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Founded in Ulm, Germany in 1971 - Disbanded in 1972 - Reunited as Prof. Wolfff Ensemble / Prof. Wolfff III, splitting definitely in 1982

PROF. WOLFFF unfortunately produced only one album. Remarkable is the use of lyrics in German similar to FLOH DE COLOGNE. Despite that the band never had a political approach the lyrics are provoking a lot though trying to digest the rebellious times in which they lived. This is combined with the typical mix of blues, folk and psychedelia which can be also defined as krautrock. As a result, other musicians must have been inspired for sure to compose rock songs using the native german language. The band was busy with gigs all over germany and also had a TV appearance.

The first line-up consisted of Klaus-Peter 'KP' Schweitzer (guitar, piano, vocals) who basically managed the songwriting, Rolf-Michael 'Romi' Schickle (organ), Detlev 'Mondo' Zech (bass), Michael 'Sam' Sametinger (drums, percussion) and Friedrich 'Fritz' Herrmann (guitar, vocals, harmonica). Where does the obscure band name come from? It's pointed out somewhat legendary, mysteriously. One of several possibilities: Schweitzer was sitting in a cafe and asking the waitress for the name of a unrefined looking man. The answer was: "Prof. Wolfff" and he spontaneously decided to use this label.

PROF. WOLFFF recorded its self-titled album in October 1971 at the Jankowsky studio, Stuttgart. It was produced by Jonas Porst, the manager of IHRE KINDER. The original vinyl release contains 5 songs whereas two of them nearly reach the 10 minute mark. Raw guitars and prominent hammond organ like PROCOL HARUM or DEEP PURPLE give a heavy rock appeal. On the other hand you can find two folk songs with chorus vocals as well as classical motifs which are making this album unique as a whole. The Second Battle CD reissue from 1998 also contains the shortened radio mix of the song 'Hetzjagd' as a bonus. Some months after the release the band split unexpectedly. One reason was that Mondo Zech had to join the civil service.

Fritz Herrmann changed to the bass and moved on together with Romi Schickle under the new name PROF. WOLFFF ENSEMBLE. Musically remarkable is the reorientation at instrumental jazz rock. Peter Bochtler played the drums furthermore with the support of several guest musicians until Detlev Joe Rodius (guitar) became a constant member. The band toured until the disbanding early 1974 but never produced a release at all. PROF. WOLFF has bee...
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 Prof. Wolfff by PROF. WOLFFF album cover Studio Album, 1972
3.88 | 40 ratings

Prof. Wolfff
Prof. Wolfff Krautrock

Review by Aussie-Byrd-Brother
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

5 stars A fairly unknown German band from the early Seventies, Prof. Wolfff released a single self-titled work in 1972 that seems to completely fly under the Prog radar, and it's an album badly in need of rediscovery - perhaps for many listeners for the first time! The group played a mix of blues, psychedelic rock and acid-folk peppered with a tough Krautrock hardness, coarse vocals and light jazzy qualities, utterly dominated by the tastiest of heavy Hammond organ liberally slathered over the disc beginning to end! Bands like Deep Purple, Birth Control, Frumpy, Bodkin and even some of the Italian groups who favoured the instrument played in supremely dirty style in their sound such as Il Biglietto per L'Inferno and Il Balletto di Bronzo are easy comparisons, but although hardly commercial or even remotely radio friendly, the band grafted melodic tunes to their workouts, even if the vocals themselves were hardly easy to love.

The ten minute opener `Hetzjagd' is the longest and best track here, a powerful and dramatically unfolding rocker that explodes with a battery of 'Romi' Schickle's Hammand organ plied over almost every second of it. Several short but memorable themes are constantly reprised back and forth throughout, with plenty of energetic bursts and even a frantic up-tempo run in the middle all given life by the instrumental skill of the musicians and taken even further by Klaus-Peter Schweitzer's firm and coarsely charismatic vocals. After such a great opening that sets a very high standard, thankfully the rest of the album still manages to deliver a constant run of equally impressive shorter pieces. Although hardly a pop song, `Hans Im Glück' holds a frequently repeating punchier group-vocal chorus popping up between alternating slowly moody and rapid-fire snappy verses driven by 'Mondo' Zech's pumping bass and Michael Sametinger's nimble drumming, and `Missverständnis' is a bit too tough to be a true full-blown folk piece, acoustic guitars chiming over exotic percussion and a variety of persistent group vocals carrying a pleasing melodic tune.

The opening and close of side B's `Das Zimmer' reminds a little of Novalis with its hazy vocal and mellow acoustic guitars, but it picks up a spring in its step for an infectious and lightly jazzy break in the middle. Almost ten-minute closer `Weh Uns' is full of momentum, being all rumbling drumming, twin wailing guitars, bouncing bass, urgent group vocals and endless scorching brimstone-fuelled Hammond organ fire that culminates in a Floh de Cologne-like spoken word climax.

`Prof. Wolfff' will likely appeal to those who love the tougher vintage German bands but want something a little more structured that avoids the aimless drawn-out explorations that frequently came from so many of the Krautrock groups. Admittedly those who speak German will get much more out of the frequently darker political-flavoured lyrics here, but it still holds up as a forcibly melodic and rugged rocker with that relentlessly addictive Hammond organ sound. It truly is a rarely spoken-of dirty gem of early German progressive rock badly in need of reappraisal now that deserves to be placed alongside the higher regarded and more well-known classics of the Krautrock subgenre.

Five stars. (and a long-held personal favourite!)

 Prof. Wolfff by PROF. WOLFFF album cover Studio Album, 1972
3.88 | 40 ratings

Prof. Wolfff
Prof. Wolfff Krautrock

Review by Rivertree
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator / Band Submissions

3 stars A prof with provoking words ...

PROF. WOLFFF's self-titled album is technically impressing. The songs have been recorded in 1971 at the Jankowsky studio, Stuttgart, produced by Jonas Porst who also was the manager of IHRE KINDER. You can explore excellent heavy blues rock with folk and psych contributions dominated by a prominent Hammond organ. The band members have been pioneers using strong political lyrics in german. Sometimes music and texts seem to be very contrary - but on the other hand this makes it very unique. Remarkable are also excellent vocals which was not taken for granted based on german bands. Distributed by the Metronom label in 1972 this album is one of the rare searched vinyls of the german progressive rock history.

The first and the last song are musically remembering at DEEP PURPLE and VANILLA FUDGE in parts. The dramatical Hetzjagd is about hunting in general. The calm sections are accompanied by a decent organ but the vocals are not always clear enough to catch though. 'Nobody thinks of the victims' - it's ambiguous - probably a metaphor about attacks against dissidents. Weh Uns is provided with heavy lyrics describing war respectively disease victims. Very provoking and hard to digest especially for german people. The last two minutes of the song are even a great dissent - a happy flavour tendered by acoustic guitar and organ competes with hard words on the other hand culminating in a sweeping blow. 'It will happen if you don't say NO' - a numb robotic voice is offering a flaming appeal to prevent the end of the human race.

Hans im Glück is a very interesting interpretation of the eponymous german fairy-tale, in a modern editing though. My highlight because music and lyrics are in a perfect unity. Missverständnis follows, a lot more folky with acoustic guitars and bongo percussion. The band picks up the story of Jesus and is leading over to the political situation in germany afterwards using the example of the capture and dead of a communist. Das Zimmer is also provided in a light and folky mood with a decent flute whereas the prof is criticizing the bourgeois who are comdemning and excluding the young generation.

A good album for sure - an excellent addition for krautrock fans which have no problems with harsh and straightforward german lyrics. 3.5 stars really.

Thanks to Philippe Blache for the artist addition. and to Quinino for the last updates

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