Kravetz* ‎– Kravetz

Only 70s "solo" by the former Frumpy keyboard player. The band was the sequel project to the Lindenberg album, except with Thomas Kretzschmer on guitar. When the original LP under the Kravetz name didn't sell well it was then reissued as by The Hamburg Scene, and titled "8 Days In April" ‎with all the main musicians names on the front cover.

Versions (5)

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
6360 605 Kravetz* Kravetz(LP, Album) Vertigo 6360 605 Germany 1972 Sell This Version
6434 232 The Hamburg Scene 8 Days In April(LP, Album, RE) Fontana 6434 232 Germany 1974 Sell This Version
941082 The Hamburg Scene 8 Days In April(CD, Album, Unofficial) Germanofon 941082 1996 Sell This Version
MPMC 09002 Kravetz* Kravetz(CD, Album, RM) Melting Pot Music Company, Ltd. MPMC 09002 Ireland 2009 Sell This Version
6360 605 Kravetz* Kravetz(LP, Album, Unofficial, Blu) Vertigo (3) 6360 605 Germany 2014 Sell This Version



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February 5, 2013
edited over 5 years ago
referencing Kravetz, LP, Album, 6360 605

This is one of my all time favourite early 70's Krautrock related LP's. Highly underrated, and I've never grown tired of listening to it.
'Jean-Jacques Kravetz' is of course the renowned keyboardist of the great German band Frumpy.
Born in Paris in 1947, he moved to Hamburg Germany in 1967, where he was one of the co founders of the great aforementioned German band.

This was his first solo album released in 1972. Jean is backed by the superb musicianship of Udo Lindenberg(drums), Carl-G. Stephan(bass) and Thomas Kretzschmer(guitar).
The lineup here is actually 'The Udo Lindenberg Band' with Kravetz at the helm. Though this was much more in the 'heavy progressive' vein in comparisonn to Udo's much more commercial sounding solo output that came later.
Female vocalist spectacular 'Inga Rumpf' (Frumpy/Atlantis) also makes a guest appearance on the opening track 'I'd Like To Be A Child Again'. Udo takes over the vocal duties on the rest of the album.
The band are super tight here, and musically it definitely surpasses anything recorded by Atlantis, and in my opinion, rivals some of Frumpy's best material as well.

The only real downside I can see are the somewhat patchy vocal arrangements. But the instrumental passages (and there's many) are worth the price of admission alone. Highly recommended!

The original German Vertigo 'spiral' pressing 6360 605 is quite hard to find these days, and fetches over $100.00 US on eBay every time I've seen it.
This album was later re-issued in 1975 on the 'Fontana' label as '8 Days in April-The Hamburg Scene'.

I've added two of my YouTube videos that feature cuts from this LP. My videos feature imagery sourced from photos/scans of my Kravetz LP (jacket & labels), along with a vinyl rip. Please see the Discogs release page for video. Thanks.