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JUD'S GALLERY is located in Offenburg, a town in the southwest of Germany. The band was founded in 1971 by mastermind/composer Jürgen 'Judy' Winter (vocals, bass, acoustic guitar) and Peter Oehler (guitar, piano). They never had a release during their existence in the 70s. As well as some other bands like Coupla Prog for example they joined recording sessions though at the radio station SWF Baden-Baden. The result was forgotten in the archives for a long time and first released by the german Longhair Music label, digitally remastered from the original tape.

The first line-up saw the additional musicians Hannes Gremminger (violin, piano), Herbert Brandmeyer (drums) and Elly Lapp (vocals). In July 1972 the five members went to the SWF studio to record the first self composed songs which were realized in one day without any overdubs or other reworking - Heavy Blues Rock and Folk affected by Gremmingers violin playing with time and spirit enough for some improvisations. JUD'S GALLERY afterwards went on tour all over in germany with Golden Earring, Steamhammer, Pretty Things, Beggar's Opera and Alexis Korner.

After a festival gig the band was invited to the SWF radio station once more. The line-up had changed in the meanwhile. With the new members Clem Winterhalter (organ) and Sibi Siebert (drums) they managed to record new songs in march 1974. Now with a more Jazz Rock and Psychedelic orientation including the long track 'Nordach'. After this positive experiences JUD'S GALLERY connected with Achim Reichel's label 'GORILLA MUSIC' with the intent to produce an album. But this project finally failed because of economical and private reasons.

Jürgen Winter and Peter Oehler went different ways after the disbanding but continued making music. The album 'SWF Sessions Vol.1' was released in 2000 consisting of 9 songs from both radio session recordings. Winter is also carrying a longtime lawsuit against Gary Moore because he accuses him plagiarism. At the beginning of 2007 the band had a little renaissance with nearly the same line-up as 1974 and surprised with one live performance at the Reithalle in Offenburg.

And probably this is not the end of the JUD'S GALLERY story.

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 SWF-Session Vol. 1 by JUD'S GALLERY album cover Boxset/Compilation, 2000
3.95 | 21 ratings

SWF-Session Vol. 1
Jud's Gallery Krautrock

Review by Mellotron Storm
Prog Reviewer

4 stars This is another excellent Krautrock discovery for me. JUD'S GALLERY never released a studio album even though they toured with many big bands in Germany including BEGGER'S OPERA, GOLDEN EARRING and more. Fortunately they did go into the SWF radio station studios twice and that's what we get here.Tracks 1-5 are from the first session (1972) while 6-9 is later in 1974.The later recordings sound more Krautrock-like with a more psychedelic style.There's Hammond organ on that later session too with a somewhat different band lineup. My copy has a bonus track called "New Day's Dawning" recorded at Home studio in 1975 and it's a killer 13 1/2 minute track. I should mention that Jurgen Winter the leader of the band sued Gary Moore for plagerism, accusing him of copying the guitar solo from their "Nordrach" track and using it on his 1990 hit "Still Got The Blues". One has to wonder how Moore could have even heard that track since the song wasn't even out on an album, and let's face it this is an obscure German band. Well Gary's roadie, live-mixer and good friend at the time William Hindmarsh did work with JUD'S GALLERY back in the seventies on their live shows.That's the connection and the judge sided with Jurgen and the band as they won the case over Moore. Interesting stuff.

"Inspiration" is heavy to start then it settles back and the guitar starts to solo in a raw yet laid back manner.It kicks back into that earlier soundscape as the contrasts continue. "Danger Of Shoot" is on this this recording twice.This earlier version pales to the later one. I just find the violin too prominant here for my tastes.The last half is better though as the guitar gets more prominance. "Follow Me" is mellow with acoustic guitar and piano leading the way. Bass and electric guitar join in and it turns heavier 2 1/2 minutes in. It picks up 4 minutes in but settles back with the guitar soloing in a relaxed manner. It's heavier again 7 minutes then it picks up.Violin joins in. "Friends" is a peace song. Gentle guitar and reserved vocals lead the way.Some female backing vocals as well. It's all about the lyrics. "Catch The Fly" is experimental at first then the violin and bass kick in then guitar before 2 minutes. A heavy rhythm follows.Violin continues until it stops before 4 minutes. Nice bass with a beat and the guitar joins in. Love this ! The violin is back before 7 minutes to end it.

"Reaching" is the start of the later sessions. This is uptempo as the vocals join in quickly.The guitar is prominant everytime the vocals stop. Bass, drums and guitar put on a show 2 1/2 minutes in.Vocals are back after 5 minutes. "Danger Of Shoot" has this laid back guitar as bass,cymbals the vocal melodies join in.This is great ! Reserved vocals after 2 minutes but they do become passionate.The guitar is more aggressive before 6 minutes. "Nordrach" is uptempo with the guitar leading early. Organ joins in and the drums are relentless.This is repetitive but oh so good ! A change before 8 1/2 minutes as the guitar and sound get louder. Another change before 10 minutes as wind, floating organ, vocal melodies then guitar ends it. What a song ! "White Woman" doesn't do much for me with those crazy vocal outbursts.

"New Day's Dawning" is the bonus track. A haunting atmosphere to start as some sparse algean flute comes in and distant sounding vocals. A beat and psychedelic sounding guitar arrive 4 minutes in as the vocals echo.The bass becomes prominant.Amazing stuff right here, so psychedelic. It kicks in heavily after 10 minutes but then settles back with percussion as the tempo then picks up with guitar and bass. It's catchy too as he sings over and over "Morning, morning, a new day's dawning".

A must for those who are into the Krautrock scene.

 SWF-Session Vol. 1 by JUD'S GALLERY album cover Boxset/Compilation, 2000
3.95 | 21 ratings

SWF-Session Vol. 1
Jud's Gallery Krautrock

Review by philippe
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

4 stars Brilliantly unique heavy-kraut-psychedelica album with a great sense of rhythm and melody. It features rare classic jam sessions from this 70's German collective. The ambiences are constantly emotional, deeply energetic with a few cloudy moments. Next to the German bands Epsilon, Nosferatu, Baumstam, Grobschnitt, I consider that Jud's Gallery has some beautiful vocals parts, just to the opposite of most of krautrock bands which tend to provide atrocious, inconsistent vocals (hopefully, many bands are strictly instrumental). This album doesn't deliver something enterily transcendant but the compositions are always catchy, curious, seriously melodic, sometimes mellow (without being cheesy or commercial). Inspiration starts the album as an inspired heavy rockin' piece with bombastic loud guitars, ominpresent epic jazzy piano parts (a constant in this essay), astonishing, effective guitar solos and lot of changing moods. The guitar sections are the biggest surprise in this amazing album. Follow me includes mesmerising floating bluesy-spaced out guitars. Friends is a gentle ballad with melodic pop accents, not the best moment. he following pieces are much more exciting, combining heavy guitars to melodic voices and warm improvised sequences. Reaching reminds me The Nice, Arzachel with furious Hammond organs. The atmosphere is very dynamic, powerfully melodic with heavy guitars and truly technical instrumental sessions. Quite good and accessible, note only recommended for krautrock fans.
 SWF-Session Vol. 1 by JUD'S GALLERY album cover Boxset/Compilation, 2000
3.95 | 21 ratings

SWF-Session Vol. 1
Jud's Gallery Krautrock

Review by Rivertree
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator / Band Submissions

4 stars Kraut sessions from Baden-Baden ...

Due to the pioneering work of the radio station SWF Baden-Baden with the intention to present talented german bands there are existing some very good conditioned treasures which were digged out some years ago. This is another nearly unknown enjoyable release with a melange of styles like many kraut bands of the 70s managed. JUD'S GALLERY's music is unique in its variety and entirety - all songs are written by band leader 'Judy' Winter. But - no wonder - not without noticable influences from several other bands.

'SWF Sessions Vol.1' is a split CD including songs recorded at the radio station studio U1 in the same way as COUPLA PROG did - without overdubs and any other reworking. Split because with two different line-ups and the only constants were Jürgen Winter and Peter Oehler. The first refers to a blend of heavy blues and folk with Gremminger's violin. The second delivers more jazz rock and some psychedelic with Clem Winterhalter's (mainly decent) Hammond organ. Interesting for a comparison - the song 'Danger of shoots' is offered twice.

This diversified album starts with the blues based Inspiration, Jethro Tull inspired and the guitar style remembers much at Martin Barre - a promising opener. Danger of shoot (early version) sounds completely different in the vein of the band String Driven Thing with violin and piano. Follow me is an excellent song rising with every minute to a heavy rock tune forced by Oehler's compelling guitar work and piano accompaniment. Nice male/female vocal harmonies are dominating the acoustic ballad Friends and Catch the fly is composed and played very dramatically but also delivered with a floating jamming part in the second half.

Reaching stands for the new stylistical orientation two years later. Starting as simple rock and sounding disappointing first but then suddenly it all developes to an impressing haunting jazz rock part. Danger of shoot (final version) is matured compared to the early version - compelling heavy rock. Nordach looks like to be the all-time band favourite - and it's true - fantastic jazz rock with jam character and psychedelic additions by guitar and hammond embedded in a blues theme - wow - a jewel!

Definetely recommended - a versatile document of the prog history in Germany.

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