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    Main » 2010 » April » 29 » Grobschnitt - 1974 - Ballermann
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    Grobschnitt - 1974 - Ballermann
    Style: kraut, psych
    Country: germany
    Audio: lossless (wv, cue, log, scans)
    time: 1:13'54" Size: 421mb
    incl. 33min version of "SolarMusic"

    From ProgressiveRock :
    When it came to original rock music, Germany posed a unique proposition. Some bands were off in "kosmische" (cosmic) territory, working under the ubiquitous umbrella of their original head music, Krautrock. On the other hand, Germany was also producing scores of what we refer to as "bad Deep Purple" bands. (Italy had the dubious distinction for bad Jethro Tull bands!) Grobschnitt were one of just a handful of German bands in between, offering their highly original take on Prog rock. Their debut album was released in early 1972 and was an infectious blend of jazzy jamming and psychedelic weirdness (something we always like). The band was formed by drummer Joachim "Eroc" Ehrig, lead guitarist Gerd-Otto "Lupo" Kuhn, and Stefan "Wildshwein" Daneliak on guitar and vocals. Bassist "Bernhard Uhlemann rounded out the lineup, while Volker "Mist" Kahrs joined on keyboards before their second album, Ballerman. The album opens with "Sahara" but ignore it completely; that lunacy would dominate their next album. "Nickelodeon" then kicks off with a grinding Hammond and trebly bass and one thing is certain: Grobschnitt don’t quite have the arrangement skills of their British counterparts and they’re all the more organic for it. The track has the palette and execution of The Yes Album, and is certainly as spirited and energetic. The second thing that’s immediate is the bane of most German rock groups - English vocals. Either you like Wildschwein’s singing or you hate it and chances are there is little in between. The remainder of the first record was first-rate Prog: both melodic and symphonic, it again has British influence but remains uniquely Grobschnitt. But hold onto your pants, the album’s second side was Grobschnitt’s stunning instrumental achievement "Solar Music Suite". Although the analogy to Pink Floyd is bound to reverberate, Grobschnitt here were just as novel. For nearly thirty minutes they hovered in near stasis, providing a very different take on cosmic music. Wolfgang "Pepe" Jaeger would replace Uhlemann for their next album, the crazy Jumbo. It was so successful that Brain commissioned a German-language version their native market.

     
    01 - sahara 5:38
    02 - nickel-odeon 9:20
    03 - drummer's dream 6:16
    04 - morning song 5:47
    05 - magic train 13:22
    06 - solar music, part 1 17:33
    07 - solar music, part 2 15:57
     
    Stefan Danielak - Lead Vocals, Guitar
    Joachim H. Ehrig - Drums, Percussion, Electronics, Vocals On Sahara
    Gerd O. Kühn - Lead Guitar
    Bernhard Uhlemann - Bass Guitar
    Volker Kahrs - Keyboards

     
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    2 kriztof   (25.05.2010 05:20)
    Back Again, Thanks for such a HQ upload. Used Foobar2000 to rip WavePack CUE file to individual WAV files and then FLAC Frontend to Convert to Highest Quality (Level 8) FLAC files. All these programs are Freeware. Cheers, kriztof.

    1 kriztof   (22.05.2010 04:37)
    Thanks olegelagin, I just checked back today to find that you have been hard at it uploading what I presume to be a true FLAC CUE version rather than wavepack and hence larger 535 mb size across all parts. Will let you know once I have all bits, Thanks again, kriztof.

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