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3.66 | 63 ratings | 6 reviews | 13% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 1977

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Just One Way (4:00)
2. Vollgas Ahoi (6:07)
3. Silky Way (3:58)
4. Rendezvous in Blue (5:56)
5. Let's take a Ride (5:19)
6. Rund um die Uhr (3:45)
7. Yaqui Yagua (5:19)
8. Wiederhören (7:13)

Total Time: 41:37

Line-up / Musicians

- Ingo Bischof / keyboards
- Jan Fride / drums
- Helmut Hattler / bass
- Peter Wolbrandt / guitar, vocals
+ Tommy Goldschmidt / congas, percussion (1-5-6)

Releases information

LP Harvest 1C 064-32110 / LP Gee Bee Dee GBD 08-26 (1983) / CdD Intercord-IRS 986.932 (1994) / CD Fünfundvierzig 105 (2000 - remastered)

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KRAAN Wiederhören ratings distribution

(63 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(13%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(48%)
Good, but non-essential (32%)
Collectors/fans only (5%)
Poor. Only for completionists (3%)

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Review by loserboy
4 stars Quirky German Krautrockers who are perhaps best described as a German Prog version of WAR (well... sort of). Heavy groove based jazz / fusion prog who were noted as one of the biggest influences on the OZRIC TENTACLES. "Wiederhoren" has been wonderfully re- mastered and now offers real clear and warm chops. Their style in somewhat in the GROBSCHNITT vein but imagine with a heavy twist of jazz fusion and you are probably not far off. Their music is fun and very clever with some absolutely amazing grooves. Like so many of the German greats this was recorded by the underground master Conny Plank.
Review by philippe
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3 stars Kraan's fifth studio album and not the most significant of what they can do at their best. This work is really more into a quick, light jazz rock style than into free (psychedelic) jazz. The main difficulty for my ears is that the compositions sound very dated, trying to catch the soul and the funky / disco wave of the moment. However we can't say that it is a bad album, it certainly contains less elements of improvisation and less experimentations but the band carries on very effective, dynamic jazz rock tunes, musically interesting. This album is also a more easy listening for newbies, more melodic too.
Review by Progbear
3 stars Definitely a heck of a lot slicker here! Again, they have the chops to pull it off, but for people who discovered them via that grungy debut album, this will come as a bit of a shock.

The high point is definitely the fast-tempo workout "Vollgas ahoi", which features some absolutely blistering bass playing from Hattler and a breathtaking Moog solo from Bischof. Likewise, the hard-core riffing on the title track is pretty damn intense, reminding me a bit of Caravan or Hatfield and the North.

Nothing here is what I'd call "bad", but in the "quirky personality" department, I find it a bit lacking. "Silky Way" is definitely a pretty guitar showcase in the style of "Lonesome Liftboy", but the too-clean production just seems a little off-putting.

So, yeah, very professional, very polished. But something's missing.

Review by Mellotron Storm
4 stars KRAAN's first three albums are all classics in my opinion, and they hold a special place in my collection. Their fourth release "Let It Out" is a 4 star record but it's not as good as the first three. "Wiederhoren" was released in 1977 and it does seem more polished and lighter, it has some great moments though, but for me the magic is disappearing.

"Just One Way" opens with percussion and congas before guitar, bass, drums then vocals take over. A fairly light opening track. "Vollgas Ahoi" is my favourite song on here, it's heavier and more intense. The bass is really prominant from Hattler. Check out the guitar after 3 minutes. "Silky Way" is just like the title implies.They slow it down for this smooth track. Lots of excellent bass though. "Rendezvous In Blue" is a light, catchy tune with lots of keys. "Let's Take A Ride" is my second favourite tune on here. We get some vocals for the first time since the opening song. Some cool intricate sounds 2 minutes in, while the keys shine a minute later.

"Rund Um Die Uhr" opens with some guitar that reminds me of MAHAVISHNU ORCHESTRA. Some fuzz a minute in followed by more great guitar. This is a top three for me. An impressive instrumental. "Yaqui Yagua" has an Eastern flavour early before a catchy melody takes over. Vocals 2 1/2 minutes in with some great bass a minute later. That catchy melody from earlier returns to end it. Excellent. "Wiederhoren" builds to an uptempo melody. Some scorching guitar in this one. The drumming 4 1/2 minutes in is pretty intense.

A good jazzy album from a band that has made some amazing albums prior to this. A low 4 stars but one I still love to play.

Latest members reviews

4 stars Terrible but funny sleeve art, but a great funky, fusion, proto-new wave album. The band is way ahead of many progrockbands. They sound ready for the eighties, with their clean guitarsound, heavy bass/drum grooves and quirky songwriting and lyrics. Kraan may be the best crossover band from the ... (read more)

Report this review (#872108) | Posted by Kingsnake | Wednesday, December 5, 2012 | Review Permanlink

5 stars The first of what I would call the second era.Yes things are indeed cleaner and slicker and more flowing.And that's exactly what I find more refreshing than their 4 previous albums.Easier to digest in other words,without losing their very special personality. I remember walking home from scho ... (read more)

Report this review (#183630) | Posted by gr8dane | Friday, September 26, 2008 | Review Permanlink

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