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Founded in Aachen, Germany in 1971 - Disbanded in 1974

The German band Tortilla Flat, named after a famous John Steinbeck novel, released their only record "Für ein ¾ Stündchen" as a, now highly sought-after, private pressing in 1974. The mainly instrumental record presents a Canterbury influenced jazz-rock reminding Dutch bands Supersister and to a lesser extent Focus and the German band Tomorrow's Gift with a strong accent on e-piano and flute. Apart from the musical influence the band showed also some typical Canterbury tongue in cheek humour with the title "Für Ein ¾ Stündchen", pointing in a humerous way to the average length of a vinyl record, the gothic lettered schoolbook cover and some short funny vocal elements.

The record is recommended for Canterbury and jazz-rock fans

===Martin Horst===

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 Für Ein ¾ Stündchen by TORTILLA FLAT album cover Studio Album, 1974
3.56 | 25 ratings

Für Ein ¾ Stündchen
Tortilla Flat Canterbury Scene

Review by Mellotron Storm
Prog Reviewer

4 stars TORTILLA FLAT were a six piece band out of Germany who released this sole album back in 1974. It's very electric piano and flute driven with jazzy drumming, nimble bass lines and exciting guitar expressions. Many mention SUPERSISTER as a comparison but KRAAN's debut might be closer in my opinion. This is all instrumental except for a few humerous words.

"Tortilla Flat" is my favourite. It opens with someone looking for a radio station then the flute takes over along with drums and bass then the tempo picks up. When it settles down and turns darker I'm thinking ANEKDOTEN or LANDBERK surprisingly. The electric piano has replaced the flute and I love this sound. The flute is back before 2 1/2 minutes and a minute later flute is all we hear. Electric piano, shuffling drums and bass take over. So good! A calm with flute and piano before 7 minutes but soon it's flute only once again. The birds are singing at 8 1/2 minutes then it picks up late to end it. "Temperamente" opens with flute, drums and sparse piano as it starts to build, guitar too. It then settles back again with flute and piano standing out before it kicks into gear at 2 minutes to an uptempo groove. Lots of energetic guitar and drums as the tempo continues to change. "Fati Morgani" starts with intricate sounds that build as the flute plays over top. Percussion joins in after 2 1/2 minutes as we get a calm but soon it's percussion only to the end.

Electric piano and flute standout early on "Rumpelstiltzchen" as the drums join in. The tempo changes often and check out the bass which gives this a jazzy feel. An impressive track that ends with some silly vocals. "Leere, Chaos, Schopfung" is a top three track and it opens with some dark atmosphere that lasts for about a minute. Then keyboards take over in this melancholic section. So laid back but really enjoyable. The tempo picks up after 5 minutes as the flute plays over top. Catchy stuff then the piano replaces the flute as the bass throbs. Check out the guitar 7 minutes in as he lights it up. The flute is back leading at 8 1/2 minutes. "Obit, Anus, Obitanus" is a light and catchy Jazz tune although we get some deep bass lines early on. The keys and flute take turns playing over top. "Mohre" opens with flute, bass and acoustic guitar which all sounds very pleasant. The flute eventually leads the way until around the 5 minute mark when the guitar starts to solo over top. Nice. The flute returns as the guitar stops. Whistling ends it. A top three tune.

This album might be at the very top when it comes to albums needing a re-issue. A must! Close to 4.5 stars.

 Für Ein ¾ Stündchen by TORTILLA FLAT album cover Studio Album, 1974
3.56 | 25 ratings

Für Ein ¾ Stündchen
Tortilla Flat Canterbury Scene

Review by snobb
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

3 stars I listen to this obscure vinyl (borrowed) album from German band Tortilla Flat with some nostalgic feeling. The album's copy isn't of very good condition, and I hear old vinyl noises on every song. But this noise doesn't destroy the music, even more - it gives some vintage feeling, and it works well with the music I hear.

Differently from many German bands of early 70-s, Tortilla Flat played not krautrock, but less psychedelic, mechanic and more complex and jazzy music, influenced by British Canterbury sound. Seven all-instrumental compositions, based on electric keyboards sound with many flute soloings and some fuzzing guitars. Melodic, relaxed, slightly psychedelic. Really nice and pleasant listening, and quite unusual for German music of that time.

Unhappily, the self-released album is absolute rarity now, and I never heard CD was released. What means this vinyl is expensive item for collectors. Music itself is really nice, but far from original, and I can's see why someone could pay such a money for collector's example just to listen it.

Thanks to alucard for the artist addition. and to Quinino for the last updates

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