quality: lossless (wv, cue, log, booklet scans)
time: 59'33" size: 515 mb
misc.: rec. '69-'71
the Crack in the Cosmic Egg:
First, let's clear up an error in the original "The Crack In The Cosmic Egg" book. Erna Schmidt wasn't a singer that Kraan worked as a backing band for, but a related band that were part of Kraan history.
An almost mythological band, Erna Schmidt existed for many years without ever managing to release an album. The roots go back to the Stuttgart area circa 1963 and a band called R&B Corporation, who existed for 6 or so years without ever making an album. Eventually, as the line-up changed and they relocated to Berlin, the music was no longer R & B, so a new fun name was chosen.
Erna Schmidt's unreleased/uncompleted studio album (lost in obscurity) is one of many that claims to have been destined for the missing Ohr catalogue number. However, Erna Schmidt only ever became a mysterious footnote in Krautrock history, a shame considering how brilliant they were. The LIVE 69-71 CD (compiled from 20 hours of archive tapes) documents various concerts, of all original (all instrumental) material that steps aside from jazz-rock, to a more vital and loose progressive, typical of the best German fusion of the era. Interestingly, there are flashes of Kraan in their rhythmic and ethnic edges, whilst it's more close to Rufus Zuphall, with the choppy psychedelic trips, that trundle as if on fire, with searing guitars and an overdose of flutes.
Over the years many musicians passed through the ranks of Erna Schmidt, amongst them Jürgen Benz (of Missus Beastly), Romi Schickle (of Prof. Wolfff), and because they and Kraan later shared a house together in Wintrup, Kraan's Hellmut Hattler also filled-in for a couple of gigs. But, just as Kraan were starting to become famous, Erna Schmidt began to fall apart and split-up in 1972.
1. Erna Schmidt (7:20)
2. Weiss Gott (3:57)
3. Pass - Weites Luftmeer (5:00)
4. Woischwiemon (5:25)
5. La Folie D'Espagne (7:02)
6. Kleines Idyll (4:51)
7. Rulaman (6:44)
8. Ein Tag Aus Dem Leben des Menschen P (9:25)
9. Reif Für Die Insel (5:31)
10. See Ya (3:50)
Hubert Stütz (guitar),
Walter Laible (bass),
Hartmut Mau (flute, saxophone, ocarina, oboe),
Wolfgang Matthias (drums)