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2-LP-180g Set, gatefold sleeve plus booklet, 15 tracks • Reissue of the fourth and... more

The Petards: Pet Arts (2-LP)

2-LP-180g Set, gatefold sleeve plus booklet, 15 tracks

Reissue of the fourth and last album project by one of the most innovative German bands of the day, the Petards.
Recorded in the famous Dierks-Studio in Stommeln.
Double album with strong, extended psychedelic tunes.
The most experimental album of The Petards, one of the best German rock productions of their time.
New release in the original cover. Carefully remastered by Marlon Klein from copies of the original tapes for our 180-gram vinyl pressing.

1970 was a busy and exciting year for The Petards consisting of Klaus and Horst Ebert, Roger Waldmann and Arno Dittrich.  With 'Hitshock' they had released a successful album, they had performed in theatres of Bremen and the Ruhr area; they had performed in the legendary 'Olympia' in Paris and had played some 150 concerts.

Want even more statistics? 
The band was on the radio in 1970 no less than 800 times, and of course the band was on the top of the relevant annual polls of the music press everywhere! 
From November to December 1970 the band was back in the studio to record their fourth album. Their label Liberty had generously given them a double album, four LP sides had to be filled. No problem for the creative Ebert brothers, Klaus and Horst, who once again were responsible for writing all the songs. This time the band wasn't accommodated in Munich's Trixi Studio where the previous albums had been recorded. Instead, they stayed with sound guru Dieter Dierks in the trendy Dierks Studio in Stommeln. 

Siggi Loch was not present at the sessions, the band and Klaus Ebert in particular acted as producers themselves. The result was the band's most experimental album, a colorful kaleidoscope with strong psychedelic tracks. The songs got out longer and more unusual, the band didn't care about the radio compatibility of the earlier albums. They had fun and tested what was possible. A great album, which surely belongs to the best what at that time came out of German studios. 'Pet Arts' was released on March 31, 1971. 

At this time Klaus Ebert, the brilliant driving force behind the band, had already left the Petards and had moved to Hamburg as a producer for Metronome Records. The band had achieved a tremendous success until then, they had played hundreds of gigs, had recorded great records, but despite all their endeavors they hadn't made the big breakthrough. 

Klaus Ebert preferred the comfortable producer's chair to another uncertain career. A violent blow for the band, neither Ray King nor Bernd Wippich, who followed Klaus Ebert, could adequately replace him. Another album which the band recorded under Dieter Dierks at the end of 1971 was not even released by Liberty and was first issued by Bear Family Records in 1981 entitled 'Burning Rainbows'.

In 1972 that was the end, The Petards disbanded. On the 4th of March their 1,000-th performance was celebrated, on the 3rd of September 1972 the last gig of the band was held in the 'Western Saloon' in Wiesbaden.
The Petards were history, unforgotten until today!

Bear Family releases this sought-after double album - back in its original artwork - on 180 gram vinyl for the first time. With 'Pet Arts' we conclude the little vinyl anthology with re-releases of the four original albums by The Petards on Bear Family.

Tom Redecker
 
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Article properties: The Petards: Pet Arts (2-LP)

  • Interpret: The Petards

  • Album titlle: Pet Arts (2-LP)

  • Genre Rock

  • Label Bear Family Records

  • Geschwindigkeit 33 U/min
  • Vinyl Size LP (12 Inch)
  • Record Grading Mint (M)
  • Sleeve Grading Mint (M)
  • 180g Vinyl
  • Edition 2 Deluxe Edition
  • Preiscode BAF2
  • Artikelart LP

  • Year of publication 2019
  • EAN: 5397102180491

  • weight in Kg 0.35
Petards, The - Pet Arts (2-LP) LP 1
01 Don't You Feel Like Me
02 Good Good Donna
03 Rainy Day
04 Fowling
05 Cowboy
01 Willie's Gun
02 Windy Nevermore
03 Long Way Back Home
04 Big Boom
Petards, The - Pet Arts (2-LP) LP 2
01 Too Many Heavens
02 Flame Missing Light
03 On the Road Drinking Wine
01 Baby Man
02 Spectrum
03 Hell My Friend
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 - Pet Arts (2-LP) LP 1
01 Don't You Feel Like Me
02 Good Good Donna
03 Rainy Day
04 Fowling
05 Cowboy
01 Willie's Gun
02 Windy Nevermore
03 Long Way Back Home
04 Big Boom
Petards, The - Pet Arts (2-LP) LP 2
01 Too Many Heavens
02 Flame Missing Light
03 On the Road Drinking Wine
01 Baby Man
02 Spectrum
03 Hell My Friend