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2375 004 (JEANS-COVER)

Ihre Kinder

Krautrock


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4 stars The untitled album with the order number 2375 004 (often called "Jeans-Cover" because it was not packed in paper but in jeans cloth) is by most observers seen as the best record of Ihre Kinder and marks the peak in their public awareness. The album was most important at the evolving "Krautrock" scene. This album had a musical blend between American protest song, white blues and carefully set elements of electronic rock and Jazz, which had not been heard in this form and to this date in Germany.

In an excellent way the songs with all German lyrics take up political and social problems of the time like overpopulation and anonymity ("Menschen wie Sand am Meer"), outsiders in the welfare state ("Straßenkind"), nuclear armament ("Toter Soldat") or drug misuse ("Weißer Schnee, Schwarze Nacht"). Especially the calm songs still sound well and interesting. In the more than 6 and a half minute long "Toter Soldat" Ihre Kinder describe the perversity of warfare in a nuclear world and produce an oppressed atmosphere with distorted organ and electric guitar chords and drum rolls that lead into nothingness. "Weißer Schnee, Schwarze Nacht" is in musical and lyrical terms the German predecessor to the Stones' "Sister Morphine" (1971) and Neil Young's "The Needle and the Damage Done" (1972). Sonny Hennig's singing maybe peculiar but still is touching here. His lyrics were seen as the most pretentious in German popular music these days.

The transfer of the music to CD has not been well done. The booklet is minimalistic and doesn't mention any names of producers or engineers or a year of the cd release. Whoever these people were they couldn't stand the temptation to adjust the songs to "modern taste" by emphasizing the rythm section and so falsifying the original sound. Further the heights (especially the hi-hats) clink that it almost gives you pain in the ears. Also the digitizing didn't do any good to Sonny Hennig's voice.

An essential addition to any collection of German popular music, for all other prog music fans 3 stars.

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Posted Sunday, August 21, 2005 | Review Permalink
3 stars Now it is time for me to write a little about the German group Ihre Kinder's third studio album which is usually known as "2375 004(Jeans-Cover)" but actually lacks a title on the cover box. The album was released in 1970 and the participating musicians are Sonny Hennig(vocals, keyboards), Muck Groh(guitar), Tommi Roeder(bass, saxophone), Georgie Meyer(flute, bells and vocals), Olders Frenzel(drums, guitar) and Ernst Schultz(guitar, bass, percussion, vocals). The cover shows the texture of a jeans cloth and a marking with washing instructions.

This album contains music from a well playing quite dark and groovy band which aren't progressive in matter of creativity or strange melodies, they are sprung from another tradition. Some tracks are light but the majority are quite dark. "Toter soldat" is one of the best tracks on the album and it is also the most experimental(7/10). The best track though is "Mutter bekommt ein Kind"(8/10) which is very embracing and I love the saxes here played, a little bit like those in Van der Graaf Generator's music(8/10). "Strassenkind" is also worth naming as a wonderful and interesting prog ballad(8/10). I would also recommend you to hear "Mantel im wind"(7/10). Otherwise the songs are rather ordinar and I guess you need to know German to perfect get the music, when a lot of its interest lies in the lyrics.

This band know how to play rock music and you'd hear some of the songs with satisfiction. But when you hear much, the variation would be too small. It's not a challenging type of music really. Three stars!

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Posted Wednesday, April 2, 2014 | Review Permalink

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