quinta-feira, 21 de janeiro de 2016

8 Days in April - Eclectic Prog • Germany

Um grande álbum, já publicado em outros blogs, mas vale a pena escutar de novo!

This is a pretty unknown and uncommon band, despite its close relation with FRUMPY, which is a prog rock dream ensemble. It fits quite well, on the other hand, the scene of (hard) rock - having, in this case, the German authentic spark with several general and minimal influences - a musical scene which is rarely recognized or valued outside the obscure margins of its period. 8 DAYS IN APRIL's music is perfect for the taste in interesting or laid-back rock, since the album is also a mix of artistic and energized play, plus it's close to a collection meritous item, up in progressive rock's classic, hard or eclectic mentions.  The project was at first solo music practiced by Jean Jacques Kravetz, long-time keyboardist and rock in FRUMPY. Eventually though, 8 DAYS IN APRIL became a band of four core members and two special guests. Udo Lindenberg was second in importance next to Kravetz, writing and singing the vocals, plus composing much of the music. Steffi Stephan, playing bass, and Thomas Kretzschmer, playing guitars (with, sometimes, an astonishing freshness), joined the musicianship. The piece "I'd Like To Be A Child Again", though presumptively the most shining piece in the album, is mainly arranged by vocalist Inga Rumpf, also notorious in some of FRUMPY's experiences. Originally called "Kravetz" (given the promoter), the band finally adopted the name 8 DAYS IN APRIL, and their 1972 album was tag-titled The Hamburg Scene. Both names can be considered suggestive, since the ensemble recorded in Hamburg, and the album was, most likely, an 8 days rock work.

The Hamburg Scene smashes a lot of hard classic rock mints, but also has a prog rock definite taste. Close to being purely (and purifying) instrumental, much of the music's contrasts evolve from lyrical and euphonic passages to striking and overly produced climaxes. 8 DAYS IN APRIL clearly play a blending rock of artistic and popular forms, with smaller influences of fuzzy rhythms, jazzy branding or complex emotions and frets. The entire concept, project and music relief of 8 DAYS IN APRIL is definitely of a bit spontaneous kind, nevertheless its improvisation is worthwhile, since it's a good and recommend prog rock band, up the rarity shelve. 

:::Ricochet (Victor "Philip" Părău):::

5 comentários:

  1. Esse disco, na longínqua era pré-internet, era uma verdadeira raridade, dificílimo de encontrar fora da Europa; acho até que a capa super sem graça devia ajudar pra isso.
    Ainda bem que sempre tem um maluco que posta esse álbum pra perpetuar sua existência e maravilhar ouvidos ávidos por boa música.
    Valeu, Breu!

    1. Maddy Lee, não sei em qual Blog baixei, mas faz tempo e realmente era uma pérola. Música boa tem que ser compartilhada...

      Breu, belo post.


  2. Hi, congratulations for your great blog! I would say that the Hamburg prog scene is identifiable by its brass sound, to be found both in the hard prog albums (see Ardo Dombec for example) and the jazz-rock ones (see Alcatraz, Ikarus). I recently published my Hamburg playlist, part of a larger project on KRAUTROCK Cities, here: http://8tracks.com/dj_seric/krautrock-cities-hamburg. Enjoy!

    1. Hi, Seric. I just checked your playlist and love it! Thanks for your visit and comments.


    Hello, good people!!

    I've just checked DJ_SERIC's playlist and it's terrific!!! Just another peal lost in cyberspace....

    Please, gimme more and more KRAUTROCK!!!

    Peter Hammill - SP


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