Murphy Blend - First Loss 1971

Murphy Blend - First Loss (Ger 1970)

Formed: Berlin, Berlin, Germany

Members:
* Wolf-Rüdiger Uhlig (organ, cembalo, piano, vocals),
* Wolfgang Rumler (guitar, vocals),
* Andreas Scholz (bass),
* Achim Schmidt (drums, vocals) .

Related Artists: Argile, Artischock, Blackwater Park, Hanuman

Genres: Progressive Rock

Tracks:
01. At First 4´32
02. Speed Is Coming Back 5´58
03. Past Has Gone 7´30
04. Preludium/Use Your Feet 5´32
05. First Loss 7´44
06. Funny Guys 3´38
07. Happiness 0´03

Murphy Blend’s (named after a pipe tobacco) only album is one of the best and rarest early German progressive rock records. Excellent hammond organ that delivers a unique heavy psychedelic Krautrock sound. It was originally released on the legendary KUCKUCK label in 1970. This album is a perfect example of the early 70s German progressive Krautrock scene and should be part of every serious 70s progressive rock collection.English lyrics.
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Murphy Blend biography:Murphy Blend were responsible for one of the best albums released on Polydor's legendary Kuckuck label. They were a quintet comprising Wolf-Rodiger Uhlig (organ, cembalo, grand piano, vocals), Wolfgang Rumler (guitar, vocals), Andreas Scholz (bass) and Achim Schmidt (drums). "First Loss" was recorded in Union Studio, Munich, during October - December 1970, produced by Jonas Porst (the manager of Ihre Kinder!) and engineered by Thomas Klemt.
Murphy Blend revealed a fine blend in which Uhlig utilised his keyboards to incorporate classical themes into their heavy progressive music. He had studied classical music for three years in Berlin. The songs were melodic, textured by heavy guitar and organ riffs. The album contained six proper tracks (mostly written by Uhlig) and the shortest German song of all time: the 3/10 of a second long "Happiness"! It's impossible to name highlights as all material is truly great! Sadly, Murphy Blend disbanded soon after recording this album. Andreas Scholz went on the heavy progressive Blackwater Park in 1971. Wolf-Rudiger Uhlig guested on Frumpy's third album, "By The Way" in 1972.
~ Taken from Cosmic Dreams at Play - A guide to German Progressive and Electronic Rock by Dag Erik Asbjørnsen, Borderline Productions, ISBN 1-899855-01-7
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Most excellent Krautrock from 1971. IF the band hadnt broken up after their first and only release they would no doubt have gone far. Andreas Scholz went on to play in the heavy progressive band Blackwater Park in 1971. Wolf-Rudiger Uhlig guested on Frumpy's third album, "By The Way" in 1972.Named after a pipe tobacco (more surprisingly theres also a brand of coffee called Murphys blend ^_^), the Berlin group Murphy Blend were always quite a mystery. They were also a rarity in early German rock, as they combined the psychedelic Krautrock sound with heavy rock, blues and classical musics. Their music had hints of early Jane and Pell Mell, but apart from that they had a unique style, with a strongly accented vocalist, topical lyrics and heady instrumentals, heavily featuring chunky Hammond organ. Murphy Blend revealed a fine blend in which Uhlig utilised his keyboards to incorporate classical themes into their heavy progressive music. He had studied classical music for three years in Berlin. The songs were melodic, textured by heavy guitar and organ riffs. The album contained six proper tracks (mostly written by Uhlig) and the shortest German song of all time: the 3/10 of a second long "Happiness"! .Similar bands that I know of would be Tetragon, Blackwater Park, Virus, GiftBirth Control & Lucifer's Friend etc.


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