Monday, June 16, 2008

Tortilla Flat - Für Ein ¾ Stündchen (1975)
"Not to be confused with another German Tortilla Flat (and some other band with the same name, American I think, or the Dutch hard-rock band Tortilla) this obscure 1970's German band from Aachen are highly praised and ridiculously obscure!

We first encountered them via (what were told was) a copy of their unreleased debut (only issued on cassette and sold at concerts) which dates from 1972. The recording is in fact a session recorded for SWF radio. This is an extraordinary slice of underground Krautrock. It's a mostly instrumental album (approximately 35 minutes of it), with a couple of tracks featuring very strange songs with almost unintelligible (to these ears) German lyrics. The rhythmic structures are vaguely Beefheart-like, delivered by two percussionists, with the lead instruments being flute and violin (the latter presumably by Werner Knauser). The style is highly original, with lots of unusual time signatures, vague classical references, counterpoints of folk and jazzy elements, and much in the way of abstract early Fripp-like guitar work. The only comparison I could give would be Rufus Zuphall, although that's only tentative! A superb and unknown album that deserves a proper release!

The official album FÜR EIN 3/4 STUNDCHEN (that's "For 3/4's Of An Hour" in English) opens with a new version of their eponymous "Tortilla Flat", this time given a more groove along feel, previewing a much more jazzy Canterbury inspired fusion style. Totally instrumental (excepting a short joke track in German) and featuring flute and guitar extensively, akin to Brainstorm and Circus (Mel Collins' Circus, that is), it's almost a classic.

This album seems to be destined to obscurity, however, as guitarist Manfred Herter, aka Manni Holländer who released a few pop albums in the 1980's, apparently refuses a reissue." (The Crack In The Cosmic Egg"

I got this off eMule last year I think, it's obviously a bootleg CD since this has had no official CD reissue. AudioChecker gives the tracks a CDDA rating of 100%, that's all I know about this!


Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Part 4

OK see you!


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Excellent post Garcolga. I am surprised no one else has commented on it.


3:32 PM, June 18, 2008  
Blogger Tome said...

Excellent, as was everything you posted on the old blog.
However, for some reason the link for part three doesn't allow a download, can you have a look at it please?


12:04 AM, June 19, 2008  
Blogger Tome said...

It's working now, probably just an RS glitch.


4:17 AM, June 19, 2008  
Blogger joshk56 said...

Just listened to the first track, and I'm freaking out! Thank you so much for this rip. First time visitor to this blog, and I'm completely blown away by the quality (audio & the music itself).

Can't wait for the next one!

11:04 AM, June 21, 2008  
Blogger GarColga said...

Hi frumpy - thanks. Yeah comments have been sparse lately, not near as much traffic as when I was doing mp3's.

Hi Tome - glad it sorted out!

Hi joshk56 - glad you found me, thanks for taking the time to say hello.

5:06 PM, June 21, 2008  
Blogger nimrodel said...

Thank you Garcolga for this excellent post. I was very surprised 'cause I had never found a lossless copy of "Tortilla Flat" in the net. It has to be a vinyl rip but sounds ok.!

3:03 PM, August 21, 2008  

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