Thursday, May 14, 2015

Joy Unlimited - 1974 - Minne

Joy Unlimited 

01. Origo (2:45)
02. Minne Wunder Kan Din Güete / Monogam - Polygram (6:01)
03. Der Din Wip Alrerst Betrouc (2:10)
04. Cinctura Virginae (2:34)
05. Swer Gieht, Daz Minne Sünde Si / Abruptio (4:30)
06. Venus (2:57)
07. Al Min Fröide (2:03)
08. Thermae (3:16)
09. Roter Mund Wie Do Dich Swachest (3:11)
10. Baccahnal (4:32)
11. Flos Lividus I (4:48)
12. Flos Lividus II (6:28)

Bonus tracks:
13. Atlantic (2:58)
14. Rhinozeros (2:53)
15. Jaguar (3:11)
16. Spiralnebel (2:20)
17. Early Morning Moanin (3:51)
18. Proud Angelina (3:34)
19. Achtigall (2:13)
20. Gerd Köthe: Time Machine (2:58)
21. Gerd Köthe: Electric Circus (2:56)

Joschi Dinier / vocals
Hans W. Herkenne / drums, percussion
Albin Metz / trumpet, bass
Roland Heck / organ, piano, vibes, marimba, percussion, vocals
Dieter Kindl / bass, guitar, percussion
Gerd Köthe / saxophone, flute
Klaus Nagel / guitar, woodwind, percussion, flute
Hans Lingenfelder / guitar

What a strange career arc Germany’s Joy Unlimited has had. Beginning as a vehicle for legendary rock & soul singer Joy Fleming, then the band went on to collaborate with ballet choreographer Lothar Höfgen, first with a highly eccentric album featuring Joy (Schmetterlinge), then a somewhat similar (yet slightly toned-down) one featuring American vocalist Ken Traylor (Reflections).

Minne is the third and final fruit of the collaboration. Now featuring German singer Joschi Dinier, the band take their brassy jazz-rock into an odd, folky direction on this album. Only a few tracks feature the full-on brass sound of earlier releases, acoustic guitars, recorders and harpsichords making up the bulk of the sound this time. Also some full-force Mellotron strings on the opening and closing tracks. Vocals are in an archaic, medieval dialect of German.

I’ve often heard this album compared to BröselMaschine, Emtidi or early Hoelderlin. I suppose such comparisons are valid in that if you like them, you’ll likely enjoy this too. But this album has a unique spark all its own. I really like it a lot!



  2. I am searching for : Joy Unlimited - Instrumental Impressions ‎(LP, Album) Devega Records DVG-STL 7410 Italy 1974...can you help me on this one?? Thx

  3. Sure I can... check back in a couple of hours...