- Audio CD (30 Oct. 2006)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: CD
- Label: Marina
- ASIN: B000I5YQYI
- Other Editions: Vinyl
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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The In-Kraut Vol. 2 - Hip Shaking Grooves Made In Germany 1967-1974 CD
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This CD is a lot like the first volume of The In-Kraut in the way it leans heavily on British and American musical influences. Indeed, most of the music is as genuinely German as the Der Wienerschnitzel hot dog chain. But the German pop charts have always been peppered with some pretty swabby sounds, from Heino to Hasselhoff, so when you listen with that in mind, the popularity of some of the songs here becomes easier to fathom.
The In-Kraut Vol 1 features many funky, soulful horn-laden instrumentals. Though there is some of that in this volume, swirling organ sounds are much more to the forefront. As I said, Volume 2 features a couple of real retch-inducing dogs, but it also features much that is enjoyable. And while nothing here can honestly be classified as great, there is much that is fun.
My favorites here are all instrumentals or at least light on vocals. The exception is Mary Roos' cover in German of Sergio Mendes' Blauer Montag. One reviewer says its out of place here, and it is. But its very tasty nonetheless. Other worthy cuts are Hugo Strasser's Black Night, Ambrose Seelos' Swingle Beat, Nofretete's Headache, No No No, Moon Mission, and the pseudo-psychedelia of the unGerman sounding Carlos Fendeira on his Gimmi More. That last features organ evocative of the mid-sixties work of Brazilian composer/musician/arranger Eumir Deodato before he left Brazil for the US.
What don't I like? Wildkatze's obnoxious chorus ruins an otherwise OK song and the awful scatting on Peeled Tomato does likewise. But the two songs that nearly had me use this as a frisbee are the mercifully short This Is Soul and the incredibly vapid and moronic Swinging London. That last one ranks near the pinnacle of the pop world's musical dungheap. One reviewer actually thinks its tops but I can't imagine ANYONE enjoying it. I'll leave it to you to decide but be sure to have a barf bag handy!
Overall, there is enough enjoyable here that it won't sit unplayed in its case. If you like an occasional earful of throwback music and novelty tunes, you may enjoy this as well.
This compilation’s cover bears the slogan “Hip Shaking Grooves Made In Germany 1967-1974”, and that’s pretty much what this is. What this collection of rare songs proves is that London wasn’t the only “swinging” place in the mid-to-late ’60s, and that Germany had plenty of mod, beat, soul, jazz, groove and campy Austin Powers-esque type of music to call its own (even if one of the songs here is called “Swinging London”). Many of the songs here are instrumental workouts in the Booker T. & The MG’s style, which is all for the better since the vocal tracks are campy and the cheesy lyrics can be irritating. None of the groups included in this volume will mean much to Americans, with the exception of Inner Space who released one 7″ before changing their name to Can (their contribution, “Kamera Song”, features a female vocalist and doesn’t hint much at what they would later morph into). Not a perfect listen, but fans of mod/hammond/soul-jazz/rare-groove will want to give this a spin at their next shindig.