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12 May 2017

Rufus Zuphall "Avalon And On" recorded 1970- 1972 Box Set, Limited Edition, Numbered Limited edition box set of 500 hand-numbered copies, consisting of the album “Phallobst”, “Avalon And On”, a double live album recorded in 1972 in Aachen plus the 7’’ 1983, recorded in 1993 intended as part of a Little Wing “Tribute to Jimi” Project. Germany Kraut Rock













Rufus Zuphall  "Avalon And On" recorded 1970- 1972  Box Set, Limited Edition, Numbered Limited edition box set of 500 hand-numbered copies,  consisting of the album “Phallobst”, “Avalon And On”, a double live album recorded in 1972 in Aachen plus the 7’’ 1983, recorded in 1993 intended as part of a Little Wing “Tribute to Jimi” Project. Germany Kraut Rock
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"Avalon And On" is a mish mash of new material and unreleased older tunes. It is still proggy but it is a lot mellower than previous releases. A nice recording but pretty mellow. This recording, cannabis, and headphones can cause inertia....

Some very good stuff on here, though all of it is somewhat unfinished/unpolished as they never got to complete the album because their record company wanted them to go in a different direction apparently. Only the first 5 tracks (22 minutes) are new material, the others are other unreleased material. Recorded in 1972, I think. The 11 and a half-minute Avalon suite is my favorite. Bummer this didn't come to full fruition, as it has a lot of potential. Lots of nice melodies and a mature and reflective mood, generally a fair bit mellower and less aggressive than the other two albums....by....acidhappy .......

Rufus Zuphall is one of the significant German rock bands of the early seventies. This first CD, part of a series of three CDs, describes their musical development - beyond the first LP thro' to the farewell concert in '72. With this - the "complete work" of Rufus Zuphall is available for the first time on CD.

Formed in Aachen in 1969 and initially with a keyboard player as fifth man, the band melted together blues elements, the ease of Anglo-Saxon folk, classical influences and driving guitar rock with progressive song structures into an autonomous instrumental dominated style and live programme. The titles "Hollis Brown" and "Granum Cerebri" from forthcoming third CD "Avalon And On" are from this period.

In the beginning the band was not so Germany-orientated but more towards the neighbouring countries Belgium and particularly Holland and their breakthrough came accordingly in 1970 in front of a 30.000 crowd at the Jazz Festival in Bilzen (Belgium). Actually planned as a sideshow, they then played as the only amateur band next to such stars as Black Sabbath, Cat Stevens or May Blitz and were celebrated by the press as "surprise of the festival". Previously Rufus Zuphall had even appeared with Living Blues and Cuby and the Blizzards, in the same year this was followed by gigs with Curtis Jones, Group 1850 and Golden Earring.

The front man on stage was the flutist Klaus Gülden. He had a decisive influence on the Rufus Zuphall sound. Bass player Helmut Lieblang wrote the lyrics. Günter Krause, a creative guitar talent, composed most of the titles and with Udo Dahmen Rufus Zuphall had a drummer, who later, after his music studies, then played with Kraan, Lake, Eberhardt Schöner and Achim Reichel and is even today much asked after. He is also studio drummer and worked as a lecturer at the Hamburg College of Music. Today he is headmaster of Mannheim College of Popular Music. Apart from Udo Dahmen, the only other one of the various Rufus Zuphall members who remained true to a musical career was Günter Krause. After Rufus Zuphall had come to a close, he too studied music, he then played jazz and jazz rock in various formations - he played into the 80s as a jazz guitarist in a sextet making records. Today he's working as a musician, composer and guitar teacher.

At the beginning of December 1970, Rufus Zuphall produced live in Holland their first LP "Weiß der Teufel" in only three days. It was released in 1971 as a private pressing on Good Will Records - a masterpiece of progressive rock. The titlesong was a secret "scene hit" and the track "Spanferkel" taken from the LP became the signature tune for one of the best known German radio rock programmes. The LP, although the release was limited and despite bad marketing conditions, was a success.

In spring 1971 Rufus Zuphall recorded their second LP "Phallobst" and third album "Avalon And On" was planned to release in late 1972. But it was never finished. The band disbanded in September 1972.

In 1999 their was a reunion followed by a lot of gigs and the release of the CD "Colder Than Hell" in 2000. Between June and September 1972 their was a short series of 6 farewell concerts. The last was at the beginning of September in Eindhoven (Holland). The first was a concert for their fans in Aachen on June 17th 1972, in the eyes of the band one of the true musical highlights of Rufus Zuphall. Here is dynamism, creativity and enthusiasm to be heard, one can feel the stage experience and intimacy of a group that despite all other activities in 1971 alone managed to make over 50 appearances...............

Rufus Zuphall is important German progressive skirt volume out Aachen. It was created 1969 of Günter ruffle (guitar, singing), Helmut Lieblang (bass), Klaus gulden (transverse flute) and Udo Dahmen (Schlagzeug). In their pieces the musicians British merge Folk, Blues and Skirt with Jazz- and classical period elements to an own, often instrument valley coined/shaped style. A characteristic of this group, those usually as so-called “Herb skirt volume“, is the use that is designated Transverse flute, which often to comparisons with the English volume Jethro Tull leads. Beyond that their music from free song structures, psychedelischen elements and the slope to long persisting pieces lives. From the outset harmony ores the Songschreiber duo Helmut Lieblang (texts) and Günter ruffle (music), so that the predominant part of the repertoire these volume originates from their feather/spring.

By the close to the border one Rufus Zuphall played first more into that The Netherlands and in Belgium, where it 1970 before 30.000 spectators their break-through with the Jazzfestival in Bilzen to celebrate could. Beside musicians how Black Sabbath and Cat of Stevens inspired it as only amateur band on the main stage the public there. In December 1970 it took up white the devil “, soon whose piece of title of over 17 minutes of length (with inserted „buzzer time “) within three days their first LP „applied as a classical author of the category. Further pieces, how Splinter piglet or Knight OF third degree attained admittingness. Despite bad selling conditions the LP became a sales impact.

On the second album extend the equipment, and concomitantly the expression and the style width. Round beside the still prominent transverse flute Clavinet, Melotron and 12-saitige guitars the total sound, which developed on the one hand toward harder skirt, on the other hand in addition, the lyric moments particularly out-costs off. Altogether the second album works more extremely, the arrangements more strengthened than with the predecessor. Before their planned third LP, Avalon, decided the musicians were finished, out of musical as to be gone personal reasons in the future own ways. The LP finished to the half appeared then also only over 20 years later than Avalon and on, filled up with live-photographs from the years 1970 and 1971. After the separation tried Udo Dahmen and Manfred clip mountain with new seamists and guitarist the volume alive to hold, which failed in the long run, so that Rufus Zuphall dissolved 1973 finally.

1999 decided the former members to a reunification and played in original occupation, extended by that Hammondorgel- and E-Pianospieler Gero of grains a concert up Castle William stone in Würselen with Aachen. Udo Dahmen left it for time reasons with this concert, and to its place first refuge Schippers moved, before Roland Hegel took over the impact things part. In the year 2000 Rufus Zuphall published the CD as so far last album „Colder Than light live one 2000 “on the label forty-five. In this occupation played and/or. those plays volume until today in various clubs and on numerous festivals, about that Millennium open air Old person castle, on that Heart mountain festival or that Woodstöckchen open air Gressenich.
This box-set is one of my most valued prog artifact! It fitted to my RUFUS ZUPHALL collection perfectly, as I didn't have "Phallobst" or the new remaster of "Weiss Der Teufel", which both contain the live tracks of their Aachen concert as bonus tracks. "Avalon And On" LP has been released only recently, and that album containing great proggy psych folk material was an interesting find during late 90's as I bought this box. The single has Günter's version of JIMI HENDRIX's "1983" song, done with piano and singing, nad it's quite beautiful! There's also a neat and informative book about band's history included................

For their third album, Rufus Zuphall apparently had a bigger picture. In the center of the album should be an extended, "Avalon Suite" genre piece, which should be recorded together with a viola da gamba quartet. In addition, a certain stylistic reorientation was sought, towards more filigree, somewhat apologetic sounds. At the beginning of 1972, the TH Studio Aachen recorded demo recordings (without a viola da gamba quartet), which were then presented to the ear management, which was pressed for another album.

There one had more hard rocking à la Deep Purple in mind and was of the new pieces little done. Since the band did not want to follow the conceptions of the label, with which there had always been conflicts, but was still bound by the contract, and the chemistry was no longer quite right within the band, Drummer Udo Dahmen and bassist Manfred Spangenberg tried to revive the project with new musicians, but by the end of 1973 the story of Rufus Zuphall had ended. It was only in 1999 that a reunion took place.

In 1994, the Avalon demo and three older, until then unpublished recordings of the band from the reissue label Little Wing on LP were pressed (as part of a four LP comprehensive Rufus-Zuphall box sets). A little more than 10 years later, the material was reissued on CD by Long Hair Music (which also released the two regular LPs of the band on CD) together with three more recent bonus numbers under the title "Avalon And On". The sound is consistently excellent.

A melancholic, folky-filigree music, determined by the acoustic guitars, can be heard in the first 5 songs, occasionally enriched with worn vocals, folky jazz flutes, discreet electric guitars and some percussion. Only in the suite does it sometimes rock more violently, the electric guitar whistles once, the bass is really heard and the drums are fully used. Keys are hard to spot (only a short "A thousand mothers weeping" is a piano). Of course, these are just demoversions, and you can well imagine that this music, richly instrumented (more keyboard sounds) and finished, especially with the strings already mentioned above, could have been expanded to a beautiful Folkprog near Jethro Tull.

Pieces 6 to 8 were made one to two years earlier and were probably recorded during the sessions of the first two albums (another version of "Portland Town" appears on "Phallobst"). This is a bluesy flute prog, in the typical style of the band. Dylan's "The Ballad of Hollis Brown" is a full-length, slightly krautig-meditative version of one of the highlights of the album. At the end of the CD there is still a "Knight of third degree" ("Knight of third degree"), played in 1999 by the reformed band (see "Colder than hell") and two numbers recorded in 1993 at a birthday celebration for the former band manager Lutz Goebel, For which the band apparently reformed at short notice.

"Avalon And On" is an interesting CD for the fan and full-fledged comedian who, together with the Long Hair CDs of the two regular albums, can combine all the material from the first anniversary of Rufus Zuphall in his CD cabinet. Those who do not know the band yet should first "White the Devil" or "Phallobst"!...by....Achim Breiling ..........

- Günter Krause - guitar, keyboards, vocals
- Klaus Gülden - flute
- Thomas Kittel - guitar (01-05)
- Manfred Spangenberg - bass (01-05)
- Helmut Lieblang - bass (06,07,09-11)- Udo Dahmen - drums, percussion+
- Rufus Zuphall - producers

Tracklist
Avalon (1972):
01. Avalon Suite (Helmut Lieblang, Günter Krause, Thomas Kittel, Udo Dahmen, Manfred Spangenberg) - 11:25
02. Pachelbel (Thomas Kittel) - 4:01
03. Prelude To: Who Will I Be Tomorrow (Thomas Kittel) - 2:37
04. The Cold Of Winter (Helmut Lieblang, Günter Krause) - 1:46
05. A Thousand Mothers Weeping (Helmut Lieblang, Günter Krause) - 1:46
And On (1970-1971):
06. The Ballad Of Hollis Brown (Bob Dylan) - 12:23
07. Granum Cerebri (Helmut Lieblang, Günter Krause) - 4:04
08. Portland Town (traditional) - 4:18
Bonus (live):
09. Knight Of Third Degree (1999) (Helmut Lieblang, Günter Krause) - 6:37
10. Spanferkel (1993) (Helmut Lieblang, Günter Krause, Klaus Gülden, Udo Dahmen) - 2:34
11. Freitag (1993) (Günter Krause) - 7:03

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