KOLLEKTIV: Kollektiv (1973) (2007 Remaster + Bonus Tracks) [FLAC]

Artist: Kollektiv

Album: Kollektiv

Genre: Jazz-Fusion, Space Rock, Krautrock
Year: 1973
Country: Germany
Label/Catalog: Long Hair / LHC00064 (2007 Remaster)

Format: FLAC (image+cue+log)

Kollektiv era uma banda alemã da cidade de Krefeld que surgiu originalmente em 1964 sob o nome de The Generals, com os irmãos gêmeos Wando (bateria) e Jogi Karpenkiel (baixo) com a adição de Jürgen Havix (guitarra). Influenciados pela música que vinha da Inglaterra, eles tocavam beat music, entretanto com o passar do tempo, eles resolvem se arriscar mais em experimentações e mudar completamente o estilo musical da banda. Jogi, por um tempo, foi integrante do The Phatoms, com Ralf Hütter no órgão - que mais tarde fundaria o Kraftwerk - e, em uma outra encarnação da banda chamada de Bluesology, Klaus Dapper como flautista e saxofonista. Entretanto, Jogi voltou para o The Generals e também convidou Dapper, sendo assim, como um quarteto, a banda mudaria seu nome para Kollektiv em 1970. O primeiro e único ábum da banda viria a ser lançado em 1973, pela renomada Brain Records, e continha um som jazzístico com um quê de space rock, envolvendo bastante experimentação e improvisação, podendo se colocar no mesmo patamar que bandas como Embryo, Xhol, Organisation ou Thirsty Moon. Infelizmente a banda se desfez logo em 1975 - ainda que houvesse algumas reuniões póstumas - com Jogi entrando no Guru Guru e Dapper se envolvendo com outros trabalhos de estúdio. De qualquer forma, um excelente álbum de fusion e de longe um dos mais criativos da cena alemã.

Kollektiv was a German band from Krefeld that was originally formed in 1964 under The Generals name, with twin brothers Wando (drums) and Jogi Karpenkiel (bass) with the addition of Jürgen Havix (guitar). Mainly influenced by British music, they began playing beat music, however as the time went by, they decided to risk themselves towards more experimentations and thus entirely changing their musical direction. Jogi, for instance, was also a member of The Phantoms, with Ralf Hütter on organ - who would later found Kraftwerk - and, in another incarnation called Bluesology, Klaus Dapper on flute and saxophone. Some time later, Jogi returned to The Generals and brought Dapper along, therefore now as a quartet they would change their name into Kollektiv in 1970. Their first and only album would be released in 1973 by renowned Brain Records and featured jazzistic sound with a taste for space rock, involving a lot of experimentation and jamming, going nearly the same way of bands like Embryo, Xhol, Organisation or Thirsty Moon. Sadly, they disbanded in 1975 - even though there were a few posthumous reunions - as Jogi joined Guru Guru and Dapper moving on to work as a session musician. Otherwise, this is an excellent fusion album and by far one of the most creative out of the German scene.

01 Tambo Zambo (11:40)
02 Baldrian (7:05)
03 Försterlied (1:50)
04 Gageg
a) Andante (5:11)
b) Allegro (3:39)
c) Pressluft (11:07)
Bonus Tracks*
05 Intro (2:23)
06 Pull Moll (7:16)
07 Pap-Jack (13:17)
11 Rozz-Pop (5:34)

*Previously unreleased rehearsal studio tracks from 1976

Walemar "Waldo" Karpenkiel - drums
Jürgen "Jogi" Karpenkiel - bass
Jürgen Havix - guitar & zither
Klaus Dapper - flute & saxophone
Volkmar Hahn - violin (track 5)
Axel Zinowski - guitar (track 5 & 6)
Georg Funke - bass (tracks 6 to 8)
Christoph - electric piano (tracks 6 to 8)

Originally released as Brain Records 1034 in 1973


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  1. German band from Krefeld - Kollektiv, was finally, after many personal roszadach in 1970,the band made just of the experimental krautrock at its best issuance with a large dose of jazz-rock improvisation. In 1973, they released their first album,as it later turned, the only material released in the 70's, the rest of the work of several live session recorded at the time appeared after 2000 under the title SWF-Sessions Volume 5 and Live 1973.

    Kollektiv's roots begin in the mid-60s when Jogi and Waldemar Karpenkiel, twin brothers, and Jurgen Havix formed the trio The Generals to play pop songs. The group broke up and the three musicians went on to several other bands. Jogi Karpenkiel spent some time in the Phantoms, which later changed their name to Bluesology and which also contained future Kraftwerk co-leader Ralf Hutter, and the jazz saxophonist Klaus Dapper. In 1968 Jogi departed Bluesology (which then became the proto-Kraftwerk band Organisation) and rejoined his brother Waldemar and Havix in the Generals. Bored with Beat music, their influences now ranged from early Zappa and King Crimson to jazz, and they soon coaxed Dapper into the group to help them in these directions. In 1970 the quartet became Kollektiv, with a much stronger emphasis on experimentation and improvisation. By 1971 they were ready to tour and with their first gig 250 miles away, they bought an old VW bus the day before. The next several years the group played many nightclubs and festivals throughout Germany.

    In March of 1973 Kollektiv traveled to Hamburg to record their self-titled album with Conny Plank as the engineer, and the record was released on the legendary Brain label. A few months later some material was recorded and aired at the Sudwestfunk Radio Studio. Two years later, Havix went on to pursue a solo career and Jogi Karpenkiel left the band to join Guru Guru for a few years,while his brother Waldemar received the tape in another occupation for some time alive. In the late 80s and Waldemar Karpenkiel Dapper collective reactivated again ("Collective feat. Jonas Hellborg", 1988) to record with Swedish bassist Jonas Hellborg another album. Then two more collective archive albums published by Longhair: "SWF Sessions" (2000) and "Live 1973" (2005).

    Interview with Klaus Dapper published in Sounds magazine in 1974 explaining very well how collectively organised this band was and how they finally reached to the type of music they were actually doing,tell you his own words:

    ''The high complexity in harmony and melody of jazz music and its overvaluation of instrumental virtuosity is quite disturbing for some of us and a non-expert can easily get the impression that it, a kind of competition between musician and listener which is successful for the former if he plays more complicated than the latter is able to support. In several domains of rock and pop music on the other hand melodies, lyrics, arrangements and improvisations are sometimes that much uninspired and poor. We‚ trying to find a blend between those genres and other forms of music (free-form and electronic) without taking over those mistakes mentioned. Our music has a structure which is simpler than it‚ used to be in jazz, instead we pay more attention to tones and moods. It‚ predominantly improvised music what we, doing. Even most of the themes and determined parts are originally based on improvisation. We broaden the common range of tone colours by using sometimes a rather strong electronic alienation of guitar, flute or saxophone. According to our experience our music is well appreciated by both jazz and rock fans since each of them can find sufficient elements of their preferred style respectively.''

  2. Kollektiv debut album consists mostly of loosely worded and lengthy improvisations containing large amounts of fine solos played the flute, saxophone and guitar. These instruments form an integral and balanced whole complemented by great-sounding rhythm section in the background, you just creative music collaboration at the highest level. Their one eponymous album is often compared with very early Kraftwerk and Organisation, and their links with Kraftwerk go back to the late 1960s. I think it‚ rather futile and redundant to describe the six musical pieces presented here in detail. Nonetheless I‚ like to contribute with my review a bit to provide more recognition for this unique band than it actually gets.

    Kollektiv had connections with the much better known Kraftwerk, and its self-titled album sounds a bit like early Kraftwerk, back in that group's jazzier days before it invented techno-pop. They started using effect machines, sometimes homemade, a zither played with drumsticks on an amplifier, metal sheets and rotating discs, played the bass with a bow and emplyed any type of exotic instrument. To make a long story short Kollektiv had been a Krautrock band in its very original sense doing really inventive music mainly based on improvisations of minimal themes, often in excess of 10, 15 or more minutes. Some people compare them with closely related band Neu! I‚ to say that the music presented here is much more diversified and elaborate than the one of Neu! and moreover despite all free-form and loosely structured nature much more enjoyable and comprehensible.

    Kollektiv's album fuses free-form jazz and rock in typical underground Krautrock fashion, with long, loose improvisations and plenty of solos on guitar, flute, and sax. The music is entirely instrumental except for some weird spoken word on the shortest track, "Forsterlied." "Rambo Zambo" begins the album with some heavily processed flute soloing before jumping into high-energy avant funk with more flute. "Baldrian" is slightly more tame, but on the three-part "Gageg," which dominates side two, Kollektiv turns the energy up even more. Like "Rambo Zambo," this one begins slowly before building into another intense avant jazz-funk workout with the tight rhythm section, and in the last section, "Pressluft," some blistering electric guitar riffing. As a bonus, have unearthed Long Hair four numbers, which were recorded by a subsequent collective cast in 1976 in the sample space. The short Intro (an elegiac guitar Violin Percussion Trio) was probably a little earlier and is the only surviving sound document with the former petticoat Geiger Volkmar cock, which had briefly joined the band. The remaining three numbers have more or less exciting, quite typical of the time, but quite lively, virtuosic and varied offered herb-jazz rock, in which especially Christoph (nowhere in the booklet is to find a last name) on electric piano and Axel Zinowski at the set electric guitar scene. That is very nice to listen to and a nice addition to the original album, even if it is still missing the band at its own character and originality.

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