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In 1975 in Marl, Thomas MIEBS, Rainer DAEDELOW (bassist later replaced by Udo FUELLHAAS), Gerd GITZA and Rudiger FREITAG were a a part of a short-lived band called TORAGERU. The band suffered a major loss when Gerd GITZA lost his life in a car accident around the same time and his place as a guitarist would be taken over by Herbert KLINGER, a long-time friend of FUELLHAAS. As this events occured, the band changed their name to SURGERY in September 1976, and soon they were joined by sax placer Udo CUSTODIS from the group JOIN IN. During their early years they took part three times in a band contest Vest-Rock where they represented their juridiscal district Marl where they were judged along side symphonic bands like TRILOGY and ROSSEAU, which resulted in winning the first place in the contest of 1978. Their first LP was released in 500 copies in 1980 which was sold to friends, at gigs and a few record shops in the area which didn't help SURGERY get anything more than local fame (and out of 50 live performances in their seven years of existence 29 were in their hometown Marl). The band would go through a few more line-up changes after the release of LP until 1982 when Herbert KLINGER turned more to pure jazz and wanted to abandon field of rock and jazz-rock entirely. The group didn't want to go on without him so they disbanded in May in 1982 and performed one more farewell gig at Wulfen festivan in July of the same year.

Their LP (recently re-released with some live performances) can be recomended to fans of german jazz rock that tiptoes the area of krautrock in a similar manner like bands MUNJU, JOIN IN, MISSUS BEASTLY and THIRSTY MOON.


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 ‹bermorgen by SURGERY album cover Studio Album, 1980
3.04 | 8 ratings

Surgery Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by Mellotron Storm
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3 stars 3.5 stars. A very good if not predictable Jazz/Rock album from this seven piece band out of Germany. Released in 1980 we get no less than three of the guys playing either drums, percussion or congas at some point. Sax and guitar are the soloing instruments and sometimes the piano. This is an all instrumental affair that is very well done, I'm just not into the sax that is smooth sounding much of the time. Some tag this with krautrock but I'm not hearing it.

"Intro" is a pretty good opener although the smooth sax doesn't do much for me. Piano replaces the sax but then the sax is back before 2 minutes. The guitar leads at 2 1/2 minutes then more sax after 3 minutes to the end. "Kernein" opens with smooth sax and sparse piano. very mellow. Drums and bass before a minute then the electric piano replaces the sax but not for long as the sax is back at 2 minutes.

"Adios S.F." is my favourite. Picked guitar as an urgent rhythm section kicks in quickly. on it's guitar soloing over top. The sax takes over then a second sax. Guitar is back before 3 1/2 minutes and the guy can play. A SANTANA vibe here with all the percussion and congas after 4 minutes. "Vurz Im Morgongrauen" sounds like a continuation of the previous song a first. The sax blasts out of the gate after 1 1/2 minutes. Drums too but then it settles with organ and guitar. Sax is back then the tempo picks up before 5 1/2 minutes.

"Intro reprise" is less than a minute of just that. "Paulchen" is a very jazzy tune with that bass. Piano, drums then sax just before 1 1/2 minutes. "Pisa" is laid back with kano before smooth sax joins in. Piano only again but the sax returns as they trade off. Not into this one. "On My Way To Ubermorgen" opens with guitar and percussion. Blasting sax before a minute and I like that bass. guitar leads before 4 minutes and he's lighting it up late.

"Sieben Plus Bossa" is the closer and the longest song at over 8 minutes. Piano and guitar to start. Very chilled then it kicks in at a minute with sax but settles quickly. A calm 5 1/2 minutes in just like the intro actually then it kicks in again. So a pretty good Jazz/Rock album that is impressive but not totally my thing.

 ‹bermorgen by SURGERY album cover Studio Album, 1980
3.04 | 8 ratings

Surgery Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by b_olariu
Prog Reviewer

3 stars Surgery from Germany is one of those obscure bands who released one album in 1980 and then gone into oblivion, untill famous Garden of delights label re issue the album in 2010. Offering a kind of jazz rock with sax and strong guitar playing, Surgery was never able to cross the status of local band, being unknown even in Germany. The album named Ubermorgen having a very colorfull strange cover art is a good release, but they came little to late for such music, in 1980 this kind of style very much in vein of Missus Beastly or Thirsty Moon, that typical krautisch jazz rock was no more of an intrestet to many listners. Anyway, some good towards great passages here, with guitar and sax dominating the parts and aswell some nice piano passages. Pieces like Pisa, Adio GF or Vurz im Morgengrauen are real pleasure to listen. All in all a forgotten little band and album, 3 stars from me, good but no groudbreaking moments. The re issue has 10 bonus tracks who are ok, aswell some large booklet came with the album. Decent but is yet no spectacular.
Thanks to evolver for the artist addition.

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