Saturday, July 08, 2006

Wonderland - The Best Of (1973)

Personnel:
ACHIM REICHEL g, v
(HELMUT FRANKE g) A
KALLE TRAPP g, v
(LES HUMPHRIES kb) A
CLAUS-ROBERT KRUSE kb, g, b, v
FRANK DOSTAL v, b
DICKY TARRACH d

This was a beat band formed at the beginning of 1968. Reichel and Tarrach had previously been members of the most famous German beat band: The Rattles. Wonderland recorded three singles before Humphries and Franke quit at the end of 1969, to be replaced by Kalle Trapp and Claus-Robert Kruse. One year and a single later the band ceased its activities, with Reichel and Dostal teaming up for the Wonderland Band album, to which Franke, Tarrach, Trapp and Kruse all contributed. All Wonderland singles and four tracks for a projected album were collected in 1973 on a Karusell sampler.

WONDERLAND BAND - One of Achim Reichel's strangest projects occurred in l97l, after the demise of Wonderland. His long time collaborator Frank Dostal followed him from this band. Together they recorded as Frankie Dymon Jr. as well as the very different Wonderland Band, whose album was an ambitious production featuring 25 guest musicians, among them Clauk-Robert Kruse (guitar, organ, vocals, arrangements), Helmut Franke (guitar), Ladi Geissler (guitar), Hans-Uwe Remers (piano, arrangements), Benny Bendorf (bass), Hans Hartmann (bass), Kalle Trapp (bass), Joe Nay (drums), Barry Reeves (drums) and Dicky Tarrach (drums, chimes, trumpets and trombones). The results sounded close to the eclectic solo album Die Grune Reise, but Reichel's echo guitars were in this case replaced by solid doses of brass! Wonderland Band's No. 1 was equally weird with boogie rock, vintage glitter rock and folky ballads spiced with incredibly strange brass arrangements. It was hardly a great success (however, there are highlights!) and proved to be a one-off, although a 1972 single featured two unreleased tracks: "Rock'n'Roll People" coupled with "King Of America". Taken from Cosmic Dreams At Play

Listen to the "Moscow"!


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12 comments:

Anonymous said...

Ausgezeichnet! Danke sehr!

Ich liebe dich! :)
ionos

Anonymous said...

Thank you very much for this rare music!
When I was young I had the wonderland singles and miss them until today!

sluggo said...

Thanks. But seems to be missing some tracks...?

Anonymous said...

Thanks

Track 15 didn't upzip for some reason

It said it needed a different password or some other reason

Anonymous said...

@sluggo, @anonymous

No missing tracks. Track 15 unzips OK. No new password required.

Maybe you need to update/upgrade your zip program? I used WinZip 9 SR-1, and everything unzipped correctly.

Regards,
ionos

Anonymous said...

i dl winzip 10.0

and it doesn't let you unzip .rar

files

This is the latest version of winzip..

I wonder if it's just my dl..

Anonymous said...

Winzip does not work with rar files.
But the download was a zip file.

...ionos

Anonymous said...

Wow

Now i'm totaly confused..

The file i dl was a .rar file not a .zip file..

I hope i had the right link

Thanks for any help

andre said...

Hello Lisa
I just found this gem-I hope Poochy
is also on it but i cant find the Link for download.
Please if possible let me know what i have to do
greatings
Andre

Anonymous said...

Please, where is the link?. I can´t found it. Long time ago I heard Moscow and I want more of them. Please repost this gem. Ricardo from Chile.Danke

andre said...

Hello
Yeah you make my Day.A great Thanks that you had the time to reup this forgoten Jewel
Greatings
Andre

Anonymous said...

I salute you for your music taste !!! Any chance you might be able to re-post link ? Thanxxx from Fancytommy@Thailand