Tuesday, 17 July 2018

Prof. Wolfff "Prof. Wolfff" 1972 Germany Prog Kraut Rock


Prof. Wolfff  "Prof. Wolfff" 1972 Germany Prog Kraut Rock
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Solid work by this rather obscure krautrock group. Although this S/T Prof. Wolfff album isn’t one of my personal favourites of German rock history it’s still an enjoyable listen. Just five tracks here and all of them have German lyrics. That might scare some listeners away. But trust me. The music is still an entertaining mix of prog and krautrock. 

“Hetzjagd” and “Weh’ uns” are the biggest standout tracks of this record. They’re also the longest songs here. The rest of the material is solid as well but not as impressive as those two aforementioned songs. The album cover is dark and cool but I’m not so sure if it fits for this album that well. This isn’t very dark music after all. 3,5 stars is what I think this album deserves because while it’s definitely a good record it’s still not one of the biggest jewels of the 70’s krautrock scene….by….CooperBolan ….~



Prof. Wolfff were one of the very few German bands in the early 1970s that actually sang in German. While the lyrical content may have you thinking this is a Deutschrock album, the music is pure Hammond/guitar driven Krautrock. Musically they remind me of a cross between Gomorrha and Haze. Night Sun, McChurch Soundroom and Virus are other guideposts. A very fine release, and collectors of the scene should not miss it…..~


Professor Wolfff lived a short and intensive life in the early 70s, as a part of the krautrock adventure - with gigs all over germany and a TV performance at the ‘Talentschuppen’ (ARD - first German channel). The band unexpectedly split in march 1972, shortly after producing their first album 'Prof. Wolfff’, which was released in 1972 by Metronome. Along with Ihre Kinder and Ton, Steine, Scherben, an important political rockband from Berlin, Prof. Wolfff was one of the first progressive rock bands in Germany exclusively singing German rock songs, even before Udo Lindenberg released his first 'German’ album. As a result, other musicians were inspired to compose rock songs using German language. “Mixing pop, blues, jazz and classical with German political lyrics (krautrock style), Prof. Wolfff’s self-titled album was produced by Ihre Kinder manager Jonas Porst. At times Prof. Wolfff sounds like a strong blues rock act mixed with a bit of classical and psychedelia while at other times they come off as a mixture of pop and barbershop. Prof. Wolfff’s album contains five tracks, the three best of which are extended. Led by a great raw guitar sound and classical-styled hammond organ, 'Hetzjagd’, the albums jewel, showcases the bands ability to piece together various elements into an accessible track. 'Hans Im Gluck’ contains more prominent hammond organ. The two shorter tracks 'Missverstandnis’ and 'Das Zimmer’ are lighter fare and contain poppy chorus vocals. Finally, the album closes with 'Weh Uns’, a heavier track containing a hard progressive sound highlighted by guitar solos and classical motifs. Now available as limited 1000 copy edition on 180 gr. Vinyl, comes with the original Foldopencover and has an additional booklet with unseen photographs…..~



PROF. WOLFFF’s self-titled album is technically impressing. The songs have been recorded in 1971 at the Jankowsky studio, Stuttgart, produced by Jonas Porst who also was the manager of IHRE KINDER. You can explore excellent heavy blues rock with folk and psych contributions dominated by a prominent Hammond organ. The band members have been pioneers using strong political lyrics in german. Sometimes music and texts seem to be very contrary - but on the other hand this makes it very unique. Remarkable are also excellent vocals which was not taken for granted based on german bands. Distributed by the Metronom label in 1972 this album is one of the rare searched vinyls of the german progressive rock history. 

The first and the last song are musically remembering at DEEP PURPLE and VANILLA FUDGE in parts. The dramatical Hetzjagd is about hunting in general. The calm sections are accompanied by a decent organ but the vocals are not always clear enough to catch though. 'Nobody thinks of the victims’ - it’s ambiguous - probably a metaphor about attacks against dissidents. Weh Uns is provided with heavy lyrics describing war respectively disease victims. Very provoking and hard to digest especially for german people. The last two minutes of the song are even a great dissent - a happy flavour tendered by acoustic guitar and organ competes with hard words on the other hand culminating in a sweeping blow. 'It will happen if you don’t say NO’ - a numb robotic voice is offering a flaming appeal to prevent the end of the human race. 

Hans im Glück is a very interesting interpretation of the eponymous german fairy-tale, in a modern editing though. My highlight because music and lyrics are in a perfect unity. Missverständnis follows, a lot more folky with acoustic guitars and bongo percussion. The band picks up the story of Jesus and is leading over to the political situation in germany afterwards using the example of the capture and dead of a communist. Das Zimmer is also provided in a light and folky mood with a decent flute whereas the prof is criticizing the bourgeois who are comdemning and excluding the young generation. 

A good album for sure - an excellent addition for krautrock fans which have no problems with harsh and straightforward german lyrics. 3.5 stars really…..by Rivertree …..~





A fairly unknown German band from the early Seventies, Prof. Wolfff released a single self-titled work in 1972 that seems to completely fly under the Prog radar, and it’s an album badly in need of rediscovery - perhaps for many listeners for the first time! The group played a mix of blues, psychedelic rock and acid-folk peppered with a tough Krautrock hardness, coarse vocals and light jazzy qualities, utterly dominated by the tastiest of heavy Hammond organ liberally slathered over the disc beginning to end! Bands like Deep Purple, Birth Control, Frumpy, Bodkin and even some of the Italian groups who favoured the instrument played in supremely dirty style in their sound such as Il Biglietto per L'Inferno and Il Balletto di Bronzo are easy comparisons, but although hardly commercial or even remotely radio friendly, the band grafted melodic tunes to their workouts, even if the vocals themselves were hardly easy to love. 
The ten minute opener `Hetzjagd’ is the longest and best track here, a powerful and dramatically unfolding rocker that explodes with a battery of 'Romi’ Schickle’s Hammand organ plied over almost every second of it. Several short but memorable themes are constantly reprised back and forth throughout, with plenty of energetic bursts and even a frantic up-tempo run in the middle all given life by the instrumental skill of the musicians and taken even further by Klaus-Peter Schweitzer’s firm and coarsely charismatic vocals. After such a great opening that sets a very high standard, thankfully the rest of the album still manages to deliver a constant run of equally impressive shorter pieces. Although hardly a pop song, `Hans Im Glück’ holds a frequently repeating punchier group-vocal chorus popping up between alternating slowly moody and rapid-fire snappy verses driven by 'Mondo’ Zech’s pumping bass and Michael Sametinger’s nimble drumming, and `Missverständnis’ is a bit too tough to be a true full-blown folk piece, acoustic guitars chiming over exotic percussion and a variety of persistent group vocals carrying a pleasing melodic tune. 

The opening and close of side B’s `Das Zimmer’ reminds a little of Novalis with its hazy vocal and mellow acoustic guitars, but it picks up a spring in its step for an infectious and lightly jazzy break in the middle. Almost ten-minute closer `Weh Uns’ is full of momentum, being all rumbling drumming, twin wailing guitars, bouncing bass, urgent group vocals and endless scorching brimstone-fuelled Hammond organ fire that culminates in a Floh de Cologne-like spoken word climax. 

`Prof. Wolfff’ will likely appeal to those who love the tougher vintage German bands but want something a little more structured that avoids the aimless drawn-out explorations that frequently came from so many of the Krautrock groups. Admittedly those who speak German will get much more out of the frequently darker political-flavoured lyrics here, but it still holds up as a forcibly melodic and rugged rocker with that relentlessly addictive Hammond organ sound. It truly is a rarely spoken-of dirty gem of early German progressive rock badly in need of reappraisal now that deserves to be placed alongside the higher regarded and more well-known classics of the Krautrock subgenre….by Aussie-Byrd-Brother …..~










Credits 
Bass, Vocals – Detlev "Mondo” Zech* 
Drums – Michael Sametinger 
Lead Guitar [Solo-Gitarre] – Friedrich “Fritz” Herrmann* 
Organ [Hammond Orgel] – Romi Schickle 
Vocals, Guitar, Electric Piano – KP Schweizer*







Tracklist 
A1 Hetzjagd 9:45 
A2 Hans Im Glück 7:37 
A3 Mißverständnis 3:55 
B1 Das Zimmer 4:45 
B2 Weh’ Uns 9:39 

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