Tuesday, December 09, 2008

Mon Dyh - Murderer (1980)
"Murderer" is the first of three great albums that German group Mon Dyh released in the early eighties. Despite searching I have been unable to find out much about them on line. The liner notes look informative, but unfortunately (for me) they are in German. All I could get was this brief write-up in "The Crack In The Cosmic Egg":

"An obscure Berlin rock band, formed in 1979, and regulars on the local club scene for some years. Mon Dyh were very indebted to British styled blues and heavy rock, strongly song-saturated, in the early Groundhogs territory. Still unusual on occasion, and with some progressive touches, their gruff German accented Bruce Springsteen cum Tony McPhee styled vocalist takes some getting used to!"

Despite being called obscure, the photo below shows them playing in front of a huge-ass crowd! Yet they seem to have been all but forgotten! And in spite of the tepid comment from Cosmic Egg, I think that these Mon Dyh albums are nearly flawless. Everything about them is great - the songs, the musicianship, the production. The biggest improvement they could have made would have been to sing in German, which they finally did on their best and final album, "Am Galgen".

And guitarist and main songwriter Andreas Pröhl is probably the best unknown German rock guitarist of the 1980's. This is a real good album and I wish I had the skills to write a glowing review, but I don't so I just hope some of you will try it out.Tracklist:
1. Don't You Break My Heart
2. Murderer
3. Trying
4. Magic Piano
5. Just A Minute
6. A Needle Must Not Lay Down
7. One Second Man
8. Encountered The Edge
9. All Along The Watchtower
10. Have You Ever Loved A Woman

Andreas Pröhl - Vocals, Guitar
Harald Künemund - Acoustic Guitar
Harald Frohloff - Bass
Markus Worbs - Drums


Part 1__Part 2__Part 3__Part 4



Anonymous Anonymous said...

great stuff!!

11:04 PM, December 12, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Many thankx for this friend. Always great records here.

3:05 PM, December 13, 2008  
Blogger GarColga said...

Hi Anon 1 and Anon 2 - Thanks for taking a moment to leave a comment, much appreciated!

7:39 PM, December 15, 2008  
Blogger psychfan said...

This is really good! I didn't know of them. You got any more by these guys? Thank You!!

6:02 PM, December 20, 2008  
Blogger GarColga said...

Hi psychfan - yes I have their other two albums, "Confused Mind" and "Am Galgen" - I'll post them eventually!

6:41 PM, December 20, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanx a lot!

8:56 AM, January 05, 2009  
Blogger GarColga said...

Hello Hallo - You're welcome!

3:48 PM, January 06, 2009  
Blogger Likedeeler said...

Hi Garcolga, not a really new post, but if you send a scan of the liner notes over I would give it a shot, translationwise. If you think that's worth it.

7:51 AM, February 22, 2009  
Blogger wildturkey2oo0 said...

This kicks! Been listening to it for at least 20 times and it still sounds great!That is one of my misses as i dismissed the 80's as crap - was i ever wrong!
We need am galgen as well and i will translate it for everybody from german into the other world language - lol.
Thank you again!

5:16 PM, July 18, 2009  
Blogger GarColga said...

Hi wildturkey2oo0 thanks for all the comments - I'll post Am Galgen in a week or two stay tuned!

5:39 PM, July 18, 2009  

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