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Saturday, 28 April 2018

Altona “Chickenfarm” 1975 + “Altona”1975 Germany Prog Jazz Rock Kraut Rock


Altona “Chickenfarm” 1975 + “Altona”1975 Germany Prog Jazz Rock  Kraut Rock
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Altona is a German band, founded in 1971 in Hamburg suburbs as reincarnation of krautrock band Thrice Mice. Dropping former band’s classical edge in preference for a jazzier front on their debut ,Altona played a lively fusion that crossed many boundaries, but kept the Blodwyn Pig feel that dominated the early Thrice Mice recordings. Mixing excellent early jazz fusion with psychedelic rock elements album’s music is a real gem. 
In contrast, their second album CHICKENFARM, disappointed as it saw a mellowing of style, to funky edged jazz-rock with blues and soul tendencies, and an indistinctive Anglo-American type brassy-rock sound. A few Altona members later reappeared in the obscure band Dirty Dogs…..~


If you are in the mood for some top notch jazzrock then look no further than Altona’s 1975 follow up album ‘Chickenfarm’ to satisfy your urge. 'Chickenfarm’s’ sound is well within the mid-70’s progressive framework, but Altona managed to steer clear of the technical deepend, opting instead for a more rock-based Anglo-American approach containing catchy riffs and memorable melodies. Overall the sound of this album reminds me of a more mainstream Passport mixed with a little bit of Birth Control. Vocally, Karl-Heinz Blumenberg (who sounds like Bernd Noske of Birth Control) was one of the more talented vocalists in the genre and his voice stands out and carries the melodies quite well. Musically, the strongest elements come from the horn section composed of Blumenberg, Von Ronn, and Wulff. Their sound is textured and tight, fitting perfectly into the mix. Standout tracks include: 'Elephant Walk’, 'Lover’s Tale’, 'Back Again’, and 'Chickenfarm’. 'Lover’s Tale’ is an atmospheric ballad containing strong melodies and a catchy horn section whereas 'Back Again’ is a funky upbeat number with a slight discordant feel and an atmospheric chorus. Both are great tracks, but the most notable track on the album is the self-titled 'Chickenfarm’. The album’s sole extended track, clocking in at over 10-minutes, 'Chickenfarm’ builds upon a delicate guitar arpeggio in dynamic fashion as a powerful orchestration enters into the mix, builds upon the theme, then ushers in an incredibly atmospheric and epic keyboard sequence. The remaining several minutes allow the band a chance to flex their progressive muscle and includes sax and piano leads. Sadly, this proved to be the bands final recording although a few of the members did regroup shortly in the late 70’s as Dirty Dogs releasing the albums 'Running Wild’ and 'Seven Lives For Rock 'N’ Roll.’….~



Altona is almost forgotten German kraut-rock band, in fact - reincarnation of early krautrock band Thrice Mice. Their debut is excellent example of slightly psychedelic heavy jazz-rock, in moments similar to Colosseum music. 
Sound is very dynamic, full of heavy rhythms, sax soloing and some vocals ( Karl-Heinz Blumenberg is ex-Thrice Mice vocalist). It’s a bit pity, that this album is rarity, because it represents krautrock at its best. 
All compositions are different, has own melodies and complex and very competent musicianship. Happily, this album was re-released on CD in 2000 ( by Disconforme), so it is possible to find it for listening. 

If you like jazz-rock ( in best Colosseum style) and heavy energetic krautrock, this album is excellent addition to your collection…..by snobb ….~ 


Altona “Chickenfarm"1975 

Musicians: 
Karl-Heinz Blumenberg - Vocals, Flute, Sax 
Bernd Michael Rosenberger - Keyboard 
Werner von Gosen- Guitar 
Fritz Kahl- Bass 
Hans-Heinz Gossler - Drums 
Michael von Ronn- Sax 
Wolfgang Wulff- Sax

Tracklist 
A1 Elephant Walk
A2 Lover’s Tale
A3 Ramadam
A4 Tango Lady
B1 Back Again
B2 Feigenblatt
B3 Chickenfarm


Altona "Altona” 1975
Altona were actually a continuation of the Kraut Rock act Thrice Mice,found in 1972 just four months after the demise of the later with a slightly different and expanded line-up.Gone are sax player Wolfgang Buhre, keyboardist Wolfgang Minnemann, bassist Rainer von Gosen and drummer Arno Bredehöft, replaced by Fritz Kahl on bass, Klaus Gerlach on guitars, Wolfgang Wulff and Michael von Rönn on tenor saxes, Karl-Heinz Gossler on drums, next to the remaining Thrice Mice members multi-instrumentalist Karl-Heinz Blumenberg and guitarist Werner von Gosen.Named after a borough of Hamburg,the band had switched on to a more jazz-oriented sound as presented on their self-titled debut (1975 on RCA).
Keeping all the energy of Thrice Mice, Altona focused on filling their sound with dominant sax attacks and dynamic grooves,like if CHICAGO were actually a Kraut Rock band.Present also some psychedelic influences here and there.With the absence of a keyboard player more than evident,the style became more rhythmic with leading sax solos and Blumenberg’s voice in great shape,not particularly complex, but definitely powerful and rich.Very interesting are the dual sax parts often delivered under sudden breaks and the dynamic bass/drums duo of Kahl and Gossler.When the saxes remain silent, Von Gosen’s fuzz guitar playing comes on the forefront in a typical Heavy/Kraut Rock style.The sound of Altona though did not break any new grounds,plenty of Kraut Rock bands played this specific style much earlier,but the album keeps a good consistency between the song-based parts and the more jazzy instrumental parts.

If you like your Kraut Rock menu to have some good dose of Jazz taste, “Altona” should be among your main preferences.Decent proggy Jazz-Rock,not very personal but well-executed and performed and for this reason recommended….by apps79 ….~

Take the opening tracks from Chicago’s debut and Colosseum’s Valentyne Suite. Clutch them together and add rough heavy vocals. That’s what Altona sounds like, raw acid-rock with a jazzy brass section and powerful vocals. An ultra-rare gem but if you want some more of that great upbeat 60’s vibe, here you go.
The album starts with a swinging heavy rock groove. The brass section and Beefheart-alike vocals give it a nice twist. It’s a bit of a stretch but the brass instruments somehow remind me of Morphine. Altona’s mood isn’t morose though, this must be the most energetic and vivacious music I know. Oh yes this is prog you can boogie to!
Cocopus partially continues the upbeat pace, but also adds some more reflective bluesy pieces that could have been from Pink Floyd’s More or Ash Ra Tempel. Uberlandfarth shifts up the gear another notch. One day I’ll throw in this song at a party at home. Guaranteed swinging and air-guitar fun. 7/4 is a bit of an old-fashioned rockabilly track but from here on the album doesn’t let go of its tight rocking energy anymore.
Is it kraut? Is it acid-rock? Jazz-rock? It’s sure heavy energetic fun!… by Bonnek ….~ 
Tracklist
Can’t Live Without You 4:05
Cocopus 5:33
Überlandfahrt 4:00
7/4 4:12
Boulevard 4:56
Frustration 6:40
Hide Yourself 5:46


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