Backdoor Possibilities

Artist: Birth Control
Label: Brain
Catalog#: 60.019
Format: Vinyl
Country: Germany
Released: 1976-08
A1a Prologue 2:32
A1b Physical And Mental Short Circuit 3:58
A1c Subterranean Escape 1:11
A2a Film Of Life 5:37
A2b Childhood Flash-Back 0:52
A2c Legal Labyrinth 2:05
A3 Futile Prayer 5:55
B1a The Farrockaway Ropedancer 4:28
B1b Le Moineau De Paris 2:24
B1c Cha Cha D'Amour 1:25
B2 Behind Grey Walls 6:53
B3 No Time To Die 6:10

Arranged By - Bernd Noske
Arranged By - Bruno Frenzel
Arranged By - Zeus B. Held
Artwork By [Cover Art] - Albin Meskes
Artwork By [Cover Art] - Zeus B. Held
Bass [Fender], Bass [Rickenbaker], Vocals - Peter Föller
Design [Cover] - Klaus Volkmann
Electric Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Vocals - Bruno Frenzel
Lead Vocals, Drums, Marimba, Timpani, Cymbal, Guiro, Percussion [Vibro Step, Sand Blocks], Percussion, Cabasa, Maracas [Flexitone], Congas, Claves - Bernd Noske
Organ, Organ [Hammond], Electric Piano, Synthesizer [Moog], Synthesizer [Arp], Grand Piano, Alto Saxophone, Bells [Tubular], Vocals - Zeus B. Held
Producer - B.C.P.
Producer - David Hitchcock
Recorded By [Some Overdubs] - Felix Beyer
Recorded By [Street-, Kindergarten- And Other Noises Recorded With An Artificial Head] - Ferdie Fleischberger
Recorded By, Mixed By - Conny Plank
Recorded By, Mixed By - David Hitchcock


Released in gatefold sleeve with lyrics printed inside.
Recorded and mixed at Conny's Studio, Neunkirchen. Some overdubs recorded at Studio Nedeljev, Cologne. Produced in july and august 1976.
This version is the last ever "Green" Brain label edition. For the other version, see the repress.
p 1976

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Now signed to the Brain label, Birth Control headed to Conny Plank's studio with English producer David Hitchcock, best known for his work with Camel and Caravan. Yes, it was for another foray into progressive rock, here with a concept to boot. Penned by Zeus B. Held, the story revolves around the life of everyman Adam Striver, who at his death confronts "backdoor possibilities." Sporting more complicated arrangements than the previous record, the suites "One First of April" and "Beedeepees" fill the first side. Gentle Giant's influence is more pronounced, especially in the rich instrumentation. "Subterranean Escape" is lively and full of color, with a fantastic instrumental fade. Birth Control even gets symphonic on "Futile Prayer." The second side contains another suite, "La Cigüena de Zaragoza." The first section, "The Farrockaway Ropedancer," features some great interplay between the band members, while the closing "Behind Grey Walls" and "No Time to Die" reprise their themes between continually shifting meters. Although an excellent album of prog rock, the band's new direction confounded fans. Next, Birth Control added two ex-Message musicians to their lineup: Horst Stachelhaus on bass replaced Peter Föller, while Manfred von Bohr came in on drums, leaving Nossi Noske to concentrate exclusively on vocals. The ensuing album Increase was produced by Hitchcock as well. He reworked their progressive styling to approach a (more or less) contemporary feel, and to generally excellent results; in particular, check out "Until the Night." Held recorded one final album with Birth Control, the disappointing Titanic, before leaving the band for a successful career as a record producer. Though in decline, Birth Control continued for another few years, even after Bruno Frenzel's untimely death in 1983.
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