Artist: Kraan
Format: Vinyl
Country: Germany
Released: 1977
A1 Just One Way 4:00
A2 Vollgas Ahoi 6:07
A3 Silky Way 3:58
A4 Rendezvous In Blue 5:56
B1 Let's Take A Ride 5:19
B2 Rund Um Die Uhr 3:45
B3 Yaqui Yagua 5:19
B4 Wiederhören 7:13

Artwork By [Cover Art] - Peter Wolbrandt
Bass - Hellmut Hattler
Drums - Jan Fride Wolbrandt
Engineer - Conny Plank
Engineer - Walter Quintus
Guitar - Peter Wolbrandt
Keyboards - Ingo Bischof
Percussion - Tommy Goldschmidt
Producer, Music By, Arranged By - Kraan
Vocals - Peter Wolbrandt


Tracks A1, A4 to B2 recorded at Rüssl-Studios, Hamburg
Tracks A2, A3, B3, B4 recorded at Conny's Studio, Neunkirchen
1977 Kraan
Made in Germany

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With Alto Pappert's departure, Kraan was again a quartet. Although Ingo Bischof's tenure would be intermittent over the long run, it was stable for now. He brought along fellow Karthago member Tommy Goldschmidt for the sessions that resulted in the band's sixth album, Wiederhören. Half of the album was recorded with Conny Plank at his studio in Neunkirchen, while the band self-produced the other half at Rüssl Studio in Hamburg. Yet both sides kick off with atypically feel-good numbers ("Just One Way" and "Let's Take a Ride"), proving again that Kraan may indeed have been the happiest band in Germany. The instrumentals "Vollgas Ahoi" ("full steam ahead") and "Yaqui Yagua" are the album's highlights. The former is driven by the relentless rhythm of Hellmut Hattler and Jan Fride, while the latter is charmed by Peter Wolbrandt's excellent guitar and wordless vocal. Kraan put on the brakes for the quieter "Silky Way," a rare entrée in their repertoire, and close with Bischof and Wolbrandt playing show-off on the title track. Kraan seem to hit their stride, both in composition and execution, with the eight tracks contained in the oddly-named record. It garnered much acclaim in their native Germany; however, it would not see a foreign release. In the spring, Hattler assembled the Kraan clan and a slew of the usual suspects (Guru Guru, Cluster) at Plank's studio to record his first (and only) solo album. Not surprisingly, Bassball—also released by EMI in 1977—wasn't that different from a Kraan record; and the band quickly returned to Plank's studio to record their next album for EMI.
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