In-Kraut, Vol. 3

In-Kraut, Vol. 3

     
 

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Described in the liner notes as the final volume in this series focusing on late-'60s and early-'70s psych and soul obscurities from West Germany, The In-Kraut, Vol. 3 is, like its predecessors, a perfect mix of the knowing wink and the honestly amazing. Whether it was a question of the technical expectations of a German listening audience, or simply goodSee more details below

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Described in the liner notes as the final volume in this series focusing on late-'60s and early-'70s psych and soul obscurities from West Germany, The In-Kraut, Vol. 3 is, like its predecessors, a perfect mix of the knowing wink and the honestly amazing. Whether it was a question of the technical expectations of a German listening audience, or simply good playing all around, nearly every song on here sounds incredible on a level of tactile impact: horns stab out of speakers, vocals are crisp and clear, and some of the feedback levels sound monstrous even after decades of heavy metal. That said, the flip side lies in the enjoyably workmanlike quality of so many of the contributions: these are adaptations and reworkings of so many American sources of inspiration in particular (or at a slight remove), thus the jaw-dropping version of Led Zeppelin's "Whole Lotta Love" by bandleader Dieter Zimmermann, who replaces the vocal line with a horn section that sounds like a way ahead of its time college marching band, and the mid-song freak-out with lush strings set against a brooding bass swell that it's almost easier to simply marvel at how well they transmute the original material for the kind of starchy swing that seems to be the best way to dance to them. Perhaps inevitably, Peter Thomas steals the show on the whole thing with "The World Is Gone," a bizarre news bulletin-turned-street corner giggle
ant backed by his usual brass-led groovers. Whether it's South African expatriate Gene Williams' rather forced vamps on "My Soul Is Black," or the ridiculous singing on Georgees' "Butterflies Never Cry" -- it makes Blood, Sweat & Tears seem like Low -- this is definitely something that once heard is never forgotten. Whether that's positive or negative may depend on how you feel on the day.

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Product Details

Release Date:
06/10/2008
Label:
Marina
UPC:
4047179113922
catalogNumber:
72
Rank:
65754

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Tracks

  1. Glory Be  -  Daisy Clan
  2. Hangman's Rope  - Ambros Seelos
  3. My Soul Is Black  - Gene Williams
  4. Whole Lotta Love
  5. Butterflies Never Cry  -  Georgees
  6. La Avispa
  7. The Beat Goes On  -  Inga
  8. Drift  - Heinz Kiessling
  9. Fever  -  Certain Lions & Tigers
  10. The World Is Gone  -  Peter Thomas Sound Orchestra
  11. Beach Bunny
  12. The Witch
  13. The Call  -  Hazy Osterwald Sextet
  14. The Champ  -  German Top Five
  15. A Hard Day's Night
  16. Hipguard  -  Acid
  17. Playmate  - Rolf Kühn
  18. That's Me Boy
  19. Stroke It  - Ingfried Hoffmann
  20. High  - Karl Schiller

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Christian Bruhn   Conductor

Technical Credits

John Lennon   Composer
Rolf Kühn   Arranger,Producer
Peter Herbolzheimer   Producer
Hazy Osterwald   Arranger,Producer
Ingfried Hoffmann   Arranger,Producer
Rainer Michalke   Composer
Dieter Reith   Arranger
Dieter Zimmermann   Arranger,Producer
John Davenport   Composer
Eddie Cooley   Composer
Horst Muhlbradt   Arranger
Werner Tautz   Producer
Ambros Seelos   Arranger,Producer
Bo Kondren   Mastering
Stefan Kassel   Liner Notes,Art Direction
Christian Bruhn   Arranger,Producer
Peter Thomas   Arranger,Producer
Roland Schneider   Arranger,Producer
Mark Evans   Arranger,Producer
German Top Five   Arranger,Producer
Helmuth Brandenburg   Arranger

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