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The four musicians who formed FRUMPY were all members of Irishman O' Brian-Docker's folkband The City Preachers, which he founded in Hamburg in 1965. The City Preachers played an excellent blend of American and British folk music and had, sometimes, over a dozen people on stage. Discontent with singer Dagmar Krause, drummer Carsten Bohn left the City Preachers in November 1969 and took singer Inga Rumpf, French keyboarder Jean-Jacques Kravetz and guitarist Karl-Heinz Schott with him to form FRUMPY. In spring of 1970, FRUMPY started a successful tour of France. The same year, they went on a 50 concert tour with SPOOKY TOOTH, and played with YES, HUMBLE PIE and RENAISSANCE. In autumn of 1970, FRUMPY released the first album "All Will Be Changed" which contained only own material with the exception of a Richie Havens cover. The Following year guitarist Rainer Baumann joined FRUMPY and played on the bands second LP "Frumpy 2", which was rapped in a round plastic bag. In Germany, the album was well received and proved that rock music from Germany could live up to international standard. Their music combines jazz, soul and eastern elements with the keyboards as the most important instrument. FRUMPY topped the Musik Express poll as the most popular German rock group of the year and the newspaper FAZ assisted singer Inga Rumpf to be "the country's biggest individual talent", but a tour of England with MOTT THE HOOPLE failed to attract popularity in Britain. Musical differences with keyboarder Kravetz caused him to leave FRUMPY, in spring 1972, to record a solo Lp with Inga Rumpf singing one song. But he returned for the recording sessions of FRUMPY's third LP "By The Way". But FRUMPY disbanded after a farewell concert on June 26, 1972. Inga Rumpf, Jean-Jacques Kravetz and Karl-Heinz Schott formed ATLANTIS. The year 1990 saw a FRUMPY reunio and a new LP "Now!".


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Discography:
"All Will Be Changed" (1970)

"Frumpy 2" (1971)

"By The Way" (1972)

"Frumpy Live" (1973)

"Now" (1990)

"Live '95" (1995)

"Best Of" (1997)

"News" (1997)

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3.64 | 39 ratings
All Will Be Changed
1970
4.00 | 69 ratings
Frumpy 2
1971
3.30 | 29 ratings
By The Way
1972
1.25 | 3 ratings
Now
1990

FRUMPY Live Albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.60 | 16 ratings
Frumpy Live
1973
3.04 | 4 ratings
Live NinetyFive
1995

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0.00 | 0 ratings
In And Out Of Studios
1973
4.33 | 3 ratings
Attention
1975
4.00 | 2 ratings
Best Of
1997

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 Frumpy 2 by FRUMPY album cover Studio Album, 1971
4.00 | 69 ratings

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Frumpy 2
Frumpy Eclectic Prog

Review by Aussie-Byrd-Brother
Special Collaborator Rock Progressivo Italiano Team

4 stars A heavy German band that initially released albums between 1970 and 1972 (with a posthumous live album in '73), Frumpy played in a hard n' heavy adventurous rock style made very distinctive by the gutsy and (dare I say) ballsy lead vocals of female singer Inga Rumpf! There were a few progressive related bands from the time that were fronted by women, but none could compare to the powerful and distinctly `un-feminine' sound Inga delivered. While their music was heavily dominated by sludgy electric guitar riffs and aggressive Hammond organ, the band also included blues, folk and psychedelic touches, with some brief classical elements too. Their second album, simply titled `2' is easily comparable to Nektar, early Pink Floyd, Uriah Heap, Atomic Rooster and Jane (and maybe even a little bit of Beggars Opera with the classical touches), but Frumpy really do sound like no other band!

With a trippy lyric and a shimmering Earth and Fire quality, album opener `Good Winds' drifts along on toasty warm vibes. The piece is bookended with drowsy acid-folk slide guitar similar to the early Floyd psych albums, especially reminding of David Gilmour's `Fat Old Sun'. A lengthy instrumental middle is a slow-build scorching Hammond organ ripple that spirals deliriously around leaping melodic bass and driving drum-work. Inga's English language vocal throughout is reflective during the verses before roaring to life in an almost Ozzy Osbourne manner for the overwhelming chorus. A very powerful opener with plenty of tasty sounds! `How The Gipsy Was Born' has a plodding muscular heavy groove, but also more of a breezy and cool swing to it with a fun (yet still pretty out- there) lyric and sultry vocal. Thick scratchy organ grinds away over bashing drums and wailing electric guitar soloing. An abrupt call-to-arms fanfare in the middle sees the piece move into an early Eloy and Grobschnitt stomp with swirling violent Hammond tearing shreds all around.

The second side begins with the eclectic `Take Care of Illusion.' With a more eerie dark nightmarish lyric, most of the piece is bombastic and frantic, Inga bellowing brimstone fury over thrashing guitars that cut loose and maniacal Hammond organ rumbling. It surprisingly briefly floats into a more ethereal ambient passage in the middle, almost Egyptian motifs woven throughout the music, before attacking intimidating bluster kicks in again and the band make an infernal addictive racket to end on. Getting the lightest of Mellotron veils and a sombre vocal out of the way at the beginning (but with a quick reprise at the end), `Duty' quickly reveals itself to be a Hammond organ masochists wet dream, just wall to wall with the instrument. Very jammy, up-tempo and relentless, it's also overloaded with acid-fried fuzzy wah-wah guitar that alternates between weeping and assaulting, blitzkrieg drum soloing working up an almighty sweat and chunky galloping slab-like bass, altogether sounding very much in the vein of the early Birth Control albums. Quick little classical themes incorporated in recall the first three LP's by Beggars Opera, plus there's a little light orchestration to bring a sweeping grandness.

Fans of the above mentioned bands and those wanting to hear a very distinctive female vocalist should look into this group right away, and ideally fans that liked the tougher female singers of bands such as Sandrose and Ruphus will definitely be interested to hear this album. Lovers of the dirtier and less-fancy German bands, and just maybe even Krautrock fans, and those who dig Hammond soaked early prog rockers, will likely find much plenty to appeal here as well. Full of fire, intensity and kick-ass playing from a red-hot band, Frumpy's `2' is a damn fine German prog- related rock album.

Four stars.

Note: Cheers to my good buddy Tom Ozric who pointed out to me just after I bought the CD that the singer of Frumpy wasn't a fella! See, pays to look at the CD booklet before pressing `Play'!

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 All Will Be Changed by FRUMPY album cover Studio Album, 1970
3.64 | 39 ratings

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All Will Be Changed
Frumpy Eclectic Prog

Review by Progfan97402

4 stars Let's just say better now than never when it comes for Frumpy. I've been aware of them for years, and around the same time I was aware of Frumpy, I was also aware of Atlantis, and I did buy a copy of Atlantis' 1973 debut in 1997 (a German swirl Vertigo copy no less), but at the time I didn't make the Frumpy connection (even though my copy did have a sticker on the front cover mentioning Frumpy). Of course, Atlantis was basically a new Frumpy, a more mainstream band. Both featuring Inga Rumpf (as well as Jean Jacques Kravetz). Atlantis did not exactly blow me away, it seemed more tame, the music wasn't great, it wasn't bad either, but wasn't something that I would visit my turntable on a regular basis, on the other hand, I won't part with it. Maybe it was my experience with Atlantis that made me swear off Frumpy. I was lucky to get an original copy of All Will Be Changed, compete with that gimmick plastic chameleon cover, and let me tell you, it's tons better! "Life Without Pain" sounds like hit potential to me. It has a rather gospel-like feel. It's rather straightforward, but they really get adventurous after this, with the wonderful "Rosalie". "Rosalie" is really disguised as three songs, the first part has a blues influence, with a psychedelic feel to it, I really love that organ. The second part is basically a great, extended organ solo from Kravetz before the third part, which is basically more or less how it began. Next two songs are shorter and more straightforward with their cover of Richie Havens' "Indian Rope Man" (at that time already covered by Julie Driscoll with Brian Auger & the Trinity as well as Warm Dust, an early band with Paul Carrack) and "Morning". I really dig that organ work on the latter. "Floating" is another extended piece disguised as three songs, like "Rosalie" bookended by Inga Rumpf's singing, while the middle part is Jean-Jacques Kravetz's spotlight, this time he takes a much more experimental approach, but there is also an extended drum solo. There's even some Mellotron, an M300. This was recorded in Holland at Phonogram Studios, where Earth & Fire and Ekseption had recorded (and they too used the M300, which apparently that Mellotron belonged to the studio). This is not Krautrock like Can, Amon Duul II, Faust, and the likes. Inga Rumpf's influence is in soul and blues, and obvious she wanted to be a white soul singer, but at the same time didn't want to be confined to soul music and instead exploring progressive rock. While the drum solo and experimental passages might be a bit difficult for some to take, this album still has a lot of great material that I can highly recommend.

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 Now by FRUMPY album cover Studio Album, 1990
1.25 | 3 ratings

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Frumpy Eclectic Prog

Review by Lozlan

1 stars Can't say that I'm surprised to be the first person reviewing this album. It's excessively hard to find, and it took me many weeks of combing blogs to unearth a download. Sadly, there is good reason for this obscurity: this album is a horror. Not only does it deviate entirely from Frumpy's amazing output in the 70's, it replaces the glorious swell of keyboards and general psychedelic discursion with poppy balladry and choruses that are repeated, thunderously, again and again and again. The end result is something that Michael Jackson might have cut on a bad night, and bears no resemblance to anything the band previously recorded. Some lost albums are hidden gems, and some are cast into obscurity for good reason. Tragically, Now! belongs to the latter category, especially tragic since the album saw a complete reunited lineup of the musicians that originally made this band spectacular. Seek out at your own considerable peril.

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 Frumpy 2 by FRUMPY album cover Studio Album, 1971
4.00 | 69 ratings

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Frumpy Eclectic Prog

Review by Vibrationbaby

4 stars Sounding like a psychedelic reincarnation of blues legend Bessie Smith, the blazing vocal power of Inga Rumpf sets the stage for this 1971 blues / rock blowout. Grooving through 4 intense and rather lengthy compositions that meld the fire and passion of the blues with traits of the UK progressive rock movement, Frumpy' s second LP, simply titled 2, is arguably their finest.

Somewhat detatched from the freaky sounds that were materializing in the communes and basement bars that were associated with the underground Krautrock scene in their homeland of West Germany in the early seventies there is a marked American R&B tendancy here. This can be largely attributed to vocalist Rumpf's affections for early female blues artists as well as the music of Elvis Presley but what really makes Frumpy 2 jive is the unremitting chemistry that flows between the individual players. Unlike some of the abstract studio jams of contemporaries such as Amon Duul II there is more consonance here and one doesn't have to be tripped out on LSD to appreciate these exuberant compositions that can be melodic, ferocious and sublime while sustaining a meaningful flow.

Solid Hammond Organ power chordings from Jean-Jacques Kravetz lay the foundation for the 4 pieces which have often been compared to UK contemporaries such as Uriah Heep and Deep Purple but have more parallells to the uniquitous organ work of Peter Hecht on Lucifer's Friend's eponymous debut . Fiery Hendrixy electric guitar flourishes from Rainer Baumann colour the four intense pieces and bond well with the Hammond substructures and are the only suggestions of Krautrock predelictions. A noticeable common pattern becomes evident on the record by the beginning of side two that gives the band a two dimensional quality with Rumpf's vocals bookending the adventurous instrumental sections often joining and accenting them with effectual wordless vocalizations.

In spite of the rather straightforward playing and musicianship on two cosmic blues rave ups Take care Of Illusion and How The Gypsy Was Born ( no John McLaughlins or Rick Wakemans here ), the band's energy and execution are impeccable and atone for any lack of musical profoundness. The latter, How The Gypsy Was Born attainied moderate success as a cut down single version on the German charts during the spring of '71. More musical and compositional exploration takes place on the other two pieces Good Winds and Duty which appropriately open and close the album respectively. Even more depth is created by interpolating some classical organ themes, the most notable being the Bach fugue at the conclusion of Duty which also features some groovy Hammond / guitar interplay and a blistering guitar freakout by Baumann. The album opener, Good Winds ( which should have been placed at the conclusion ) has the potential for a side long epic with it's dreamy lyrics that unite the Earth & universe with Rumpf stepping out of character with the rest of the album providing some spectral vocals on this ethereal piece that rivals anything from Annie Halsam or Sonja Kristina of British bands Renaissance and Curved Air.

A long lost classic confined to the vaults and dusty old vinyl collections prior to being resurrected by the age of the compact disc, perhaps the only qualm I have with Frumpy 2 is the track sequence and this is easily solved with the CD format. After listening to this blast from the past one can only wonder why Frumpy did not attain more international acclaim. So put the cat out, strap yourself into the ejection seat and crank this jewel from the glorious seventies to eleven.

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 Frumpy 2 by FRUMPY album cover Studio Album, 1971
4.00 | 69 ratings

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Frumpy Eclectic Prog

Review by Mellotron Storm
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4 stars 4.5 stars. This review goes out to my friend Tom Ozric who took the news of Hugh Hopper's death pretty hard.Tom's a bass player himself and has conversed with Hugh in the past and is obviously a big fan. Keep your chin up buddy ! Most hail this album as FRUMPY's best, the guitar and organ along with Inga's vocals make this one amazing album.This record consists of only four songs.Inga has such a charismatic voice and apparently she had an unbelieveable stage presence. She says herself that she was the first woman to wear leather pants and play electric guitar on stage. I should note that according to the "Gepr" site she won the award for Germany's biggest talent from this newspaper called "FAZ". And FRUMPY was voted Rock band of the year by "Music Express".

"Good Winds" sounds so good early on with those great sounding guitar leads and organ runs as the drums beat away. Vocals and a dreamy FLOYD-like soundscape take over quickly. When the vocals stop the guitar becomes the focus before 3 1/2 minutes, then it calms right down to almost silence. It's building slowly with some nice bass and organ. Vocal melodies join in. Incredible sound ! The guitar starts to light it up 8 minutes in then that dreamy section from earlier returns. Nice. "How The Gypsy Was Born" was apparently their signature song. Organ dominates early. Vocals a minute in. This riff comes and goes. Love the guitar before 3 1/2 minutes. Outstanding ! The tempo picks up after 5 minutes as the guitar and organ lead the way. Vocals return too.Another killer track.

"Take Care Of Illusion" has this intense intro with vocals. It settles before a minute then kicks back in. The vocals are passionate. She's amazing. It settles again as contrasts continue. I like the way it builds with vocals 4 minutes in, then the guitar rips it up. Check out the guitar / vocal interplay around 6 1/2 minutes. "Duty" opens with what sounds like mellotron as reserved vocals join in. A full sound arrives before a minute.The guitar is lighting it up. Some ripping organ follows as drums pound away. The tempo picks up after 3 minutes and then they simply jam until the vocals return before 11 minutes.

This is very close to a 5 star album for me and I highly recommended it.

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 Frumpy 2 by FRUMPY album cover Studio Album, 1971
4.00 | 69 ratings

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Frumpy 2
Frumpy Eclectic Prog

Review by philippe
Special Collaborator Content Development & Krautrock Team

4 stars This is classic rock with subtle progressive touches for friendly & catchy compositions. This second album is perfectly achieved technically speaking, with kick ass guitars, propulsive Hammond Organs and astonishing, powerfully emotional vocals. "Good Winds" starts as a crazy freak'n roll song and continues on a brilliant melodic "trip" with a mesmerizing keyboard demonstration. "Take care of Illusion" is a dense, furious heavy rocking song with solid guitar riffs and a great bluesy soul; It's kinda heavy in a sense ever developped by bands as Uriah Heep, Atomic Rooster..."Duty" is a fragile emotional ballad with high class vocals, gorgeous guitar solos. "How the gipsy was born" reaches the whole album with an absolutely punchy, sensitive heavy rock song. This album is quite charming but I regret the classic rock "radio station" feeling on a few titles. However it remains highly recommended for progressive rock collectors.

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4.00 | 69 ratings

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Frumpy Eclectic Prog

Review by paolo.beenees

4 stars Just try and imagine a meeting point between symphonic prog, krautrock and hard rock and there you'll find "Frumpy 2". This album is amazing and weren't it for some discussable instrumental passage, it would deserve five stars (so consider this as a 4 and a half star review). In this second album, Frumpy manage to match brilliantly the two dominating personalities in the band: Inga Rumpf provides good lyrics and passionate songs, while Kravetz stretches them in quite enjoyable instrumental variations. The real shift from the first album by the band is the new epic feeling. "Good Winds" is a very good example: Rumpf conveys a very intense performance, with a meditative verse and a strong, almost desperate refrain; then Kravitz and the new came Baumann perform some whirly instrumental variations on the main theme which lead directly again to Rumpf's last verse and the end of the song. This structure can be found also in other two of the three remaining tracks. "How the Gypsy was born" is an excellent hard rocker, while the last track of the album, "Duty", features one of the best vocals ever in German rock, epic and passionate, with Rumpf's androgine tone in the forefront; by the way, Kravetz risks to spoil it all with a trashy rendering of Bach's famous fugue which is totally out of place. The best track of the bunch, IMO, is however "Take care of Illusion", dynamic, heavy, "krautish" and yet very well balanced, with an impressive interplay between the members of the band (if I can remember properly, you can find an astounding live performance of this number on YouTube: go and look for it immediately!!!!). Finally, remember: you cannot say you like German rock without devouring this album!

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 By The Way by FRUMPY album cover Studio Album, 1972
3.30 | 29 ratings

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By The Way
Frumpy Eclectic Prog

Review by Fernandi

3 stars I remember I've ever asked my father about his decision to buy this album. Personally, I didn't know much about this band. My father just asked me to listen to it and he said that my mother also loved the band. I tried to spin it over and over and as the result, I loved the song called "Singing Songs".

Until now, I still can't understand why people haven't any interest yet to review this album (so far, I just found one review from this album, and ironically, the review just came from a man from my country!!! For me, this album is still collectable for Prog-fans all over the world.

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 All Will Be Changed by FRUMPY album cover Studio Album, 1970
3.64 | 39 ratings

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All Will Be Changed
Frumpy Eclectic Prog

Review by Gatot
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4 stars For those of you who were there when this album was released, FRUMPY was one of the classic rock bands with its distinctive vocalist Inga Rumpf. I was just 10 years old at that time and by the time I knew the band it was 5 years late already through their legendary hit "Singing Song". From this song it was quite obvious that the unique quality of the band was basically at its lead singer, especially with her unique timbre. The story started when four musicians were all members of Irishman O' Brian-Docker's folkband The City Preachers, which was founded in Hamburg in 1965.

The band's debut album "All Will Be Changed" was released in 1970. For me personally, this is an excellent album regardless it's prog or not. It doesn't matter, I think. One thing so peculiar about this album is its sound that really represents the sound of the seventies. Well, talking about 70's music you must have known how the sonic quality of rock music recorded during that time sounds like. This kind of sound is so distinctive that sometimes I compare with the modern sound technology with state of the art digital equipment through the music of Porcupine Tree, for example. I can feel the difference and in a way people might say that modern technology record is much better than the old days but no one now can produce the seventies sounds, do you find one? That's what I really enjoy about this debut album by FRUMPY.

Musically, I also consider that this is an excellent one in terms of songwriting, composition, cohesiveness and musicianship. Jean-Jacques Kravetz plays important role in producing various keyboards sounds especially the use of Hammond organ. Karl-Heinz Schott provides dynamic bass for especially tracks with jazzy touch. Carsten Bohn Bandstand does a good job with his drums. The opening track "Life Without Pain" (3:50) is basically a classic pop music. The band starts its full potential with second track "Rosalie, Part 1" (6:00) - "Otium" (4:22) - "Rosalie, Part 2" (4:14). Hammond organ makes its wonderful solo accompanied with bass guitar work in "Otium". It's really stunning and it's so seventies!

"Indian Rope Man" (3:19) brings the music into different style but still maintaining the singing style of Inga Rumpf. Bass plays dynamic fills accompanying piano as well as organ. It's another good track to enjoy. In "Morning" (3:24) again Karl-Heinz Schott provides dynamic bass in upbeat tempo. It continues seamlessly to "Floating, Part 1" (7:39) followed with Hammond organ solo in "Baroque" (7:36) and it ends excellently with "Floating, Part 2" (1:25).

Overall, I highly recommend those of you who love vintage rock music to purchase this cd. It's an excellent addition to any music collection. Keep on proggin' ..!

Peace on earth and mercy mild - GW

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 Frumpy 2 by FRUMPY album cover Studio Album, 1971
4.00 | 69 ratings

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Frumpy 2
Frumpy Eclectic Prog

Review by cedo

4 stars Frumpy's second album is fine example of early 70's German progressive and hard rock mixture and excellent addition to prog collections. Four long tracks, with sound dominated by Jean-Jacques Kravetz's keyboard chords and soloing, good bass playing and energetic and divers drumming, long jamming and obligatory changes of tempo and volume. Guitar is presented right on time to remember that there is a guitar player, while Inga Rumpf's cracked hoarse loud and shouting voice is in perfect tune with keyboards and guitar sound and almost looks like keyboards or guitar originated. After two very good songs, there comes a third, "Take Care of Illusion", the best to my criteria, while fourth is mostly wah- wah guitar based jam, with Bach-like part near the end. Recommended!

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