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jueves, 13 de diciembre de 2007

Kin Ping Meh - King Ping Meh 3 (1973 GER)

Grupo alemano de Krautrock/Hard Rock, formado en 1970, Mannhein, Baden, Germany y que termino en 1977
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Kalle Weber (drums, percussion)
Alan Joe Wroe (bass)
Frieder Schmitt (organ, pianos, Moog)
Gagey Mrozeck (electric & acoustic guitar, vocals)
Geff Harrison (vocals)(ex 2066&Then)
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(Edicion sello Second Battle SB 28/000 1498)
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Albums:
Kin Ping Meh................................ 1971 Polydor 2371 259
No. 2.............................................. 1972 Zebra 2949 005
III.................................................. 1973 Zebra 2949 011
Virtues And Sins................................. 1974 Nova 6.22613
Concrete (2LP)................................... 1976 Nova 6.28370
Kin Ping Meh................................. 1977 Bacillus BAC 2046
Hazy Age On Stage (2LP)........ 1991 Second Battle SBT 002
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Review de Alex Gitlin
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As far as I am aware, there were no other German bands like Kin Ping Meh, who chose their name in the Chinese language! In 1970, this quintet assembled in Mannheim: Werner Stephan (lead vocals), Joachim Schafer (guitar, piano, vocals), Fritz Schmitt (organ, piano), Torsten Herzog (bass) and Kalle Weber (drums). They played live extensively during their early years, performing a rough hard rock modeled on British bands like Deep Purple, Uriah Heep and Spooky Tooth. Soon, Kin Ping Meh were discovered by Polydor's talent scouts. Joachim Schafer left the band just before the recording of their first album. He was promptly replaced by Willie Wagner (guitar, harmonica, vocals), who joined the band in the Windrose Studio. Indeed, Wagner wrote the stand-out track of this album, the opening 11-minute 'Fairy-Tales', a haunting heavy rock song with long, 'progressive' guitar and organ solo parts. Even if you do not find this style attractive, you'll sense the great enthusiasm of the band. There were also some mellow, folky songs on the album, like 'Too Many People', recorded live and boasting an irresistible chorus. 'Kin Ping Meh' was produced by the experienced rock veterans Achim Reichel and Frank Dostal. The engineer was none other than Konrad Plank. The album is highly recommended for fans of groups like Epitaph, Zarathustra, Frame, etc. It's now quite rare (selling for more than 300 DM) as the first and only vinyl edition was only pressed at around 5,000 copies.
Torsten Herzog and Willie Wagner left Kin Ping Meh in 1972. The band had already been expanded with Alan Joe Wroe (bass), Uli Gross (guitar, although he left again within months) and Gagey Mrozeck (guitar, ex-2066 & Then). 'No. 2' (1972) followed the path of its predecessor - it was filled with great quality heavy progressive rock. Besides their self-written material, Kin Ping Meh were also bold enough to make an 11-minute version of 'Come Together', culminating in a long instrumental jam - a highlight of the album! Fans of early Kin Ping Meh should also check out the double album, 'Hazy Age On Stage' (1991), featuring great live tracks recorded in Sprendlingen in January 1973 and also some studio out-takes from 1972. When vocalist Werner Stephan left in May 1973, it marked the end of Kin Ping Meh's first phase. Regrettably, none of their following albums could match their first two. Gagey Mrozeck recommended Geff Harrison (his old friend from 2066 & Then) as a replacement for Werner Stephan. The quintet of Harrison, Mrozeck, Schmitt, Wroe and Weber recorded 'Kin Ping Meh III' (1973) with added choir and brass. Unfortunately, most people find their 'new' sound far less appealing than their previous one. 'Virtues And Sins' (1974) was a further slide towards a more standard Anglo-American influenced rock. Schmitt left in 1975, and was replaced by Chris Klober (keyboards, ex-Curly Curve). He only participated on the double live album, 'Concrete' (1976) before the band fell apart. Geff Harrison set out on a solo recording career, but only with moderate success. Mrozeck and Weber embarked on an ill-fated attempt to keep the band going with Michael Pozz (vocals), Ron Sheepmaker (keyboards) and Chuck Trevor (bass), resulting in the sixth and final Kin Ping Meh album for Bacillus - a superfluous affair!
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3 comentarios:

ssggaaee dijo...

Bell no conocía neste disco. Sí tengo por ahí perdido el del 74, el Virtues and Sins, comprado en un viaje a Alemania hace ya milenios (creo que andaba algo rayado, pero miraré). Ya está camino de mi disco.

Gracias

Anónimo dijo...

Complete singles inkl. cover
http://rapidshare.com/files/431454968/KPM_1991_-_Singles__1970-75_.zip

and more rarities

http://rapidshare.com/files/431455915/KPM_1973_-_Live_FM.zip
http://rapidshare.com/files/431457931/Kin_Ping_Meh_1991_-_Hazy_age_on_stage__1972-73_.zip

http://rapidshare.com/files/124123077/kin.ping.meh.1976.-.concrete.zip

http://rapidshare.com/files/124234134/kin.ping.meh.1977.-.kin.ping.meh.6.zip

http://rapidshare.com/files/124286335/kin.ping.meh.1998.-.fairy.tales._.cryptic.chapters._1970-1972_.zip
http://rapidshare.com/files/124308049/kin.ping.meh.1998.-.fairy.tales._.cryptic.chapters._1970-1972_.z01
http://rapidshare.com/files/124333887/kin.ping.meh.1998.-.fairy.tales._.cryptic.chapters._1970-1972_.z02

katetoscopio dijo...

Nuevo pass (refresco): katetoskopio/kinpingmeh