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(Part Records) 22 Tracks Digibook (Hardcover/40 pages) Active since 1988, the brothers Jens... more

The Crystalairs: Big Boys (CD)

(Part Records) 22 Tracks Digibook (Hardcover/40 pages)

Active since 1988, the brothers Jens (lead / 1st tenor) and Daniel (baritone / bass) Franke with Ralf Zur Linde (lead / 1st tenor) and Claus Peter Niem (2nd tenor) are one of the world's best known active bands in the field of harmony vocals. Shortly after their foundation, the quartet became known on genre stations in the USA - the debut single was released on Ed Engel's Crystal Ball label, and the liner notes to "Big Boys" now come from Joe Conray (DJ Brad), who has long accompanied the Germans on Doo Wop Radio.

The Crystalairs have tried their hand in all directions, most recently even singing complete German-language albums for Bear Family Records. The new work is accompanied by 22 songs in classic band style, 20 of them original compositions as well as the well-known "Stranger Girl" from the movie "The Wanderers" and the autobiographical key song "Wir gesuchtten nur ein Echo", an adaptation of Richard Reicheg's "Looking For An Echo". Over 14 months RICHARD REICHEG wrote, rehearsed, recorded and produced in his own studio, simple instrumented songs with classical themes, which offer the best stage for ingenious, polyphonic harmony singing. A real masterpiece!

'Nobody sounds like Crystalairs'... Götz Alsmann

Article properties: The Crystalairs: Big Boys (CD)

  • Interpret: The Crystalairs

  • Album titlle: Big Boys (CD)

  • Genre R&B, Soul

  • Label PART

  • Deluxe Edition
  • Artikelart CD

  • Year of publication 2019
  • EAN: 4015589003676

  • weight in Kg 0.12
Crystalairs, The - Big Boys (CD) CD 1
01 The Doo Wop Baby Melody The Crystalairs
02 Hi The Crystalairs
03 Stranger Girl The Crystalairs
04 Hello, My Name Is Susan The Crystalairs
05 Tides Of Love The Crystalairs
06 It's All Over But The Crying The Crystalairs
07 Circle Of Love The Crystalairs
08 My Very Last High School Love Affair The Crystalairs
09 The Missing Title The Crystalairs
10 Wannabe The Crystalairs
11 Abc's Of Love The Crystalairs
12 Primavera The Crystalairs
13 Laura's Stars Still Shining The Crystalairs
14 Love Is Like A High School Prom The Crystalairs
15 Heaven's Door The Crystalairs
16 Knick Knock The Crystalairs
17 The Same School The Crystalairs
18 Queen Of The Hop The Crystalairs
19 The Four Candles The Crystalairs
20 Singing The Night Away The Crystalairs
21 Wir Suchten Nur Ein Echo The Crystalairs
22 Big Boys The Crystalairs
The Crystalairs What happens in two prospective high-school graduates in 1988 who don't fit... more
"The Crystalairs"

The Crystalairs

What happens in two prospective high-school graduates in 1988 who don't fit into the classrooms covered with Wham! and Kylie Minogue posters? Who feel like they're moving in the fifties and sixties while their classmates bathe in the drum computer waves of the eighties? Who are unconsciously addicted to doo-wop and are annoyed that suddenly the'Dirty Dancing'-cult is spreading and every second suddenly feels Stay and In The Still Of The Night is good? A real romper could not approve of this, for it was transient fashion, not a true vocation.

You can't imagine it when you see recent photos, but Ralf zur Linde and Claus-Peter Niem were such role models. "That's how authentic I've been walking around since I was 12, 13. Claus as well. We were something like the two'Elvisse' at school, and we didn't want to take it off. They literally bathed in this image and also enjoyed this outsider role. "Nobody else was walking around like that." The term'Retro' was not yet an official part of German vocabulary - it applied to Ralf zur Linde and Claus-Peter Niem.

At the age of 13 Ralf is infected by a Beach Boys record given to him by a boy next door, because he doesn't know what to do with it. "I heard the thing up and down. For some reason, I was totally fascinated by the music. I still remember that I could not classify the music because I lacked the basic knowledge, but today it is of course clear to me that it was the complex vocal harmonies. They touched me in the depths of my soul."

So the detour to Doo Wop is via surf music. The record collection is being expanded, as far as Bad Wildungen and the surrounding area are concerned. It's not much, though. The rocket launch takes place at the age of 16: four-week student exchange with the USA, Ralf comes to San Francisco, browses through the record shops there, buys of course even more Beach Boys, but also many records of vocal groups, mostly from a label called Crystal Ball. His love is hot, but only now he knows her name: Doo Wop!

His patron is not the music teacher, but the history teacher. He has a recording studio in one of the many war bunkers still standing around in Bad Wildungen. Here Ralf is already introduced to the high art of arrangement. "My greatest desire was to sing in several voices myself, but I only had Claus by my side and two people still can't achieve full harmony. I had never heard of dubbing before, but it gave me two very satisfying songs with polyphonic vocals". At home, he goes even further: with two cassette recorders, he refines the structure of the harmonies: No. 1 is sung about, the second voice is played on no. 2, and on this result the third voice comes back to no. 1: "I was so happy as if I had invented the wheel". The parents, on the other hand, will have been surprised...

Excerpt from BCD17239 - CRYSTALAIRS Westwärts
Read more at: https://www.bear-family.de/crystalairs-westwaerts.html
Copyright © Bear Family Records

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Tracklist
Crystalairs, The - Big Boys (CD) CD 1
01 The Doo Wop Baby Melody
02 Hi
03 Stranger Girl
04 Hello, My Name Is Susan
05 Tides Of Love
06 It's All Over But The Crying
07 Circle Of Love
08 My Very Last High School Love Affair
09 The Missing Title
10 Wannabe
11 Abc's Of Love
12 Primavera
13 Laura's Stars Still Shining
14 Love Is Like A High School Prom
15 Heaven's Door
16 Knick Knock
17 The Same School
18 Queen Of The Hop
19 The Four Candles
20 Singing The Night Away
21 Wir Suchten Nur Ein Echo
22 Big Boys