Week of June 24, 2007

Creative Rock

Klaus Weber - Guitar, Percussion
Rainer Erbel - Vocals
Benny Stremmel - Sax, Flute
Hubertus Kreutner - Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Gunter Schneide - Guitar, Bass
Michael Maas - Bass, Guitar
Heiko Steinsiek - Drums

Gorilla (Brain 1017), 1973; CD Germanofon 941047
Lady Pig (Brain 1074), 1974; CD Germanofon 941044

Creative Rock was an ambitious name, but they were merely a quite conventional jazz-rock/fusion septet. Possible inspirational sources were Chicago, Blood, Sweat & Tears, Nucleus and particularly Colosseum. Creative Rock added their own Teutonic slant, though. "Gorilla" (1973) was a good album with eight tracks produced by Konrad Plank at Windrose studios, Hamburg. Instrumentally the album contained equal amounts of brass and guitars. "Lady Pig" (1974) was basically more of the same, although by now Creative Rock were beginning to run out of ideas. Consequently, the band broke up. These two green Brain releases have never been re-issued officially.

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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