Sunday 21 May 2017

Pinguin - Der Grosse Rote Vogel (1972)

The one and only album from this German band.

The band was a seven piece big band with a lineup of flutes, bass, guitars, percussions, drums, organs, saxophone and German vocals.

There is next to no info about this band. But I got an MP3 file from a reader of this blog who wanted my opinion about this album. Opinions soon to be expressed.......

A pretty strange art-work hides a pretty strange album. An album well within the confines of the krautrock genre.

The music on this forty odd minutes long album is very much melody and song focused. But with some large twists. There is a lot of out and out madness here. Frank Zappa springs to mind. The use of Hammond organs gives this album a good feel. One that tends to make my heart melt.

... But not in this case. Yes, this is a very German krautrock album with a mix of melancholy and pure fun. Or German humour if you like. Which is a weird humour with two melodies competing with each other in some songs. A bit avant-garde in other words.

There is no real great or good songs here. Nevertheless, this is a weird, wacky decent album which will be liked a lot in the krautrock community.... if the know about it.

2 points

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