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1 CD album Digipac (4 pages) with extensive booklet, 16 tracks. Playing time approx. 60... more

The Crystalairs: Westwärts

1 CD album Digipac (4 pages) with extensive booklet, 16 tracks. Playing time approx. 60 minutes. 

German Country & Doo Wop in a mixture like never before, the successor of the successful album'Die ganze Welt' with vocal and lyrical first-class versions of 
Marty Robbins, Johnny Horton, Johnny Preston & Red Foley; plus new interpretations of Winter in Canada and In The Ghetto, the very personal review of bandleader Ralf zur Linde in the booklet. 
Many photos from the group's private archive. 

The vocal sensation from Bielefeld with its latest impressive sign of life. Whoever thought that Doo Wop doesn't work in German and Country in our national language at 
Gunter Gabriel, Truck Stop and Tom Astor stops, the Crystalairs teach him otherwise. While the last studio album of the four vocal acrobats was still more influenced by the maritime hit of the 50s, on'Westwärts' the gentlemen succeed in musically taking us so far into the prairie that we feel the saddle under our ass. The whole world' took us into the cool water of the oceans,'Westwards' lets us breathe in the hot dust. The lyrics are of a linguistic power as if Shakespeare had been a regular guest in the saloon, and the songs are always astonishing thanks to their filigree arrangements, be it the version of Johnny Horton's North To Alaska or Mac Davis In The Ghetto. 

Alaska Ghetto Where is the desert dust, the herd of cattle, death in the saddle? The Crystalairs cannot be pushed into a corner. The child's fear of darkness is thematically as important to them as that of the cowboy's fear of the last shot - and no one has ever realised this range so brilliantly in music. A great new album from the group, whose declared fans include Dion ('I love your unique style!') and Connie Francis ('I didn't know the German language could sound so beautiful!'), just like Götz Alsmann, who says:'Nobody sounds like the Crystalairs!' He's right!

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Crystalairs, The - Westwärts CD 1
01 Poet der Prärie
02 Fort nach Alaska
03 Manhattan
04 Am Dock von San Diego
05 Winter in Kanada
06 Yukon
07 Jersey Girl
08 Mein Hund
09 Cowboyherzen
10 Jimmy Martinez
11 Bald zieht er seinen Colt
12 Die Treppe ins Dunkle
13 Surfer Girl
14 Feleena aus El Paso
15 In Chicago
16 Westwärts
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
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