My name ist Rudi Vogel, I was born in 1958 and I live close to the city of Bayreuth in Bavaria, Germany.
I have been an eBay power seller for many years, my ebay account is green-brain. Why "green-brain"? Because "green" is the color of my favourite lp label "brain".
In 2005, I had the honour of participating in the production of the 6 cd compilation "Krautrock for your brain".
I worked on the tracklist and wrote the booklet. Meanwhile, Vol. 2, 3 and 4 are available, too.
The compilation got excellent reviews in several magazines and can be purchased from me directly.
Krautrock - Music for your Brain - 6 CD Kompilation
This is an extraordinary compilation of the genre known as „Krautrock“. On six CDs in nearly 480 minutes you will find an overview of all the great music of the „Deutschrock“-phase.
It has never happened before that such a huge spectrum of bands and artists of so many varying styles within the genre is found on one compilation. So, it is an absolute highlight for fans and beginners!
Even the history is outstanding and unique. Andreas Baumann from Target Music asked me some months ago, whether I would be interested in creating an ultimate list of the „Krautrock“, to be used for an upcoming release of a 6CD – compilation. He introduced me to Rudolf Vogel, who lives in the south of Germany. He knew Rudi by pure chance. This was absolutely amazing for me, and we got perfect partners for this task. Rudi was completely familiar with the scenes in the south and I knew everything of the north. So we matched in every way. After a few weeks the work was finished and we presented a list of 300 titles which would represent their overview of „Krautrock“. Hard to believe, but we never had troubles or disputes about titles or bands to put in this list.
When this was done, it was time to search for the rights of these tracks. Responsible for this was Uwe Grünert from Universal, who supported us all the time and was passionately involved in the project. He was able to secure the right to use 67 of them - enough to build this collection. Rudi and I worked on the tracklists of the six CDs and on what we considered the ideal song distribution. We were totally free in our decisions. So you will not find any filler on this compilation, only tracks which were hand-picked by Rudi and I.
Rudi, who is already a member of our association, Andreas and I enjoyed this perfect and unique teamwork. We, of the German Rock association, were always informed about every phase of this project, and we were even involved in the design and the layout. For this, Rudi and I would like to thank Target Music!
So, in the name of the German Rock association, I give an absolute recommendation to this compilation. I hope that it will be very successful, so that the rest of our list will be out in following releases.
President of the German Rock association
Musicians: Inga Rumpf (vocals), Adrian Askev (keyboards), Alex Conti (guitar), Ringo Funk (drums), Karl-Heinz Schott (bass)
The successor band to Frumpy produced 4 studio albums and 1 live album. The music is less progressive and more commercial. The song “It’s getting better” is the title song of the second album, which was published in 1973 on the Vertigo label. The live track “Friends” is taken from the album “Atlantis live”, which was published in 1974.
Musicians: Frank Diez (leadguitar, vocals), Manfred Galatik (piano, bass, vocals), Michael Nürnberg (bass, guitar), Jürgen Lorenzen (drums)
The band of the excellent guitar player Frank Diez played Anglo-American inspired hardrock with complex structures. They recorded only one single album “Armageddon”, which was published in 1970 on the Kuckuck label and is one of the best hardrock albums of the early seventies. Unfortunately, it remained unnoticed.
Musicians: Bernd Koschmidder (bass), Reinhold Sobotta (keyboard), Bernd Noske (drums, vocals), Bruno Frenzel (guitar, vocals)
Birth Control is Krautrock monster that has been on the scene for almost 40 years. On their first albums, their music is hardrock with progressive and classical elements. They attracted attention with their album covers which were extremely provocative at the time they appeared (birth control pill case on their first album, giant grasshopper eating little babies with the pope in the background). The songs “The Work Is Done” from the album “Operation” from 1971 and “Gamma Ray” from the album “Hoodoo Man” are timeless classics.
Musicians: Irmin Schmidt (organ), Holger Czukay (bass), Jaki Liebezeit (percussion, flute), Michael Karoli (guitar), Damo Suzuki (vocals), Malcolm Mooney (vocals)
Can is one of the most influential Krautrock bands and enjoys a worldwide cult status. Interestingly enough, they succeeded with avantgarde rock, ineligible for most of the auditors. In the late sixties and early seventies they created the soundtracks of numerous underground movies. The title “Mother Sky” is from the album “Soundtracks” from 1971.
Cluster (pronounced „Kloooster“- that’s what the band puts worth on) are Hans Joachim Roedelius and Dieter Moebius. They made very experimental music in the electronic sector. The track “Hollywood” is from the album “Zuckerzeit“ from 1974. It is predominantly played with keyboards and rhythm machine and clarifies their style to wake emotions with most simple structures.
Musicians: Gert 'Kralle' Krawinkel (guitar, percussion), Rolf 'Mick' Kaiser (bass, vocals), Klaus George Meier (guitar, vocals, percussion)
The band of the later Trio guitar player Kralle Krawinkel published 2 albums. Their first one named “Cravinkel” from 1970 contained beautiful Anglo-American inspired folkrock. The 2 tracks introduced here are from this album. Their second album “Garden Of Loneliness” is entirely different. It is much more progressive and the tracks are much longer. Gert Krawinkel emerged again 1980 with the beginning of the so called “New Wave” with the band Trio.
Musicians: Martin Knaden (guitar), Hanno Bruhn (vocals, guitar), Kurt Herkenberg (bass, vocals), Chris Axel Klöber (keyboards), Hans Wallbaum (drums)
The first album “Curly Curve” from this hardrock outfit was published in 1973 on the Brain label. The song “Queen of Spades” is an ingenious space rock classic. The song “Hell and Booze” has to be in every respectable Krautrock collection. In 1981, the album “Forgotten Tapes” was published. It contained material which had already been recorded in 1974.
Dull Knife’s only album “Electric Indian” was published in 1971 on the Philips label. In spite of being a relatively simple hardrock album, it enjoys cult status due to its rarity.
Musicians: Jörg Ohlert (guitar, organ, mellotron), Klaus Lormann (bass), Jochen Carthaus (vocals, sax, harmonica), Wolf Fabian (drums)
Electric Sandwich’s only album „Electric Sandwich“ was published in 1972 on the Brain label. The music has references to jazz, blues, psychedelia and rock. The song “China” shows strong references to the German fusion sizes Xhol or Kollektiv.
Musicians: Manfred Wieczorke (guitar, bass, vocals), Erich Schriever (vocals, piano, organ), Frank Bornemann (guitar, percussion, harmonica), Helmut Drath (drums), Wolfgang Stöcker (bass)
Eloy are one of the oldest and most successful German bands, who were hated by the music press due to their numerous affectations. They appeared strangely dissociated and arrogant at their live acts. The first 3 albums contained relatively simple hardrock with beautiful organ parts, guitar solos and great percussion. Later, their style turned to bombast rock. The song “Castle In The Air” is from the third album “Floating”, which was published in 1974 on the Harvest label.
Musicians: Mal Waldron (e-piano), Jimmy Jackson (mellotron, organ), Dave King (bass), Christian Burchard (drums, marimba, vibraphon), Jörg Evers (bass), Edgar Hoffmann (violin), Roman Bunka (guitar).
Embryo are one of the most interesting, flexible und important Krautrock bands which have been on the scene since 1970. On almost every album you find different musicians and musical styles. On their first albums, they play an exciting mix of underground, Krautrock and jazz. On their later albums, the music turns to jazzrock with oriental influences. The song “Radio Marrakesch” is from their fourth album “Steig aus” from 1972, the song “A Place To Go” from their fifth album “Rocksession”. Both albums where published on the Brain label.
Musicians: Cliff Jackson (guitar, vocals), Klaus Walz (guitar, vocals), Bernd Kolbe (bass, vocals), Jim McGillivray (drums, vocals)
Epitaph are a German-British band who play British styled hardrock with nice double lead guitars. Although being no typical Krautrock band, they were and still are a desired live act. The song “Fly” is from their second album “Stop, Look And Listen”, which was published in 1972 on the Polydor label. After the excellent third Album “Outside The Law” from 1974, which has a similar quality than the first Wishbone Ash albums, their music turned more commercial.
Musicians: Eroc – all instruments
Eros was the electronic whizz kid of Grobschnitt until he left the band in 1983. Many intros and musical interludes were based on his ideas. “Wolkenreise” is one of these songs. It provided a soundtrack for the legendary “Söldner” show from 1978. It was published on his third album “Eroc 3” in 1979 and became a little success! “Norderland” is from the first album “Eroc” from 1975 and is acoustically related to the “Ölberg” phase (first album of Grobschnitt).
Musicians: Werner Diermaier (drums), Joachim Irmler (organ, electronics), Arnulf Meifert (drums), Jean-Hervé Peron (bass, guitar, vocals), Rudolf Sosna (guitar, keyboards), Gunter Wüsthoff (sax, effects).
Faust were the product of the journalist Uwe Nettelbeck. The idea was to create a band which could match with Can and Kraftwerk. 6 almost unknown musicians moved into an old schoolhouse in the city of Wümme and stayed there for one year, sponsored by the Polydor label with a huge amount of money. In 1971, they created their self-titled debut album, extraordinary and crazy masterpiece even for today’s standards, which received a very bad response by the music press. Their second album “So Far” was finally successful in England, where it reached number 13 in the charts. The crazy musical collage “Why Don’t You Eat No Carrots” is from the first album, “So Far” from the second one.
Musicians: Inga Rumpf (vocals, percussion), Jean-Jacques Kravetz (organ, piano, mellotron, percussion, sax), Karl-Heinz Schott (bass, percussion), Carsten Bohn (drums, percussion), Rainer Baumann (guitar)
Frumpy played excellent hard bluesrock with progressive, experimental and classical elements. Their trademark were the remarkable voice of Inga Rumpf and the outstanding keyboard playing of Jean-Jaques Kravetz. The song “How The Gypsy Was Born” is like “Take Care Of Illusion” from their second and best album “Frumpy 2”, which was published in 1971 on the Philips label. Unfortunately, Frumpy disbanded after 3 studio and 1 live album. Some of the former members founded the band “Atlantis”.
Musicians: Helmut Pohl (drums), Eberhard Kreitsch (bass, organ, Piano, vocals), Ali Claudi (guitar, vocals), Ad Ochel (guitar, vocals), Peter Otten (vocals)
The tracks „Dance On A Volcano” and “I Turned To See Whose Voice It Was” are from Gomorrha’s second and last album “I Turned To See Whose Voice It Was”, which was published in 1972 on the Brain label. This album is a milestone of progressive rock.
Grobschnitt were one of Germany’s best live bands. Their albums where never as convincing as their live performances, but each of them contains some gems. The songs “Vater Schmidt“ and „Traum und Wirklichkeit“ are from the German version of the album „Jumbo, which was published in 1976 in a German and an English version on the Brain label. The song “Anywhere” is from the album “Rockpommels Land”, which was published in 1977 and was the biggest commercial success the band ever had.
Musicians: Mani Neumeier (drums, vocals), Uli Trepte (bass, vocals on „Känguru“), Bruno Schaab (bass and vocals on „Guru Guru“), Ax Genrich (guitar, vocals)
The band of the drummer Mani Neumeier had a lot of crew changes. The dinosaurs of Krautrock published their first album “Ufo” in 1970 on the Ohr label. The music on this album is thus wild that they make the band Cream sound as psychedelic as your “next door village combo”. Songs like “LSD-Marsch” keep the promise the title suggests. The song “Ooga Booga” is from the album “Känguru”, which was published in 1972 on the Brain label. The songs “Samantha’s Rabbit” and “Der Elektrolurch” are from the album “Guru Guru”, which was published in 1973, also on the Brain label.
Musicians: Michael Rother (guitar, piano, organ, electric percussion), Hans Joachim Roedelius (organ, piano, electric guitar, electric percussion), Dieter Moebius (synthesizer, electric guitar, electric percussion).
The band Harmonia developed a musical style of their own, electronic music that fits between Kraftwerk and Tangerine Dream. However, here the rhythm is dominating. The songs “Watussi” and “Dino” are from the first album “Harmonia”, which was published in 1973 on the Brain label. They show clearly how timeless and animating “electronic dance music” can be.
Musicians: Nanny de Ruig (vocals), Nops Noppeney (violin, viola, piano, flute), Peter Käseberg (bass, guitar, vocals), Michael Bruchmann (drums, percussion), Jochen Grumbcow (cello, flute, guitar, piano, organ, mellotron), Christian Grumbcow (guitar)
The song „Requiem für einen Wicht“ is from Hoelderlin’s debut album „Hoelderlin’s Traum“, which was published in 1972 on the Pilz label. Hoelderin played nice trippy psychedelic folkrock with mainly acoustic instruments with excellent German lyrics. The voice of the female singer Nanny is beautiful. 3 years later, Hoelderlin published the self-titled second album with a different crew, where they played an entirely different musical style akin to Genesis or King Crimson.
Musicians: Bernd Pulst (vocals), Klaus Hess (guitar), Werner Nadolny (organ, flute), Charly Maucher (bass, vocals), Peter Panka (drums, percussion)
The band Jane from Hannover published their excellent first album „Together“ in 1971 on the Brain label. They play rock with heavy guitar riffs, a beautiful organ sound and a great lead guitar. The tracks “Daytime” and “Together” are from this album.
Kin Ping Meh
Musicians: Kalle Weber (drums, percussion), Torsten Herzog (bass, vocals), Frieder Schmitt (organ, piano, mellotron, vocals), Willie Wagner (guitar, harmonica, vocals), Werner Stephan (guitars, vocals, percussion)
The most interesting albums of the Mannheim band Kin Ping Meh are their self-titled debut album from 1971 as well its successor “No. 2“ from 1972. The music is an exciting mix of poprock and progressive and psychedelic elements. On their later albums, which where much more commercial, the ex 2066 & Then singer Geff Harrison joined them as singer. The song “Fairy Tales” is from their first album.
Musicians: Klaus Schulze (several synthesizers and organs)
Klaus Schulze is one of the most influential German musicians. Having played drums on the first Tangerine Dream album “Electronic Meditation” in 1969 and on the first self-titled Ash Ra Tempel in 1971, he concentrated on his solo work. The song “Mental Door” is from his fourth album “Picture Music”, which was published in 1973 on the Brain label.
Musicians: Peter Wolbrandt (guitar, vocals, percussion), Hellmut Hattler (bass), Johannes A. Pappert (sax, percussion), Jan Fride (drums, congas)
The band Kraan is one of the oldest German bands. They are still performing. Only the first albums can be classified as “Krautrock”. On their later albums they turned to jazzrock. The excellent self-titled debut album was recorded in 1972 in a farm house in Wintrup in the county of Westfalen, where the band lived as a commune for several years. It contains interesting jazz rock with Krautrock, Arabian and progressive elements. The song “Nam Nam” is from the third album “Andy Nogger”, which was published in 1973 on the Spiegelei label.
Musicians: Thomas Dinger (vocals, percussion), Hans Lampe (drums und perkussion), Andreas Schell (piano), Klaus Dinger (vocals, guitar und percussion), Nikolaus van Rhein (organ and synthesizer),Harald Konietzko (bass).
The band La Düsseldorf appeared on the scene in 1976 and is a successor of the band “Neu”, whose tradition they kept. La Düsseldorf had a radio hit with “Rheinita”, which sounds similar to the song “Isi” from Neu. “Rheinita” was published in 1978 on the album “Viva”.
Musicians: Thomas Karrenbach (piano, organ, vocals), Stefan Ostertag (guitar, vocals), Jürgen Kraaz (guitar, flute, choir, bass, organ), Christian Ostertag (bass, choir, guitar), Archer Weaver (drums, harmonica, vocals), Peter Moses (percussion)
The first and only album “Tears Are Going Home” of the Berlin commune Lava, which was published in 1973 on the Brain label, was a style mix of Krautrock, spacerock and psychedelic folk. The song “Holy Fool” is a beautiful psychedelic ballad. On the other hand, the song “Tears Are Going Home” is a space rock killer track in the best Hawkwind tradition.
Musicians: Peter Hecht (organ), Dieter Horns (bass, vocals), John Lawton (vocals), Joachim Rietenbach (drums, percussion), Peter Hesslein (guitar, vocals)
Before Lucifer’s Friend were founded, its members were involved in several other bands like Asterix, Electric Food or Pink Mice. Their best albums are the self-titled debut album from 1971 as well as their masterpiece “How The Groupies Killed The Blues” from 1972, even though the world press celebrated their third album “Banquet” with enthusiasm. The music is a style mix of Led Zeppelin, Uriah Heep and experimental hardrock. “Ride The Sky” from their first album is a killer hardrock song in best Led Zeppelin tradition. The song “Sorrow” is the highlight of the third album “Banquet”, which was published in 1974. On their later albums, the music developed towards mainstream hardrock. Their singer John Lawton joined Uriah Heep in 1976.
Musicians: Lutz Rahn (keyboards), Detlef Job (guitar), Hartwig Biereichel (drums), Heino Schünzel (bass, vocals), Carlo Karges (guitar, keyboards)
Novalis were formed in 1971 and used German lyrics from their second album on. Besides idealized and romantic lyrics, they used classical works. The song “Impressionen” from the album “Novalis” is an example for an interesting adaption of the “5th Symphony” by Anton Bruckner. The song “Wer Schmetterlinge lachen hört” from the same album became some kind of hymn for the band. Whenever somebody talks about Novalis, this song is mentioned.
Musicians: Jeff Beer (keyboards, percussion, vocals), Ray Brown (bass, vocals), Stuart Fordham (drums, percussion), Bob Terstall (guitar, vocals)
Odin published their first and only self-titled album in 1972 on the Vertigo label. In spite of Jeff Beer being the only German musician, the album may be filed without hesitation in the category “Krautrock”. The quiet song “Tribute To Frank” is a brilliant acoustical tribute to Frank Zappa.
Musicians: Dietrich Markgraf (sax, flute), Udo Arndt (guitar, organ, piano, percussion, vocals), Buddy Mandler (drums, congas, bongos, vocals), Christoph Busse (drums, guitar, percussion, vocals), Andreas Villain (bass), Mikro Rilling (cello, percussion, vocals)
Os Mundi’s first album „Latin Mass“ was published in 1971 and had Latin lyrics! The Berlin band was one of the first rock big-bands and had up to 12 members. The song “A Question Of Decision” is a progressive gem and is from the second and last album “43 Minuten”, which was published in 1972 on the Brain label.
Musicians: Klaus Peter Schweitzer (guitar, e-piano, vocals), Romi Schickle (organ, vocals), Mondo Zech (bass, vocals), Michael Sametinger (drums), Fritz Herrmann (guitar, vocals, harmonica)
The first and only self-titled album of Prof. Wolfff was published in 1972 on the Metronome label. hey were something like the progressive version of “Ihre Kinder”. Excellent German lyrics were wrapped in solid progressive rock.
Musicians: Dicky Tarrach (drums), Manfred Thiers (bass, vocals), Werner Becker (keyboards, vocals), Bernd Wippich (guitar, vocals)
The track “Luis“ is from the excellent debut album “Randy Pie”, which was published in 1973 on the Zebra label. The track “Highway Driver” is from the self-titled second album, which was published in 1975 on the Polydor label. It was much more commercial than the first album and a big success, nevertheless an excellent album that can be strongly recommended.
Musicians: Herbert Bornhold (percussion), “Zappo” Lüngen (bass), Edna (vocals), Frank Mille (guitar)
The album “The Witch“ was published in 1972 on the Pilz label. I think that it is the only album of the Rattles which can be put into the drawer “Krautrock” (can be pegged as “Krautrock”). The album version of “The Witch”, introduced with this compilation, is 30 seconds longer than the single version and the killer fuzz guitar solo is even more distorted. A killer track.
Musicians: Michael Schenker (guitar), Klaus Meine (vocals), Rudolf Schenker (guitar), Wolfgang Dziony (drums), Lothar Heimberg (bass)
The debut album “Lonesome Crow“ of the Hannover band Scorpions was published in 1971 on the Brain label. It is a masterpiece of progressive rock and THE Scorpions album that may not be missing in any good Krautrock collection. The later albums got more and more straightforward / linear and commercial.
Musicians: Helmut Krieg (guitars, mandoline, vocals), Harald Kaiser (bass, vocals), Reinhold Breuer (drums, percussion), Peter Schneider (organ, e-piano, synthesizer)
The self-titled debut album of Sperrmüll was published in 1973 on the Brain label and was unfortunately their only album. The track “No Freak Out” keeps what its title suggests.
Musicians: Johan Daansen (guitar), Richard Kersten (guitar), Nick Paine (guitar), Reinhard Besser (bass), Hartmut Pfannmüller (drums und percussion), Jürgen Zöller (percussion), Brad Howell (percussion), Michael Cretu (keyboards), Christian Kolonovitz (organ), Dieter Kolb (organ), Stefan Gleitsmann (oboe), Christian Felke (flute), Peter Drischel (sax), Helmut Henne (tuba), Manfred Schüssler (bouzouki), Thomas von Janowski (accordion)
Topas one and only self-titled album was published in 1980 and is a commercial mix of rock music and smooch songs. The songs “Train To An Island” and “Hurricane” are killer rock tracks with brilliant guitar work. It is strange that these two songs were no commercial success.
Musicians: Jürgen Dollase (keyboards), Kim Merz (vocals), Terry Park (bass), Charly Terstappen (drums), Michael Dommers (guitar), Pete Brough (guitar)
The band Wallenstein was formed in Mönchengladbach and published 5 excellent progressive albums between 1971 and 1975. The best one is “Mother Universe”, which was published in 1972 on the Pilz label. “Charlene” was a big success for the band as single and as LP and is from the self-titled album which was published in 1978 on the RCA label. This album is a clear break with the music played on the predecessors.
Musicians: Peet Becker (drums), Ken Hensley (keyboards), Reinhold Spiegelfeld (bass), Bernd Hohmann (vocals), Werner Monka (guitar)
The first and only self-titled album of Weed was published in 1971 on the Philips label. Uriah Heep’s keyboarder Ken Hensley used the creative break between the albums “Salisbury” and “Look At Yourself” to play keyboards on this album under the pseudonym “Ken Lesley”. The music is progressive hardrock and very similar to the early Uriah Heep.
Musicians: Achim Reichel (guitar, piano, bass, vocals), Frank Dostal (vocals, bass, bongos, organ), Helmut Franke (guitar, bass, banjo), Dicky Tarrach (drums), Leslie Humphries (piano, sax, organ)
The band Wonderland was founded in 1968. Their motto was to create sophisticated pop music. The song “Moscow”, which was produced by James Last, a famous German big-band leader for approximately 40 years, was a giant success. In 1971, Achim Reichel and Frank Dostal founded “Wonderland Band” whose music was much more progressive.
Musicians: Udo Lindenberg (vocals, drums), Carl G. Stephan (bass), Roger Hook (acoustic guitar, mandolin), Thomas Kretschmer (guitars)
Udo Lindenberg played as drummer in many import bands (Passport, Emergency, Kravetz), before he published his first album “Lindenberg” in 1971 on the Telefunken label. His next album “Daumen im Wind” was published in 1972 on the Telefunken label, and from that time on he continued with German lyrics. It’s thanks to Udo that German lyrics in rock music weere finally accepted. The song “Andrea Dorea” is from the album “Andrea Dorea”, which was published in 1973 and was the final breakthrough for Udo.
Musicians: Rolf Fichter (moog, flute, vibes, guitar, vocals), Klaus Fichter (drums, percussion), Matthias Nicolai (guitar, bass)
Yatha Sidhras first and only album was published on the Brain label in 1973. The music is a cosmic Krautrock orgy with ethnic and jazzy elements.
Rudi Vogel, 2005