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Volker Kriegel – Spectrum (1971) [Remastered]

17-08-2014, 15:29
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Volker Kriegel – Spectrum (1971) [Remastered]

Artist: Volker Kriegel
Title Of Album: Spectrum
Year Of Release: 1971
Label: MPS Records 06024 9808699
Genre: Fusion
Quality: MP3
Bitrate: VBR 320 kBit/s
Total Size: 95 MB
Total Time: 41:08
Website: Discogs

01. Strings Revisited 7:24
02. Ach Kina 5:16
03. Instant Judgement 3:47
04. Suspicious Child Growing Up 4:03
05. More about D 9:46
06. So Long for Now 3:56
07. Zoom 7:00

Volker Kriegel: Guitar, Sitar
John Taylor: Hohner Electra Piano
Peter Trunk: Bass, Electric Bass, Cello
Peter Baumeister: Drums, Percussion
Cees See: Percussion

The funky fusion classic from guitarist Volker Kriegel. Easily one of Kriegel's best albums, Spectrum was remarkably cut in just two days at MPS Studios in 1971 – with a group that includes Peter Baumeister on drums, Cees See on bongos and percussion, Peter Trunk on bass and cello, and John Taylor on Hohner electric piano. It kicks of with the amazing track "Zoom", a seriously funky maelstrom of groovy funky guitar and percussion that mixes in washes of sitar and Eastern effects here and there for a really trippy effect! The album doesn't try to duplicate the frenzy whipped up by the opener right away, and finds a much more relaxed groove in tracks like "So Long, For Now", "More About D", "Ach Kina", and "Instant Judgement" before flailing away in the exciting closer "Strings Revisited". One of the great ones from MPS – and a hugely influential one to the progression of 70s jazz funk. A really groovy record!

Biography from ProgArchives:
Volker Kriegel is one of Europe's pioneering Fusion guitarists. During the sixties, he left his study of sociology and started his music career instead. In 1968 Kriegel started playing with American vibraphonist Dave Pike and started his first jazz fusion group, The Mild Maniac Orchestra. In 1971 he released his debut, "Spectrum", which is considered his finest effort and was a milestone in European fusion. Later he played guitar on two studio albums by the electric violinist Don "Sugar Cane" Harris, "Keep On Driving" in 1970 and "Sugar Cane's Got The Blues" in 1971. In 1972 he released hid second solo album "Inside: Missing Link". Two years later he founded United Jazz and Rock Ensemble, as well as releasing several quality solo albums, including "Lift" and "Journal". The United Jazz & Rock Ensemble united many of Europe's excellent musicians, including Kriegel on guitar, providing most of the rock sound. He played with the band throughout their 2002 farewell tour and died of cancer in 2003. Aside from his music career, Kriegel was a writer/illustrator. Some of his best known works include 'Der Rock'n'Roll König' (The Rock'n'Roll King) and 'Olaf der Elch' (Olaf the Moose).

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