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STAGG was an obscure jazz rock group from Frankfurt active during the early 70's. The group was formed in June 1973 and
consisted of Freddy HOHN, Harald WANKA, Manfred WEISZ and Joel WESER who decided on the band name after noticing a sports car model of a similar name in a magazine.

While the group had some live performances, they never made official releases, but instead they were one of the many bands that were recorded through radio studios for South West Broadcast (studio time and a recording engineer were won through a contest evaluating received demo tapes by multiple bands). Some of the groups like that turned more famous, like BRAINSTORM, PUPPENHAUS and MISSUS BEASTLY for example, while others were only released to the public only decades later and promoted as obscure masterpieces of German krautrock of the time. The remastered STAGG recordings that were made in SWB studios in January 1974 were remastered and released in 2018 and are a more than decent example of similar jazzy krautrock sound in the vein of THIRSTY MOON, PUPPENHAUS or BRAINSTORM.

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Stagg Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by Tarcisio Moura
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4 stars Itīs hard to believe that Staggs sole album, recorded in 1974, was shelved and released only in 2018. For listening to it now shows a band that was very professional, with good songs and an interesting sound. Although they are classified as jazz rock, there are more elements in the mix like some psychedelic, krautrock and progressive leanings. Even the vocals are present here and while theyīre not exceptional, they are not bad either. The fact that keyboardist Joe Weser uses a Hammond organ instead of the more common Fender Rhodes electric piano in the genre also helps to set them apart.

The production is also very good for the time and the remastering is a work of love. One can only wonder what would have happened if such fine piece of music was released at the time. For the band does deliver a powerful performance: the songwriting is good, vocalist Manfred A. Weisz proves to be an excellent guitarist, handling very well both the rock and jazz parts. Freddy Hohn plays mean sax and flute. The rhythm section is tight and strong. I canīt call Stagg, the album, a classic, but it is far more than a promise and anyone who likes jazz rock, or good music in general, should try to get this one.

Itīs a shame they did not have the record out during the early to mid-seventies. It was the height of jazz rock and I am almost sure it would make some impact and would certainly at least opened the door for a follow up. Alas, that was not to be, but at least it was made available in 2018. Like they say, better late than never!

Rating: although Iīm not a jazz rock fan, I would personally rate it somewhere between 3,5 and 4 stars.

Thanks to historian9 for the artist addition.

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