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The history of Emergency is a strange one, as their roots actually stem from Prague, Czechoslovakia with the jazz musician Hanus Berka. In 1966 he went to America to seek his fortune and the roots of jazz, whilst there he discovered a new music: "brass-rock", but becoming disillusioned he drifted back to Europe. In Munich he met some fellow Czech's touring with a production of "Hair" and decided to form a band, the only German at the start was Udo Lindenberg.
Their debut EMERGENCY showed a group with many influences, a meeting of East-Euro jazz and Anglo-American styles as instigated by the likes of Chicago Transit Authority, Keef Hartley, etc., they were stylists of the popular CBS jazz-spiced progressive sound. In many ways their second EMERGENCY ENTRANCE was a big step on, in that it featured much bigger tracks, and hence lots of complex instrumental work. It is extremely obscure due to its controversial cover, and the reissue even more so! Overall, it is probably their best.
Moving to Brain, after many personnel changes, so much so that it was a virtually new group, they disappointed with GET OUT TO THE COUNTRY, which was Emergency at their most commercial, mainly straight bluesy songs. Only the lengthy title track was of merit, in that it showed a subdued flair for invention. This was further highlighted on NO COMPROMISE, which was a much more progressive album, featuring a good collection of songs and instrumentals, especially as it featured the talents of Veit Marvos to the fore, and had a heavier musical base.
By 1975 Berka was the only Czech musician left in the band. Emergency never reached their full potential musically, disappearing without trace in the mid-1970's, except for Diez & Bischof recording an album together in a similar style.
01. Why Am I Doin' It 8:00
02. Happiness 7:08
03. Journey 7:28
04. Emergency Entrance 11:18
05. Killin' Time 10:10
Hanus Berka (tenor/soprano/baritone saxophones, flute, synthesizer)
Otto Bezloja (bass)
Frank Diez (guitar)
Jiri Matousek (keyboards, timbales, backing vocals)
John Redpath (drums, backing vocals)
Milos Reddy (lead vocals, percussion)
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