|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)
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
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
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”).