Karthago were founded in Berlin by Joey Albrecht (guitar, vocals) and Gerald Luciano Hartwig (bass). In 1970, they engaged the Bolivian percussionist Thomas Goldschmitt (mainly hand percussion) and got a recording contract with BASF. Two additional members were added to their line-up: Ingo Bischof (keyboards) and Wolfgang Brock (drums). "Karthago" was recorded in October 1971 graced with excellent heavy guitar work and the funky, gutsy vocals of J. Albrecht, recalling the Jimi Hendrix Experience and the heavy progressive funk band Funkadelic.

More Santana-esque instrumental work was present on "Second Step", recorded in May 1973. W. Brock had left for The Rattles in February 1973 and was replaced by Norbert 'Panzer' Lehmann on this album. Then Lehmann departed to the heavy progressive band "Epitaph", and he was replaced by Konstantin Bommarius (ex-2066 & Then, Abacus). Hartwig also left in the Summer of 1974. His replacement was something of a sensation at the time - Glenn Cornick (ex-Jethro Tull). They signed with Bacillus label and relocated to Oxford, England, in November 1974, where they recorded "Rock'n'Roll Testament".It marked a change of style towards a smooth, well-produced rock with some minor symphonic touches.

In January 1976 they recorded the double album "Live At The Roxy". As Glenn Cornick had quit the group, Gerald Hartwig was now back again. Albrecht, Bischof and Goldschmitt were also helped by Reinhard Bopp (guitar, vocals, ex-Hardcake Special) and Ringo Funk (drums, ex-Atlantis, ex-Jeronimo). This record literally became the 'Karthago testament', as the group disbanded in the Spring of 1976.

However, Albrecht later assembled Ringo Funk and Chico de los Reyes (piano, vocals) in the studio in the Summer of 1977 for the forgettable "Love Is A Cake" - a commercial disco, pop-rock disaster!


20 21185-1 Karthago - Karthago album art Karthago Karthago (Album) BASF 20 21185-1 Germany 1972 Sell This Version
20.21780-9 Karthago - Second Step album art Karthago Second Step (Album) BASF 20.21780-9 Brazil 1973 Sell This Version
BLS 19201 Karthago - Rock 'N' Roll Testament album art Karthago Rock 'N' Roll Testament (Album) Bacillus Records BLS 19201 Italy 1974 Sell This Version
BI 15190 Karthago - Live At The Roxy album art Karthago Live At The Roxy (Album) Bacillus Records BI 15190 Germany 1976 Sell This Version
RVP-6280 Karthago - Love Is A Cake album art Karthago Love Is A Cake (Album) Crystal (5) RVP-6280 Japan 1978 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

05-15021-0 Karthago - I Don't Live Tomorrow album art Karthago I Don't Live Tomorrow BASF 05-15021-0 Germany 1971 Sell This Version
06 12076-1 Karthago - Johnny B. Goode / Going Down album art Karthago Johnny B. Goode / Going Down(7", Single) BASF 06 12076-1 Germany 1974 Sell This Version
BF 18390 Karthago - Back Again album art Karthago Back Again(7") Bacillus Records BF 18390 Germany 1974 Sell This Version
BF 18334 Karthago - Hard-Lovin' Woman album art Karthago Hard-Lovin' Woman(7", Single) Bacillus Records, Bellaphon BF 18334 Germany 1974 Sell This Version
006 CRY 32 776 Karthago - Woman album art Karthago Woman (Single) Crystal (5), EMI Electrola 006 CRY 32 776 Germany 1978 Sell This Version
FMG-7 Karthago - I Give You Everything You Want album art Karthago I Give You Everything You Want(7", Single) Fraternity Music Group FMG-7 US 2016 Sell This Version


BAC 2055 Karthago - Best Of album art Karthago Best Of(LP, Album, Comp) Bellaphon BAC 2055 Germany 1978 Sell This Version
none Karthago - Compilation 2004 album art Karthago Compilation 2004(CDr, Comp, Promo) Blue Cat Music none Germany 2004 Sell This Version