“Schnitzelbeat Vol. 3 – Ready for Take Off (Forgotten Psychedelic, Flower Power and Proto-Punk Artefacts from Austria 1967-1973)”. Produced by Trash Rock Archives. Compiled by Al Bird Sputnik.
Long awaited Schnitzelbeat Vol. 3 provides us with an insight into the final convulsions of the roaring 60ies and guides us through the throes of the upcoming 70ies. So, let’s recap: the Manson Family had just turned Love & Peace into a freakin´ nightmare. The iconic Beatles are in complete disarray and The Stooges herald a new era of hard-balled, primitive noise that would leave no rolling stone unturned.
And then there is the alpine republic of Austria ... where the city of Vienna blissfully dozes in the stale air of the postwar era. Occasionally the sound of an accordion or a yodel from the countryside is brought in by the old-fashioned breeze. The initiated listeners of the Schnitzelbeat series, however, already suspect it: there was something else, something wild, outrageous. A booming fist punch in the smug faces of the petty bourgeois.
But who would have guessed that the most impressive approach to the proto-punk of Blue Cheer or the MC5 would be issued on a conservative folk music label named Alpenton? (Albatross, "I am dead"). Yes, we can already hear the lederhosen hunting party scream in agony. And the mindless yelp of wild enthusiasm escaping the throats of open-minded Beat afficionados.
The Seals also prove to be worthy fighters in the generation conflict. "You know nothing about the new generation / because you live in the subway station": a surprising insight the young Psycho Punks from Vienna reveal in their number "Stop this War". And war is a common theme elsewhere, too: World War Two (The Cop Stigh, "War History"); the Vietnam War (Maybe Hair, "War"); the battle of the sexes (Young Society, "It's War").
On the other hand - what would the age of the Hippies and Communards be without free love, flower arrangements and substance-induced states of perception? "It's not the flowers in your hair, it's your heart that really counts / because only love can change everything around". Noble wisdom the manufactured boy group The Wallflowers share with the interested public, most aptly accompanied by a gawky children's choir. But the statement itself would most certainly also be undersigned by The V-Rangers ("Make Love"). Or the four members of Salzburg based Beat outfit Les Marquis, who bring a lovestoned California dream to life on the beaches of the Salzkammergut ("Silence on the Shore").
At the halfway point of Schnitzelbeat Vol. 3, an unforgettable highlight is served. In 1973 Rocky F. Holicke unleashed the ultimate psychedelic hymn ever handcrafted in Austria: "Ready for Take-Off" is an indescribably delicious monument of a song, a truly otherworldly experience of musical transcendence. If the destination is eight miles high above the clouds, then please do it like this, Mr. Spaceman. Did we mention that Mr. Holicke´s very own record label was consequently named Aero-Sound?
Speaking of aviation. While Hide & Seek walk in the footsteps of Cream and sail through the orbit in an almost weightless manner ("I can fly"), scorching hot "White Flames" are already skyrocketing out of Karl Ratzer's guitar amp. The legendary frontman of the Charles Ryders Corporation is not only one of the best jazz guitarists Austria has ever had - he even rivals James Marshall Hendrix once all guitar pedals have been pushed straight through the floorboards.
Around the same time, an Upper Austrian band of altar boys find themselves in the middle of a clandestine, nocturnal recording session. In the music room of a rural elementary school they record a mind-blowing monstrosity of highly explosive, psychedelic Garage Punk. Soaked with more fuzz, wah-wah and echo effects than even the devil himself would be able to handle. (The Hush, "Giny")
But this isn´t the only widely unknown super-rarity that music journalist, DJ and subculture researcher Al Bird Sputnik and his Trash Rock Archives have provided for this disc: the lost first single from Novaks Kapelle is included here in a fully remastered version, without skipping and almost free of annoying background noise ("Garbage Man"). The Austrian Brothers' fabulous plea for universal peace is presented from the only known copy without a pressing flaw (“Brother”). And finally someone got hold of The Cop Stigh's mythical 7", even if he had to sell his last T-shirt and drop his pants down to the ankles ….
But "All right", to cite the Styrian Acid Rockers of Generation 2000: it paid off. Schnitzelbeat Vol. 3 adds numerous fascinating chapters to the forgotten early history of Austrian Rock music. Join Al Bird Sputnik and the labels Konkord and Digatone on another dive into the shimmering depths of dusty record crates. Follow them on a psychedelic pilgrimage to the place where the mountains are made of ice cream, with deadly nightshades doted on their slopes. Until you completely got lost in the faraway regions of vintage Austrian pop culture.
01. NOVAKS KAPELLE- Garbage Man (1967)
02. CHARLES RYDERS CORPORATION- White Flames (1968)
03. EXPIRATION- It wasn´t right (1968)
04. HIDE & SEEK- I can fly (1970) CD ONLY
05. MAYBE HAIR- War (1970)
06. THE SEALS- Stop this War (1969)
07. THE COP STIGH- War History (1973)
08. ALBATROSS- I am dead (1970)
09. YOUNG SOCIETY- It´s War (1970) CD ONLY
10. ROCKY F. HOLICKE- Ready for Take-off (1973)
11. THE BEATNIKS- Fernost .... komm wieder (1967)
12. JACK GRUNSKY- Sally Mc Gregor (1968)
13. LES SABRES- Yes I see (1968)
14. THE V-RANGERS- Make Love (1969)
15. THE AUSTRIAN BROTHERS- Brother (1972) CD ONLY
16. LES MARQUIS- Silence on the Shore (1969)
17. HIPPOPOTAMUS- Traffics Ease Thida (1971) CD ONLY
18. THE HUSH- Giny (1971)
19. GENERATION 2000- All right (1969)
20. THE WALLFLOWERS- Blumen im Haar (1967)
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maybe you can help us to identify the following songs (title and artist) by clicking on the audio buttons! Many thanks for your support!
Contact: email@example.com. Turandot - Hans Hammerschmid (CBS 2165 - Germany 1965)
2. King of the Road - Mickie Finn (Dunhill D 50009 - USA 1966)
4. Resignation - Hans Hammerschmid (CBS 2165 - Germany 1965)
5. Joseph Niessen und sein Orchester - High Life (Supertone S 211 - Germany 1965)
18. Walter Wanderley - Kee-Ka-Roo - 1967
19. Les Irrésistibles (The Beloved Ones) - She And I - 1968
22. 25th Hour - Mariano Moreno - 1968
Amazing Funk Library LP featuring tones of Jazz-Funk and Psychedelic beats. The listener is constantly kept guessing as the music swings between Psych Funk, Esoteric Jazz and Cinematic/Love Themes then back again. Tracks like "Love For Sale", "Privacy", "Metropolis Notte" and "Dopping 2000" are simply timeless and go a long way to explaining why Cometa albums are so highly regarded. Sounds in here perfectly plunge in the universe of great 1970s music. Originally issued on Limited Edition serie for collectors, this gem has finally been repressed on HQ 180gr. vinyl with improved sound quality for the joy of audiophiles. Includes two previously unreleased tracks. Edition of 500 copies.Alessandro Alessandroni "INCHIESTA" LP (RE) 1977
Seriously wicked and really hard to find in its original edition, this superb sound Library brings the mark of the great, eclectic maestro Alessandro Alessandroni. The songs on this LP were originally composed for the broadcast of eight episodes made by RAI italian TV called “OPEN WINDOW". Many mid '70s Jazz-Funk/Scat themes full of samples, breaks and Funky tunes. Merged in this record you'll find heavy Funk-Drama tracks devoted to 1970s Poliziottesco's grooves interfering with slow Lounge Funk arrangements feat. sweet Scat vocals. Great brass, a sure winner! Originally issued on Limited Edition serie for collectors, this gem has been repressed on HQ 180gr. vinyl with improved sound quality for the joy of audiophiles. Includes one previously unreleased track. Edition of 500 copies.
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LP "Schnitzelbeat Volume 1 - I Love You Baby!" -- Twisted Rock 'n Roll, Exotica & Proto-Beat Unknowns From Austria 1957-1965
For the very first time, a compilation series brings you a comprehensive collection of raw, wild and untamed gems from Austria! Schnitzelbeat spells out how local visionaries in genuine teenager subcultures and on the fringes of mass compatible recording industries translated Rock 'n Roll, Exotica and the advent of Beat music into a local flavor of their own. Schnitzelbeat happened where HALBSTARKEN counterculture met flashy Popcorn Radio Rock, and where commercial orchestras and renowned Jazz legends went INCREDIBLY STRANGE...
Compiled by Al Bird Sputnik of Trash Rock Archives, all tracks on this compilation have never been reissued before and have been carefully remastered for your listening pleasure.
For the historically inclined, the LP comes with extensive liner notes in German and English in a 12 page LP sized booklet telling the history of Austrian Rock 'n Roll music as well as the stories of all featured recordings artists. In stock.
1. WERNER GAVAC- I love you baby! (1958)