Week of November 16, 2003

Orange Peel

Personnel:
Peter Bischof - Vocals, Percussion
Curt Cress - Drums, Percussion
Leslie Link - Guitar
Heini Mohn - Bass
Ralph Wilthei▀ - Organ

Album:
Same (Bellaphon BLPS 19036) 1970
Vinyl reissue Citystudio Media Production CMP 601-1, 2003
CD reissue Citystudio Media Production CMP 601-2, 2003

They also released a single in 1969 on Admiral, AD 1136: "I Got No Time", coupled with "Searching For A Place To Hide".

This release marked the start of Curt Cress' long and impressive career. He was then only 17 years old, and still studying the art of percussion, when the Orange Peel album was recorded late in 1969 at the Dierks studio (actually one of the first Dierks productions I know about!) The result was a vintage blend of progressive music, comparable to Tomorrow's Gift (1st album) or Nosferatu. The four mainly instrumental tracks sounded somewhat unfinished. Orange Peel disbanded in 1970. Bassist Helm Mohn replaced Michael Ertl in Epsilon in time for their second album, "Move On" (1971), while Curt Cress went on to Emergency, Passport, Atlantis and several other bands. Gradually he built up his reputation as one of Germany's finest session drummers. If you have a special interest in Orange Peel as a document of early German progressive rock you must he prepared to pay at least 150 DEM for the original LP.

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


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