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Zomby Woof was a German symphonic rock formation, the name is derived from a Frank Zappa's his Mothers Of Invention composition. The band is rooted in 1971 when guitar players Heinrich Winter and Udo Kreuss joined Frank Keinath on bass and Thomas Moritz on drums in order to form a band that still had no name and no gigs. Soon Frank moved away and no replacement was to be found. As a consequence Ulrich Herter, another guitarist, joined the band and Udo Kreuss changes to bass guitar. Shortly afterwards the two keyboard players Matthias Seelman-Eggebert (Hammond organ) and Matthias Zumbroich (keyboards) also joined which meant that the sound changed, influenced by PROCOL HARUM. During the Hayinger Festival in 1974 (featuring German bands KRAAN, BIRTH CONTROL and EMBRYO) the band had their first tv appearance but in 1976 Thomas Moritz and Matthias Seelman-Eggebert left the band to concentrate on their studies and Bertha "Bea" Maier joined them on drums to form the line-up that can be heard on their LP. In 1977 they tried to earn a contract by sending the demo tapes from intense rehearsals to several record companies. Eventually the label Jupiter from the capital Munich accepted the band and the recordings started in the Olympia Music Studios in the spring of 1977. There they found a Mellotron, of course out of tune! Thanks to Udo Kreuss this incredible instrument was cleaned untilit functioned again. So despite the fact that the band didn't own a Mellotron, you can enjoy this ubiquitous keyboard on their album. On the cover you can witness the band in front of one of the slides they used during their shows. In the autumn of 1977 the LP was released by Jupiter and distributred by BMG Ariola. One estimates that eventually the sales went up to 5000 copies, a very reasonable number for such an uknown German band! A second LP on the Jupiter label never saw the daylight because Steve Kazan, the man who was responsible for this type of music was sacked because he got on everybody's nerves. In 1979 Berthold Maier and Heinrich Winter left the band to form Alarm. The were replaced by Achim Czech on drums and Harald Horvath as singer but this was not a sudden but rather gradual change in the line-up. Together with an additional vocalist named David Hanselmann (previously with MESSAGE and TRIUMVIRAT), this line-up recorded a second LP named No Hero in 1979 but the band was unable to find a record company. Without a recording contract and future prospects Zomby Woof...
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 Riding On A Tear by ZOMBY WOOF album cover Studio Album, 1977
3.89 | 34 ratings

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Review by Tarcisio Moura
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4 stars A really surprising one shot band from germany. Zomby Woof release this jewel in 1977, and it is no surprise there was no follow up. The times were not good for prog acts any more, specially new ones that relied too much on the traditional symphonic sounds that were so popular early in that decade. Well, there was a second album, but I heard it was a much pop oriented one and I donīt know if it was released or not. Whatever happened to their sophmore efford, this one is really good. And if youīre into the german prog scene of the 70īs, it is one you should not miss.

The first thing I noticed was the high quality of the production and the music that comes from the CD. Garden Of Delights did a great job on the remastering. It sounds fresh and very clear. For some time I thought Zomby Woof was a contemporary retro group. The band itself proved to be quite good too, at least at the instrumental part of the CD: terrific vintage keyboards, fantastic bass, good drums and guitars. The vocals are the weakest part, but they are not bad either. In fact, they compensate their lack of technique and range with passion and conviction.

The tunes are all good, the band had fine songwriters. The CD as whole is quite varied and the arrangements are very tasteful. And good as they are, they hardly sound like anybody else I know. As a reference I can cite only Eloy and maybe Grobschnitt, but they had their own personality already. Quite energetic compositions, with strong emphasis on melody and rhythms (the instrumental Doraīs Drive is maybe the best exemple of that). The CD version comes with four bonus tracks, two being edit versions of songs from the original LP and two unissued. the new songs are as longer than the others, not so well produced, but showed they were getting even better. The group was indeed a great promise, what a shame Zomby Woof didnīt make it!

Rating: 4 stars. Another fine band that had a short career. But should not be forgotten and Riding On A Tear is an excellent addition to any prog rock music collection. Highly recommneded.

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Review by toroddfuglesteg

3 stars A nice surprise !

This German band only relased this album (and recorded an unreleased more pop orientated second album). The music is down the Grobschnitt and Nektar alley with some hints of Eloy and Yes. A krautrock influenced symphonic prog album, in other words. The wide range of instruments ads a lot of texture to the music. The keyboards are dominating the sound, though. Both the bass and the drums are excellent here. Most of the songs are monumental, epic and full of small details. The music is in short very playful. Just like Yes at their best. The songs are good, with a special mention of the excellent title track. The vocals are all in English and the references to the classic English prog rock scene are many. This is a good symphonic prog album from a band who sadly only released this album. What a shame ! But this album is here for our enjoyment.

3 stars

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Review by erik neuteboom
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4 stars

Zombie Woof is an extremely overlooked German progrock band from the Seventies, their name is derived from a song by Frank Zappa and his Mothers Of Invention. But their music has hardly anything to do with Frank Zappa, it's mainly keyboard driven, 24- carat symphonic rock, quite original with only some hints from Eela Craig and early Camel.

The nine compositions from the original album (1977) sound pleasant and melodic featuring flowing shifting moods and lots of wonderful vintage keyboards: a sparking Grand piano with wonderful string-ensemble waves in Introduction, a beautiful blend of string-esemble, Hammond organ and mellow choir-Mellotron in the varied titletrack, lots of swinging Hohner D6 clavinet in Requiem - Part I, exciting interplay between fiery electric guitar and swinging clavinet and a splendid build- up guitar solo in the jam- like song Dora's Drive and an exciting, long synthesizer solo (with echoes from Peter Bardens) in Walking Through the Woods. One of the most beatiful tracks on this CD is Walking Through the Woods: a short intro featuring warm twanging acoustic guitar, then a slow rhythm with fluent synthesizer flights, the atmosphere becomes lush symphonic delivering great interplay between sparkling piano and senational synthesizer. The English vocals on this album sound often pleasant and warm with a slight German accent. The CD release features four bonustracks including two alternate versions from the album and two previously unreleased tracks (studio rehearsals, no more or less than fine Zomby Woof music).

THIS IS WONDERFUL, VERY MELODIC AND PLEASANT PROGRESSIVE ROCK FROM GERMANY, LOADED WITH A WIDE RANGE OF VINTAGE KEYBOARDS!!



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Review by Finnforest
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3 stars Amazingly overlooked symphonic title

This wonderful lost gem is one of my recommended German symphonic albums I suppose because the dramatic flair of the composition along with the wonderful piano reminds me of many Italian albums. Thank goodness for Garden of Delights records for rescuing classics like this one from history and doing them up with such informative booklets. The band formed in Reutlingen in the early '70s and played their final gig there in 1980. A second album was made but not re-released by Garden because the material was deemed more pop than progressive. This material was taken from the original master tapes and sounds remarkable good.

The music is dramatic, extroverted, energetic, big and bold. It begins with a huge cascading solo piano introduction leading ironically to a piece called "Suicide" as the album apparently deals with the suicide of a friend, but is not a downer album in any way. For those who can't handle foreign vocals, you can relax as they are in very clear English. The album has something for everyone: mellotrons, piano, plenty of guitars, solid bass and drums, Hammond, even a little sax. Actually there is some monster bass presence on this album which I'm a big proponent of! Composition is quite varied and interesting throughout from the bouncing opening of the title track to the flat-out rocking of "Dora's Drive" to the funky bass sections of "Requiem." "Mary Walking Through the Woods" is a favorite with its sentimental melodies and dreamy synths, even if a bit melodramatic. There are a couple of spots where the jams tend to freebird a bit longer than they need to but this is a minor complaint. Four rare bonus tracks are included and as mentioned the booklet is awesome with complete bio and many incredibly rare photos of this lost band. Fans of big '70s symphonic showy feasts cannot miss hearing "Riding on a Tear" even if it did come a bit late in the game and broke no new ground. There's a very high probability you'll be pleased as punch. 6/10

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Review by Nao/Gilles

5 stars I purchased this album by chance, without even listening to it before. I'm not even the greatest fan of German Space Rock in the first place (although I do love Grobschnitt and Eloy, for instance). Well, really, I played the disc for a friend of mine during a Scrabble game, and she said, "it's really good, what we're listening to! What is it?" I need to add that she usually frowns upon most of my prog albums, be it obscure jazz-prog or commercial prog-rock. Needless to say, I was delighted. And this actually led me to devote more attention to the album. Which is approximately when I realized I'd have *bought* it if I hadn't already done so in the first place. Maybe I should just buy a second copy for my friend, then?

The long "Mary walking through the woods" suite may be the best track of them all. If you're into rock-solid space-rock, organ orgies and funky feelings, this is for you. And you've been waiting for it a long time!

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Review by b_olariu
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4 stars Simply great music by this almost unknown band from the late '70. I descovered this band by reading the review of kenethlevine,and i said to my self to give it a try, they have such a strange name. Now i know is the name of a piece of Frank Zappa. Talking about the music to me is something between Nektar and here and there Eloy, specialy the voice. Instrumental is superb with keyboard driven, 24- carat symphonic rock. This is among the best symphonyc album from Germany, and not only. 4 stars, melodic with full of great keys.

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Review by kenethlevine
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4 stars An absolutely stunning German symphonic one-off, this is the work of an accomplished band in every sense, from the well developed melodies to the rich organ/bass interplays to the solid English vocals mixed at precisely the right level. While the keys and rhythym section are to the fore, and no better illustrated than in the brilliant "Walking through the Woods" with its fluid synths that shift into turbo about halfway through, some fine guitar parts appear in such tracks as the bonus closer, "Back Home". This is not a particularly German sounding album although some characteristic spaciness creeps in as well as spoken parts, occasional distorted vocals and rants, but they are so adeptly integrated and understated as to remain eminently listenable at all times. In particular "Requiem Part 2" could lay claim to being Zomby Woof's take on "Solar Music" as immortalized by Grobschnitt. Riding on a Tear is a 70s gem of German symphonic progressive rock that I cannot recommend highly enough.

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Review by symfoneut

4 stars Zombie Woof is an extremely overlooked German progrock band from the Seventies, their name is derived from a song by Frank Zappa and his Mothers Of Invention. But their music has hardly anything to do with Frank Zappa, it's mainly keyboard driven, 24- carat symphonic rock, quite original with only some hints from Eela Craig and early Camel. The nine compositions from the original album (1977) sound pleasant and melodic featuring flowing shifting moods and lots of wonderful vintage keyboards: a sparking Grand piano with wonderful string-ensemble waves in Introduction, a beautiful blend of string-esemble, Hammond organ and mellow choir-Mellotron in the varied titletrack, lots of swinging Hohner D6 clavinet in Requiem - Part I, exciting interplay between fiery electric guitar and swinging clavinet and a splendid build-up guitar solo in the jam- like song Dora's Drive and an exciting, long synthesizer solo (with echoes from Peter Bardens) in Walking Through the Woods. One of the most beatiful tracks on this CD is Walking Through the Woods: a short intro featuring warm twanging acoustic guitar, then a slow rhythm with fluent synthesizer flights, the atmosphere becomes lush symphonic delivering great interplay between sparkling piano and senational synthesizer. The English vocals on this album sound often pleasant and warm with a slight German accent. The CD release features four bonustracks including two alternate versions from the album and two previously unreleased tracks (studio rehearsals, no more or less than fine Zomby Woof music).

THIS IS WONDERFUL, VERY MELODIC AND PLEASANT PROGRESSIVE ROCK FROM GERMANY, LOADED WITH A WIDE RANGE OF VINTAGE KEYBOARDS!!

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