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martes, 29 de enero de 2008

Out of Focus - Out of Focus (1971 GER)


Segundo LP de esta fantástica banda alemana de rock progresivo y seguramente el que mas he escuchado. Fue grabado en Bavaria Studios, en junio de 1971.

Los temas están completos pero hay un pequeño error en los tiempos de duración. No se a que es debido.

Out Of Focus se reunieron en Munich allá por 1969 y estaba compuesto por Remigius Drechsler (guitarra), Hennes Hering (órgano, piano), Moran Neumuller (saxo, flauta, primera voz), Stephan Wisheu (bajo) y Klaus Spori (batería). Su manager Jonas Porst fue suficiente para que la banda fichara por prestigioso sello Kuckuck.

La banda pasó meses de ensayo para pulir su álbum debut "Wake Up!" (1970). Fue diseñado por Thomas Klemt en la Unión Studio, Munich, entre octubre y diciembre de 1970. Este duro trabajo produjo uno de los clásicos de todos los tiempos del rock alemán! Out Of Focus reveló una bien equilibrada combinación de alternancia instrumental de guitarra, la flauta y el órgano absolutamente genial. La sólida sección rítmica repetitiva, podría producir complejos patrones de ritmo como un telón de fondo para la banda de solistas. Seis pistas cargadas de orgásmicos solos de saxo, suaves sonidos de flauta un órgano que se sale y el sonido de una guitarra magistralmente interpretada con canciones muy largas y con grandes tramos instrumentales que compensan la poco común voz de Neumuller.

Con sus raíces en el rock duro, blues, folk y jazz, Out Of Focus fue mucho más allá de bandas como Jethro Tull, Gravy Train, Colosseum, Traffic, etc.



Biography:

Out of Focus was one of the many creative groups that arose from Germany in the early '70s. Its inventive take on fusion laid the groundwork for their three LPs released a year apart from each other. The first record was excellent and each successive album got even better. Out of Focus began in Munich, Germany, in late 1968 with Drechsler, Hering, Neumuller, Spori, and Wisheu. Very much a product of those times, the group combined jazz, folk, blues, psychedelic, and progressive rock, as well as political and social awareness as often exemplified by Neumuller's lyrics. They quickly developed their style and from 1969 onward, they toured constantly, gigging all over Germany and opening for Amon Düül II, Nektar, Ginger Baker, Kraan, Kraftwerk, and Embryo, among others. By mid-1970, the Kuckuck label signed them. After several months in their practice room to work on their chops, they recorded material between October and December and by the end of the year, their debut, Wake Up, was released. In June 1971, the group recorded a second album for Kuckuck that came out later that year. This eponymous second album contained less rock riffing as the band branched further into jazz, improvisation, and experimentation. Out of Focus went back into the studio in the summer of 1972 to record Four Letter Monday Afternoon, an even more experimental double album with much longer tracks, including the 50-minute "Huchen-55," which took up the entire second record. The group on this record was expanded to an 11-piece with the temporary addition of Dechant, Schmid-Neuhaus, Polivka, Breuer, Thatcher, and Langhans. Kuckuck pressured the group for a hit single. Both the unruly behavior of the group and the dislike the owner of Kuckuck had toward Four Letter caused Out of Focus to be dropped by the label soon after that record came out. At the beginning of 1973, the group and their wives moved 30 miles out of Munich to the countryside. By now, Hering had left the group and Schmid-Neuhaus and new member Gohringer had joined. Without a new label, they began pre-production work on a fourth album between March and May 1974, but these recordings were not released until much later, on the album Not Too Late. By 1975, the group started to fall apart as the various musicians drifted away. By the time they performed at the 1978 Unsont & Draussen festival, Drechsler was the only remaining original member and their music was far more straight-ahead jazz. A year later, Drechsler joined Embryo and Out of Focus disbanded.



Tracklist:

01 - What can a poor boy do (but to be a streetfighting man)

02 - It's your life

03 Whispering

04 - Blue sunday morning

05 - Fly bird fly

06 - Television programm

Line up:

Remigius Drechsler - guitars,stylophone,tenor saxophone,flutes,vocals

Hennes Hering - organ,piano

Moran Neumuller - soprano saxophone,vocals

Klaus Spori - drums

Stephen Wishen - bass


(A 320 + covers)

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6 comentarios:

Ana MARIA dijo...

Prog.Focus

Professor Howdy dijo...





There is a time for everything,
a season for every activity
under heaven. A time to be
born and a time to die. A
time to plant and a time to
harvest. A time to kill and
a time to heal. A time to
tear down and a time to
rebuild. A time to cry and
a time to laugh. A time to
grieve and a time to dance.
A time to scatter stones
and a time to gather stones.
A time to embrace and a
time to turn away. A time to
search and a time to lose.
A time to keep and a time to
throw away. A time to tear
and a time to mend. A time
to be quiet and a time to
speak up. A time to love
and a time to hate. A time
for war and a time for peace.

Best wishes for continued ascendancy,
Dr. Howdy

P.S. Here's some blogs & videos
that I found of interest as
I negotiated my way through
cyberspace:


Video With Above Poem
Every Student
My Blog Video
Religion Comparison
Avoid This Place
Danish Cartoons
Arabic Cartoons
Muhammad or Jesus???
Answering Islam
Is Jesus God?
A Short Look At Six World Religions
God's Word in different languages...
How to become a Christian
Who Is Jesus?
See The Word
Watch The Jesus Movie
Spanish Cartoons
German Cartoons
Chinese Cartoons
Italian Cartoons
Greek Cartoons
Japanese Cartoons
Portuguese Cartoons
Many Languages
Around the Well
French Cartoons
Hindi Cartoons
Russian Cartoons
Little Girl
Get Saved?
You & Sin City
Mysterious Disappearance
Evolution Video
The Departure
You Need To See This
'Thought & Humor'


Tell me sometime what your
thoughts are about all this:O)

jmmv54 dijo...

Gracias mis amigos, éste disco lo tenía, pero mal grabado, así es que les agradezco infinitamente que ahora ya lo podré oir bien.

juan manuel

Ana MARIA dijo...

Un buenisimo disco.

atailadecampoo dijo...

Los conocí buscando a focus y me quedé con ellos, tambien lo tengo mal grabado, como pasa con tantos otros, así que se agradece empezar a tener todos estos discos que despues de ir cribando nos apetece tener, aparte de lo que la economia nos permita de tener en vinilo. Gracias

katetoscopio dijo...

Nuevo pass (refresco): katetoskopio/outoffocus