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Flyday

Artist: Kraan
Label: EMI Electrola
Catalog#: 1C 064-45 210
Format: Vinyl
Country: Germany
Released: 1978
Tracklist
A1 Far West 2:29
A2 My Brother Said 3:40
A3 Ausflug 7:13
A4 Gayu Gaya 5:06
B1 You're Right 5:55
B2 Young King's Song 5:35
B3 Buy Buy 3:33
B4 Flyday 3:21
Credits

Arranged By - Hellmut Hattler
Arranged By - Peter Wolbrandt
Artwork By [Cover] - Peter Wolbrandt
Bass, Vocals, Percussion - Hellmut Hattler
Drums - Udo Dahmen
Engineer [Recording, Mixing] - Conny Plank
Engineer [Recording, Mixing] - Dave Hutchins
Guitar, Vocals, Strings, Percussion - Peter Wolbrandt
Producer - Conny Plank
Producer - Kraan
Synthesizer [Moog] - Ingo Bischof
Written-By - Hellmut Hattler
Written-By - Peter Wolbrandt

Notes

Recorded and mixed at Conny Planck's Studio July-September 1978.

Strawberry Bricks Entry: 
Before Kraan's 1978 release, Flyday, original member Jan Fride took a break from music and was replaced by drummer Udo Dahmen, previously in Aachen's Rufus Zuphall. With compositions credited to either Peter Wolbrandt or Hellmut Hattler, the album covers much of the same ground as the last. The instrumental "Far West" kicks off with the band soaring along to the jazzy tempo. The vocal effort "My Brother Said" is a real treat, reminiscent of the aggressive rock of the band's earlier Wintrup album. "Ausflug" is (not surprisingly) light and airy, with Wolbrandt's guitar tone predating Mark Knopfler's technique; while the bold "Gayu Gaya" is the album's wordless-vocal entrant. On the second side, both "You're Right" and "Buy Buy" turn up the funk, with Ingo Bischof's keyboards taking a step to the fore. The balance of the side is contrasted with two mellow numbers: "Young King's Song" is a fairytale vocal number, while the sleepy title track is marked again by Wolbrandt's poignant guitar work. The album was released by EMI Electrola (on blue vinyl); but again, did not see an international release. A live album Tournee followed in 1980, presenting material from the last two records. The 1982 release Nachtfahrt would also see a change in drummers and something of a first for the band: German language vocals. Kraan would then undergo several personnel changes, until a late 80s lineup reunited Hattler, Wolbrandt and Fride, with newcomer Joo Kraus for a final two albums.
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