Andy Nogger

Artist: Kraan
Label: Passport Records
Catalog#: PPSD-98006
Format: Vinyl
Country: United States
Released: 1975
A1 Stars 5:17
A2 Andy Nogger 3:50
A3 Nam Nam 5:50
A4 Son Of The Sun 5:02
B1 Holiday Am Marterhorn 7:40
B2 Home 5:40
B3 Yellow Bamboo 4:25

Bass, Vocals - Hellmut Hattler
Drums, Percussion - Jan Fride Wolbrandt
Engineer - Conny Plank
Engineer [Assistant] - Walter Holzbaur
Guitar, Vocals - Peter Wolbrandt
Producer - Kraan
Saxophone [Alto] - Johannes Pappert
Written-By - Kraan


Recorded at Conny's Studio July 1974
(P)1975 Passport Records, Inc.
(C)1975 Passport Records, Inc.
Printed in USA

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Formed in 1970 in their native Ulm, Kraan first migrated to Berlin before eventually settling at an artists' commune in Wintrup in late 1971. Nestled deep in the idyllic Teutoburg Forest, the close quarters further shaped the band's intuition for each other as musicians; Kraan lived their music. They had previously recorded two albums for the German Spiegelei label: Their self-titled debut, released in 1972, was a little more musical than most krautrock of the time; while their second, 1973's Wintrup, was their most discrete offering of heavy rock songs. Kraan featured the superb instrumental talents of bassist Hellmut Hattler, saxophonist Johannes "Alto" Pappert and brothers Jan (Fride) on drums and Peter (Wolbrandt) on guitar and vocals. Their third record, Andy Nogger, was their first recorded with legendary producer Conny Plank. As the excellent "Stars" demonstrates, Kraan has a highly energetic and original sound—somewhere between rock and jazz, but nowhere around the then-current idiom of fusion. "Son of the Sun" and "Yellow Bamboo" are typical of the Kraan formula, which revolves around the band members' tight interplay—in particular, Hattler and Fride's rhythm section. Melodic and subtly flavored with world-ethnic influences, Kraan never descends into pointless soloing or unnecessary complication in their arrangements. Both "Andy Nogger" (a disturbing tale of a pervert) and "Home" have enough charm and conviction in the delivery of their English-language lyrics to rival the other instrumental numbers. It was their first record to see international release, on the Gull label in the UK and on Passport Records in the US. Kraan's forte, however, was on stage, as they were a formidable live band. Their next release, Kraan Live—recorded in Berlin's Quartier Latin in October 1974—capitalized on that. The double-album saw release in the UK on the Gull label and would go on to be their best-selling record in Germany. Both instrumentals "Nam Nam" and "Holiday am Marterhorn" received expanded performances, and would continue to feature prominently in their live set. [US release date]
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