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The Poets of Rhythm - Gauloises Blondes presents The Poets of Rhythm

June 25th, 2012

The Poets of Rhythm - Gauloises Blondes presents The Poets of RhythmTHE POETS OF RHYTHM

  • Gauloises Blondes presents The Poets of Rhythm
  • Soulciety Records
  • 1995
  • Germany

The Munich based funk band The Poets of Rhythm started to form in the late 1980s or very early in the 1990s when Boris Geiger and Jan Weissenfeldt got into the world of late 1960s and early 1970s American musical phenomena often called deep funk or raw funk. They started to get their band together and soon the first line-up was ready; Boris Geiger on vocals and percussion, Jan Weissenfeldt on guitar, Max Weissenfeldt on drums, Jan Krause on bass, Till Sahm on organ, Michael Voß on trumpet and Malte Müller-Egloff on alto saxophone. Their first 45 was released on 1992 and the next year was released their debut album Practice what you preach. They had recorded material even earlier but it had to wait until the 21st century to be released. The band was notorious for having a numerous different aliases that they used when releasing 45s during the years. These aliases included Bo Baral’s Excursionists, Bus People Express, Dynamic Soundmakers, Karl Hector & The Funk-Pilots, The Mercy Sluts, The Mighty Continentals, Neo-Hip-Hot-Kiddies Community, The New Process, The Pan-Atlantics, The Polyversal Souls, Soul Sliders, Soul-Saints Orchestra, Whitefield Brothers and The Woo Woo’s among some others. They also released a couple of “compilation albums” where all the tracks were actually performed by them under different incarnations.

The Gauloises Blondes presents The Poets of Rhythm EP was one of these compilations. It had only five tracks on it, but they’re all performed by The Poets of Rhythm under a different name. And they’re all quite typical Poets of Rhythm sounding midtempo tracks - except the last one, that has a little more pace. First one is a flute driven funk track called “Into space and time” performed by The Poets of Rhythm. The second one on side a is a little heavier but slightly monotonic funker “Fifty yards of soul” by Whitefield Bros. “Spooky grinder”, by The Woo Woo’s opens the b-side. It’s followed by Soul Saints Orchestra’s “Bag of soul”, which is an instrumental take of their Christmas funk track “Santa’s got a bag of soul”. Last one is a live take called “Breakdown to tighten up”. It’s an uptempo part of the live set of The Poets of Rhythm with a massive break in the middle.


The Poets of Rhythm - Into space and time


Whitefield Bros. - Fifty yards of soul


The Woo Woo’s - Spooky grinder


Soul-Saints Orchestra - Bag of soul


The Poets of Rhythm - Breakdown the tighten up (live)

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Ingfried Hoffmann - Robbi, Tobbi und das Fliewatüüt

March 17th, 2011

Ingfried Hoffman - Robbi Tobbi und das FliewatüütINGFRIED HOFFMANN

  • Robbi, Tobbi und das Fliewatüüt
  • Diggler
  • 2002
  • Germany

Join the adventure of Tobbi, a small boy and Robbi, the robot in their Fliewatüüt on the ground, in the water and in the air. Together they built a vehicle which can swim, fly and drive and takes them on their journey. In 1972 the producers of the series used a break-through filming technique: A combination of back projection and puppet acting. Today this series is regarded as a true classic of German TV-history. (Diggler)

Robbi, Tobbi und das Fliewatüüt is a German children’s book written by Boy Lornsen that was released in 1967. It spawned a film adaptation of 11 episodes in 1972. Besides being a children’s series with groundbreaking techniques, the music is also top class. Composer Ingfried Hoffmann, undoubtedly the best organ player in 1970s Germany, used contemporary sounds like funk, jazz, beat and bossa nova to create this extraordinary soundtrack that remained unreleased for 30 years. This Poland born organist, pianist, trumpeter, composer and arranger was also known for his projects under a pseudonym Memphis Black and for playing with Klaus Doldinger, Klaus Kühn, Peter Nero and Peter Thomas. He did several other soundtrack recordings too during the 1960s and 1970s.

This release by Diggler includes the complete original music from the Robbi, Tobbi und das Fliewatüüt series, selected dialogues of the characters and as a bonus track, a remix of the title track by The Frank Popp ensemble. The title theme “Robbi, Tobbi und das Fliewatüüt” starts the album with a rumble. It’s a groovy and funky uptempo track with a slight easy listening feel. It sounds like it suits for any tight early 1970s action movie. Sounds even a little Bond-esque to me. The Frank Popp ensemble’s remix of the title track is really a magnificent one too. It has strong acid jazz feeling but it’s also as much banging as the original, or even more. “Himbeersaft” (raspberry juice) is kind of a downtempo version of the title theme that repeats the melodies slowly with certain grimness. “Nordpol” (north pole) and “Kartoffelschälmusik” (potato peeling music) are both uptempo early 1970s style easy listening soundtrack tracks, latter being the better one but only 36 seconds long. Another great but short track is the breakbeat one “Nessie”. Along the title track, the best one here is “Guten flug! (orgel)” (good flight! (organ)), that is a repeat of the “Guten flug!” track but with whistling replaced by organ sounds. With it’s happy feeling and uptempo beat it just won’t leave anybody untouched. Overall the album is a mixture of early 1970s movie/tv sounds, library music and beat grooviness. Big respect to Diggler for bringing this up.


Himbeersaft


Nordpol


Kartoffelschälmusik


Nessie


Guten flug! (orgel)


Robbi, Tobbi und das Fliewatüüt


Robbi, Tobbi und das Fliewatüüt (Frank Popp ensemble remix)

Check also the trailer of the series here.

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Theo Schumann combo - Theo Schumann combo

February 25th, 2011

Theo Schumann combo - Theo Schumann comboTHEO CHUMANN COMBO

  • Theo Schumann combo
  • AMIGA
  • 1969
  • Germany

AMIGA was a state owned label of former DDR that had the monopoly on record production. Asi it was so in every communist state back then. They released 2200 albums and around 5000 singles. Seems that the poor and highly controlled communist state produced more imaginative and groovy music than the capitalistic Germany in the west. Or that’s how I feel about it, since there’s much more good music in my shelf from the east than the west.

Theodore Schumann’s professional musical career begun in the 1950s when he started his own jazz quartet. From 1961 to mid 1970s was was a bandleader of Theo Schuman combo, a group that was concentrating on pop music - both original compositions and covers. Their self titled debut album was released in 1969 and the band soon gained a lot of popularity and radio play. Almost all the songs on this first album were original compositions of Theo Schumann and they varied from surf rock and rock n’ roll to beat and even funk. Besides the quite dull late 1960s rock there’s however two interesting songs on this album. The midtempo funky “Hackepeter” and the breakbeat track “Derby”. For these two songs only Theo Schumann combo album is worth getting.


Hackepeter


Derby

Theo Schumann combo

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Jackie Robinson - I’m different

February 19th, 2011

Jackie Robinson - I'm DifferentJACKIE ROBINSON

  • I’m different
  • Ariola
  • 1976
  • Germany

German singer Gitta Walther has many pseudonyms. Gitta MacKay, Jackie Robinson and Simone are just some of the many names she’s used in her long career. She was born in the former East Germany (DDR), but moved to West Germany in the 1960s to start a singing career with a mandatory promise to return to the communist country afterwards. She never returned so she became officially a defector, and was not allowed to return to East Germany until the 1980s. In the end of 1975, She signed with Ariola Records and began recording a solo album with producers Fritz Muschler & Paul Birmingham.

The music of the album was about to mix pop, rock, disco and r’n'b. The first single release was “Moving like a superstar”, a basic funky uptempo disco track with some strings and a disco breakdown in the middle. Since it was an international release, Ariola gave her a new artist name, Jackie Robinson. The single was a big disco hit, it was even in the US Billboard top 10, reaching no. 7 in 1976. The album I’m different was soon released in Spring 1976 and a second single “Pussyfooter” was released. This midtempo funky disco track later became popular among bboys because of it’s catchy break with hypnotic pussyfooter-vocals. It was also included in notorious Ultimate breaks & beats compilations. Songs in this album are mostly disco oriented but the mentioned hints of pop, rock and r’n'b are there also. “Get up Jones” is a mellow laid back disco funk take with a lot of strings that reminds me of the late 1970s blaxploitation movies. “Hey Fernando” is also a midtempo track, but more latin funk oriented disco with some nice percussion work , some electric guitars and even a break in the end. Nice version of the Rolling Stones‘ hit “Sympathy for the devil” starts with an orchestral intro and suddenly turns into an uptempo breakbeat song with a strong rock feel in it. Not too common album but pops up every now and then with a good price.


Get up Jones


Hey Fernando


Sympathy for the devil


Moving like a superstar


Pussyfooter

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Dave Pike set - Noisy silence, gentle noise

January 1st, 2011

Dave Pike set - Noisy silence, gentle noiseDAVE PIKE SET

  • Noisy silence - gentle noise
  • MPS
  • 1969
  • Germany

Born in Detroit, Michigan, Dave Pike started out his career backing for artists such as Dexter Gordon, Harold Land, Carl Perkins and so on. In the early 1960s he started playing vibraphone with flautist Herbie Mann. In the late 1960s his music became more experimental and his move to Germany started an era that produced some of the most original jazz recordings of the time. He formed the Dave Pike set with guitarist Volker Kriegel, drummer Peter Baumeister and bassist Hans (Johann-Anton) Rettenbacher and together they recorded several albums. From these Got the feelin’ (1969) and Noisy silence, gentle noise (1969) are clearly the most funky and grooving.

Noisy silence, gentle noise is a mixture between free jazz, soul jazz and bop with a hint of orient flavor due to the sitar work of Volker Kriegel. The best and at the same time the most well-known track is the sitar-banger “Mathar” that has been played and compiled million times all around. Of course there’s a pretty good reason for that, it’s one of the best sitar-funk songs ever made. After the 35 second sitar intro the song is banging all the way through with a breakbeat drums and psychedelic sitar sounds. There’s also some other pretty good jazz tracks. “I’m on my way” and “Walkin’ down the highway in a red raw egg” for example. Too bad this album is quite rare and mostly overpriced. Even the reissue from 2000 can fetch over 40 euro price tag nowadays. There’s also 45 of “Mathar” and several different format reissues around.


Mathar


Walkin’ down the highway in a red raw egg


I’m on my way

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