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8 Sep 2016

Jerry Berkers ‎”Unterwegs” 1972 Kraut Rock









Jerry Berkers ‎”Unterwegs” 1972 Kraut Rock
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One and only solo album by the Wallenstein/Cosmic Joker bass player, originally issued on the Pilz label, 1972 as their next to last release. Backed up by Wallenstein’s Jurgen Dollase & Bill Barone, Dieter Dierks, Westrupp & Witthuser, etc., Berkers plays acoustic & electric guitars and sings lead. It’s a pretty mixed bag of short, vaguely progged rock songs, sometimes getting into a heavyish German-like version of Crazy Horse. Hardly essential, but the good tracks are decent enough for Krautrock completists I suppose, and “better” than Wallenstein as a general rule…….
Unterwegs is among the least known albums signed on the legendary Pilz (Popol Vuh, Wallenstein, Witthuser & Westrupp…). Recorded at Dieter Dierks studio with Rolf Ulrich Kaiser at the production, I was waiting for my dose of weird kosmische krautrock, however after one listening, I must confess that Unterwegs is slightly disconcerted. Jerry Berkers who worked on several super krautrock projects (Sergius Golowin…) here delivers a very personal solo effort that oscillates between gorgeous melancholic acid ballads and bizarre eccentric country folk compositions. The result is rather inequal. The musical team is made of friends and old musical partners as the keyboardist Jurgen Dollase (Wallenstein) who delivers a great work here (emotional, poetical, classical piano lines), Walter Westrupp, Bill Barone (Wallenstein). The opening track is a powerfully emotional, plaintive progressive rock piece with sumptuous keyboards, sad vocals and charming folk accents. The best composition of Unterwegs with reminiscence of Wallestein at their most melodic moments. Glaub mir is a funny country folk song, but almost without interest. Es wird morgen vorbei sein is a solid, catchy prog rockin’ ballad with a really nice groove and always impressive keyboards, soulful plaintive vocals. Dafur lebe ich nur is an acoustic ballad featuring dreamy- like mellotron, efficient simplistic melodies, acoustic guitars & percussions. The ambience is pastoral with a discreet cosmic-psych flavour. Grauer Bettler is a dynamic rockin’ song with the great Bill Barone on the guitars. Ich Klage An is a moody, fragile little acoustic folk ballad with really desperate vocals (includes Walter Westrupp as guest on Harmonica). Nothing really impressive excepted two or three tracks but a pleasant listening with touching nostalgic kraut-folky moments…by progarchives…….
   Jerry Berkers was born in the Netherlands. He is best remembered for his work with Wallenstein (‘Blitzkrieg’ and 'Mother Universe’) as well as his appearance on two of the Kosmische Kurrier LP’s ('Lord Krishna Von Goloka’ and 'Tarot’). In addition, he performed with Witthuser and Westrupp on their classic 'Bauer Plath’. According to Harald Groskopf, a member of Wallenstein during Berkers’ tenure, Jerry had been a member of a “muzak playing dancefloor band” in Australia that was asked to perform by the United States army for US soldiers fighting in Vietnam. During one of their gigs a GoGo girl was shot by sniper fire. Later, Jerry quit this band and headed back to Europe after experiencing a bloody tank attack. In an interview with Krautrock Towers, Harald explained that Berkers “went insane during the recording sessions of his first solo album… They brought him into a psychiatric hospital. He never became 'normal’ again.”

Jerry Berkers was able to record a solo album in 1972 utilizing members from the various bands with whom he had played. Unterwegs contains eight tracks in total. The music is a cross between folk-flavored rock and singer-songwriter pop. The songs are presented in a tightly structured straightforward manner which is different from most of the bands with whom he played. Aside from Jerrys talents, this album showcases some of Jurgen Dollas’ (Wallenstein) best (in my opinion) and most effective keyboard and piano work. By far the two best tracks are 'Ich Klage An’ and 'Seltsam’. Both tracks have a very slow and downbeat almost sad quality and in the case of 'Ich Klage An’, some very haunting lyrics which might stem from his time in Vietnam. ……
Jerry Berkers was born in the Netherlands. He is best remembered for his work with Wallenstein ('Blitzkrieg’ and 'Mother Universe’) as well as his appearance on two of the Kosmische Kurrier LP’s ('Lord Krishna Von Goloka’ and 'Tarot’). In addition, he performed with Witthuser and Westrupp on their classic 'Bauer Plath’. According to Harald Groskopf, a member of Wallenstein during Berkers’ tenure, Jerry had been a member of a “muzak playing dancefloor band” in Australia that was asked to perform by the United States army for US soldiers fighting in Vietnam. During one of their gigs a GoGo girl was shot by sniper fire. Later, Jerry quit this band and headed back to Europe after experiencing a bloody tank attack. In an interview with Krautrock Towers, Harald explained that Berkers “went insane during the recording sessions of his first solo album… They brought him into a psychiatric hospital. He never became 'normal’ again.” …….
Line-up / Musicians
- Jerry Berkers / Guitar, Vocals, Bass, Percussion
- Bernd Witthuser / Guitar
- Jurgen Dollase / Keyboards
- Walter Westrupp / Harmonica
- Bill Barone / Guitar
- Thomas Engel / Drums, Percussion, Vocals
- Dieter Dierks / Vocals
Songs / Tracks Listing
1. Jeder Tag Sieht Ganz Anders Aus (5:38)
2. Glaub Mir, Susanne (3:20)
3. Es Wird Morgen Vorbei Sein (4:15)
4. Dafur Lebe Ich Nur (4:39)
5. Grauer Bettler (3:41)
6. Ich Klage An (4:26)
7. Gelobtes Land (3:08)
8. Seltsam (5:04)

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