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Sunday, July 7, 2013

Bullfrog - Bullfrog (1976 germany, excellent heavy progressive tinged with classic rock forms, 2013 Sireena remaster)



Ali Haimatoglu, one in the former Munich music scene established and well accepted drummer has been instructed in 1973 by the owner of a cinema chain to assemble a band. Quick the core-group was fixed, it have been people with already long years of musical experience

- Sebastian Leitner, guitar, born on 17.01.1953 in Freilassing, played in various amateurbandssince 1967 and at least in the Austrian professional band Lazarus Round.

- Harald Kaltenecker, Keyboard, born 10.01.1950 in Munich, has been in numerous bands.amongst others in the ..International Beat & Soul Group" RIGHT TRACKS and at last with the Munich band Dream.

- Vincent Trost (died 2006), bass, born on 27.06.1942 in Stuttgart, was the most experienced musician, not only due to his age. Early 70's he did :,small time" with his own band The German Four across Germany and the border countries.

- Gerd Hoch (died 1995), vocals, born on 16.02.1951 in Freiburg, the man with the raspvoice, who stamped the Bullfrog-sound especially.

Ali Haimatoglu himself has been the first drummer of the band, but didn't stick to the band very long. His followers have been first Seppl Niemayer (went later to Octopus), then Bruno Perosa. Also he lived together with the other bandmembers in a musical-flat-share, the legendary ,,Dampfmolkerei" of the 300 people location Burkhards.

With this cast they went 1976 to Conny's, the studio of Conny Plank. He was exalted of the demos and recommended them immediately to Sky Records in Hamburg. A record deal has been signed and the first album recorded.

Due to the fact that in the already two bands with the name Bulldogg (US) and Bulldogg Breed (UK) did exist, therefore their record label recommended the name Bullfrog. Under this name the first album appeared in Autumn 1976, the album cover was created by the Japanese painter ant artist Aoi Fujimoto.

The first Bullfrog release was very successful and appeared parallel ti the German publication also at the US Company Annuit Coeptis. Amongst excellent groups Bullfrog now belonged to the most promising newcomer bands of the German Rock scene. This has lso be proven during their live gigs, which were not only acoustic but also optic a class of it’s own.
from CD Liner-notes


Tracks
1. Movin' On - 4:09
2. Bad Game - 3:34
3. I Came From The Sky - 4:45
4. I'm Comin' Home - 6:34
5. Get Away - 10:41
6. Desert Man - 11:35
All songs by Sebastian Leitner and Gerd Hoch

Bullfrog
*Sebastian Leitner - Guitar
*Harald Kaltenecker - Keyboards
*Vincent Trost - Bass
*Gerd Hoch - Vocals
*Bruno Perosa - Drums
With
*Jane Palmer - Vocals
*Ute Kellerman - Vocals

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5 comments:

DanP said...

Ah sweet a welcome upgrade many thanks

panos said...

ευχαριστω Μαριε.ελπιζω να παιζει καλυτερα απο το παλιο cd.
τσεκαρε το μειλ

adamus67 said...

The history of the band "BULLFROG" began in 1973. Hans Rohm was the owner of a cinema chain in Munich and made for the project "BULLFROG" the financial resources as well as a house in Lower Bavaria are available. During this time, certainly a very unusual step, for sponsors for the music industry, especially the German rock scene, which was still in its infancy, could not be discussed at this time. Rather disparagingly was at that time, especially in the U.S. and in England, spoke of "Krautrock".

Ali Halmatoglu, in the former Munich music scene very recognized drummer, later husband of singer and comedienne Lisa Fitz, was commissioned to create the band. Initially called the group "BULL DOGG" and tried unsuccessfully relatively transversely with performances by Germany. Because of different ideas, there was a split, especially by financier and manager Hans Rohm and founder of the musical group, the drummer Ali Halmatoglu. They played rock music with strong influences Blue, clubs, small halls and youth centers were the places where the band with original compositions set a new course.

Re-released on CD by Sireena Records debut of Bullfrog, that time perfectly produced by Conny Plank, boasts a powerful American-style blues-rock with some on the keyboard. The band also clearly aimed at the American market. The band's sound was heavily influenced by this very intense smoky bluesy vocals Gerd highs. Most comparable seems to me that music with Jane. Some of the bonds of Deep Purple in the mid 70s are audible.

Some sounds quite conventional blue rock (" Movin 'On") to funk ("I Came From The Sky," "Desert Man"), but there are also always just slightly proggige elements, eg the synths in "Bad Game". One often hears a beautiful Hammond organ. On the second page with the two long tracks of blues rock drifts at "Get Away" very nice in spherical realms from which can also be for the floyd-inspired Proggie with beautifully elegiac guitar solos of interest. The drums provide much more than food unit. The debut album from "BULLFROG" would be worth mentioning that in some titles Jane Palmer (v), born: 06.06.1952 and Ute Hellermann (v), the band reinforced vocally. Jane Palmer later began a solo career in 1982 with his own band and went on tour in Germany. She then worked inter alia with Wolf Maahn and the Deserters together. Overall, "Bullfrog" a strong, very well-produced album, however, the representatives of the pure prog doctrine probably would not sound fascinating progressive enough. Singer Gerd High committed in June 1995 as a complete surprise suicide. Near Basel, he visited a nightclub with friends. The singer reportedly went to the toilet, but never came back. Gerd can roll over from an oncoming train.

Big thanks Marios & Larry!

Laurent said...
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guinea pig said...

Thanks.