Hard Rock, Heavy Progressive Rock, Krautrock, Germany 1970s (Tracks) McOil – “Sailing Around”

McOil – “Sailing Around” Track’s Video on YouTube

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Hard Rock, Heavy Progressive Rock, Krautrock, Germany 1970s (Tracks)

Band :

McOil (Ochsenhausen, Baden-Württemberg, Germany)

German hard-edged rock band from Ochsenhausen (formed in 1976), with a typically German sound, akin to Jane, Harlis, Eloy, etc.
Taken from the book “The Crack In The Cosmic Egg”, Steven Freeman, Alan Freeman, ISBN: 0-95295-06-0-X, Leicester 1997.

Members :

Norbert Kuhpfahl (bass), Karl Wild (guitar, vocals), Andy Tischmann (drums, percussion), Doris Tischmann (keyboards, vocals), Walter Utz (keyboards, vocals), Rudolph Scheich (drums, percussion), Dieter Eisenmann (guitar)

Track :

“Sailing Around” (written by Walter Ulz) B2 track included on the album “All Our Hopes”

Album :

“All Our Hopes” released as a private press release (0010 sk) in 1979. Reissued by Garden Of Delight Records (CD 004) in 2000

Recorded at EGE-Sound-Studio in August/September 1979
Mixed in October  1979

McOil – “All Our Hopes” Full Album Video on YouTube

Line-up/Credits :

Bass – Norbert Kuhpfahl

Drums – Andy Tischmann

Guitar, Backing Vocals – Karl Wild

Keyboards, Vocals – Walter Utz

Producer, Mixed By – Dieter Ege

Track-list :

01. Be Careful – 4:11
02. All Our Hopes – 9:26
03. This Time Should Never End – 8:09
04. Mask Of Life – 4:58
05. Sailing Around – 5:56
06. Once In The Summernight – 3:58
07. What’s This Live – 5:56

Bonus:

08. A Better Day – 4:15

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“Garden Of Delights”

Prime time for progressive rock had already passed by when in 1979 McOil released their album ‘All our hopes’ in an edition of 1000 copies the style of which must be classified as a heavier type of progressive rock. As well as the bonus track taken from the band’s one and only single the original master tapes could be used for mastering the CD as they were in perfect condition due to excellent storage in the Ege sound studio. Almost unknown until now are early recordings of ‘Be careful’ and ‘Sailing around’ from the compilation ‘Rocksession ’79’ (AVC K 793203ST, February 1979), at that time with female vocals.

Walter Utz (key, voc), Norbert Kupfahl (b), Karl Wild (g, voc), Andy Tischmann (dr)

The Garden of Delights label recovers and restores half-forgotten recordings from the field of progressive rock music in all its different shades, ranging from psychedelic to fusion to blues-rock, provided that there are progressive elements in it. In its original sense, progressive means that these recordings were ahead of their time and did not go with the tide. This almost unavoidably meant that only a small circle of people knew about them. Most of them were released in the seventies in very small editions, on LP’s which can hardly be afforded any more today. These lost collectors’ items are now being made available on CD on Garden of Delights. Besides the costly remastering, special importance has been attached to making lavish, thick CD booklets providing everything worth knowing about the artists (as well as many rare photos), all of which come from the German-speaking countries.

“Cosmic Minds At Play”

“The group merged symphonic rock and hard rock into a style comparable to Jane and the polished “Sky” rock. Mc Oil were the quartet of Wlter Utz (keyboards, vocals), Norbert Kuhpfahl (bass), Karl Wild (guitar, background vocals), and Andy Tischmann (drums).In 1978 they released their single “Mask Of Lif” coupled with “A Better Day” (AVC Production). The following album “All Our Hopes” was recorded at the Ege Sound Studio from August to September 1979 and originally released in a limited edition of 1,000 copies.

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McOil – “All Our Hopes” Album photo (A’ Side)

McOil – “All Our Hopes” Album cover photo (front)

McOil – “All Our Hopes” Album cover photo (back)

McOil – “All Our Hopes” C.D. cover photo (front)

McOil – “All Our Hopes” C.D. cover photo (back)

McOil – “All Our Hopes” C.D. photo 

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McOil – “Sailing Around” Track’s Video link on “YouTube

McOil – “All Our Hopes” Full Album Download Link on “Krautrock Maniac” Blog

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McOil Band’s Page on “Discogs”

McOil Band’s Page on “Rate Your Music”

 

 

Hard Rock/Heavy Progressive Rock/Heavy Psychedelic Rock/Krautrock Germany 1970s (Tracks) Armaggedon – “Round”

Armaggedon – “Round” Track’s Video on YouTube

Category/Music Genres :

Hard Rock/Heavy Progressive Rock/Heavy Psychedelic Rock/Krautrock Germany 1970s (Tracks)

Band :

Armaggedon (Berlin, Germany)

Track :

“Round” (written by Manfred Galatik) A1 track (opening track) included on the album “Armaggedon”, recorded on 25th to 29th July and 4th to 5th August 1970

Album :

“Armaggedon” released on Kuckuck Records ( 2375 003) in 1970

Armaggedon – “Armaggedon” Album cover photo (front)

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This German release from 1970 is an absolute belter of an album. Prog rock with psychedelic edges, Anglo-American inspired bluesrock with complex structures, the guitar of Frank Diez drives this one all the way.

Armaggedon / Armaggedon (1970) is the third album of record label ‘Kuckuck Schallplatten’ (Catalogue: LP (Kuckuck 1970) – No, 2375 003/1103-2).
It’s been reissued in 1990 by Ohrwaschl Munich, based on the original master tapes (Catalogue: CD (Ohrwaschl 1990) – No. OWoo3).
It’s been reissued in March 2011 by Esoteric recordings, they say it’s based on the original master tapes and that it was mastered in London (Catalogue: CD (Esoteric Reactive 2009) – No. ereacd 1016).
There is also a vinyl reprint from 2009 by Missing Vinyl, Athens/Greece. (LP (Missing Vinyl 2009) – No MV009).

Kuckuck Schallplatten is a German record label founded in Munich in August 1969 by Eckart Rahn, Mal Sondock and the advertising agency ConceptData in Munich, growing out of Eckart Rahn’s music publishing company E.R.P. Musikverlag (which was founded on April 1, 1968). It was distributed by Deutsche Grammophon (Polydor). It’s the first German progressive rock-label. It is now the longest-surviving independent label in Germany, possibly the world. Most of its recordings have been reissued on CD, and all are now available as downloads via iTunes/Apple.

Line-up :

Frank Diez – Lead Guitar, Vocals
Manfred Galatik – Keyboards, Bass, Vocals
Michael Nürmberg – Bass, Rhythm Guitar
Jürgen Lorenzen – Drums
Peter Seeger – Vocals, left the band because of health problems before they recorded their one and only LP

Credits :

Arranged By – Armaggedon

Cover – Concept Dat

Engineer – Thomas ”Django” Klemt

Photography By – Atelier Hudalla

Producer – Eckart Rahn

Companies :

Recorded At – Union Studios, Munich

Printed By – Gerhard Kaiser GmbH

Manufactured By – Deutsche Grammophon GmbH

Track-list :

01 – Round (4:12), written by Manfred Galatik
02 – Open (7:31), written by Frank Diez
03 – Oh Man (6:01), written by Frank Diez/Jonas Porst
04 – Rice Pudding (9:40), written by Jeff Beck/Ron Wood/Nick Hopkins/Tony Newman
05 – People Talking (5:02), written by Frank Diez/Manfred Galatik
06 – Better By You, Better Than Me (4:36), written by Gary Wright

Armaggedon – “Armaggedon” Album cover photo (back)/Tracklist photo

Armageddon - Armageddon (1970) - Krautrock - Album - Kuckuck Records

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The band of the excellent guitar player Frank Diez played British inspired bluesrock with complex structures. They recorded only one single album “Armageddon”, which was published in 1970 on the Kuckuck label and is one of the best hardrock albums of the early seventies. Unfortunately, it remained unnoticed.
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Asbjørnsen, Dag Erik: Cosmic Dreams at Play – A guide to German Progressive and Electronic Rock (Borderline Productions, ISBN 1-899855-01-7)”
Armaggedon’s self-titled album is a heavy progressive masterpiece with excellent, Hendrix-influenced guitar work and vocals by Frank Diez. Armaggedon was the start of Diez long and impressive career. Their album has six tracks, and two of them are cover versions. Most impressive is the 10-minute version of Jeff Beck Group’s “Rice Pudding”. This track has some of the greatest heavy guitar riffing to appear on a German record. Their version of Spooky Tooth’s “Better By You, Better Than Me” is also competent enough. In addition, both Frank Diez and Manfred Galatik wrote great songs, as typified by the tracks “People Talking” and “Open”. Michael Nürnberg and Jürgen Lorenzen provide a strong backing. Demand for the group was poor way back in 1970, and Armaggedon soon broke up. Diez later plays with Randy Pie, Karthago, Ihre Kinder (singer: Klaus Kinski), Emergency, Atlantis, Eric Burdon’s Fire Departement, Peter Maffay Band, Konstantin Wecker, Electric Blues Duo. Luckily the Armaggedon album is released on CD in 1991 with a sharp and clean digitally remastered sound (in a limited edition of 1,000 numbered copies).
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Armaggedon – “Armaggedon Album cover photo (front)
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Armaggedon – “Armaggedon Album photo (A’ Side)
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From left to right: Jürgen Lorenzen, Frank Diez, Michael Nürnberg and Manfred Galatik
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Armageddon - Armageddon (1970) - Krautrock - Album - Kuckuck Records
Armaggedon Kuckuck’s flyer
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