sabato 11 luglio 2015

Erna Schmidt - Live '69-'71 (Garden Of Delights) 1969 - 1971

Biography : In the early 60s a band named R & B CORPORATION was founded near Stuttgart which was playing conventional beat music with Wolfgang Mathias at the drums. Hubert Stütz (guitar) joined in 1965 and brought up some new blues rock elements. Further on the band crossed the frontiers to improvised music oriented at Jimi Hendrix, bands like Cream or Ten Years After and soon they became known in southern Germany. Walter Laible (bass) joined in 1967 and they played as the support for Rory Gallagher, Brian Auger, Procul Harum, Alexis Korner and others. According to the upcoming krautrock movement they started to write their own music/lyrics and decided to change the band name. In a proper sense the story of ERNA SCHMIDT was now opened in 1969. The band continuously enlarged with Rolf Schiegl as the second drummer, Sam Drake (flute, piano), hammond player Romi Schickle, also known as a member of PROF. WOLFFF, Peter Mayer (vibraphone) and a brass section.They gigged all over Germany and could also be seen on stage at the legendary Quartier Latin in Berlin. Known for incredibly long improvisations, usually being stoned on the stage and jamming all the way, often together with guest musicians, they developed to a very popular live band in the meanwhile. The next change occured when Schiegl and Drake left the band at the end of the year but Hartmut Mau came in as a substitute who played several wind instruments and was part of a circle around bass player Helmut Hattler, a founding member of KRAAN. Now as a quartet they had a widespreaded repertoire of selfcomposed songs consisting of improvisations and provided with variations on every gig. Due to a friend of drummer Mathias 20 hours of recordings of that time survived which were remastered by Mick Baumeister in his studio. The band decided to publish only some excerpts which are having an excellent sound quality. The album 'Live '69 -'71' was finally released by the Garden Of Delights label in 2000 with a 32-page colour booklet. The songs are sought out very well showing the band on a high musical/technical level and avoiding endless noodling. Stütz's various guitar playing alternating between psychedelic, heavy and jazz rock is remarkable and combined with Mau's flute the songs sometimes are close to Jethro Tull. The first TV appearance came in spring 1971 and some professional studio recordings followed for example at the wellknown studios of SWF Baden-Baden. Due to the Count of Metternich, who gave the possibility to live in his country mansion at Wintrup, the band changed the domicile to the northwest of Germany. Rolf-Ulrich Kaiser of the Ohr label offered ERNA SCHMIDT a recording contract - but it was never put into action. Probably the main reason was that Hartmut Mau didn't want to become a professional musician. He left the band. Other flute players were auditioned but nobody met the band's expectations.MISSUS BEASTLY's Jürgen Benz tried to help but gradually doubts about the musical concept began to increase. And when the band was searching for a new bass player because Walter Laible left, Helmut Hattler decided to come with his friends. But the collaboration failed. Whereas KRAAN arised at Wintrup the disbandment of ERNA SCHMIDT couldn't be stopped anymore until they finally gave up in the springtime of 1972. Review by Uwe Zickel

01.Erna Schmidt 7:20
02.Weiss Gott 3:57
03.Pass - Weites Luftmeer 5:00
04.Woischwiemon 5:25
05.La Folie D'Espagne 7:02
06.Kleines Idyll 4:51
07.Rulaman 6:44
08.Ein Tag Aus Dem Leben des Menschen P 9:25
09.Reif Für Die Insel 5:31
10.See Ya 3:50

Hubert Stytz - guitar
Hartmut Mau - flute, sax, oboe, ocarina
Walther Laible - bass
Wolfgang Mathias - drums

4 commenti:

Solidboy ha detto...

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adamus67 ha detto...

Life sometimes writes already peculiar stories. More than 30 (!) Years after the dissolution of the band Erna Schmidt, who after all, a valid contract with the legendary Ohr label possessed at that time, appeared with some delay finally the first official release of the band. For more than 20 hours of live recordings, the best were selected, brought technically back up to date and are together on this one-hour CD.

Although the purely instrumental songs build in the backbone mainly on driving blues rock and stand in the tradition of Jimi Hendrix or Cream, but the band makes itself something really out of the shorter songs by a lot of improvisation and extensive instrumental Travel Progressives. In addition to bass, guitar and drums, it is above all the various instruments (flute, saxophone, Okkarina, oboe), which provide for Erna Schmidt for a sound all its own. Although the musicians were reportedly mostly completely stoned on stage and were driven from their music, yet there is, amazingly, not a psychedelic mess, but everything looks anywhere but through structured and thought out. Not always is the motto "He who comes too late is punished by life", because even after this long wait the antiquated sounds have not lost any of their power and leave again the spirit of the times strong blow through the ether - pure nostalgia.
Thx Marco :)

Anonimo ha detto...

Thanks a lot !

juan manuel muñoz ha detto...

muchas gracias, amigo. Aprecio en grande tu trabajo. Saludos

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