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This Nuremberg group began to play together as early as 1961 under the name Blizzards. They used the name Improved Sound Limited from 1966 onwards. In the late sixties, they specialised in delivering soundtracks for German television and movies by Michael Verhoeven. "Engelchen Macht Weiter, Hoppe, Hoppe Reiter" (1969) was the soundtrack from a Verhoeven film, released on the same label as the first Gomorrah album. I don't know this one (presumably a late beat rock effort), but their self-titled double album for Liberty was very inspired by the American folk-rock of Bob Dylan and The Band. Dylan was mentioned several times in the clever lyrics (from now on written by Axel's brother Bernd), for example, in "Doctor Bob Dylan". Improved Sound Limited also merged some more European elements into their folky rock style, such as some fine flute phrases. Regrettably, their passion for American music led them closer to country music on "Catch A Singin' Bird" (1973). Quite good compositions and lyrics ("The Dark Lord" was about Tolkien's "Lord Of The Rings"!), but not exactly performed in the idle way most of us like, I'm afraid. Pedal steel guitar was played by Frank Baum and Ralph Nowy guested on trumpet and sax. Improved Sound Limited changed their name to Condor in 1976 and released a much worse album: "Rathbone Hotel" (1976).
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3.18 | 11 ratings
Improved Sound Limited
3.00 | 4 ratings
Catch A Singin' Bird On The Road
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Rathbone Hotel

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Road Trax

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3.00 | 2 ratings

Road Trax
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Review by philippe
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3 stars I recognize that the "categorisation" of this band in term of musical label is slightly difficult. I would like to say that is the most accessible side of krautrock, alternating traditional pop folk music with bluesy rock and sophisticated psych-experimentations. All titles in "Road Trax" have been recorded during the glorious 70's. They are originally taken from three movie scores: Wim Wenders "Kings of the Roads" and Erwin Keusch's "Das Brot Des Backers" & "Soweit das Auge reicht". The first one stays the most popular and introduces the theme of "road movie" in Germany. In itself the movie is a little piece of collection for passionates, the music provides and excellent illustration of central ideas developed by the director: the solitude, travel, time, meeting and the existential sense of life. Very colourful, the soundtrack conciliates different moods and type of musics. "Suicide road" is for me the central composition of this compilation; it's also the leading theme in "Kings of the Roads"; a ravishing, plaintive and luminous bluesy instrumental piece with slide guitars (in the genre of Ry Cooder), saxophone and drums. The melody can be found very catching and evocative for forgotten, lost travellers. "Nine Feet Over The Tarmac" is a soft folkish tune without real interest despite its affective melody. "Silver Circles" is one of my favourite compositions (that's the reason why I've decided to attach the mp3 file to the page), a dense, dramatic, almost kraut-rocking composition. An interesting musical document for curious and collectors.


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