Let It Out

Artist: Kraan
Label: Passport Records
Catalog#: PPSD-98015
Format: Vinyl
Country: United States
Released: 1975-12
A1 Bandits In The Woods 4:20

Remix - Jeffrey M. Kawalek
Remix - Marty Scott

A2 Luftpost 5:12

Remix - Jeffrey M. Kawalek
Remix - Marty Scott

A3 Degado 4:54

Remix - Jeffrey M. Kawalek
Remix - Marty Scott

A4 Prima Klima 4:40

Remix - Jeffrey M. Kawalek
Remix - Marty Scott

B1 Let It Out 5:47

Remix - Jeffrey M. Kawalek
Remix - Marty Scott

B2 Die Maschine 4:45
B3 Overseas Bound 3:07
B4 Picnic International 5:20

Alto Saxophone - Johannes Pappert
Bass - Hellmut Hattler
Composed By, Arranged By - Kraan
Design [Cover] - Peter Wolbrandt
Drums - Jan Fride Wolbrandt
Engineer [Assistant] - Petrus Wippel
Guitar, Vocals - Peter Wolbrandt
Keyboards - Ingo Bischof
Producer - Kraan
Recorded By, Mixed By - Conny Plank
Supervised By - Walter Holzbaur


Recorded in Wintrup July 1975, tracks A1 to B1 remixed July 1976 at The House of Music, West Orange, N.J.
ⓅⒸ 1975 Spiegelei / Intercord / Marketed in U.S.A. for Passport Records by ABC Records, Inc., Los Angeles, Calif.
Printed in U.S.A.

Strawberry Bricks Entry: 
Kraan was riding a critical and commercial peak coming into the sessions that yielded their fifth album, Let it Out. Joining Kraan was ex-Karthago keyboardist Ingo Bischof, a frequent guest at the Wintrup commune. Conny Plank also paid a visit, and suggested that the recording take place at the commune's farmhouse. The album stands as a creative high point for the band. Bischof's electric piano and clavinet fit perfectly into Kraan's music, whether he's playing rhythmically or providing a lead. The album features only two vocal tracks; the opener "Bandits in the Woods" is a classic tale of paranoia, while the title track rocks along in Kraan's typical feel-good style. The mellow "Degado" substitutes vocalizing for lyrics, another of Peter Wolbrandt's tricks; while the experimental "Die Maschine" is a rare treat, perhaps owing much to Plank's studio alchemy. But "Luftpost" and "Prima Klima" clearly illustrate the jazzy direction of the band, with the arrangements here even tighter and the interplay more intense. Both "Overseas Bound" and "Picnic International" follow suit, the latter revolving around a beautifully melodic run and punctuated by a bright, funky rhythm. Johannes Pappert would barely complete the album before leaving the band to start his own group, Alto. The album was particularly well received in Germany, where the band cleaned up in the annual Sounds polls. Collectors note: The US issue of the album, released a year later (in 1976) on Passport Records, differs from the German Spiegelei pressing, as it contains five subtly remixed tracks.
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