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IHRE KINDER can be placed at the roots of the so-called "Krautrock". As the first rock band at all they produced in their mother-tongue German and published five main albums between 1969 and 1972.

The core of IHRE KINDER were the keyboarder and singer Sonny Hennig, the guitarist Ernst Schultz and the producer Jonas Porst. Their music combined influences from the American protest song (Bob Dylan), white blues music from England and - in a cautious way - the typical German electronic rock music of the early 70s to a progressive und unique mixture. Their most impressive songs are about political topics like nuclear armament ("Toter Soldat") or social problems like drugs ("Weißer Schnee, Schwarze Nacht"). At their early time the phrase "progressive" was yet to be born. Lacking other definitions they were elected the best German "Blues band" by the readers of "Express" in 1970. Key albums were "Leere Hände" (1970) - also published in the UK as "Empty Hands" - "2375 004" (1970) - also known as "Jeanscover" - and "Werdohl" (1971), by which Ernst Schultz had substituted Jonas Porst as producer.

SONNY HENNIG published the solo album "Tränengas" in 1971, in which he discussed the political situation in Germany from a left-wing view, and in the same year ERNST SCHULTZ recorded his opus "Paranoia Picknick", which excelled with a blend of serious lyrics and sophisticated guitar work. The best of the latter was "Synthetischer Orient No. 1".

After the break-up in 1972 every now and then band members came together to play at festivals and recorded some albums, none of them of greater importance.

Why this artist must be listed in :
A unique and most interesting band - essentiell for the developement of progressive German Rock Music.


Ihre Kinder, studio album (1969)
Leere Hände, studio album (1970)
2375 004 (Jeans-Cover), studio album (1970)
Werdohl, studio album (1971)
Anfang Ohne Ende, studio album (1972)
Live '82 (1982)
Heute, studio album (1984)

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3.00 | 3 ratings
Ihre Kinder
3.86 | 5 ratings
Leere Hände
3.61 | 8 ratings
2375 004 (Jeans-Cover)
3.03 | 6 ratings
2.17 | 3 ratings
Anfang Ohne Ende

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2.33 | 3 ratings
Live '82

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 Anfang Ohne Ende by IHRE KINDER album cover Studio Album, 1972
2.17 | 3 ratings

Anfang Ohne Ende
Ihre Kinder Krautrock

Review by DrömmarenAdrian

2 stars "Anfang ohne ende" was Ihre Kinder's fifth studio album and it was released in 1972, just two years after their amazing record "Leere Hände". Just as their earlier efforts, this contains a lot to enjoy and this record has more music than before, I don't know if it's a double record but the playtime is quite wide. The cover picture shows an old radio machine, according to me. It is a nice cover!

The music here is competent. They haven't walked the easiest way and there are places where you can enjoy the guitar, the drums and the best ingredient the saxophone. Unfortunately this saxophone isn't used so much on the album, it could have been used much more advantageously. The musicians were Sonny Hennig on vocals and keyboards, Tommi Röder on bass, saxophone and guitar and vocals, Walti Schneider on bass and vocals, Günter Storch on drums and Wolf Stumm och guitar.

The best song is where the saxophone could glisten, in "Für dich und mich", a pleasant an recommended song. Also "Stunden" and "Die graue stadt" has a lot of fine parts and fine melodies I like. They have more intentions than the rest. Over all though these compositions are boring in my ears. The has write some music just after the book and aren't progressive in a musical way here. I guess much of the glory in the music lies in the lyrics, but I haven't studied them. Indeed the music feels old, but in this case it isn't a benefit. On some of the songs the vocals also are rather unpleasant. I like the tracks: 3, 4, 9, 10, 11 and 12 even if they aren't fantastic. The rest don't intrigues me. This will only get two stars from me. You'd rather listen to "Leere Hände" a wonderful disc by Ihre Kinder.

 2375 004 (Jeans-Cover) by IHRE KINDER album cover Studio Album, 1970
3.61 | 8 ratings

2375 004 (Jeans-Cover)
Ihre Kinder Krautrock

Review by DrömmarenAdrian

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!

 Werdohl by IHRE KINDER album cover Studio Album, 1971
3.03 | 6 ratings

Ihre Kinder Krautrock

Review by DrömmarenAdrian

3 stars Ihre Kinder is a German rock band which made five studio albums during the period 1969- 1972, and then some years later they recorded a live record 1982. Ihre Kinder means "Their Children" and I have earlier reviewed their second album "Leere Hände" which was a very pleasant and poetic rock album. "Werdohl" from 1971 is their fourth. Between those they made another record which I will listen to later.

Werdohl's cover is a red knobbly one with an unsharp photography of the band and its sign is written in old germanic style. The musicians on the record are Sonny Hennig(vocals and keyboards), Muck Groh(guitar, trombone), Tommi Röder (bass, saxophone, guitar, vocals), Georgie Meyer(flute, bells, vocals), Olders Frenzel(drums, guitar) and Ernst Schultz(guitars, bass and vocals). It was released fourty-three years ago and now to the music.

I enjoyed this listening very much. I love music in German over all, it's a poetic language and Sonny Hennig's voice is smooth and nice to listen to. I would recommend some of these songs particularly such as "Schlaf-Lied", amongst the best, with a clanging sweet melody(8/10) and the starter "Babylon" which is both catchy and has its own feeling(7/10). "Worte" was darker also I think one of the best(8/10) such as the longest "Werdohl" where the different instruments do their job often lonely. The track is partially very dramatic and poetic(7/10).

Even if I enjoyed my two listenings very much I find this music a little bit too much unchallenging. Almost every song gave me the same feeling and I would have wanted something more fanatic or experimental. The record also lacks favourite tracks which I want to hear again and again. Therefore a rating of three stars would be enough.

 Leere Hände by IHRE KINDER album cover Studio Album, 1970
3.86 | 5 ratings

Leere Hände
Ihre Kinder Krautrock

Review by DrömmarenAdrian

4 stars Ihre Kinder's third record "Leere Hände" from 1970 was a pleasant experience. Like my father I like very much German stuff and these songs is beautifully sung in German by the singer Sonny Hennig. What is presented here is two language version of the record but I only review the German songs. Ihre Kinder (Your children) is called Krautrock but it's progressive in a more political way than musical, almost like the Swedish Progg. Anyway this is very nice music and I am happy to write the first review of it and hope many will follow.

Done in the early seventies the music is full of the clear sound of rock, mixed with emotion and som progressive touches. Those toaches is for example the flute and the keyboards which are palpable over the full album. Ihre Kinder made up by Olders Frenzel(drummer), Sonny Hennig (vocalist, keyboard player), Muck Groh(guitarist), Georgie Meyer(flutist, bells, vocals), Walti Schneider(bassist, vocals) and Ernst Schultz(guitarist, bassist, percussionist, vocals).

The best song is the title track "Leere Hände" which is a little proggy but very nice pop song with clever keys and great singing. That is a track you want to play again and again. The second best track is "Strasse ohne Ziel" which perhaps has a deeper and more proggy feeling, also a beautiful song. "Ich kann dir nichts geben", "Hilf mir" and "Nimm deine liebe" would I also consider very good tracks. The others are also worth listening.

This is a quite easy achieved record from the Germans "Ihre Kinder". I love the sweet voice and the great compositions. It's music with skillful song writing, not especially progressive but attractive. To me it works very well and they're getting my four stars. 3,77 becomes 4 when I round it up. You can also listen to the songs in English, "Empty hands" for example is very good.

 Werdohl by IHRE KINDER album cover Studio Album, 1971
3.03 | 6 ratings

Ihre Kinder Krautrock

Review by Peter Pan
Prog Reviewer

3 stars "Werdohl" was the follow-up to the famous album "2375 004" ("Jeans-Cover"). Published later in the same year (1971) it showed a remarkable musical development. Song structures and instrumentation were more complex now with heavy influences from Jazz, blues, and even classical music. Winds, pianos, organs and several acoustic guitars are used. In most of the songs the lyrics tend more towards poetical than political expression ("Unterwegs", "Komm, wir fahr'n auf's Land").

Overall this album is versatile and entertaining but a little unsecure in musical style. Ihre Kinder started to suffer from the ongoing changing of band members. On "Werdohl" Co-founder Sonny Hennig only joins on two songs as "guest".

The main shortcomings are the somewhat murky singing and the sometimes immature words. While on "2375 004" the singing suited the melancholic and dark lyrics and the more folky music here on "Werdohl" it cannot bear the weight of the heavyily arranged and instrumented music.

 2375 004 (Jeans-Cover) by IHRE KINDER album cover Studio Album, 1970
3.61 | 8 ratings

2375 004 (Jeans-Cover)
Ihre Kinder Krautrock

Review by Peter Pan
Prog Reviewer

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.

Thanks to Peter Pan for the artist addition.

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