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The Petards: Pet Arts (2-LP)

2-LP-180g Set, Klappcover, 15 tracks

Wiederveröffentlichung des vierten und letzten Albumprojekts von einer der innovativsten deutschen Bands jener Tag, den Petards.
Aufgenommen im berühmten Dierks-Studio in Stommeln.
Doppel-LP mit starken, ausgedehnten psychedelischen Stücken.
Das expertimentellste Album der Petards, eine der besten deutschen Rock-Produktionen jener Tage.
Neuauflage im Originalcover. Sorgfältig von Marlon Klein von Kopien der Originalbänder für unsere 180-Gramm-Pressung neu gemastert.

1970 war ein ausgefülltes und spannendes Jahr für die Petards alias Klaus und Horst Ebert, Roger Waldmann und Arno Dittrich.  Sie hatten mit ‚Hitshock’ ein erfolgreiches Album veröffentlicht, in Bremen und im Ruhrgebiet Theater gespielt; sie waren im legendären  ‚Olympia’ in Paris aufgetreten und hatten nebenbei rund 150 Konzerte absolviert.

Noch mehr Statistik gefällig? Die Band war 1970 sage und schreibe 800mal im Radio vertreten, und natürlich landete die Band in den einschlägigen Jahres-Polls der damaligen Musikpresse überall auf vorderen Rängen! 
Von November bis Dezember 1970 war die Band wieder im Studio, um ihr viertes Album aufzunehmen. Ihr Label Liberty hatte ihnen großzügig ein Doppelalbum ausgegeben, vier LP-Seiten mussten gefüllt werden. Kein Problem für das kreative Brüdergespann Klaus und Horst Ebert, die wiederum für sämtliche Tracks verantwortlich zeichneten. 

Die Band war dieses Mal nicht wie bei den Platten zuvor im Münchener Trixi Studio untergebracht, sondern hatte sich beim Sound-Guru Dieter Dierks im angesagten Dierks-Studio in Stommeln einquartiert. Siggi Loch war bei den Aufnahmen nicht anwesend, die Band und hier besonders Klaus Ebert fungierten selbst als Produzenten. Das Resultat war das experimentellste Album der Band, ein buntes Kaleidoskop mit starken psychedelischen Tracks. Die Songs gerieten länger und ausgefallener, die Radiotauglichkeit der früheren Alben war der Band inzwischen egal. Sie hatten Spaß und probierten aus was möglich war. 

Ein tolles Album, das sicherlich mit zum Besten gehört, was seinerzeit aus deutschen Studios auf den Markt kam. ‚Pet Arts’ erschien am 31. März 1971. 
Zu diesem Zeitpunkt hatte Klaus Ebert, der geniale Antreiber der Band, die Petards bereits verlassen und war als Produzent zur Metronome nach Hamburg gewechselt. Die Band hatte bis hierhin eine Menge erreicht, hunderte von Konzerten, tolle Platten, aber der ganz große Durchbruch war ihnen trotz aller Bemühung nicht gelungen. Klaus Ebert zog den bequemen Produzentensessel einer weiteren unsicheren Karriere vor. 

Ein heftiger Schlag für die Band, weder Ray King noch Bernd Wippich, die Klaus Ebert folgten, konnten ihn adäquat ersetzen. Ein weiteres Album, das die Band Ende 1971 bei Dieter Dierks einspielte, wurde von Liberty erst gar nicht veröffentlicht und erschien erstmals 1981 unter dem Titel ‚Burning Rainbows’ bei Bear Family Records.
1972 war dann Schluss, die Petards lösten sich auf. Am 4. März war der 1000. Auftritt, am 3. September 1972 fand der letzte Gig der Band im ‚Western Saloon’ in Wiesbaden statt.

Die Petards waren Geschichte, unvergessen bleiben sie bis heute!
Bear Family veröffentlicht dieses gesuchte Doppelalbum erstmals wieder im Original-Artwork auf 180 Gramm schwerem Vinyl. Mit ‚Pet Arts’ schließen wir die kleine Vinyl-Anthologie mit Wiederveröffentlichungen der vier Originalalben der Petards auf Bear Family ab.

Tom Redecker

ebenfalls erhältlich:
BAF 18046 A Deeper Blue
BAF 18047 The Petards
BAF 18048 Hitshock

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 record size LP (12 Inch)
  • Mint (M)
  • Sleeve Grading Mint (M)
  • Vinyl weight 180g Vinyl
  • Deluxe Edition
  • Price code BAF2
  • Artikelart LP

  • EAN: 5397102180491

  • weight in Kg 0.35
Petards, The - Pet Arts (2-LP) LP 1
01 Willie's Gun The Petards
02 Windy Nevermore The Petards
03 Long Way Back Home The Petards
04 Big Boom The Petards
05 Cowboy The Petards
Petards, The - Pet Arts (2-LP) LP 2
01 Baby Man The Petards
02 Spectrum The Petards
03 Hell My Friend 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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Customer evaluation for "Pet Arts (2-LP)"
23 Jul 2019

Highlight in der Geschichte der deutschen Rockmusik.

Das letzte, zugleich beste und progressiv-psychedelischste Album von THE PETARDS aus dem Jahr 1972. „Pet Arts“ begeistert alle Freunde progressiver 70er-Jahre-Rockmusik und überrascht durch den mutigen musikalischen Richtungswechsel der Band aus Neuss, die heutzutage beinahe vergessen, aber Ende der 60er-, Anfang der 70er-Jahre nicht nur Kult, sondern auch extrem erfolgreich waren! Bear Family Records veröffentlicht das gesuchte, als Rarität hoch gehandelte Doppel-Album erstmals wieder im Original-Coverartwork auf 180g-schweren Vinyl. Hervorragend von den Kopien der Originalbänder remastert und zugleich ein endlich wieder zu musikalischem Leben erwecktes Highlight in der Geschichte der deutschen Rockmusik.

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Press Archive - The Petards - Pet Arts (2-LP) - Shindig, UK # 90
Presse Archive - The Petards - Pet Arts (2-LP) - Shindig, UK # 90 BEAR FAMILY PRESSE Magazin: SHINDIG, UK Ausgabe # 90 BAF 18049 PETARDS "Pet Arts" THE PETARDS Pet Arts The fourth and final alburn from the Denman rock stars, Pet Arts keeps with the then-current trends in music and ditches much of the psychedelic vibe of 1969's excellent ilitshock for something more "early 70s°. In this case, it's very much the post-psych, heavy-pop sound favoured by numerous other pop travellers, Ike The Tremeloes circa Master, with regular forays into the Sabbath-inspired Intones, The Petards just went with the flow. Never innovators, they did however make a cool sound, and this double-album has plenty of variety and sold performances that take in everything from the commercial sounding CCR-inspired single 'Don't You Feel Like Me' to the funky. jazzy psych-rock of 'Cowboy' replete with West Coast guitar, the Hendrix-ish Windy Nevermore' and the pastoral Traffic-esque 'Long Way Back Nome'. Seven-minute drum solo-laden Zep tribute 'Spectrum' perhaps shows how they were clutching at straws in search of an identity. Mn 14•W BEAR FAMILY PRESSE Magazin: SHINDIG, UK Ausgabe # 90 BAF 18049 PETARDS "Pet Arts" THE PETARDS Pet Arts The fourth and final alburn from the Denman rock stars, Pet Arts keeps with the then-current trends in music and ditches much of the psychedelic vibe of 1969's excellent ilitshock for something more "early 70s°. In this case, it's very much the post-psych, heavy-pop sound favoured by numerous other pop travellers, Ike The Tremeloes circa Master, with regular forays into the Sabbath-inspired Intones, The Petards just went with the flow. Never innovators, they did however make a cool sound, and this double-album has plenty of variety and sold performances that take in everything from the commercial sounding CCR-inspired single 'Don't You Feel Like Me' to the funky. jazzy psych-rock of 'Cowboy' replete with West Coast guitar, the Hendrix-ish Windy Nevermore' and the pastoral Traffic-esque 'Long Way Back Nome'. Seven-minute drum solo-laden Zep tribute 'Spectrum' perhaps shows how they were clutching at straws in search of an identity.
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Tracklist
Petards, The - Pet Arts (2-LP) LP 1
01 Willie's Gun
02 Windy Nevermore
03 Long Way Back Home
04 Big Boom
05 Cowboy
Petards, The - Pet Arts (2-LP) LP 2
01 Baby Man
02 Spectrum
03 Hell My Friend