|A.R. & Machines||
Originally in the Rattles, Achim Reichel ventured into progressive territories with his trademark echo-guitar.
One of Germany's first experimental rock groups, Agitation Free was a part of the scene in Berlin in the late 60s. Members included Michael Hoenig and Chris Franke, Axel Genrich, Lutz Ulbrich and many other notable musicians. Their legacy however is some of the most listenable music of the era.
The original "Wohngemeinschaft" from Munich, Amon Düül's mixture of politics and music were born straight out of the 60s. Musically, however, it's unessential listening. All releases were culled from recording sessions held in 1968.
|Amon Düül II||
Led by Chris Karrer, the musical half of the Munich commune hippie band of the same name; a little to rough around the edges for prog standards, but most certainly not to be overlooked; Amon Düül II are Germany's finest psychedelic sons.
|Ash Ra Tempel||
One of the earliest krautrock groups, featuring guitarist Manuel Göttsching, Klaus Schulze on drums and bassist Hartmut Enke. Think album side-long psychedelic jams of the highest order...
Led by guitarist Manuel Göttsching, who previously led Ash Ra Tempel.
Member of Tangerine Dream's classic lineup, Peter Baumann emigrated to the US, where he went on to become a great producer and label-head of Private Music. He is currently the founder and director of The Baumann Foundation, a San Francisco-based think-tank on the human condition
Dubbed "the world's most original rock band" by the British music press, Can are simply without peer.
Hans-Joachim Roedelius and Dieter Moebius parted ways with Conrad Schnitzler to form Cluster in 1971. Their improvised music proved ground breaking in terms of structure and timbre, mostly composed by treated instruments and electronic means. After leaving Berlin, they settled in Forst, Lower Saxony, and built a home studio, which fostered collaborations with many musicians, including Michael Rother, Conny Plank. Brian Eno and Mani Neumeier.
Motherhood pre-dates Klaus Doldinger's work in Passport, and features Lothar Meid.
Led by drummer Christian Burchard, Embryo was part of the fertile fusion of new music coming from Munich in the late 60s. The band's roots were in jazz, first supporting Mal Waldron, while the 70s saw Charlie Mariano join up for several albums. The band then traveled east, absorbing Middle-Eastern, Arab and Indian music into their unique brand of fusion, releasing albums to this day. Other key members were Edgar Hoffmann and Roman Bunka.
aka Joachim Ehrig. Drummer of Grobschnitt and much later, remaster engineer for many Repertoire and SPV reissues.
German for "fist", Faust were pioneers in the studio. After two albums for Polydor, they signed with the fledgling Virgin label. Priced as a single, The Faust Tapes album sold a staggering 50,000 + copies - amazing since it is one amazingly weird pastiche. Their live appearances were explosive (literally), as the pinball machines and jack-hammer legends detail. The band carried on for nearly two years after IV, however that album, recorded outside the Wumme studio, was their last.
Edgar Froese, guitarist and founder of Tangerine Dream.
|Führs & Fröhling||
Gerd Führs and Heinz Fröhling post-SFF work.
Monster guitarist for Guru Guru. Also was founding member of Agitation Free.
One of the true pioneers of what would eventually be called techno, house, electronic etc. His work as a solo artist represents some of the most seminal works from the progressive era.
Best known for his metronomic drumming with Klaus Schulze, Wallenstein, and Ashra, Harald Großkopf is also an accomplished synthesist and world musician.
If Cream or Jimi Hendrix invented the "power trio", Germany's Guru Guru defined it on acid, offering the purest psychedlic freakouts on their early albums. Later albums, ever under the direction of Mani Neumeier, traversed all sorts of diverse music.
A collaboration between Michael Rother of Neu!, and Hans-Joachim Roedelius and Dieter Moebius of Cluster, Harmonia released two albums for the Brain label, and a third collaboration with Brian Eno (a precursor to Cluster & Eno) was released decades later.
Bassist for Kraan, one of the world's finest.
One of the most under-rated groups of the progressive era, Hoelderlin's albums rival the best from the United Kingdom. The core of Hoelderlin's albums were released on CD by EMI in 2007.