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1-CD Digipak (6-coated) with 38-page booklet, 29 titles. Playtime approx. 74 mns. Smash!... more

The German Blue Flames: The German Blue Flames

1-CD Digipak (6-coated) with 38-page booklet, 29 titles. Playtime approx. 74 mns.

Smash! Boom! Bang!
Beat in Germany
The 60s Anthology

GERMAN BLUE FLAMES
In the 60s the Ruhr area was black, but politically red. Steelworks threw sulphur-yellow clouds into the sky, laundry was dried in the living room, factory trains rattled through the grounds on narrow tracks lorry after lorry of black gold, and at the factory gates the men crowded with men with handles. Occasionally a tunnel broke in, a gaseous air mixture evaporated or something went wrong during the tapping. It was worn with composure. After the shift they went to the pub, drank a bottle of beer in the corner pub, and Jürgen von Manger was not always laughed at. The Borussians were still kicking on Red Earth and Reinhard Libuda with the squires in their youth, but one could already see that he would perhaps become quite a great one. But none of the workers in the pot had yet been ennobled. Except the Kowalskis. Krupp had just stopped building trucks. Titan, a legend. However, with the EEC came foreign coal, the competition Belgian steel, and not all went more regularly on shift. Hans Lissek, now Hans von der Forst: "With the beginning of unemployment came the end of our band. Our best employers had always been the Youth Welfare Offices, and so '67/'68 their budgets were shrinking, they could no longer afford bands."

As a musical landscape, the region around Emscher and Ruhr was characterized by competition; not in such a way that the guitars were out of tune with each other or the plugs were pulled out of the can in the middle of the song, but by a lack of solidarity and a feeling of togetherness. Together they would have been stronger, instead they recruited each other's best musicians. The German Blue Flames, however, remained immune, maybe that's why they became the biggest in the pot.

Because there's no doubt they were. They also had a lot of fun when they played 'Beat Swim' in the swimming pool, dressed only in swimming trunks. After all, this served a good purpose, because among the ladies present a topless swimsuit was raffled - fitting included in the prize-giving. Unfortunately, the good piece had mysteriously disappeared at the beginning of the raffle. Generally, the German Blue Flames and their clothing. It's such a chapter in itself. From 1964 they were equipped by Kramer's Twenshop, always very extravagant, but there are different opinions on the subject of 'taste'.

In 1962 Heinrich 'Heiner' Landwehr persuaded his classmate Kuli to go with him to a concert of the Gelsenkirchen Allround Men because - what the classmate didn't know - they needed a new guitarist. And already the all-round men were four again: Dirk Schortemeyer on piano, Hans Lissek on drums, Heiner Landwehr on bass and Hartmut 'Kuli' Kulka on guitar. The Allround Men had rehearsed a nice set together: German hits for the conservatives and Shadows- and Cliff-Richard titles for the (young) savages. And at the front edge of the stage stood the enormous amplifier system and the whole pride of the band: two remodeled tube radios. Right, the one with the magic eye! Also called Saba-Bassman in professional circles.

Then the Dixieland-Jazzer Ulrich Feldhege joined, because of his versatility and the dissolution of Papa Nap's band. He brought along a clarinet - and a guitar case. And because Dirk had to study, Kuli first of all became the musical boss and demanded: more English music! And a new name!

Kuli and Heiner had been to London in the summer of 1962, where they had seen and heard the Kellerclubs ausbaldowert and Georgie Fame & The Blue Flames. Both were very excited and very impressed. For simplicity's sake, the all-round men then became the Blue Flames - if there had been a Schorsch in the rows, Georgie & The Blue Flames would probably have been created. With a new repertoire and fresh name, the band was booked by Kurt Oster, the great beat promoter and youth worker of the city of Recklinghausen, for his youth dance tea. This in turn encouraged the house priest of the Blue Flames, Pastor Wichmann from Gelsenkirchen-Buer, to engage the boys for his dancing tea in the 'temple', the nickname of the Protestant youth club in Buer, again and again. As an advance payment, the pastor financed a few loudspeakers and microphones, which in turn brought Klaus Grochowski onto the scene. Now they were complete, and with three guitars and a bass they polished their Shadows material and what they had copied from the passing Indonesians.

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German Blue Flames - The German Blue Flames CD 1
01 Rhythm And Blues Johnny
02 Everybody
03 Lonely Avenue
04 Let Me Go Lover
05 I Feel So Sad
06 Ready Teddy
07 That's All About Love
08 Ecstacy
09 Good Bye
10 When The Flames
11 Please Don't Say That It's Over Now
12 Sunbeams At The Sky
13 Baby, warte auf mich (That's All About Love)
14 Good Bye (deutsch)
15 Mein Herz ist noch frei (Sunbeams At The Sky)
16 Lovely Lady (Lovely Lovely)
17 Sha-la-la-la-lee (mit Rikki Barnes)
18 Rama Lama (mit Rikki Barnes)
19 Ole Bardot
20 Along Comes Mary
21 Rhythm And Blues And Johnny (deutsch)
22 Good Bye
23 Besser geht's mit...COKE
24 Sowas läuft frei rum (I'm On The Up)
25 Stück für Stück
26 Miss Ashwood (Cab Driver)
27 No, Sweetheart, No
 THE GERMAN BLUE FLAMES In the 1960s the Ruhr area was black, but politically red.... more
"The German Blue Flames"

 THE GERMAN BLUE FLAMES

In the 1960s the Ruhr area was black, but politically red. Steelworks threw sulfur-yellow clouds into the sky, laundry was dried in the living room, factory railways rattled on narrow tracks Lore around Lore black gold through the area, and at the factory doors the men crowded with Henkelmännern. Occasionally, a tunnel collapsed, deflagrated gaseous air mixture or something went wrong during the tapping. It was worn with composure. After the shift, they went to the booth, drank a bottle of beer in the corner pub, and Jürgen von Manger wasn't always laughed at. The Borussi still kicked on red earth and Reinhard Libuda with the squires in the youth, but one could already see that he would perhaps one day become a really big one. But none of the working class in the pot had yet been ennobled. Except the kowalskis. Krupp had just stopped building trucks. Titan, a legend. However, with the EEC came foreign coal, the competition Belgian steel, and not all went more regularly on shift. Hans Lissek, today Hans von der Forst: "With the beginning unemployment came the end of our band. Our best employers had always been the Youth Welfare Offices, and so in'67/'68 their budgets were shrinking, they could no longer afford bands."

As a musical landscape, the region around Emscher and Ruhr was marked by competition; not in such a way that the guitars were out of tune with each other or the plugs were pulled out of the can in the middle of the song, but precisely through a lack of solidarity and a feeling of belonging together. Together they would have been stronger, but instead they enticed the best musicians away from each other. The German Blue Flames, however, remained immune, perhaps that's why they have become the biggest in the pot.

Because there's no doubt they were. They also took part in every kind of fun, for example when they played'Beat Swim' in swimming pool dressed only in swimming trunks. At least this served a good cause, because among the ladies present a topless swimsuit was raffled - fitting included at the award ceremony. Unfortunately, the good piece had mysteriously disappeared at the beginning of the raffle. In general, the German Blue Flames and their clothing. That's a chapter in itself. From 1964 Kramer's Twenshop equipped them, always extravagant, but there are different opinions on the subject of'taste'.

In 1962 Heinrich 'Heiner' Landwehr persuaded his classmate Kuli to go with him to a concert of the Gelsenkirchen Allround Men, because - what the classmate did not know - they needed a new guitarist. And already the all-round men were four again: Dirk Schortemeyer on piano, Hans Lissek on drums, Heiner Landwehr on bass and Hartmut 'Kuli' Kulka on guitar. The Allround Men had rehearsed a nice set together: from German hits for the conservatives and Shadows- and Cliff-Richard titles for the (young) savages. And at the front of the stage stood the enormous amplifier system and the pride and joy of the band: two modified tube radios. The one with the magic eye! Also known among experts as Saba-Bassman.

Then the Dixieland jazzman Ulrich Feldhege joined, because of his versatility and the dissolution of Papa Nap's band. He brought a clarinet - and a guitar case. And because Dirk had to study, Kuli first became the musical boss and demanded: more English music! And a new name!

Kuli and Heiner had been to London in the summer of 1962, where they had seen and heard the cellar clubs ausbaldowert and Georgie Fame & The Blue Flames. Both were very excited and very impressed. For the sake of simplicity, the all-round men became the Blue Flames - if one had a Schorsch in the ranks, Georgie & The Blue Flames would probably have been created. With a new repertoire and fresh new name, the band was booked by Kurt Oster, the city of Recklinghausen's great beat promoter and youth welfare worker, for his youth dance tea. This in turn encouraged Pastor Wichmann from Gelsenkirchen-Buer, pastor of the Blue Flames, to engage the boys for his dance tea in the'Temple', as the nickname of the Protestant youth centre in Buer, and he did so again and again. As an advance engagement, the pastor financed a few loudspeakers and microphones, which in turn brought Klaus Grochowski on the plan. Now they were complete, and with three guitars and a bass they worked on their Shadows material and what they had copied from the passing Indonesians.

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Tracklist
German Blue Flames - The German Blue Flames CD 1
01 Rhythm And Blues Johnny
02 Everybody
03 Lonely Avenue
04 Let Me Go Lover
05 I Feel So Sad
06 Ready Teddy
07 That's All About Love
08 Ecstacy
09 Good Bye
10 When The Flames
11 Please Don't Say That It's Over Now
12 Sunbeams At The Sky
13 Baby, warte auf mich (That's All About Love)
14 Good Bye (deutsch)
15 Mein Herz ist noch frei (Sunbeams At The Sky)
16 Lovely Lady (Lovely Lovely)
17 Sha-la-la-la-lee (mit Rikki Barnes)
18 Rama Lama (mit Rikki Barnes)
19 Ole Bardot
20 Along Comes Mary
21 Rhythm And Blues And Johnny (deutsch)
22 Good Bye
23 Besser geht's mit...COKE
24 Sowas läuft frei rum (I'm On The Up)
25 Stück für Stück
26 Miss Ashwood (Cab Driver)
27 No, Sweetheart, No