Real Ax Band ‎– Nicht Stehenbleiben / Move Your Ass In Time

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Nicht Stehenbleiben
Pick Your Feet Off The Ground 3:45
Samba Mortale 2:11
Mark Spitz 5:27
Frauen & Kinder Zuerst 4:51
Sticks & Stones 5:07
Move Your Ass In Time
I´m Checkin' My Problems Out 4:41
Neunauge 4:11
Madwurszth 5:27
Move Your Ass In Time 4:13
I Can Hear You 3:55

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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
april II/0009 Real Ax Band Nicht Stehenbleiben / Move Your Ass In Time(LP, Album) April april II/0009 Germany 1977 Sell This Version
Fünfundvierzig123, 9955-2 Real Ax Band Move Your Ass In Time - Nicht Stehen Bleiben(CD, Album) FünfUndVierzig, Indigo (2) Fünfundvierzig123, 9955-2 Germany 2001 Sell This Version
CTCD-354, 123, 9955-2 Real Ax Band Move Your Ass In Time - Nicht Stehen Bleiben(CD, Album) Captain Trip Records, FünfUndVierzig, Indigo (2) CTCD-354, 123, 9955-2 Germany 2001 Sell This Version
Fünfundvierzig123 Real Ax Band Move Your Ass In Time(LP, Album, RE) FünfUndVierzig Fünfundvierzig123 Germany 2001 Sell This Version

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May 13, 2012
referencing Move Your Ass In Time - Nicht Stehen Bleiben, CD, Album, Fünfundvierzig123, 9955-2
If the album title isn't enough warning, then read on.

Firstly, the musicianship here is spot on - well played, with a degree of prog interwoven between the delicate drums, keys, bass, guitar and flute.

But it hits mostly bum notes for me.

It sits in some dreamtime of early 70's Funky Soul, a MOR sound aimed at an older generation than the Glam, Disco, Pop boppers of that time. As mentioned, the songs are fine, the music's fine, and I'm sure it would have lit a few people's fires back then, but it leaves me cold - a reminder of a non-generation phantasm sound which only bled through to the mainstream listener accidently (BBC Radio 2 would have creamed for this). Okay, so it makes a nice wallpaper, but makes you hanker for something with a little more grit.

Not being one to totally dis any review music I am sent, I have to say the vocals are worthy of a mention. particularly the female singer, who reminds me in tone and inflection of LUDUS, all angular changes and sudden forceful resonance. A great sound, perfectly suited to this music, and perhaps the only reference point to suggest this might be a contemporary album. Towards the end there are some interesting fx on the male voice (not vocoder) and indeed some decent studio tinkering throughout.

And then there's the backing vocals - solid lines of harmony instantly bringing the PEARL & DEAN theme to mind.

Standing alone, I think "Samba Mortale" might have made me interested in hearing more - an edgy guitar break makes a decent song work better.

Maybe time will change my opinion - watch this space to see if there's a more positive development in the future.

Originally reviewed for Metamorphic Journeyman.