Electric Food ‎– Electric Food

Electric Food ‎– Electric Food
Release date:1970
Genre: Hard Rock

'Electric Food' was a German Heavy Prog Rock band which included all "Lucifer's Friend" musicians except John Lawton.
Who the actual band was is a mystery, as no musician credits are given, except that the debut is from the time of 'Asterix's' first single and features George "Monroe" Mavros on vocals.
In 1970 they released their debut album 'Electric Food' and had strong influences from Led Zeppelin, Uriah Heep, and Spooky Tooth.
Their own versions of such classics as "Whole Lotta Love","House Of The Rising Sun" and "Let's Work Together" are worth to be mentioned too.
  1. Whole Lotta Love
  2. The Reason Why
  3. Hey Down
  4. Tavern
  5. Going To See My Mother
  6. House Of The Rising Sun
  7. Let's Work Together
  8. Sule Skerry
  9. Nosferatu
  10. Twelve Months And A Day
  11. Icerose
  12. I'll Try
  • Peter Hesslein - Lead Guitar
  • George Mavros - Lead Vocals
  • Dieter Horns - Bass Guitar
  • Peter Hecht - Keyboards
  • Addy Rietenbach - Drums

Geordie ‎– Don't Be Fooled By The Name

Geordie ‎– Don't Be Fooled By The Name
Release date:1974
Genre: Hard Rock

'Don't Be Fooled By The Name' is the second studio album by 'Geordie'.
The album was a bit of a letdown after their debut, which merged the swagger of Hard Rock with the tuneful bombast of blue-collar Glam acts typified by 'Slade'.
In some respects, 'Don't Be Fooled By The Name' suggests 'Geordie' were aiming for something a bit more mature and adventurous than they achieved on their debut, and they didn't entirely fail -- they reveal a tough, Bluesy side on their cover of "House Of The Rising Sun," a number that suits 'Brian Johnson's' industrial-strength pipes, and the "St. James Infirmary" lift in opening cut "Goin' Down" leans toward the same direction.
'Mercenary Man' boasts an undercurrent of sociopolitical commentary that wasn't normally the band's stock in trade, and "Ten Feet Tall"'s dynamics and guitar work (the latter courtesy of group leader Vic Malcolm) suggests 'Geordie' had been studying their early Led Zeppelin albums.
  1. Goin' Down
  2. House Of The Rising Sun
  3. So What
  4. Mercenary Man
  5. Ten Feet Tall
  6. Got To Know
  7. Little Boy
  8. Look At Me
  • Brian Johnson - Vocals
  • Vic Malcolm - Lead Guitar
  • Tom Hill - Bass Guitar
  • Brian Gibson - Drums


Leslie West ‎– The Great Fatsby

Leslie West ‎– The Great Fatsby
Release date:March 1975
Genre: Hard Rock

'The Great Fatsby' is the second album by Leslie West.
It was released on Bud Prager's Phantom Records in March 1975 and distributed by RCA Records. The album features Mick Jagger on rhythm guitar.
The album  opens with a nice and bluesy Paul Kelly tune, "Don't Burn Me," and for the post-Mountain work here, that direction works best.
"The House of the Rising Sun" features a duet with Dana Valery and is an interesting read on the traditional tune made famous by the 'Animals'.
The instrumental "E.S.P." might be the strongest statement here (isn't that the name of label owner Bud Prager's management firm, E.S.P.?). With 12-string guitars and superb musicianship, it's the best of West on display.
Gary Wright makes an appearance on this album on piano, and 'The Great Fatsby' emerges as a unique look at an important rock & roll artist with some surprises tucked inside.
  1. Don't Burn Me
  2. House Of The Rising Sun
  3. High Roller
  4. I'm Gonna Love You Through The Night
  5. E.S.P.
  6. Honky Tonk Women
  7. If I Still Had You
  8. Doctor Love
  9. If I Were A Carpenter
  10. Little Bit Of Love
  • Leslie West - Guitars, Vocals
  • Gary Wright - Piano
  • Corky Laing - Drums
  • Mick Jagger - Guitar
  • Kenny Hinckle - Bass
  • Don Kretmar - Bass
  • Nick Farrentella - Drums
  • Marty Simon - Piano
  • Joel Tepp - Guitar
  • Howie Wyeth - Piano
  • Dana Valery - Vocals
  • Jay Traynor - Vocals

The Crack In The Cosmic Egg (Part I)

'The Crack In The Cosmic Egg' is a definitive Krautrock Encyclopedia, a guide to all the artists of the original Krautrock scene, written by Steven and Alan Freeman.
The book has a wider scope (1968/69 up to 1985) and also incorporates worthwhile releases in the late 70s early 80s experimental weird new wave/industrial genre.
The book led to an in-depth survey, with full discographies, pictures, extra bonus pages (compilations, archives, galleries, concerts, film) etc.
This is a challenge for anybody in Krautrock interested in this material to write an encyclopedia about this era.
We would like to present to you 35 artists from the book.


Albatros - Garden Of Eden

Albatros - Garden Of Eden
Release date:1978
Genre: Progressive Rock

'Albatros' were formed in Hagen in February 1974. Despite reputedly winning a number of local talent contests over the years, they never managed to secure a record contract. I gather these were to be signed to Sky, but got turned down due to a glut of too many such German hard-rock progressives at the time.
Eventually the band decided to produce an album themselves recorded at a friend's studio near Frankfurt. To me it's obvious why 'Albatros' never scored a record contract, as they were not great musicians, and Sky already had far superior acts like 'Streetmark' and 'Ramses'. But, it should be said, for an amateur band with very limited resources 'Garden Of Eden' is ambitious in that features just three long complex tracks. I'm not so keen on the singer, but as a big band with a penchant for instrumental drives and solos he doesn't get given too much room.
These had the potential to do an excellent album, based on this. It's a pity they didn't.
  1. A Man Like Me
  2. Sundriver
  3. Garden Of Eden
  • Peter Breitbarth - Guitar
  • Thomas Büscher - Drums
  • Achim Hubricht - Bass
  • Harald Hubricht - Keyboards
  • Christian Köppen - Piano
  • Hansi Köppen - Vocals
  • Jürgen Polzin - Congas


Ashra - New Age Of Earth

Ashra - New Age Of Earth
Release date:1977
Genre: Progressive Electronic

Essentially the same project as 'Ash Ra Tempel', 'Ashra' was Manuel Göttsching continuing solo, adding synthesizers to his instrumentation. Manuel also worked in collaboration with many other musicians, including sessions with ex-Agitation Free members Lutz Ulbrich and Michael Hoenig, and in concert with ex-Wallenstein drummer Harald Grosskopf.
Some sessions from this period have only appeared as official releases recently, namely the ethereal Le Berceau De Cristal film soundtrack, the RIAS radio session Dream & Desire, and the Hoenig · Göttsching jam Early Water.
The first two albums released as Ashra at the time were entirely solo, showcasing Manuel's great talent as a multi-instrumentalist, firstly with the cosmic and sequential 'New Age Of Earth' which showed much Klaus Schulze influence along with unique new way of using sequencers.
  1. Sunrain
  2. Ocean Of Tenderness
  3. Deep Distance
  4. Nightdust
  • Manuel Göttsching - Keyboards, Synthesizer, Guitar

Birth Control ‎– Birth Control

Birth Control ‎– Birth Control
Release date:1970
Genre: Krautrock

Amongst the longest running of German rock bands, 'Birth Control' were formed way back in 1968 as a Cologne student rock-band.
They chose their rather controversial name as a stab at Pope Paul's anti birth control policy. The original band consisted of Bernd Koschmidder (bass), Reinhold Sobotta (organ), Rolf Gurra (saxophone, vocals) and Egon Balder (drums).
In their early days, dogged by military service commitments, and ideological differences, the line-up was in flux for many years. In fact, only two original members remained by the time of their debut single, at which time they had moved base to Berlin for a while. By this time, the new core of the band Bernd Noske (drums, vocals) and Bruno Frenzel (guitar, vocals) had joined, both rapidly taking over the lead.
The Noske/Frenzel/Sobotta/Koschmidder line-up debuted with the (now rather dated sounding) pop single "October" which defined the early 'Birth Control' sound, as a hybrid of 'The Nice' and 'The Doors' really, a sound which they would push on with and make entirely their own.
Their debut album was released with a special mock birth control "pill case" type cover, and introduced them as an original hard-rock band with a classical edge, extensively featuring the keyboards of Reinhold Sobotta. Highly progressive (with a psychedelic edge) and with an original sound, they also paid homage to one of their influences with a highly creative version of The Doors' "Light My Fire".
  1. No Drugs
  2. Recollection
  3. Deep Inside
  4. Foolish Action
  5. Sundown
  6. Change Of Mind
  7. Light My Fire
  • Bernd Koschmidder - Bass
  • Reinhold Sobotta - Organ
  • Bernd Noske - Drums, Vocals
  • Bruno Frenzel - Guitar, Vocals


Bullfrog ‎– Bullfrog

Bullfrog ‎– Bullfrog
Release date:1976
Genre: Blues Rock

'Bullfrog' originated from Cologne circa 1976, as the amalgam of musicians from various local bands. Gerd Hoch came from 'Sound Edge' (who also featured Zeus B. Held, later of Birth Control), Vincent Trost had played with 'The German Four', and Sebastian Leitner was with 'Lazarus Round'.
They were unusually a rather heavy-handed hard-rock and melodic progressive on their albums, notable for their unusual 'Rod Stewart' like gravel-voiced vocalist Gerd Hoch, but with little in the way of a distinctive style or originality.
Really, they sounded British, not at all Krautrock, and only really of interest to hard-rock fans and Sky label collectors!
  1. Movin' On
  2. Bad Game
  3. I Came From The Sky
  4. I'm Comin' Home
  5. Get Away
  6. Desert Man
  • Sebastian Leitner - Guitars
  • Gerd Hoch - Vocals
  • Harald Kaltenecker - Keyboards
  • Vincent Trost - Bass
  • Bruno Perosa - Percussion
  • Ute Hellermann - Choir
  • Jane Palmer - Choir

Curly Curve ‎– Curly Curve

Curly Curve ‎– Curly Curve
Release date:1973
Genre: Krautrock

'Curly Curve' originated in Berlin in the late-1960's, with blues singer Heiner Pudelko and Kurt Herkenberg (briefly an early member of Tangerine Dream), as an underground psychedelic rock band. In 1969 Alex Conti joined, then fresh out of 'Psy Free'.
But, things didn't work out, with too many members coming and going, so the band folded and then reformed anew in Spring 1970, this time trying a rock fusion sound. Again the band folded with Alex Conti leaving in May 1972 going to 'Atlantis'.
By the time of their debut album, their style had mellowed somewhat as a variably heavy blues rock, obviously inspired by the late-1960's British scene (of John Mayall, Steamhammer, Groundhogs, etc.), though they did have a unique style, with some slight progressive touches, and were fronted by a particularly odd gruff blues singer.
Although considered collectable nowadays, their album is admittedly one of the less exciting of the Brain catalogue rarities.
  1. Hell And Booze
  2. I'm Getting Better
  3. All Things Clear
  4. Bitter Sweet
  5. Shitkicker
  6. Dream For Today
  7. Patricia Reprise
  8. Queen Of Spades
  • Martin Knaden - Guitar
  • Hanno Bruhn - Vocals, Guitar
  • Kurt Herkenberg - Bass, Vocals
  • Chris Axel Klöber - Keyboards
  • Hans Wallbaum - Drums