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Vinyl LP (180 gram) with DinA3 poster. 12 tracks. Total playing time 34:50 minutes. ... more

The Petards: Hitshock (LP, 180gram Vinyl & A3 Poster)

Vinyl LP (180 gram) with DinA3 poster. 12 tracks. Total playing time 34:50 minutes. 

Third in our series with 1:1 vinyl reissues of the four original Petards albums.
At that time the Petards were one of the most popular and successful German rock bands.
They developed from the beat band of the early days to one of the best German progressive rock bands of the era.
The band's third album from 1969.
New edition - perfectly remastered and in the original cover with a reproduction of the original DIN-A3 poster! 

With their first, self-titled album for Liberty, The Petards from the state of Hessen in Germany had produced a real hit. The year 1969 meant for Klaus and Horst Ebert, Roger Waldmann and Arno Dittrich above all a wealth of appearances; at that time there was probably no band harder working in Germany than The Petards. 
In September 1969 producer Sigi Loch called the band back to Munich's Trixi Ton Studio to record the next album. And as one would expect from the band, the musicians came to the studio well prepared. Within five days, enough new songs were recorded to create four singles in addition to the new album. All the titles were written by the two Ebert brothers, who apparently never ran out of ideas. The musicians used whatever kind of tools the studio gave them: synthesizers, Mellotron and piano were skillfully integrated into the Petards sound. As with the previous albums, the band captivated with an enormous amount of variety and talent. Progressive rock, Krautrock - everything was in the Petards songs - and yet with less than four minutes of running time they remained deeply suitable for airplay.
 
In early 1970 the new album 'Hitshock' was released on Liberty and continued the track of success of the four Hessians. For many people 'Hitshock' is the most mature and best produced album of the four from Schrecksbach. Fans and critics agreed.

In April 1970, The Petards made it into the arts pages! Director Charles Lang had selected the band from 70 applicants and invited them to the Bremen Theatre. There they took part in the play 'Was ihr wollt', freely adapted from Shakespeare (’Twelfth Night’, or ’What You Will’). All arrangements were made by the musicians, some titles were rewritten. Unfortunately no recordings have been preserved. The play was not a great success, but The Petards got off well with the critics, and of course this also meant a good promotion for their new album.  At least the four musicians had a lot of fun participating, but still they found time to carry the songs from 'Hitshock’ live through the republic. 

Bear Family releases this album for the first time again in the original artwork on 180 gram vinyl and adds a reproduction of the original poster to 'Hitshock'. This record is the third of four scheduled vinyl re-releases of the great Petards on Bear Family.

Article properties: The Petards: Hitshock (LP, 180gram Vinyl & A3 Poster)

  • Interpret: The Petards

  • Album titlle: Hitshock (LP, 180gram Vinyl & A3 Poster)

  • Genre Rock

  • Preiscode BAF
  • Label Bear Family Productions

  • Geschwindigkeit 33 U/min
  • Vinyl Size LP (12 Inch)
  • Record Grading Mint (M)
  • Sleeve Grading Mint (M)
  • 180g Vinyl
  • Year of publication 2018
  • Artikelart LP

  • EAN: 5397102180484

  • weight in Kg 0.3
Petards, The - Hitshock (LP, 180gram Vinyl & A3 Poster) LP 1
01 Take Me, Shake Me The Petards
02 Blue Fire Light The Petards
03 Special Sunset For A Lady The Petards
04 Pictures The Petards
05 The Dream The Petards
06 Mekka The Petards
07 Keep On The Petards
08 My World The Petards
09 Sunshine, Rainshine The Petards
10 Ruins Of Tookamoon The Petards
11 Stone By Now The Petards
12 Rover On The Roam The Petards
The Petards THE PETARDS IN A FAST COURSE They loved making music and shared a common... more
"The Petards"

The Petards

THE PETARDS IN A FAST COURSE

They loved making music and shared a common vision and the will to realize it. They revealed surprising abilities and talents with which they almost lasted for a few years for themselves and for the entire Upper Hessian region.

She achieved many of her early goals: Well over 1000 performances, 100,000 sold copies of the 1st LP, repeated tours abroad, No 1 hits, LP release in Japan etc. Only the biggest wish: they were denied a number 1 in the USA. The story of the Petards is a very unusual success story, even if the Schrecksbacher firecrackers never became intercontinental rockets...


They not only had more ideas than most of their rock colleagues, they also implemented them permanently themselves:

They offered a sovereign stage choreography.
They designed their own stage clothes and had them sewn.
They were the first band in the country with an ingenious lightshow (incl. strobe lights). The individual parts for this were purchased from the Kassel-based electrical trade.
They were the first band to distribute stickers with their own logo (and other promotional material anyway).
They built up a network of 380, mostly really active fan clubs, which made them as popular as they are today only possible via MTV/Viva.
They repeatedly exchanged the concert stage with a theater stage
They organized the legendary Herzberg festivals, at which German pop mainstream met the underground for the first time.
To top it all off, Arno delivered his incomparable drum solo every evening at his shooting range with two bass drums (New!).

Eventually they were overtaken by the times, the spirit of the times, the growing competition (with hair, musicians & managers & connections), sometimes even overtaken: For some years they set the bar very high for other bands. They consistently fulfilled their demands, which many an alternative Krautrock/Underground band failed to meet:

They were absolutely independent.
They wrote their own plays.
They were their own road managers for a long time.
The man on the rhythm guitar was the manager.
The man on bass was the fan support.
They designed their own logo, posters and record covers themselves.
They were also as professionals their own promoters, organized many appearance from A - Z themselves.

Actually, this band shouldn't have had any success, because they were carrying around some handicaps. It speaks for them that they took them away effortlessly for years:

The Petards had no manager, no connections in the music business, no role model to copy.
They were, albeit ambitious, yet isolated boys from the deepest province.
Two band members were objectively seen very moderate musicians.
Two band members wore toupees from the beginning because of their sparse hair growth. (A phenomenon that is still rare in rock history.)

With this CD edition of their total output, 25 years after the end of the band, a late happy ending is delivered.

Let's go back to the beginning....

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Tracklist
Petards, The - Hitshock (LP, 180gram Vinyl & A3 Poster) LP 1
01 Take Me, Shake Me
02 Blue Fire Light
03 Special Sunset For A Lady
04 Pictures
05 The Dream
06 Mekka
07 Keep On
08 My World
09 Sunshine, Rainshine
10 Ruins Of Tookamoon
11 Stone By Now
12 Rover On The Roam