Various Artists - The In-Kraut Vol. 1 – Hip Shaking Grooves Made In Germany 1966-1974 [Repress]
Format: 2x LP
Catalogue No.: MA66
Release Date: 30 Jul 2021
Genre: Soul / Beat / Soundtracks
Marina Records proudly presents The In-Kraut – twenty handpicked soul, beat, now sound, mod and soundtrack gems from Germany – all recorded between 1966 and 1974.
Among them many Kraut-pleasin’ obscurities and long-forgotten nuggets that appear now for the very first time. While the musical climate in Germany of the late ’60s and early ’70s was clearly dominated by horrible Schlagers, nevertheless, records of outstanding class were cut with Teutonic precision. Just check out “Gemini” by Günter Noris, a stomping piano-led instrumental worthy of Ramsey Lewis. Or the proto-funk of Erwin Halletz “Das Stundenhotel Von St. Pauli” – a tight soundtrack groover clearly inspired by James Brown. Or the elegantly sweeping “Naturally Stoned” by Helmut Zacharias with more than a trace of a brilliant John Barry arrangement, and the Blood Sweat & Tears-inspired “Molotow Cocktail Party” by Vivi Bach & Dietmar Schönherr. The guys behind these productions were usually slick jazz players and studio musicians from the tightest orchestras of the country. Somehow these middle-aged men knew how to move the Kraut and adapt their skills to the swinging Sixties. Even Peter Thomas, one of Germany’s best
known film composers, chose to tackle The Stones’ “Jumpin' Jack Flash” in very unique and mad fashion. And the man behind Memphis Black’s ultra-rare breakbeat monster “Why Don't You Play The Organ, Man” is none other than Ingfried Hoffmann of the acclaimed Klaus Doldinger Quartet. Check out the truly smoking drugsploitation nugget “Marihuana Mantra” by Kuno & The Marihuana Brass, right alongside Werner Müller’s hilarious “Bodybuilding”, an intoxicating sexy groover. And then there's Bill Lawrence’s “Pussy Baby” – a track that has to be heard to be believed. Even international stars like France Gall went Kraut-a-delic in the ’60s. “Hippie Hippie”, a bubbly “love and peace” ditty, was especially written and produced for the German market. Heidi Brühl decided to update her sound, replete with a psychedelic guitar solo and a fantastic bassline.
1. Hildegard Knef : From Here On It Got Rough 2. Günter Noris : Gemini 3. Kuno & The Marihuana Brass : Marihuana Mantra 4. Memphis Black : Why Don’t You Play The Organ, Man 5. Bill Ramsey & The Jay Five : An Unknown Quantity 6. Orchester Frank Pleyer : Sunday Love Affair 7. Marianne Mendt : Wie A Glock’n... 8. Fredy Brock : Beat It 9. France Gall : Hippie Hippie 10. Peter Thomas Sound Orchestra : Jumpin’ Jack Flash 11. Heidi Brühl : Berlin 12. Erwin Halletz : Das Stundenhotel Von St. Pauli 13. Vivi Bach & Dietmar Schönherr : Molotow Cocktail Party 14. Helmut Zacharias : Naturally Stoned 15. The Boots : Alexander 16. Orchester Werner Müller : Bodybuilding 17. Johannes Fehring & The ORF Big Band : Jungle Soul 18. Bill Lawrence : Pussy Baby 19. Orchester Helmuth Brandenburg : Moving Out 20. Eugen Thomass : Undergroovin’