-produced rock with some minor symphonic touches. Karthago had become another purveyor of the characteristic 'Bacillus rock' - a trade mark of Peter Hauke and Dieter Dierks.

Concerts in Berlin and Hamburg in January 1976 were recorded and released as the double album Live At The Roxy (1976). As Glenn Cornick had quit the group, Gerald Hartwig was now back in action again. Albrecht, Bischof and Goldschmitt were also helped by Reinhard Bopp (ex-Hardcake Special) and Ringo Funk (ex-Atlantis, Jeronimo). This record literally became the 'Karthago testament', as the group disbanded in the Spring of 1976. '

In den 70er-Jahren zählte die Band Karthago zur Elite der deutschen Rock-Szene. Sogar im Ausland hatten Gitarrist und Sänger Joey Albrecht und seine Mannen viele Fans. 2003 gab es eine Reunion.

01. The world is like a burning fire 5:41
02. Sound in the air 4:51
03. Rock and Roll testament 5:01
04. The second string rambler 12:27
05. Wild river 6:54
06. Highway seeker (Did nobody tell you) 16:22
07. Going down 5:30
08. See you tomorrow in the sky 3:32

KARTHAGO - Rock'n'Roll Testament - CD 1974 Bacillus

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