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The Crystalairs: Strange World (CD)

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Crystalairs, The - Strange World (CD) CD 1
01 Strange World The Crystalairs
02 Leave Me Alone The Crystalairs
03 Lonely Teardrops The Crystalairs
04 By Day My Limbs, By Night My Mind The Crystalairs
05 Here Comes The Fat Man The Crystalairs
06 She's Not Mona The Crystalairs
07 Romeo And Juliet The Crystalairs
08 At The Fair The Crystalairs
09 Das Wunderbild The Crystalairs
10 The Show Must Go On The Crystalairs
11 Tokyo Girl The Crystalairs
12 Rapping With Ronnie I. The Crystalairs
13 Neither Rhyme Nor Reason The Crystalairs
14 Kleiner Stern The Crystalairs
15 Mermaid Love The Crystalairs
16 Elevator Of Love The Crystalairs
17 Song From Moulin Rouge The Crystalairs
18 Never Such Love The Crystalairs
19 Congratulations For Sandrine The Crystalairs
20 Beginning Of The End The Crystalairs
21 Martha The Crystalairs
22 Gotta Get Back To You The Crystalairs
23 Doo Wop Shop Talk 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 - Strange World (CD) CD 1
01 Strange World
02 Leave Me Alone
03 Lonely Teardrops
04 By Day My Limbs, By Night My Mind
05 Here Comes The Fat Man
06 She's Not Mona
07 Romeo And Juliet
08 At The Fair
09 Das Wunderbild
10 The Show Must Go On
11 Tokyo Girl
12 Rapping With Ronnie I.
13 Neither Rhyme Nor Reason
14 Kleiner Stern
15 Mermaid Love
16 Elevator Of Love
17 Song From Moulin Rouge
18 Never Such Love
19 Congratulations For Sandrine
20 Beginning Of The End
21 Martha
22 Gotta Get Back To You
23 Doo Wop Shop Talk