Monday, 14 August 2017

Altona - Altona, album review

Bass Walking the Boulevard

Enjoying this re-release of the 1975 krautrock band Altona and their jazz fusion/rock offering where the saxophone playing of Michael von Ronn, Wolfgang Wulff and Karl Heinz Blumenberg [also vocals] provide the formulaic – a la Bloodwyn Pig – but nonetheless nostalgically pleasing listen. Boulevard is an excellent representative track: powerful vocals, ensemble sax playing, walking-jazz base and funky wah-wah rhythm guitar backdrop; Frustration with its vocal scatting is solid too: these are not melodic, but riff-driven, semi-complex song structures.

Think BP, as already said, Greatest Show on Earth, If and a host of other 70s gem bands of this ilk.

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