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    Main » 2014 » September » 9 » Improved Sound Limited ~ 1971 ~ Improved Sound Limited
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    Improved Sound Limited ~ 1971 ~ Improved Sound Limited
    Improved Sound Limited ~ 1971 ~ Improved Sound Limitedgenre: folk, psych, heavy
    country: germany
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    time: 1:11'53"

    Cosmic Dreams:
    This Nuremberg group began to play together as early as 1961 under the name Blizzards. They used the name Improved Sound Limited from 1966. In the late sixties they specialised in delivering soundtracks for German television and movies by Michael Verhoeven. Engelchen Macht Weiter, Hoppe, Hoppe Reiter (1969) was the soundtrack from a Verhoeven film, released on the same label as the first Gomorrah album. I don't know this one (presumably a late beat rock effort), but their self-titled double album for Liberty was very inspired by the American folk-rock of Bob Dylan and The Band. Dylan was mentioned several times in the clever lyrics (from now on written by Axel's brother Bernd), for example In "Doctor Bob Dylan". Improved Sound Limited also merged in some more European elements into their folky rock style, such as some fine flute phrases. Regrettably their passion for American music led them closer to country music on Catch A Singin' Bird (1973). Quite good compositions and lyrics ("The Dark Lord" was about Tolkien's "Lord Of The Rings"!), but not exactly performed in idle way most of us like, I'm afraid. Pedal steel guitar was played by Frank Baum and Ralph Nowy guested on trumpet and sax. Improved Sound Limited changed their name to Condor in 1976 and released a much worse album: Rathbone Hotel (1976).

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    13. Columbines, Violets And Daisies 2:35
    14. I Am The Wolf 4:49
    15. A Well-Respected Man 3:38
    16. Drunken Mr Hyde 0:49
    17. A Soldier's Songbook 17:30
    18. *** 0:47


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