Week of December 20, 1998

Lied Des Teufels


Lied Des Teufels - 1972, Kuckuck 2375 019
Hollich Heisse Rockmusik - 1975, Plane S99301

German band Hanuman changed their name to Lied Des Teufels in 1972.  They were a quartet comprising Peter Barth (vocals, sax, flute), Ralf Schultze (guitar, vocals), Jorg Hahnfield (bass) and Thomas Holm (drums).  "Lied Des Teufels" (1972) was a fine, progressive and political rock effort, not dissimilar to Ihre Kinder.  The main difference was that Lied Des Teufels used more instrumental work (notably guitar and flute) and favoured complex arrangements.  One could say that their music was more progressive-orientated than Ihre Kinder's folky song style.  "Hollich Heisse Rockmusik" (1975) veered towards a Teutonic, politically-aware Gentle Giant.

Taken from Cosmic Dreams at Play - A guide to German Progressive and Electronic Rock by Dag Erik Asbjørnsen, Borderline Productions, ISBN 1-899855-01-7

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