Crack in the Cosmic Egg:
As with many bands of the era, Tomorrow's Gift started as a cover's band, playing the music of their favourite Anglo-American acts. On early live recordings you can hear how these songs evolved into their own music, with songs like "Indian Rope Man" and "Season Of The Witch" becoming LP side-long pieces on the festival albums POP & BLUES FESTIVAL '70 and LOVE AND PEACE which showed influences of Vanilla Fudge and many a British 1960's blues-rock act.
By the time of their debut (a double album), which documented several months of original compositions, Tomorrow's Gift had evolved and become much more original. Akin to Frumpy they blended songs into much longer works, with lengthy instrumental improvisations, and as the album progresses, each side moves on to more experimental realms. Shortly after recording this however, the band disintegrated whilst touring as support to Spooky Tooth.
A new Tomorrow's Gift, featuring keyboardist Manne Rürup and bassist Bernd Kiefer (from the original band) with Wolfgang Lindner (from Sphinx Tush) on drums, took the most radical ideas from where the original band had left off. The album GOODBYE FUTURE proved to be one of the most creative and unique of Krautrock albums, relying heavily on clavichord, Mellotron and bass guitar to create a range of instrumental textures that are often unbelievably complex, spurred on by the devilishly creative percussion of "Zabba" Lindner. A trio, creative in the manner of classic Egg, and largely instrumental, aided extensively by the ever creative Conny Plank.
Latterly, Tomorrow's Gift disbanded, becoming a seminal focus point for the Hamburg progressive scene. They went through several transformations becoming Release Gruppe with ex-Guru Guru Uli Trepte and then Release Music Orchestra. Manne worked in the band Dennis and with Achim Reichel, and did much session work. Zabba also worked in the multi-percussion project of Lindner & Bohn.
01. Riddle In A Swamp 8:05
02. Prayin' To Satan 5:10
03. One Of The Narrow Minded Thoughts Rump 3:30
04. Tenakel Gnag 2:57
05. The First Seasons After The Destruction 13:04
06. How You Want To Live 7:29
07. Grey Aurora 1:52
08. Ants 2:53
09. Breeds There A Man 3:21
10. King In A Nook 4:29
11. Sandy Concert 8:08
12. Enough To Write A Song About Or Two 2:01
13. Second Song 0:27
Ellen Meier (vocals)
Wolfgang Trescher (flute)
Carlo Karges (guitars, percussion)
Bernd Kiefer (bass)
Gerd Paetzke (drums)
Manfred Rürup (keyboards)
+ Jochen Petersen (alto saxophone)
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