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TANNED LEATHER are a German Psychedelic/ Space rock band that released 2 albums in the 1970s that have become quite obscure and difficult to find. The band lineup consisted of Alf Gardner on lead vocals, Herbert Ihle on harmony vocals, Dicky Mude on harmony vocals, Andy Marx on guitars, Rainer Pietsch on bass, Jim Cannon on drums, and there was a collaboration with Hans Jurgen Fritz from TRIUMVIRAT, playing piano as a guest musician on the debut.

Their debut "Child of Never Ending Love" was released in 1972 on Germanafon Labels. "Saddle Soap" was released in 1976 on EMI Labels with the same lineup but no guest musicians.

The band began music life as THE SINGING END and then morphed into TANNED LEATHER. EMI contracted them for several record productions under the new band name. They recorded several singles as well as the two albums. Rainer Pietsch became involved as arranger in many important international productions, such as VANGELIS, ELO and QUEEN. He died of a heart attack in 1998. Herbert Ihle works as a studio and tour singer. Alf Gardener alias Wolfgang Emperhoff lives in Munich and works for Ralph Siegel. He has refined countless Siegel productions as a background vocalist.

The band should appeal to those into Space Rock psychedelic 1970s sounds, and, although difficult to get, the albums have been hailed as excellent examples of the musical genre.

---AtomicCrimsonRush (Scott Tuffnell)---

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2.16 | 6 ratings
Child Of Never Ending Love
2.33 | 3 ratings
Saddle Soap

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 Child Of Never Ending Love  by TANNED LEATHER album cover Studio Album, 1972
2.16 | 6 ratings

Child Of Never Ending Love
Tanned Leather Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by hdfisch
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2 stars Little information is available about this German six-piece band and their debut presented here which has never been released on CD is much sought after. They consisted of one lead singer, two harmony vocalists plus the usual rock outfit. In addition there's some guest appearance of Hans Jurgen Fritz from country fellows TRIUMVIRAT on piano. In some of the songs I can hear as well some violin and banjo which are not listed. As this line-up already suggests we get offered here some American folk-tinged material much in the vein of CSNY, at times with a strong rhythm & blues feeling like in "King of Misunderstood". Apart from being quite a nice listen if one likes such stuff the songs here can't offer much interesting even for the most average proghead. Overall I found this album musically quite boring I've to say though the lyrics are admittedly at times quite appealing and meaningful if they aren't too much christian-inspired like in the redundant "Jesus May Help You". Really nothing outstanding to be found on here and if at all only interesting for the general collector of obscure 70's rarities. Their second album went even deeper into the country pop/southern rock realm questioning the relevance of this band in Prog at all. 2 stars is the absolute maximum I can offer for this work in the context of this website.
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