Embryo – “No Place To Go” (1973)

Band : Embryo (Musical collective from Munich, Germany, founded in 1969 by Christian Burchard and Edgar Hofmann)

Country Of Origin : Germany

Members :

Christian Burchard (vibraphone, hammer dulcimer, percussion, vocals, marimba, drums, 1969-2018), Edgar Hofmann (saxophone, flute, violin, 1969-79, 1985-89), Lothar Meid (bass, 1971), Jimmy Jackson(organ, 1971), Ralph Fischer (bass, 1969-73), Dieter Miekautsch (piano, clavinet, 1972-75), Dieter Serfas (drums, percussion, 1986-present), Wolfgang Paap (drums, 1971), Ingo Schmidt (saxophone, 1971), John Kelly (guitar, 1969-72), Charlie Mariano (soprano saxophone, alto saxophone, flute, bamboo flute, nagasuram, 1972-77), Roman Bunka (guitar, saz, vocals, percussion, bass, oud, 1972-80, 1988-96), Hans Fischer (flute, percussion, vocals, 1971), Jörg Evers (bass, 1971-72), Dave King (bass, 1972-73), Uwe Müllrich (bass, 1974-80), Maria Archer (vocals, percussion, 1975), Michael Wehmeyer(percussion, vocals, keyboards, 1983-84, 2002-present), Butze Fischer (drums, percussion, 1977-?), Friedemann Josch (flute, 1983-84), Julius Golombeck (guitar, percussion, oud, vocals, 1985-96), Gerald Luciano (bass, 1985), Lamidi Ayankunle (drums, vocals, 1986-?), Rabiu Ayandokun (drums, 1986-?), Marque Lowenthal (piano, 1988), Paolo Cardoso (bass, 1988), Paramashivam Pilai (vocals, tavil, 1988-?), Nie Xizhi (erhu, muyü, sheng, gaohu, 1995-present), Chris Karrer (oud, 1995-present), Lothar Stahl (drums, marimba), Jens Pollheide, Mik Quantius

Related Artists :

Amon Düül II, Checkpoint Charlie, Dissidenten, Mikrokosmos, Missus Beastly, Moira, Sadja

Track : “No Place To Go” (A1, written by Charlie Mariano, Christian Burchard, Dieter Miekautsch, Roman Bunka)

Album : “We Keep On” (Band’s sixth studio album)

Label : BASF (20 21865-1)

Date/Year Of Release : 1973

Category/Music Genres : Jazz Rock, Krautrock, Progressive Rock, Germany, 1970s (Tracks)

Embryo – “No Place To Go”

Video on YouTube

The track is included on the album “We Keep On”, 1973 (A1, opening track)

“We Keep On” album (LP BASF Systems BC 21865 / CD Disconforme Records 1936 (1999) includes two lengthy bonus tracks “Ticket to India” and “Flute, Saz and Marimba” with different order of the tracks).

Embryo – “We Keep On” Full Album Video on YouTube 

Embryo – “We Keep On” Full Album Audio Playlist on Spotify

Album cover photo (front)

Album photo (A’ Side)

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Track-list

01. Abdul Malek (Roman Bunka, Christian Burchard) – 3:15
02. Don’t Come Tomorrow (Christian Burchard) – 3:48
03. Ehna, Ehna, Abu Lele (Roman Bunka, Christian Burchard) – 8:43
04. Hackbrett-Dance (Charlie Mariano, Christian Burchard) – 3:54
05. No Place To Go (Christian Burchard) – 12:27
06. Flute And Saz (Roman Bunka, Charlie Mariano, Christian Burchard) – 5:57
Total Time: 38:09
Bonuses:
07. Ticket To India (Christian Burchard) – 15:49
08. Flute, Saz And Marimba (Christian Burchard) – 8:35

Line-up 

– Roman Bunka / guitar, saxophone, vocals, percussion, bass (6)
– Christian Burchard / drums, vocals, percussion, marimba, vibes, hackbrett, Mellotron
– Charlie Mariano / alto & soprano saxes, flute, nagasuram, bamboo flute
– Dieter Miekautsch / acoustic & electric pianos, bass piano on the clavinet

Credits

Design – Holger Matthies

Lacquer Cut By – PF

Liner Notes – Rainer Blome

Liner Notes [Translation] – Mary McGlory

Producer – Embryo (3)

Producer, Photography By [Portraits] – Othmar Schreckeneder

Written-By – Mariano (tracks: A1 to B2, B4), Burchard, Miekautsch (tracks: A1, B1, B4), Bunka (tracks: A1 to B1, B3, B4)

Information about the band

Musical collective from Munich (Germany), founded in 1969 by Christian Burchard and Edgar Hofmann. Considered as one of the most important German jazz-rock bands during the 1970s.
In 1981, Uve Müllrich and Michael Wehmeyer left Embryo to form “Embryo’s Dissidenten” who soon became Dissidenten.
Embryo have continued for over 40 years with Christian Burchard always in charge and an ever changing international cast of musicians including talents from North Africa, India, China, etc., as well as occasionally featuring top jazz names like Mal Waldron and Charlie Mariano and luminaries of the Krautrock scene (source : “Discogs”).

EMBRYO (not to be confused with Italian and Swedish death metal bands of the same name) are a musical collective from Munich who, lead by former R&B and jazz organist Christian Burchard, boast the participation of some 400+ musicians since their beginnings in 1970. Over the years, the band went from classic space rock to jazz fusion, then Burchard soon started travelling the world and recording LPs with African bands and Middle Eastern musicians. They are still going strong and their 30 or so albums cover a wide spectrum of styles, but the constant remains a blend of Krautrock, fusion and ethnic music.

Of particular interest to progsters are four of their earlier albums: “Rache” (heavy, JETHRO TULL inspired), “Steig Aus” (for some warmer, jazzy prog), “Father, Son and Holy Ghost” (lots of ethnic influences) and “We Keep On” (a convincing blend of rock, ethnic and jazz). For fans who have already acquired the taste, “Zack Glück” (’80) is pleasantly quirky and more focussed than the rest of their repertoire; “Reise” (’79) is noteworthy for some interesting Indian fusion tracks; and “Opal” (’70), their very first, is considered their psychedelic masterpiece. For some samplers of more recent material, the album “Ni Hau” (’96), featuring music from China and Mongolia, and the double live cd “Istanboul-Casablanca – Tour 98” are particularly recommended.

If you’re into Krautrock and are a wee bit curious to see what a jazzy FAUST, AMON DÜÜL II or GURU GURU sounds like, you could start with any of the first four albums mentioned above (source : “Progarchives”).

One of the most original and innovative Krautrock bands, Embryo fused traditional ethnic music with their own jazzy space rock style. Over an existence spanning decades, during which Christian Burchard became the only consistent member, the group traveled the world, playing with hundreds of different musicians and releasing over 20 records.

Originally a jazzy space rock band, Embryo were formed in 1969 in Munich, Germany, by former R&B and jazz organist Christian Burchard (vibraphone, hammer dulcimer, percussion, marimba), Edgar Hofmann (saxophone), Lothar Meid (bass), Jimmy Jackson (organ), Dieter Serfas (drums, percussion), Wolfgang Paap (drums), Ingo Schmidt(saxophone), and John Kelly (guitar). However, the lineup was already different by the time sessions for their debut album began. The resulting record, Opal (1970), is considered Embryo’s masterpiece of their early, more psychedelic sound. By the time of Embryo’s Rache (1971), the group was already adding ethnic touches to its music.

In 1972, the same year they played at the Olympic Games in Munich, Embryo were invited by the Goethe Institute to tour Northern Africa and Portugal. In Morocco, the band was fascinated by the different tonal scales used by Moroccan musicians, profoundly shaping the group’s music to come. In 1973, the band was joined by saxophonist Charlie Mariano and guitarist Roman Bunka, who were both influential in moving Embryo toward their genre-blending mixture of space rock and ethnic sounds. We Keep On, released in 1973, was the most successful album in the group’s career.

However, after Surfin’ (1974) and Bad Heads & Bad Cats (1975), Burchard decided Embryo were moving in too commercial a direction and led them on an eight-month excursion to India, where they met local musicians. Shobha Gurtu, an Indian singer the bandmembers met during their travels, would later record an album with them, 1979’s Apo Calypso. Embryo also set up their own record label, Schneeball, with the rock band Checkpoint Charlie during this time, releasing such albums as 1979’s Embryo’s Reise and 1982’s La Blama Sparozzi – Zwischenzonen on the imprint. Embryo also took off on a two-year journey through the Middle East, India, Pakistan, and Afghanistan, during which the band’s bus broke down in Tehran near the end of the Iranian Revolution in 1981; this musical expedition was captured by the documentary film Vagabunden-Karawane. After touring Asia, the Middle East, and Egypt during the early ’80s, Embryo released their first studio album in seven years, Zack Gluck, in 1984. The band then toured Africa and became involved with Nigeria’s Yoruba Dun Dun Ensemble.

However, after internal conflicts, Embryo split up. Burchard continued under the Embryo name with new musicians while a new group, Embryo’s Dissidenten, was formed. Embryo continued to release both new and archival recordings into the 21st century, including 2006’s Embryonnck, a collaboration with the No-Neck Blues Band. However, Burchard suffered a stroke in 2016, which effectively ended his career as a musician, and his daughter Marja took over leadership of the group. Christian Burcharddied in January 2018 at the age of 71 (source : “All Music”).

Embryo is a musical collective from Munich which has been active since 1969, although its story started in the mid-1950s in Hof where Christian Burchard and Dieter Serfas met for the first time at the age of 10. It was one of the most important German jazz-rock bands during the 1970s and has also been described as “the most eclectic of the Krautrock bands.”

History

In 1969 the band was founded by multi instrumentalist Christian Burchard (drums, vibraphone, santur, keyboard) and Edgar Hofmann (saxophone, flutes). To date more than 400 musicians have played with the collective, some, such as Charlie Mariano, Trilok Gurtu, Ramesh Shotham, Marty Cook, Yuri Parfenov, Allan Praskin, X.Nie, Nick McCarthy, Monty Waters and Mal Waldron, have played on multiple occasions. Longtime members are Edgar Hofmann (sax, violin), Dieter Serfas (drums), Roman Bunka (guitar, oud), Uve Müllrich (bass), Michael Wehmeyer (keyboard), Chris Karrer (guitar, oud, violin, sax), Lothar Stahl (marimba, drums), and Jens Polheide (bass, flute).

With Ton Steine Scherben, they were founders of the first German independent label Schneeball in 1976.

In 1979 the band started a nine-month tour to India by bus which is documented in the movie “Vagabunden Karawane”. Embryo developed from jazzy Krautrock to a world music band which is able to merge different styles and trends. Many of their albums originated during collective journeys on 4 continents. The band played many festivals around the globe: in India (Mumbai Jazz 1979), England (Reading 1973), Nigeria (Port Harcourt Jazz 1987), Japan (Wakayama 1991) to name a few. In July 2008, Embryo was awarded the German World Music Award RUTH 2008 at the TFF Rudolstadt Festival.

In 1981, Müllrich and Wehmeyer left Embryo to form “Embryo’s Dissidenten” who soon became Dissidenten.

On the road to Marokko in March 2016 Christian Burchard had a stroke. Since then Marja Burchard (drums, vibraphone, vocals, trombone, keyboard), daughter of Christian Burchard, who grew up with the band, is leading Embryo.

On January 17, 2018 Christian Burchard passed away in Munich. He was 71 years old (source : “Revolvy”/”Wikipedia”).

Discography 

Discography

1970: Opal (Ohr)

1971: Embryo’s Rache (United Artists)

1972: Father Son and Holy Ghosts (United Artists)

1972: Steig aus (Brain, a.k.a. This Is Embryo), featuring Mal Waldron

1973: Rocksession (Brain), featuring Mal Waldron

1973: We Keep On (BASF), featuring Charlie Mariano

1975: Surfin (Buk), featuring Charlie Mariano

1976: Bad Heads and Bad Cats (April), featuring Charlie Mariano

1977: Live (April), featuring Charlie Mariano

1977: Apo Calypso (April), featuring Trilok Gurtu and Shobha Gurtu on one track

1979: Embryo’s Reise (Schneeball/Indigo)

1980: Embryo / Karnataka College of Percussion / Charlie Mariano – Life (Schneeball)

1980: Anthology (Materiali Sonori, compilation reissued on CD as Every Day Is Okay in1992)

1982: La blama sparozzi / Zwischenzonen (Schneeball)

1984: Zack Glück (Materiali Sonori)

1985: Embryo & Yoruba Dun Dun Orchestra Feat. Muraina Oyelami (Schneeball)

1985: Africa (Materiali Sonori)

1989: Turn Peace (Schneeball), featuring Mal Waldron

1994: Ibn Battuta (Schneeball/Indigo), featuring Marty Cook on one track

1996: Ni Hau (Schneeball/Indigo), featuring Xizhi Nie

1998: Live in Berlin (Schneeball)

1999: Istanbul–Casablanca Tour 1998 (Schneeball/Indigo), featuring Alan Praskin

1999: Invisible Documents (Disconforme)

2000: One Night in Barcelona (Recorded at the Joan Miró Foundation) (Disconforme),featuring Yuri Parfenov

2001: Live 2000, Vol. 1 (Schneeball)

2001: Live 2001, Vol. 2 (Schneeball)

2003: Bremen 1971 (Garden of Delights)

2003: Hallo Mik (Schneeball/Indigo, live recordings)

2006: Embryonnck with the No-Neck Blues Band(Schneeball/Staubgold/Sound@One)

2006: News (Ultimate)

2007: Live im Wendland (Schneeball), anti-nuclear solidarity concert 2005 in Gorleben

2007: For Eva , 1967 recording featuring Mal Waldron

2008: Freedom in Music , featuring X. Nie

2008: Live at Burg Herzberg Festival 2007 (Trip in Time)

2008: Wiesbaden 1972 (Garden of Delights)

2010: Embryo 40 (Trikont/Indigo, compilation)

2011: Memory Lane, Vols. 1-3 (Download only), featuring Mal Waldron

2016: It Do (Trikont/Indigo, compilation)

External links 

Embryo Band’s Homepage

Embryo Band’s Page on Facebook

Embryo Band’s Page on Spotify

Embryo Band’s Page on Last Fm

Charlie Mariano Tribute Page

Embryo Album Reviews on Gnosis2000.Net

Embryo Band’s Documentary on IMDb

Embryo – “We Keep On” Full Album Download Link on Rock & Roll Archives

Embryo – “We Keep On” Full Album Download Link on 7Digital

Embryo – “We Keep On” Full Album on Google Play

Embryo – “We Keep On” Full Albun on Apple Music

 

 

 

Nosferatu – “Found My Home” 1970

Band : Nosferatu

(formed in 1968,  in Frankfurt am Main, Hessen, Germany. Disbanded in 1971).

Obscure German Krautrock band, notable for its English progressive rock influences. One self-titled album was released in 1970. In their early days they were fronted by guitarist/vocalist Michael Winzkowski (who went on to Orange Peel and Epsilon), and winds player Christian Felke also guested later with Epsilon.

Related Artists/Bands : Epsilon, Orange Peel, Papa Zoot Band

Country Of Origin : Germany

Track ” “Found My Home” (A3 track, written by Michael Thierfelder, Nosferatu)

Album ” “Nosferatu” (The band’s debut and sole studio album)

Label : Vogue Schallplatten (LDVS 17178)

Date/Year Of Release : 1970

Category/Music Genres : Krautrock, Progressive Rock, Germany 1970s (Tracks)

Nosferatu – “Found My Home”

Video on YouTube

The track is included on the album “Nosferatu”, 1970 (A3 track)

“Nosferatu” album (released in a laminated gatefold cover).

Nosferatu – “Nosferatu” Full Album Video on YouTube

Nosferatu – “Nosferatu” Full Album Audio Playlist on Spotify

Album cover photo (front)

Track-list 

1. Highway (4:16)
2. Willie The Fox (10:48)
3. Found My Home (8:39)
4. No. 4 (8:47)
5. Work Day (6:59)
6. Vanity Fair (6:44)

Total Time: 46:32

Line-up 

Bass Guitar – Michael “Mike” Kessler

Drums – Byally Braumann

Lead Guitar – Michael “Xner” Meixner

Organ – Reinhard “Tammy” Grohé

Saxophone, Flute – Christian Felke

Vocals – Michael “Mick” Thierfelder

Credits 

Design [Cover] – J. Kipp

Engineer – Conny Plank

Photography By – G. Bockemühl, Horst-D. Barkow, K.-H. Hoffmann

Producer, Liner Notes – Tony Hendrik

Written-By – M. Thierfelder, Nosferatu (3)

Information about the album/band/track

Contrary to other bands produced by the famous Conny Plank (KRAFTWERK, GURU GURU and many others), NOSFERATU’s musical career was very short and suffered of a lack of recognition by a larger public. Almost nothing is said about their history and the only thing we have from them is a fresh, enthousiastic, atypical jazzy rock album dominated by raw, aggressive guitars and progressive “folk” arrangements. NOSFERATU belongs to this kind of German bands who success to create a deep and trippy atmosphere thanks to fine moments of long instrumental solos, crossing with an original touch guitars to sax, flute and electric organs. The lyrics are sung in English and stay very strong. An enjoyable effort which can be compared with others “cult” German fusion items. Similar bands: DZYAN, XHOL, SAMETI, OUT OF FOCUS (source : “Progarchives”).

Named after the vampire from the early expressionist film, Nosferatu were one of the earliest groups from Germany to explore beyond the conventional beat music and blues into the far more progressive realms of Krautrock in the late 1960s. The group is also one of the most obscure Krautrock bands, with only one record to their name.

The 1968 students riots in Paris were the spark for several groups of musicians, in both France and Germany, and that event marks the starting point of the earliest Krautrock bands, among them Can, Xhol Caravan, and others, including Nosferatu. One early member was guitarist Michael Winzkowski, who later went on to the better-known prog-rock band Epsilon in 1970. The group’s music still owed some debt to more conventional British rock and earlier beat bands, but also saw the group adventuring out on longer compositions and some fusion elements, and their music was imbued with that dark Teutonic angst that often distinguishes Krautrock from other rock music of that era.

In 1970 Nosferatu recorded their one and only self-titled album, which was released by the French label Vogue in both France and Germany. At this time the band consisted of vocalist Michael Thierfelder, sax and flute player Christian Felke, bassist Michael Kessler, organist Reinhard Grohe, guitarist Michael Meixner, and drummer Byally Braumann. Since Vogue wasn’t a label normally associated with Krautrock, record sales languished and the group disbanded the next year when Felke joined Winzkowski in Epsilon. The rare LP has since become one of the more pricey items on the collector’s circuit, with mint copies fetching the equivalent of $500 or more. In 1993 the album was released on CD by Ohrwaschl (source : “All Music”).

External links

Nosferatu – “Nosferatu” Full Album Video on YouTube

Nosferatu – “Nosferatu” Full Album Audio Playlist on Spotify

Nosferatu – “Nosferatu” Full Album Audio/Video Playlist on Last Fm

Nosferatu – “Nosferatu” Full Album Download Link on Rock Archeologia 60-70 Blog

Nosferatu – “Nosferatu” Full Album Download Link on Back In Purple Blog

 

Krautrock/Progressive Rock Germany 1970s (Tracks) Frumpy – “Take Care Of Illusion”

Frumpy – “Take Care Of illusion” Video on YouTube

Frumpy – “Take Care Of illusion” Video on YouTube (Beat-Club 68 – 26.6.1971)

Category/Music Genres :

Krautrock/Progressive Rock Germany 1970s (Tracks)

Band :

“Frumpy” (Hamburg, Germany)

Frumpy Photo

Members :
Inga Rumpf (lead vocals, percussion, guitar), Carsten Bohn (drums, percussion), Karl-Heinz Schott(bass, percussion, 1970-72, 1994-95), Kravetz (organ, piano, Mellotron, percussion, saxophone, spinet, 1970-71, 1972, 1990-95), Rainer Baumann (guitar, 1971-72), Erwin Kania (organ, piano, 1972), Thomas Kretschmer [Carola Kretschmer] (guitar, 1972)
Related Artists :
Atlantis, Rainer Baumann Band, Die City Preachers

Track :

“Take Care Of Illusion” (written by Inga Rumpf, Jean-Jacques Kravetz), B1 track included on the album “Frumpy 2” 

Album :

“Frumpy 2”, released on Philips Records ( 6305 098) in August 1971

Frumpy 2 was the second album by the German progressive rock band Frumpy. It was released in 1971.

Frumpy – “Frumpy 2” Album cover photo (front)

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Line-up/Credits :

Rainer Baumann – guitar

Carsten Bohn – drums

Karl-Heinz Schott – bass

Jean-Jacques Kravetz – keyboards

Inga Rumpf – vocals

Producer [Produced By] – Rainer Goltermann

Pressed By – Deutsche Grammophon Gesellschaft Pressing Plant

Lacquer Cut At – Deutsche Grammophon Gesellschaft Pressing Plant

Track-List :

1. Good Winds (10:02)
2. How The Gipsy Was Born (10:05)
3. Take Care Of Illusion (7:30)
4. Duty (12:09)

Total Time: 39:46

Lyrics :

I saw a light tonight
it shined mighty bright
dsw it through my open door
while i heard a thundring roar of something
that exploded down there. So I have been in confused fear.
Got Up and followed that blood – red shine
’cause I felt a warning sign.
Yeah – it seemed to be Yeah – big misery!
Oh, that house was burning down
couldn’t see if there’s somebody’round.
I got a dreadful feeling deep inside oh, i just tried …
I was running for my life
to save the sleeping children and wife.
But when i reached that burning house
I was standing in front of a crowd
of helpless people were staying around
they watched the flames and their crying was loud.
I asked a man, who was standing near by.
How could it happen, when and why?
He said, Yeah – it seems to be Yeah – big misery!
It’s burning down it’s burning down to the ground.
It’s a lot of pain when you see it was all in vain.
They worked every day, every night, every hour in their life.
With a faith that we all have before it’s getting late
but you see how it can be, when you’re thinking
you are free, and you’re proud
what you’ve down
that’s a fraud – it could be gone
“Take care of illusion – it shares with confusion”
Look, you are young, and i think you are not the only one
who would help with that faith
that i meant before it’s late.
So go, try you’re best, save their life,
you can’t save their happiness!
Yeah – It’s up to you
Yeah – try to get through!
Oh, they have been still alive
and soon they opened up their eyes.
As they remembered, they began to moan,
No, that man was not wrong
Songwriters: Inga Rumpf
Information about the album/band/track :
Frumpy was a German progressive rock/krautrock band based in Hamburg, which was active between 1970–1972 and 1990–1995. Formed after the break-up of folk rockers The City Preachers, Frumpy released four albums in 1970–1973 and achieved considerable commercial success. The German press hailed them as the best German rock band of their time and their vocalist Inga Rumpf [de] as the “greatest individual vocal talent” of the contemporary German rock scene. They disbanded in 1972 although the various members all worked together at various times over the following two decades and they reunited again in 1989, producing three more albums over five years after which they disbanded once more.
Formation :

All of the band members met as performers with Germany’s first folk rock band The City Preachers, formed by Irishman John O’Brien-Docker in Hamburg in 1965. In 1968, the band had split, with O’Brien-Docker and several other members parting company. Singer Inga Rumpf, a distinctive “un-feminine” sounding vocalist often compared favourably with Janis Joplin, continued to use the band name with a line-up including drummer Udo Lindenberg, singer Dagmar Krause, French organist Jean Jacques Kravetz and bassist Karl Heinz Schott. In the spring of 1969, Lindenberg left to pursue a solo career and was replaced by Carsten Bohn, who by November that year had grown disappointed with Krause and called for the band to pursue a new creative direction, “a fusion of rock, blues, classical, folk and psychedelic.”Reforming in March 1970 as Frumpy (a play on Rumpf’s surname inspired by seeing the word “frumpy” in a CBS record catalogue) the new line-up of Rumpf, Bohn, Kravetz and Schott debuted at the Essen International Pop & Blues Festival in April 1970, where two of their songs “Duty” and “Floating” were recorded and released on the live compilation album Pop & Blues Festival ’70. This was followed by more tour dates in France, Germany and the Netherlands, an appearance at the Kiel Progressive Pop Festival in July 1970, and at the Open Air Love & Peace Festival at Fehmarn, September 6, 1970.
Recordings :

They recorded their debut album All Will Be Changed in August 1970. To promote the album the band embarked on a fifty-night German tour with Spooky Tooth, as well as playing supporting slots with Yes, Humble Pieand Renaissance. The album received both critical acclaim and commercial success.Initially the band played without a guitarist, which was unusual in the rock genre, and the band instead made great use of Kravetz’s “spacey [Hammond] organ excursions” and his powerful Leslie Rotating Speaker System, a sound modification and frequency modulation device. Rumpf said: “In the beginning we were happy enough as a quartet. I played and composed exclusively on an acoustic guitar. It was only later that we began to write songs that called for a guitar.”In 1971, just before the band started recording their second album, called simply 2, they recruited former Sphinx Tush guitarist Rainer Baumann to the line-up. The album, “heavier and more mature progressive rock with classical overtones in Kravetz’s organ ([and] occasionally mellotron) work,” repeated the success of the first, and gave the band a hit single with “How the Gipsy Was Born”, which would become their “signature tune.”The German music magazine Musikexpress dubbed Frumpy as the best German rock act of the year, while Inga Rumpf, variously described as “smoky”, “demonic” and “roaring,” was declared by national newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung to be the “greatest individual vocal talent” of the German rock scene so far.Due to “musical differences” Kravetz left the band in early 1972 to work with Lindenberg and his Das Panik Orchester and also to record a solo album, Kravetz (1972) which featured both Rumpf and Lindenberg. He was replaced in Frumpy by Erwin Kama, who had previously played in Murphy Blend, and Kama appears on several of the tracks on Frumpy’s third album By The Way, being ousted halfway through recording in March 1972 when Kravetz rejoined the band. Baumann expressed a desire to establish a solo career also, and the band played a “farewell concert” on 26 June 1972 with Thomas Kretschmer on guitar.Musikexpress published an obituary for the band in August 1972.The obituary closed with: “We request that you refrain from messages of condolence, since you will soon be hearing from Inga, Karl-Heinz and Jean-Jacques under another name.”A double, live album, Live, was released posthumously in 1973.

Post-Frumpy :


Shortly after Frumpy disbanded, Rumpf, Kravetz and Schott recruited guitarist Frank Diez and drummer Curt Cress, both formerly with Munich-based jazz fusion combo Emergency, to form a “supergroup” called Atlantis. Atlantis, which has been described as “Frumpy repackaged with a more commercial hard-rock style,” recorded their first album Atlantis in 1972, which was released early in 1973. Rumpf was voted ‘Best Female Rock Singer of 1973’ by Musikexpress readers. Diez and Cress were replaced by George Meier and Lindenberg for the subsequent tour, who were themselves replaced by Dieter Bornschlegel and Ringo Funk when the tour ended. They then released It’s Getting Better (1973), which had a strong Afrobeat influence, and caused Die Zeit to hail Rumpf as a “superstar”, after which in early 1974 Kravetz left the band to join Randy Pie.Schnelle was replaced again by Adrian Askew and Bornschlegel by Curly Curve’s Alex Conti. The third album Ooh Baby (1974) was written mostly by Askew and Conti and veered towards the P-funksound, and the band toured the U.S. as a support act for Aerosmith and Lynyrd Skynyrd. Following more changes in line-up two further albums were released, Get On Board (1975) and Live (1975) but, despite achieving commercial success in Germany, the group disbanded in January 1976.On 23 February 1983 the founder members played a one-off reunion concert in Hamburg.
Reunion :

In 1989, Rumpf, Bohn and Kravetz reformed Frumpy and released two albums, Now! (1990) and News (1991) but by 1992 the members had moved in different directions and the group was once more disbanded in 1995.
Discography :

All Will Be Changed (1970)Frumpy 2 (1971)By the Way (1972)Live (1973)Now! (1990)News (1991)Live NinetyFive (1995)

Rising out of the ashes of Sixties folk band City Preachers, German-based band Frumpy formed in 1969 and over the course of their brief career released two albums of rock tinged with blues, jazz and psychedelic elements. They were for awhile Germany’s most popular rock band, selling out concerts and winning numerous awards. They eventually disbanded in 1972.

While Frumpy’s music is appealingly Uriah Heapish (yes I like Heep), it is their 22 year old lead singer, Inga Rumpf, that I find totally mesmerizing – a unique presence that evokes Nico, Janis Joplin and Robert Plant.

 

Frumpy was perhaps the first or best internationally known of the German progressive bands who had their heyday was from 1970 – 72.

Shortly after Frumpy disbanded, Inga RumpfJean-Jacques Kravetz and Karl-Heinz Schott recruited guitarist Frank Diez (ex-Emergency) and drummer Curt Cress to form Atlantis.

Inga RumpfCarsten Bohn and Jean-Jacques Kravetz reformed a more soulfull/bluesier version of Frumpy in 1990 which released a couple of CDs. These later recordings are less progressive than earlier works.

Inga Rumpf was one of the best-known German R&B singers. Her voice often drew comparisons to Janis Joplin, but Rumpf was able to develop her own unique vocal style. Catapulted to stardom in the ‘70s with her band Frumpy, she released a number of highly acclaimed solo works in the ‘80s and ‘90s and came to be regarded as the grand old lady of German R&B. Whereas other German female vocalists such as Nina Hagen faded away over time, Rumpf consequently followed her path and never compromised herself artistically (unlike her ex-bandmate Udo Lindenberg, whose creativity died down by the end of the ‘80s when he started putting out lightweight pop).

Born on August 2, 1946 in Hamburg, Rumpf started performing as a teenager with different blues bands in the Hamburg entertainment district of St. Pauli. In 1965, she founded the folk band City Preachers and recorded three albums with them. After a creative crisis in 1969, the band changed styles from folk to a mix of beat and soul. A new lineup reflected this: Jean-Jacques Kravetz (keyboards), Karl-Heinz Schott (bass) and Udo Lindenberg (drums) formed the core of the new band, which one year later was to become Frumpy when Udo Lindenberg left to start a solo career and was replaced by Carsten Bohn. Frumpy recorded only two albums, All Will Be Changed (1970) and Frumpy 2 (1971) — the latter containing the hit single “How the Gipsy Was Born” — but these two LPs rewrote German rock history. The band was praised as the best German rock act, and Rumpf was declared the greatest individual vocal talent of the German rock scene to date.

After Frumpy disbanded, Rumpf founded Atlantis in 1972, with Kravetz and Schott, along with new additions Frank Diezon guitar and Curt Cress on drums. The same year, the German music magazine Musik Express selected Rumpf best German vocalist, and her band, Atlantis, “best live and studio band.” Several U.K. tours, alone and with Lindenberg, made her well-known in the English-speaking hemisphere as well. Atlantis disbanded in 1975 after three excellent years, and Rumpf released her first solo effort, Second Hand Mädchen, which was heavily influenced by Lindenberg who, two years earlier, had established himself as one of the most promising German rock acts. Lindenberg had shown that German lyrics work in rock songs, and so Rumpfswitched to singing in German, too, although on her 1981 album, Reality, she sang in English again. She wrote all of the songs herself for this, and even produced it. Tina Turner did a cover of “I Wrote a Letter,” which was released as the B-side of her 1984 comeback single “Let’s Stay Together” (re-released as a bonus track on the centenary edition of her landmark album Private Dancer in 1998). Also in 1981, Rumpf widened her horizon by accepting a job as a lecturer at the Hamburg Musikhochschule (university of music). Her 1984 album, Liebe, Leiden, Leben, again containing German lyrics, earned critical acclaim and she proved not to have lost any of the power she’d radiated in the ‘70s with Frumpy and Atlantis.

After a short Frumpy reunion in 1991-1992, the ‘90s saw Rumpf experimenting with jazz (with the 1994 album Fifty-Fifty with pianist Joja Wendt) and gospel music. In accordance with the philosophy of gospel, a significant number of her performances took place in churches, her lyrics became more spiritual, and increasingly revealed a Christian context without being preachy, so even atheists should be comfortable with the music of her later career. Critics hailed her 1996 album In the 25th Hour as her best to that point. Among other covers, the album contained her version of Ray Charles’ hit “Unchain My Heart,” as her best so far. The same year, the compilation The Best of All My Years was released. Her 1999 album, Walking in the Light, contained text adaptations of the biblical Sermon on the Mount.

From 2001 onward, Rumpf started to perform rock, R&B, and soul on a weekly basis in her hometown of Hamburg. Three years later, she founded her own record label, 25th Hour Music with the release of the live album Live im Michel. Rumpf’s work with Frumpy and Atlantis, as well as her solo output of later years, is essential listening for everybody who wants to get to know German rock music.

Photos about the album/band/track :

Frumpy – “Frumpy 2” Album cover photo (front)

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Frumpy – “Frumpy 2” Album Artwork photos

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Frumpy – “Frumpy 2” Album photo (A’ Side)

Frumpy – “Frumpy 2” Album photo (B’ Side)

Inga Rumpf of German prog rock band Frumpy poses for a pirtrait circa 1970 in Hamburg, Germany. (Photo by Gunter Zint/K & K Ulf Kruger OHG/Redferns)

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Inga Rumpf from German Rock band Frumpy performs live on stage at Musikhalle in Hamburg, Germany in 1972 (Photo by Ellen Poppinga – K & K/Redferns)

Frumpy Live : News Photo

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Links about the album/band/track :

Frumpy – “Take Care Of Illusion”Video file link on YouTube

Frumpy – “Take Care Of Illusion” Video file link on YouTube

Frumpy – “Frumpy 2” Full Album Video file link on YouTube

Frumpy – “Frumpy 2” Full Album Video Playlist on YouTube

Frumpy – “Frumpy 2” Full Album Video file link on Vimeo

Frumpy Band’s Page on Spotify

Frumpy Band’s Page on Discogs

Frumpy Band’s Page on Rate Your Music

Frumpy – “Frumpy 2” Full Album Download Link on Rockasteria Blog

Frumpy Band’s Page/Full Albums Download Links on Muro Do Classic Rock Blog

Frumpy – “Frumpy 2” Full Album Download Link on Boyz Make Noize Blog

Frumpy Band’s Page on Google Play

Frumpy Band’s Page on Apple Music