Hardy Hepp, Bruno Spoerri ‎– Hepp - Demo - Spoerri

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Winter (3:40)
Müed Und Irgenwie Verlore
It's On The Tip Of My Tongue
My Heart Lies Covered With Snow
En Tunkelblaue Wasserberg 0:45
Distant Land 2:40
Way Back And Now (6:50)
Lawdy Miss Clawdy
So I'm Standing Right Here
Illonois
Every Time They're Digging A Hole
In The Ground
Gave Up My Family 3:25
Ich Tröime Nöd 1:55
Shoe Song 4:10
Summer (6:30)
Immer Na Zue
Fish Song
Take A Message To Mary
Glesli Bächer Täller Töpfli 1:30
Fuesballer Söpmer SII 1:00
Won't Be The Same Again (8:50)
Moon Rising - Sun Diving
All I Do
All We Did
Ears Open Wide 1:35
Sii Hät Ire Ma Aagloge 1:50
Let's Play It All Over Again 3:30

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June 22, 2015
edited about 1 year ago
referencing Hepp - Demo - Spoerri, LP, Album, U-768-003
At first I thought this LP didn't look that interesting, but then based on research I was intrigued. Here's my research notes for the "Cosmic Egg" CD-Rom...

An obscure meeting of Hardy Hepp (ex-Krokodil member) and Bruno Spoerri. We originally guessed "What resulted from these two musicians meeting could be anything from jazz to ethnic music, or maybe even blues."
According to Spoerri's web review, this album was "the result of a rather strange (non-) collaboration between Swiss rock singer-poet Hardy Hepp and (then) analog synthesizer specialist Bruno Spoerri in 1976. Hepp demo-recorded some of his songs with the help of an old piano and a harmonium in Spoerri's studio. Bruno later (and secretly) added his jazz interpretations, using saxophones, lyricon, and the many synthesizers that he had at that time. He then presented the result to an astonished Hardy and they made an LP, which quickly became a collector's item."

Reality is that this is such a bizarre meeting of styles that maybe no one would enjoy it except for the musicians themselves. It could have been a wonderful meeting of disparate elements like many a Ron Geesin album or the Pierre Henry collaborations, yet the Hardy Hepp element here is all pretty straight kind of Bob Dylan / Donovan / standard blues/folk totally at odds with the wonky effects and collage of electronics added by Spoerri. So, is it a success or a dreadful mess? I couldn't decide what to think about it.