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6 CD-Set, 59 Titel
'Auf Folge 2 dieses besten Samplers zum Thema Krautrock ist wieder alles versammelt, was Rang und ...Namen hat. Kultiges in unfassbarer Fülle'
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Krautrock - Music for your Brain - Vol II
Krautrock - Music for your Brain - Vol. 2
Krautrock - Music for your Brain - Vol 2
01. Scorpions - I'm goin' mad 04:52
02. Eloy - Today 05:56
03. Cravinkel - Sitting in the Forrest 10:17
04. Silberbart - Chub chub Cherry 04:28
05. Guru Guru - Tango Fango 03:46
06. Embryo - Warm Canto 10:01
07. Electric Sandwich - Devil's Dream 06:21
08. Atlantis - Living at the End of Time 09:05
09. Walpurgis - My last Illusion 11:20
10. Kraan - Mind Quake 07:40
11. Kin Ping Meh - Drugson's Trip 05:53
12. Amon Düül II - Dem Guten, Schönen, Wahren 06:12
13. My Solid Ground - BBB 06:41
14. Mythos - Oriental Journey 08:16
15. Novalis - High Evolution 04:28
16. Os Mundi - Ouvertüre + Kyrie 08:57
17. Faust - No Harm 10:17
18. Epitaph - Crossroads 04:49
19. Rufus Zufall - Schupfner 05:16
20. Triumvirat - Spartacus 07:38
21. Kravetz - Ann Toomuch 07:55
22. Popol Vuh - Ich mache einen Spiegel / Part 4 08:44
23. Emtidi - Die Reise 10:04
24. Bröselmaschine - Schmetterling 09:35
25. Witthüser & Westrupp - Rat der Motten 08:05
26. Novalis - Laughing 09:10
27. Jane - Spain 11:53
28. Grobschnitt - Symphony 13:44
29. Agitation Free - Haunted Island 07:11
30. Annexus Quam - Osmose III 10:36
31. Klaus Schulze - Stardancer 13:38
32. Liliental - Stresemannstrasse/Adel 11:03
33. Tangerine Dream - Stratosfear 10:38
34. Faust - It's a rainy Day Sunshine Girl 07:27
35. Wallenstein - Mother Universe 08:41
36. Wonderland Band - The Hill 11:53
37. Cornucopia - Spot on You, Kids 12:23
38. Improved Sound Limited - Doktor Bob Dylan 05:14
39. Gomorrha - Opening of the sealed Book 05:45
40. Silberbart - Brain Brain 16:16
41. Topas - Lemon Boy 03:52
42. Lucifers Friend - Thus spoke Oberon 06:45
43. Scorpions - Lonesome Crow 13:29
44. Professor Wolfff - Das Zimmer 04:45
45. Frumpy - I'm afraid big Moon 06:25
46. Cravinkel - Garden of Loneliness 09:48
47. Epitaph - Stop look and listen 09:55
48. Guru Guru - Salto Mortadelle 03:41
49. Jane - Here we are 06:06
50. Made in Germany - The Arrow and the Song 06:55
51. Os Mundi - Sanctus 09:05
52. Kollektiv - Rapunzel (Live) 08:06
53. Kravetz - I'd like to be a Child again 09:35
54. Randy Pie - Luie 09:04
55. Hallelujah - Hallelujah sings of Strange 07:48
56. Eloy - Something yellow 08:15
57. Sitting Bull - Trip away 10:25
Stefan Diez (guitar), Michael Günter (bass), Michael Hoenig (synthesizer, keyboards), Burghard Rausch (drums, percussion, mellotron), Lutz 'Lüül' Ulbrich (guitars, bouzouki)
The Berlin based band Agitation Free played psychedelic Rock with ethnic influences and published three albums. The track ''Haunted island' is from their second Album '2nd', which was published in 1973 on the Vertigo label.
Amon Düül II
Dieter Serfas (drums, electric cymbals), Peter Leopold (drums, percussion, grand piano), Shrat Shrat (bongos, vocals, violine), Renate Knaup (vocals, tambourin), John Weinzierl (guitar, 12-string-guitar, sopran-sax, vocals), Falk Rogner (organ, synthesizer), Dave Anderson (bass), Holger Trülzsch (turkish drums), Christian Burchard (vibraphon), Chris Karrer (violin, guitar, soprano-sax, vocals)
These Krautrock pioneers from Munich are active since 1969 and one of the most important Krautrock bands. They published dozends of album, however the best and most interesting ones are those which appeared until 1974. The track 'Dem Guten, Schönen, Wahren' is from their legendary debut album 'Phallus Dei', which was published in 1969 on the Liberty label.
Uwe Bick (drums, vocals, percussion), Jürgen Jonuschies (bass, vocals, percussion), Werner Hostermann (carinet, organ, vocals, percussion), Peter Werner (guitar, vocals, percussion), Hans Kämper (trombone, guitar, vocals, percussion), Ove Volquartz (sax), Harald Klemm (flute, vocals, percussion)
The psychedelic Jazz Krautrock band Annexus Quam published two albums on the Ohr label. The track 'Osmose III' is from their debut album 'Osmose, which was published in 1970. It can be compared with the early Embryo album or the first Et Cetera album.
Inga Rumpf (vocals), Jean-Jacques Kravetz (keyboards), Frank Diez (guitar), Curt Cress (drums), Karl-Heinz Schott (bass)
The Hamburg band Atlantis was founded in late summer 1972 by Inga Rumpf, Jean-Jacques Kravetz and Karl-Heinz Schott. These musicians played in the successor band Frumpy before. They produced 4 studio albums and 1 live album. The music is less progressive and more commercial. Atlantis was well received in the USA. They made a tour through the USA in 1975. The track 'Living at the end of time' is from their debut album 'Atlantis', which was published 1972 on the Vertigo label. The live track 'Brother' is from their album 'Atlantis Live', which was published in 1974 on the Vertigo label.
Jenni Schücker (vocals, flute), Willi Kismer (vocals, electric and acoustic guitars), Lutz Ringer (metallophon, bass), Mike Hellbach (congas, tablas, spoons, mellotron), Peter Bursch (vocals, acoustic guitar, sitar, flute)
Bröselmaschine from Duisburg belong to the German rockbands of the first hour. The track 'Schmetterling' is from their debut album 'Bröselmaschine', which was published in 1971 on the Pilz label. The music is sophisticated folk rock, influenced by guitar player Peter Bursch.
Wolfgang Kause (lead vocals, voices), Wolfgang Bartl (bass, vocals), Christoph Hardwig (keyboards, guitar, vocals), Wolfgang Gaudes (drums, percussion, guitar), Kai Hendrik Möller (lead guitar, vocals), Harry Koch (effects, percussion, voice), Rudy Holzhauer (percussion, troot,) Jochen Petersen (saxes, flute, guitar)
The Hamburg Band Cornucopia took its name from filling horn of Greek mythology. The track 'Spot on You, Kids' is from Cornucopia's sole album 'Full horn', which was published in 1973 on the Brain label. The music is playful and experimental, artrock with jazzy elements, somewhere between V d. G. G. and Genesis. Jochen Petersen (Randy Pie, AR&Machines) appears as guest musician.
Gert Franz Alexander 'Kralle' Krawinkel (guitar), Rolf Kaiser (bass, vocals), Klaus George Meier (guitar, vocals, percussion), G. Thoenes (drums)
The tracks 'Garden of loneliness' and 'Sitting in the forest' are from Cravinkel's second and last album, which has nothing in common with their excellent debut album. Instead of short melodic tunes, Cravinkel play three very long and interesting tracks with very interesting improvisations. The multiple vocals are strange, rough and good. The music is a mix of American sounding folk and progressive rock. Special emphasis is given to frequent double guitar soli. All in all, 'Garden of loneliness' is a must for every Krautrock fan. The album was published in 1972 on the Philips label.
Jörg Ohlert (guitar, organ, Mellotron), Klaus Lormann (bass), Jochen Carthaus (vocals, sax, harmonica), Wolf Fabian (drums)
The Bonn band Electric Sandwich published their sole album in 1972 on the Brain label. The music is similar to the style of Thirsty Moon or Rufus Zuphall. The band is technically perfect and plays a differentiated and well balanced mix of ballads, rock and blues with a progressiv touch. We introduce the track 'Devils dream'.
Frank Bornemann (guitar, harmonica, percussion), Erich Schriever (lead vocals, keyboards), Manfred Wieczorke (guitar, bass, vocals), Helmuth Draht (drums), Wolfgang Stöcker (bass)
The tracks 'Something yellow' and 'Today' are from Eloy's debut album with the legendary trashcan gimmix cover, which has nothing in common with the bombastic music of the succeeding albums. On this album, the Hannover band plays rough and interesting Krautrock. Like the lp, the cd version of this album is has become a wanted rarity.
Christian Burchard (drums), Dave King (bass), Jörg Evers (bass), Edgar Hofmann (sax, violin), Mal Waldron (e-piano), Jimmy Jackson (organ), Siegfried Schwab (guitar).
The Munic band Embryo is one of the most interesting, flexible und important Krautrock bands which havs been on the scene since 1970. On almost every album you find different musicians and musical styles. On their first albums, they play an exciting mix of underground, Krautrock and jazz. On their later albums, the music turns to jazzrock with oriental influences. At the end of the 70's, Embryo caused attention through their 8 month lasting journey from Munich to Calcutta, which was filmed by movie maker Werner Penzel. The track 'Warm canto' is from the album 'Rock session', which was published in 1973 on the Brain label.
Maik Hirschfeldt (guitars, bass, synthie, flute, vibraphone, vocals), Dolly Holmes (keyboards, vocals), Dieter Dierks (mellotron)
The folk duo Emtidi, consisting of the German Maik Hirschfeldt and the Canadian Dolly Holmes, published two albums between 1970 and 1972. While the first Album 'Emtidi' contains relatively simple folk, the second album 'Saat' is, also due to the support of studio engineer Dieter Dierks on the mellotrone, a Krautrock gem. The beautiful track 'Die Reise' is from the album 'Saat', which was published in 1972 on the Pilz label. For once, Maik Hirschfeldt takes care for the unusual vocals and Dieter Dierks plays a nice mellotron solo.
Cliff Jackson (guitar, vocals), Klaus Walz (guitar, vocals), Bernd Kolbe (bass, vocals), Jim McGillivray (drums, vocals)
The Dortmund band Epitaph, who meanwhile published the new album 'Remember the daze' in 2007, is a German-British band who play British styled hardrock with nice double lead guitars. Although being no typical Krautrock band, they were and still are a desired live act at many festival in the 70's. The tracks 'Crossroads' and 'Stop look and listen' are from their second album 'Stop, Look And Listen', which was published in 1972 on the Polydor label. After the excellent third Album 'Outside The Law' from 1974, which has a similar quality than the first Wishbone Ash albums, their music turned more commercial.
Werner Diermaier (drums), Joachim Irmler (keyboards), Jean-Herve Peron (bass, guitars, vocals), Rudolf Sosna (guitar, keyboards), Gunther Wüsthof (sax, sound effects)
Faust, who were the product of the journalist Uwe Nettelbeck, where sponsored by the Polydor label with a huge amount money. They moved into an old schoolhouse in the city of Wümme and stayed there for one year, where they created their self-titled debut album, extraordinary and crazy masterpiece even for today's standards, which received a very bad response by the music press. Their second album 'So Far', which was published in 1972 on the Polydor label, was finally successful in England, where it reached number 13 in the charts. The album had a black cover and contained 9 beautiful picture inserts, each of them illustrating one track. The tracks 'It's a rainy day, sunshine girl' and 'No harm' are from the album 'So far'.
Inga Rumpf (vocals, acoustic guitar), Jean-Jacques Kravetz (keyboards), Carsten Bohn (drums, percussion), Karl-Heinz Schott (bass), Rainer Baumann (guitar, steel guitar), Erwin Kania (keyboard)
The Hamburg Band Frumpy originated out of the band City Preachers. They played excellent hard bluesrock with progressive, experimental and classical elements. Their trademark were the remarkable voice of Inga Rumpf and the outstanding keyboard playing of Jean-Jaques Kravetz. On their debut album, they got along without a guitar player, keyboards where the dominating instrument. On the succeeding albums, Rainer Baumann (Sphinx Tush) joined them as guitar player. Unfortunately, Frumpy disbanded after 3 studio and 1 live album. Some of the former members founded the band 'Atlantis'. The track 'I'm afraid big moon' is from their third album 'By the way', which was published in 1973 on the Vertigo label. It does not reach the amazing quality of their second album 'Frumpy 2', but nevertheless contains some of their very best tracks, which makes a purchase of this album obligatory. Even the cd version of 'By the way' is meanwhile a wanted rarity!
Eberhard Krietsch (organ, piano), Gerd Pohl (drums), Mike Eulner (bass)
Unfortunately, the Cologne band Gomorrha published only two albums. The track 'Opening the sealed book' convinces with a brutally simple guitar riff and sprawling speech singing. It is from Gomorrha's second and last album 'I Turned To See Whose Voice It Was', which was published in 1972 on the Brain label. This album is a milestone of progressive rock and is entirely different to their debut album 'Trauma' from 1971, where they play an interesting mix of rock and beat.
Joachim (Eroc) Ehrig (drums, electronic effects, percussion), Axel Harlos (drums, percussion), Stefan Denielak (rhythm guitar, vocals), Bernhard Uhlemann (bass, flute, percussion), Gerd-Otto (Lupo) Kühn (lead guitar), Hermann Quetting (organ, piano, spinett, percussion)
The Hagen band Grobschnitt existed in changing casts from 1970 until 1989. They attracted attention through their spectacular stage shows. We introduce the track 'Symphony' from the debut album 'Grobschnitt', which was published in 1972 on the Brain label.
Mani Neumeier (drums, percussion, vocals), Roland Schaeffer (alto and sopran sax, electric and acoustic guitar, vocals), Jogi Karpenkiel (bass, choir), Sepp Jandrisits (electric guitar, harmonica, choir), Ingo Bischof (piano fender, choir, percussion), Tomy Goldschmidt (congas, percussion, choir)
The Heidelberg band of the drummer Mani Neumeier was formed in 1970 and is one of the most successful German bands worldwide. In Japan, they are one of the leading underground bands. The tracks 'Salto Mortadelle' and 'Tango Fango' are from the album 'Tango Fango', which was published in 1976 on the Brain label. Mani Neumeier was the only remaining musician of the original crew.
Paul Vincent (guitars, vocals), Keith Forsey (drums, vocals), Rick Kemp (keyboards), Peter Wood (bass)
When guitar player Paul Vincent, who played with Missus Beastly, met the English drummer Keith Forsey, who was in Amon Düül at that time, they decided to give up the whole German psychedelic rock shit and to their own British thing. With the help of two English guest musicians, the sole album was produced in the London Trident studio. The track 'Hallelulah - signs of strange' is from this album, which was published in 1971 on the Metronome label. Due to a lack of support from their record company, Hallelujah disbanded shortly after.
Improved Sound Limited
Johnny Fickert (vocals, percussion, flute, alto sax), Axel Linstädt (guitars, keyboards, vocals), Uli Ruppert (bass), Rolf Gröschner (drums)
Improved Sound Limited from Nürnberg started their career already in 1961. After some soundtracks for television and cinema (i. e. 'Engelchen macht weiter hoppe-hoppe Reiter', which was their breakthrough) they published their debut album, the double lp 'Improved Sound Limited' in 1971 on the Liberty label. The track 'Doctor Bob Dylan' is from this album. Two other albums followed (one with the Bandname 'Condor').
Peter Panka (drums, vocals, Klaus Hess (lead guitar, bass, Wolfgang Krantz (lead guitar, bass, Werner Nadolny (organ, mellotron, Günther Körber (words and background vocals)
The Hannoveraner Band Jane is active since meanwhile 35 years! The Track 'Spain' is from their debut album 'Together', which was published in 1971 on the Brain label. The Track 'Here we are' is from their second album 'Here we are', which was published in 1973 on the Brain label. Jane play rock with heavy guitar riffs, a beautiful organ sound and a great lead guitar. Unfortunately, their drummer Peter Panka died in 2007!
Kin Ping Meh
Kalle Weber (drums, percussion), Torsten Herzog (bass, vocals), Frieder Schmitt (keyboards), Willie Wagner (guitars, mouth organ, vocals), Werner Stephan (lead vocals, acoustic guitar, percussion)
The most interesting albums of the Mannheim band Kin Ping Meh, whose name originates from the title of an adventurous Chinese novel, are their self-titled debut album from 1971 as well its successor 'No. 2' from 1972. The music is an exciting mix of poprock and progressive and psychedelic elements. On their later albums, which where much more commercial, the ex 2066 & Then singer Geff Harrison joined them as singer. The tracks 'Drugson's Trip' and 'Sometimes' are from the first album, which was published in 1971 on the Polydor label.
Jogi Karpenkiel (bass), Waldemar 'Waldo' Karpenkiel (drums), Jürgen Havix (guitar), Klaus Dapper (flute, sax)
The Krefeld band Kollektiv published their first and only album 'Kollektiv' in 1973 on the Brain label. They play an exciting mix of jazz and rock on long tracks that leave much room for free interpretations. In 2005, the Longhair label published the album 'Live 1973', which contains a fantastic live act of Kollektiv. From this album, we introduce the track 'Rapunzel' which has never been published before!
Hellmut Hattler (bass), Peter Wolbrandt (guitar), Jan Fride (drums), Johannes A. Pappert (sax)
The band Kraan is one of the oldest German bands. Since the year 2000, they are playing live again and are producing new studio albums as well. Only their first albums can be classified as 'Krautrock'. On their later albums they turned to elegant jazzrock. The excellent self-titled debut album was recorded in 1972 in a farm house in Wintrup in the county of Westfalen, where the band lived as a commune for several years. It contains interesting jazz rock with Krautrock, Arabian and progressive elements. The track 'Mind quake' is from their second album 'Wintrup', which was published in 1973 on the Spiegelei label. In my opinion, this is the best Kraan album.
Jean-Jacques Kravetz (organ, piano, synthesizer, percussion), Udo Lindenberg (drums, vocals, percussion), Carl G. Stephan (bass), Thomas Kretzschmer (guitar), Inga Rumpf (vocals*), Roger Hook (acoustic guitar)
The tracks 'Ann Toomuch' and 'I'd like to be a child again' are from the solo album, that Frumpy keyboard player Jean-Jacques Kravetz published in 1972 on the Vertigo label. With the help of Thomas Kretzschmer (Dennis, Udo Lindenberg) on lead guitar and Udo Lindenberg (Motherhood, Emergency, Niagara) on drums, five partially very long tracks where recorded, that left plenty of space for interesting improvisations. On one of the tracks, Udo Lindenberg takes care for the lead vocals, on another one Inga Rumpf (Frumpy). This album could be described as the 'inofficial Frumpy album'.
Dieter Moebius (ARP, guitar, percussion), Asmus Tietchens (Moog, piano), Okko Bekker (ARP, keyboards, percussion, vocals, guitar), Conny Plank (ARP, guitar, vocals), Hellmut Hattler (bass), Johannes A. Pappert (alto sax, drums, bass, flute)
The tracks 'Stresemannstrasse' and 'Adel'are from the sole album of the short-lived formation Liliental, which was published in 1978 on the Brain label. Liliental was a studio project of the Cluster musician Dieter Moebius. The music is electronically with jazzy and esotheric influences and would be the perfect soundtrack for living on a lonely island.
John Lawton (vocals), Peter Hecht (piano, organ, moog synthesizer, fender rhodes), Dieter Horns (bass and backing vocals), Peter Hesslein (guitar, 12 string guitar, acoustic guitar, percussion and backing vocals), Herbert Bornhold (drums, percussion, backing vocals), Herb Geller)
Before Lucifer's Friend were founded, its members were involved in several other bands like Asterix, Electric Food or Pink Mice. Their singer was John Lawton, who later became the singer of Uriah Heep. Lucifer's Friend originated in 1970 out of the band Asterix. Their best albums are the self-titled debut album from 1971 as well as their masterpiece 'How The Groupies Killed The Blues' from 1972, even though the world press celebrated their fourth album 'Banquet' with enthusiasm. The track 'Thus spoke Oberon' is from the album Banquet, which was published on the Vertigo labeln in 1974.
Made in Germany
Rita Peuker (vocals, percussion), Joachim Pade (sax, flute, vocals, percussion), Stephan Pade (bass, vocals, percussion), Wolfgang Schulz (guitar, vocals, percussion), Hans-Dieter Graber (organ, piano), Dieter Alsleben (drums, percussion)
The Berlin Band Made in Germany developed from the Band Take Five, which was founded in 1965. The music is a mix of pop and progressive elements, like Earth & Fire or Shocking Blue. The sound is determined by the organ. The track 'The arrow and the song' is from their sole selftitled album, which was published in 1971 on the Metronome label.
My Solid Ground
Bernhard Rendel (guitar, vocals), Karl-Heinrich Dörfler (bass, vocals), Andreas Würsching (drums)
The Rüsselsheim band My Solid Ground published their sole selftitled album in 1970 on the Bacillus label. They provided thrilling sound pictures, determined by sharp guitars and driving organ. In 2002, the Longhair label published the album 'SFW-Session' on cd with tracks that My Solid Ground played live in the studio of the radio station Südwestfunk in 1971. From this album, we introduce the track 'BBB', which like all other tracks on this album have not been published before.
Stephan Kaske (guitars, flute, sitar, synthesizer, vocals), Harald Weiße (bass, guitar, effects), Thomas Hildebrand (drums, percussion)
The Berlin band of the multi instrumentalist Stephan Kaske published their impressing debüt album 'Mythos' in 1971 on the Ohr label. The music is psychedelic spacerock with experimental elements. From this album, we introduce the track 'Oriental journey'. With a permanently changing crew, four further albums were recorded until 1980.
Heino Schünzel (bass) Jürgen Wenzel (vocals, acoustic guitar) Lutz Rahn (organ, piano, mellotron, synthesizer) Hartwig Biereichel (drums, percussion)
The tracks 'Laughing' and 'High evolution' are from the debut album 'Banished bridge' of the Hamburg band, which was published in 1973 on the Brain label. The lyrics are, in contrast to all following albums, in English language. Musically, it is the most progressive and best album of the Band. On the succeeding albums, the music changed to 'romantic rock'.
Andreas Villain, Ulrich Arndt Christoph Busse, Dietrich Markgraf, Hartmut Seidel (bass), David V. Kalkreuth (organ)
The Berlin band Os Mundi was supposed to be the first rock bigband and had up to twelve members. Their debut album 'Latin mass' was published in 1971 on the Metronome label. The lyrics were in Latin language! The music is an interesting mix of dominant keyboards, hard guitar and strange vocals. From this album, we introduce the tracks 'Overtüre', 'Kyrie' and 'Sanctus'. The Berlin band Os Mundi is said to be first rock bigband and had up to 12 band members. In 1972, they published their second and last album '43 Minuten' on the Brain label.
Florian Fricke (Moog), Holger Trülzsch (percussion), Frank Fiedler (synthesizer)
In 1970, Florian Fricke, Holger Trülzsch und Frank Fiedler got together under the name Popol Vuh, in order to follow an offer of the record company Liberty to produce an album (Fricke). They created the album 'Affenstunde', a 'mystical journey through a flowing world of sounds' (POP). The track 'Ich mache einen Spiegel Part 4' is from this album, which was published in 1971 on the Liberty label. Later, Florian Fricke turned away from electronics and reformed Popol Vuh.
Klaus Peter Schweitzer (guitar, piano, vocals), Romi Schickle (organ, vocals), Mondo Zech (bass, vocals), Michael Sametinger (drums), Fritz Herrmann (lead guitar, vocals, harmonica)
The track 'Das Zimmer' is from the sole album of the Ulm Band 'Prof. Wolfff' that was published in 1972 on the Metronome label. The album was produced by Jonas Porst (son of Foto Porst), who was also the manager and producer of Ihre Kinder and thus the right man for a rock production with German lyrics. Professor Wolfff where something like the progressive version of Ihre Kinder. Their excellent lyrics where wrapped in solid progressive rock.
Dicky Tarrach (drums), Manfred 'Tissy' Thiers (bass, vocals), Werner Becker (keyboards, vocals), Bernd Wippich (guitar, vocals)
The Hamburg band Randy Pie was formed in 1973 by ex Rattles, Petards and Gash musicians. They play a technically absolutely perfect mix of rock, Jazz and Soul. The track 'Luie' is from their debut album, which was published in 1973 on the Zebra label.
Günter Krause (guitars, mellotron, vocals), Thomas Kittel (guitars, clavinet), Manfred Spangenberg (bass), Klaus Gülden (flute), Udo Dahmen (drums, percussion)
The Aachen Band Ruphus Zuphall, one of the best German rock bands of the early 70's, made two albums. The album 'Weiß der Teufel' was published in 1971 on the Good Will label. The track 'Schupfner' is from their second and last album 'Phallobst', which was published also in 1971, this time on the Pilz label. The record company labeled the music as 'new German folk music' (i. e. on the legendary Rapunzel-Compilation), which was absolutely justified. Rufus Zuphall play excellent progressive folk with a good dose of rock, which sometimes reminds of Jethro Tull.
Michael Schenker (guitar), Klaus Meine (vocals), Rudolf Schenker (guitar), Wolfgang Dziony (drums), Lothar Heimberg (bass)
The Scorpions on a Krautrock sampler? Many Scorpions fans do not know, that the debut album 'Lonesome Crow' of the Hannover band Scorpions, which was published in 1971 on the Brain label, is a masterpiece of progressive hardrock. From this album, we introduce the tracks 'Lonesome crow' and 'I'm going mad'. Their later albums got more and more straightforward / linear and commercial.
Klaus Schulze (keyboards, synthesizers)
Klaus Schulze is one of the most influential German musicians. Having played drums on the first Tangerine Dream album 'Electronic Meditation' in 1969 and on the first self-titled Ash Ra Tempel in 1971, he concentrated on his solo work. The track 'Stardancer' is from the album 'Body love', the soundtrack to the movie from Lasse Braun, which was published in 1977 on the Brain label.
Werner Klug (bass), Peter Behrens (drums, percussion) , Hajo Teschner (vocals, guitar),
The rock trio Silberbart played in the area between Oldenburg and Wilhelmshaven. Their music is rough underground rock with long progressive and expermental passages, with an always recognizable thread. The tracks 'Brain brain' and 'Chub chub cherry' are from their sole album '4 times sound razing, which was published in 1971 on the Philips label. In 1972, the band disbanded due to financial problems. Drummer Peter Behrens later joined the very successful band Trio.
Piet Schimkat (vocals), Benrd Zamulo (bass, vocals, piano), Rolf Brockhorst (guitar), Achim Brierley (drums)
The Bremen Band Sitting Bull published their sole album in 1971 on the CBS label. Band leader Bernd Zamulo was the bass player of the Lords from 1965 to 1971, until he left them in order to realize his musical ideas. The music is obviously influenced by American influences and could be described as Westcoast with a German touch. If you like the excellent 'Catch a singing bird on the road' album of the Nürnberg band Improved Sound Limited, you will definitely grow fond of 'Trip away', too. The tracks sound like Grateful Dead, Neil Yound or the Byrds, with nice psychedelic influences. From this album, we introduce the titel track 'Trip away'.
Chris Franke (moog synthesizer, organ, percussion, loop mellotron, harpsichord), Edgar Froese (mellotron, moog synthesizer, guitars, grand piano, bass, mouth organ), Peter Baumann (moog synthesizer, computer, e-piano, mellotron)
The Berlin elektronic pioneers Tangerine Dream are active since almost 40 years and published dozends of albums, from which the first ones can be classified as Krautrock. The track 'Stratosfear' is from the album 'Stratosfear', which was published in 1976 on the Virgin label.
Helmut Koellen (bass, acoustic and electric guitars, vocals), Hans Bathelt (drums, percussion), Jürgen Fritz (keyboards)
The Cologne classic rock Triumvirat around the talented keyboarder Jürgen Fritz was unjustly dismissed as a German Emerson Lake & Palmer clone. The track 'Spartacus' is from their third album 'Spartacus', which was published in 1975 on the Harvest label.
Jürgen Dollase (keyboards, lead vocals), Harald Grosskopf (drums, percussion), Bill Barone (guitars, vocals), Jerry Berkers (bass, lead vocals)
The Mönchengladbach band Wallenstein published several album between 1971 and 1981, however only the first five of them are of interest for the Krautrock fan. The track 'Mother Universe' is from their masterpiece 'Mother Universe', which was published in 1972 on the Pilz label. After their fifth Album 'No more love' from 1977, their style changed entirely and got very commercial.
Manfred Stadelmann (drums, vocal), Jürgen Dollase (keyboards*), Ryszard Kalemba (guitar), George Früchtenicht (congas, flute), Jerzy Sokolowski (guitar, vocals)
The short-lived formation Walpurgis published their sole album in 1972 on the Ohr label. From this album, we introduce the track 'My last illusion'. Jürgen Dollase from Wallenstein played the keyboards.
Witthüser & Westrupp
Bernd Witthüser (vocals, guitars, etc), Walter Westrupp (vocals, flute, keyboards, etc), Gille Lettmann (wind chime, foot stumpin, choir), Jürgen Dollase (mellotron, keyboards, percussion, choir, synthesizer, vibraphone), Jerry Berkers (bass, percussion, choir), Tommie Engel (drums, percussion), Harald Grosskopf (percussion, choir), Antje Dahlhaus (foot stumping), Dieter Dierks (percussion, choir)
The first program of the Pop Cabarets Witthüser und Westrupp was 'Lieder von Vampiren, Nonnen und Toten' and was published in 1970 on the Ohr label. It is 'new German folk music' from timeless beauty. Four other albums followed, one of them the great 'Bauer Plath' album, which was published in 1972 on the Pilz label. From this albu, we introduce the track 'Rat der Motten'.
Achim Reichel (vocals), Frank Dostal (guitar, vocals), Claus-Robert Kruse (vocals, guitar, organ), Rale Oberpichler (vocals), Helmut Franke (guitar), Ladi Geissler (guitar), Bernd Steffanowski (guitar), Kalle Trapp (guitar, bass), Hans-Uwe Reimers (piano), Benny Bendorf (bass), Hans Hartmann (bass), Sten-H. Lineberg (bass), Peter Franken (drums), Joe Nay (drums), Barry Reeves (drums), Dicky Tarrach (drums), Walter Rudolph (kettle drums), Max Lindner (xylophone, chimes), Bernhard Gediga (trumpet), Peter Kallensee (trumpet), Ernst Möhlheinrich (trumpet), Walter Preu (trumpet), Heinz Fadle (trombone), Hermann Henrich (trombone), Friedrich Rohde (trombone), Wiegand Schneiderbach (trombone)
The track 'The hill' is from Wonderland Band's sole album 'No 1', which was published in 1971 on the Polydor laben. Wonderland Band was an interesting project of Achim Reichel and Frank Dostal, not to be confused with Wonderland. For this album, they recruited an enormous number of musicians.