Rediscovery of two rarities – Baffo Banfi’s “Ma, Dolce Vita” and “Hearth” (The IC Years)

Giuseppe Banfi, aka Baffo Banfi, former keyboardist of Italian Progressive Rockband Un Biglietto per l’Inferno, started a solo career; using the name J.B. Banfi; in 1978 with the album “Galaxcy My Dear”, which was released on the Italian Milan based Red Records label. Baffos musical style is deeply inspired by the visionary sounds of Cosmic electronic music, the “Berliner Schule”, and artists like (more…)

Was that Krautrock or what? …

… Yes! Chronologically and geographically GATE has to be classified there. The music was experimental, but not focus on improvisations. Complex, often tricky, hardly danceable, but always strictly arranged, even in solos few/no free spaces. And the band had nothing in mind with electronics. In July 1976 GATE recorded one of their concerts in the Wuppertal “Börse” and offered the tapes – for (more…)

Liaison between Michal Urbaniak and M.i.G

“Paratyphus B”, originally released in 1973 on the German Spiegelei label, is best known for its innovative fusion of jazz, funk and rock, with Urbaniak’s distinctive violin playing in the focus. “Inactin”, also released a few months later on Spiegelei, shows the band at their best with its unique style that combines jazz, funk, fusion and world music. Both albums are of great (more…)

Gil Scott-Heron: “Bob Dylan’s Black Brother” shares his legacy Foto: Volker Beinhorn

Critics in the early 1970s called Gil Scott-Heron the most important Black voice since Martin Luther King Jr. and described him as a black Bob Dylan. “His poetry is with much muscle, with stiletto humor, with street talk, much of it justifiably angry and accurate,” the New York Times wrote in 1975, marveling at the angry man from the Bronx. No (more…)

38 SPECIAL will release their 1981 Lorelei performance

On August 29, 1981, Southern rockers 38 Special entered the stage of the open-air theater high above the Rhine on Loreley Rock. The Outlaws, Nine Below Zero and Thin Lizzy were in the festival line-up that day as well. It was the first of the many great outdoor festival-events of the WDR Rockpalast in this unique natural ambience in St. Goarshausen. 38 Special (more…)

Quote of the week about WUCAN’s “Live At Deutschlandfunk”:

Who still doesn’t know WUCAN, but instead permanently playing his Tull-Zeppelin-Renft records for the umpteenth time until they just loudly crackle their circles on the turntable, should definitely dare a look from the past towards the present and future – because there shines crackle-free and crystal clear at the cutting edge, but also of the past, WUCAN! (Thoralf Koß,, 10.04.2023)
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Bai Kamara Jr.s new album “Traveling Medicine Man” mirrored in the press

Three years after the release of his critically acclaimed album “Salone” we released almost four weeks ago the new album “Traveling Medicine Man” by Bai Kamara Jr. and his band, the Voodoo Sniffers.
As with the previous album, the press and also the radio worldwide are reacting euphorically to the new album of the musician from Brussels with his very own unique style, (more…)

Rediscovery after 43 years – ELMULAB’s “Microprozessor 8080A”

After 43 (!) years, this groundbreaking piece of German electronic music is finally available again remastered on CD and in digital format.
The “band-project” Elmulab, that was the Munich composer, musician and painter Klaus Netzle (aka Claude Larsen) and the Munich film composer, arranger and musician Gerhard “Delle” Haensch (aka Manuel Landy).
From the mid-1970s, Klaus Netzle’s interest in electronic music started to (more…)

Tír na nÓg release 1973 concert recording from the Liebfrauenkirche in Bremen

Tír na nÓg were an Irish folk duo formed in Dublin in 1969 by Leo O’Kelly and Sonny Condell. They were often considered one of the first progressive folk bands and are often compared to other artists like Nick Drake or bands like Pentangle. Their music consists mainly of original compositions based on strong Celtic roots, typically featuring intricate acoustic guitar playing and (more…)

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