Monday, February 23, 2015

Tortilla Flat - 1972 - SWF Sessions

Tortilla Flat 
SWF Sessions

01. Sommerschlaf
02. Die Mitternachtsmaus
03. Sophie, Das Henkersmadel
04. Flimmerstuck
05. Bantu
06. Meilenstein
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.



  2. Thanks! I hope this isn't the copy with bad sound quality (ie. sounds like an old 128kbps copy taken from an old tape)

  3. Oh well! Hopefully Log hair or someone will put it out one day, like they have with so many other great SWF sessions :-)

  4. What is weird is that the rips of the tracks from this that are on youtube (all but 2 of the tracks are there) sound much better! How someone could take a good source that is clearly out there somewhere and fuck it up for us, I don't know, but it's frustrating knowing that there is a better sounding copy out there somewhere and no one is sharing it.

  5. I must admit that the only reason why I posted this version was in the hope that at some point a kind visitor would go... Your post sounds like shit... my copy sounds waaaay better... here it is for everybody to enjoy!... Doing that helped twice last year with some very obscure albums from which I only had bad rips... A kind soul ust went ..."Dude ... here is a better sounding version" or "Dude... Here is the Omega album that you were missing"... so fingers crossed people