Hölderlin – “Waren Wir” Video on YouTube
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Folk/Krautrock/Progressive Rock Germany 1970s (Tracks)
Hölderlin (Wuppertal, Düsseldorf, Germany)
Hoelderlin were a German progressive rock band that was formed in 1970 as Hölderlin by brothers Joachim and Christian von Grumbkow with Nanny de Ruig, whom Christian was married to. They were influenced by rock, jazz, and folk music.
“Waren Wir” A1 track (written by Christian von Grumbkow), (opening track) included on the album “Hölderlins Traum”
“Hölderlins Traum” released on Pilz (20 21314-5) in 1972
Hölderlin – “Hölderlins Traum” Album cover photo (front)
Hölderlin – “Hölderlins Traum” Full Album Video on YouTube
Hölderlin – “Hölderlins Traum” Full Album Audio Playlist on Spotify
Hölderlin – “Hölderlins Traum” Full Album Audio Playlist on Soundcloud
Nanny de Ruig – female vocals
Christian von Grumbkow – guitar
Joachim von Grumbkow – cello, acoustic guitar, flute, piano, organ, mellotron
Peter Käseberg – bass, acoustic guitar, vocals
Christoph Noppeney – violin, flute, piano
Michael Bruchmann – drums, percussion
Peter Bursch – sitar (03)
Mike Hellbach – tablas (03)
All tracks written by Christian von Grumbkow .
Artwork – Helmut Friz
Engineer [Sound] – Dieter Dierks
Photography – Victor
Producer – Rolf-Ulrich Kaiser
Walter Westrupp – recorder (05)
Recorded January 1972 at Tonstudio Dierks in Stommeln.
Released in a laminated gatefold cover.
01. Waren wir – 4:50
02. “Peter” – 2:55
03. Strohhalm – 2:04
04. Reqiem für einen Wicht – 6:36
05. Erwachen – 4:04
06. Wetterbericht – 6:37
07. Traum – 7:23
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From Wuppertal, circa 20 miles east of Düsseldorf, Germany, Hölderlin evolved out of a 1960’s folk group playing Fairport Convention and Pentangle songs. They took their name from the 19th Century writer Friedrich Hölderlin.
Originally, they were a family band, the core was the brothers Christian and Jochen von Grumbkow, with Christian’s wife Nanny as lead singer, with a trippy cosmic styled progressive folk, full of rich textures, psychedelic, medieval and classical touches.
The group started out as a folk group, but after the release of their first album in 1972 and the departure of Nanny in 1973, the group began to change musical direction, incorporating jazz and rock. They changed their name to Hoelderlin in 1973 and took legal action against Rolf-Ulrich Kaiser, the head and founder of the label Pilz, which eventually led to the record label going out of business. In 1975 they got a new record contract with the label Spiegelei and released their second album the same year. After the release of three more albums, almost all of the founding members left the group, leaving Joachim to be the only remaining founding member. This led to both a significant change in lineup and another significant change in musical direction. The group was introduced to Dave Hutchins, who was an engineer for the Genesis album The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway and subsequently decided to develop an anglo-american commercial sound that later resulted in two more albums before their split in 1980. The album Fata Morgana was then put together and released by Spiegelei the following year. The group reunited in 2005 with only Hans Bäär and Michael Bruchmann as former members. However, Christoph and Nanny made special guest appearances for a few of their subsequent performances. Upon the release of their eighth album, the group then split up again in 2009.
Michael Bruchmann – drums (1971-1978, 2005-2009)
Hans Bäär – bass, guitars, vocals (1976-1981, 2005-2009)
Ann-Yi Eötvös – vocals (2005-2009)
Andreas Hirschmann – keyboards, vocals (2005-2009)
Joachim von Grumbkow – keyboards, vocals (1970-1981) (died 1990)
Christian von Grumbkow – guitar (1970-1977), lyrics (1970-1978)
Christoph Noppeney – violin (1971-1977), guitar, vocals (1975-1978)
Tommy L’Ohr – guitar, vocals (1977-1981)
Peter Käseberg – bass, vocals (1970-1975)
Eduard Schicke – drums (1978-1981)
Nanny de Ruig (1970-1972)
Pablo Weeber – guitar, vocals (1976-1977)
Hölderlins Traum (Pilz, 1972)
Hoelderlin (Spiegelei, 1975)
Clown & Clouds (1976)
Rare Birds (1977)
Traumstadt (Live Album, 1978)
New Faces (1979)
Fata Morgana (1981)
Founded in Wuppertal, Germany in 1970 – Disbanded in 1980 – Reformed from 2005-2009
This, in my opinion, underrated German progressive rock band has its roots in ’63 when the brothers Joachim and Christian Grumbkow founded the rock-band The BEATKIDS and played covers from The BEATLES, The ROLLING STONES and The SHADOWS. In november ’70 the brothers GRUMBKOW presented the name HÖLDERLIN (derived from a German romantic poet) after they had played with a sery of musicians mainly folk-rock covers (especially TRAFFIC), all layered with long instrumental improvisations. Then HÖLDERLIN got an invitation from a record company, this after only three months of their existence! The debut-album “Hölderlin’s Traum” was released in ’72 with a nine-piece line up, including female vocals and instruments like the Mellotron, Grand piano, violin, cello, sitar, tablas and flute. Their sound is a progressive blend of rock, jazz and folk. It sold 5000 copies and the LP is still a collector’s item. But then the troubles began with their producer Rolf-Ulrich Kaiser (TANGERINE DREAM, KLAUS SCHULZE and WALLENSTEIN). He tried to force the band into a more cosmic approach (‘LSD’ inspired complained the band) and was not amused with the “more political oriented lyrics” as he analyzed.
It took almost three years with many juridical conflicts to get rid off the contract but eventually HÖLDERLIN won their case. Under the new name HOELDERLIN (in German the pronunciation of “oe” is the same as the “ö” and much easier to write or type) the second eponymous LP was released in 75. The band called their music ‘romantic rock’, it sounded more jazzy and it contained echoes from KING CRIMSON and GENESIS. HOELDERLIN toured through Scandinavia, Holland, Germany and Switzerland, got good reviews and radio – and tv-airplay. In ’76 HOELDERLIN released the album entitled “Clowns and Clouds”. The music consists of more complex rock with many theatrical and surrealistic elements. In ’77 Christian had a mental breakdown, he could no longer combine the too busy work with the band and his family life (the upbringing of two children). He left and Spanish guitar player Pablo Weeber joined HOELDERLIN. In ’77 they released the album “Rare Birds”, a year later followed by the 2-LP “Hoelderlin Live Traumstadt”. Soon after the unstable personality of Pablo led to his dismiss. “Traumstadt” got very good reviews, it even reached the German charts. Further releases were “New Faces” (’79) and “Fata Morgana” (’81), including new drummer Eduard Schicke, know from the progrock trio SCHICKE, FUHRS, FRÖHLING. These albums have a more accessible melodic rock approach.
The double-album “Hoelderlin Live Traumstadt” is their finest work and showcases the band at their pinnacle. It’s still considered as one of the milestones in the German rock history and has some similarities with other German progrock band GROBSCHNITT concerning the long solos, visual effects, costumes and humor. The music was recorded in the Wuppertaler Opernhaus in October ’77, the 2-LP was released in ’78. The band was hit by multiple changes in the line-up, on “Traumstadt” the musicians were Joachim Grumbkow (keyboards and vocals on “Streaming”), Pablo Weeber (all guitars), Michael Bruchmann (drums), Cristoph ‘Nops’ Noppeney (lead vocals and violin) and Hans Bäär (bass). All the nine melodic tracks have their own climate and features fluid accelerations, nice interludes, pleasant keyboards (string-ensemble, electric piano, organ and clavinet) and great interplay between electric guitar and violin. But the focus is on the solo work: fiery (“Sun Rays”), biting (“Soft Landing”) and howling (“Die Stadt”) on the electric guitar and exciting (“Streaming”) and spectacular (“Die Stadt”) on the violin. Many solos are supported by the wonderful and distinctive sound of the string-ensemble, a compelling combination! Recommended, especially to the fans of the violin play of Jean Luc PONTY and Eddie JOBSON.
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Hölderlin – “Hölderlins Traum” Album cover photo (front)
Hölderlin – “Hölderlins Traum” Album cover photo (back)
Hölderlin – “Hölderlins Traum” Album photo (A/B’ Sides)
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