02. Die Mitternachtsmaus
03. Sophie, Das Henkersmadel
07. Tortilla Flat
08. Das Fest Des Wustlings
-Hermann Josef Bosten/ flute, guitar
-Manfred Herten/ guitar
-Franz Brandt/ Keyboards
-Heribert Schippers/ bass
-Hans Friedrich Bosten/ drums, glockenspiel
-Albert Schippers/ percussion
Another early-70's Kraut Rock combo from Aaachen, active during the first half of the 70's.Tortilla Flat's leader seemed to be guitarist Manfred Herter and the first line-up featured also Hans Friedrich Basten on drums/glockenspiel, Heribert Schippers on bass, Hermann Josef Basten on flute/guitar and violin player Werner Knauser.Their first unreleased debut was a self-titled cassette, only sold at concerts, the tracks of which appear to be recorded in a session at SWF radio, a place visited by many other German groups of the time.
This is not your typical Kraut Rock, although the jamming parts are not absent.It lacks the raw power and free feeling of the monster acts of the genre and their sound is more refined, drawing parallels with groups such as TOMMOROW'S GIFT and HOELDERLIN.Musically there evident psychedelic influences mixed with strong folky inspirations, resulting to several light interplays through the album.Tons of delicate flute drives and melancholic violin textures are placed between the smooth, almost jazzy guitars of the Herter/Basten duo, offering some great instrumental moments.These appears to be the chosen path in the short cuts, which additionally have some really cool vocals.The longer ones are closer to the powerful Kraut Rock movement with extended guitar exercises, rhythmic manipulations and sharper flute parts, akin to RUFUS ZUPHALL, while even the violin parts sound more inventive and less ethereal.Different-sounding segments are nicely connected in these compositions, going from obscure Psych/Folk climates to Heavy Rock grooves with scratching guitars and pounding drumming.And as with many German groups of the time, keyboards are totally absent from this album, with violin and flute being the instruments with the role to enrich the rockin' music.
An early documentary of Tortilla Flat, that deserves some spins.Not really representitive of the band's later sound, but definitely rewarding for all fans of early Progressive/Kraut Rock.Recommended.