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Tango Fango

Artist: Guru Guru
Label: Brain
Catalog#: BRAIN 1089
Format: Vinyl
Country: Germany
Released: 1976
Tracklist
A1 Tomorrow 4:14
  Notes:

Written-By - Mani Neumeier
Written-By - Roland Schaeffer
Written-By - Sepp Jandrisits

A2 Tango Fango 3:48
  Notes:

Written-By - Mani Neumeier
Written-By - Roland Schaeffer

A3 Soba Soave Bossanova 5:00
  Notes:

Percussion - Larry Muff
Written-By - Roland Schaeffer

A4 Un, Deux, Trois 0:44
  Notes:

Written-By - Sepp Jandrisits

A5 Nightbear 6:29
  Notes:

Written-By - Roland Schaeffer

B1 Banana Flip 6:14
  Notes:

Written-By - Jogi Karpenkiel
Written-By - Mani Neumeier
Written-By - Roland Schaeffer
Written-By - Sepp Jandrisits

B2 L. Torro 4:53
  Notes:

Written-By - Jogi Karpenkiel
Written-By - Mani Neumeier
Written-By - Roland Schaeffer
Written-By - Sepp Jandrisits

B3 Salto Mortadella 3:14
  Notes:

Written-By - Jogi Karpenkiel
Written-By - Mani Neumeier
Written-By - Roland Schaeffer
Written-By - Sepp Jandrisits

B4a 0 Uhr 69 0:28
  Notes:

Written-By - Mani Neumeier

B4b Wir Machen Musik 0:57
  Notes:

Written-By - Frank Diez

B4c Der Kaiserjodler 1:05
  Notes:

Written-By - Sepp Jandrisits

B4d Schnaderhupferl 1:22
  Notes:

Written-By - Jogi Karpenkiel
Written-By - Mani Neumeier

B4e Bye, Bye Johnny 1:32
  Notes:

Written-By - Chuck Berry

Credits

Bass, Backing Vocals - Jogi Karpenkiel
Congas, Percussion, Vocals - Tommy Goldschmitt
Drums, Percussion, Vocals, Effects - Mani Neumeier
Engineer - Petrus Wippel
Guitar, Accordion, Backing Vocals - Sepp Jandrisits
Piano, Percussion - Ingo Bischof
Producer - Mani Neumeier
Producer - Roland Schaeffer
Saxophone [Alto], Saxophone [Soprano], Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Vocals - Roland Schaeffer

Notes

Recorded and mixed at Conny's Studio Neunkirchen/Germany and at Gurustudio during February 1976
Release with original green Brain label

Strawberry Bricks Entry: 
Camped in Rothenburg, Finkenbach, in the idyllic Odenwald mountains, Mani Neumeier had Guru Guru back in action in 1976 on the Brain label, and with a new lineup. Joining him was ex-Brainstorm multi-instrumentalist Roland Schaeffer, as well as guitarist Josef "Sepp" Jandrisits on guitar, and bassist Jogi Karpenkiel from Kollektiv—the two being holdovers from Neumeier's solo album. Kraan's Ingo Bischof and Karthago's Tommy Goldschmidt also came aboard, performing as guests for 1976's Tango Fango. "Tomorrow" opens brightly, with a fine and decidedly different vocal from Schaeffer. Here, Guru Guru is completely reinvented: Bouncing between rhythms that vary from calypso to bossanova, the compositions are far more focused and discrete than on past efforts, and offer a lighter-hearted fusion of sound. "Night Bear" provides a jazzier foundation, with Neumeier and Schaefer trading off vocals, before descending into a nice guitar vamp. "Banana Flip" opens the second side, offering a good-time Caribbean influence, while "L. Toro" goes for something a little deeper. The instrumental "Salto Mortadella" trots along, before the four-part "Das lebendige Radio" closes. It's a real pastiche of German gemütlichkeit, complete with yodeling, accordion and that weirdness that no Guru Guru album would be complete without, and ending with a Chuck Berry tune for good measure! From here, Neumeier would juggle Guru Guru through ever-revolving lineups well into the early 80s, and over musical terrain similar to Kraan or Frank Zappa-yet always original. Be sure to check out the excellent double-album Live, released in 1978, also on Brain. Guru Guru even managed to tour the US in 1979.
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