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    Posted: November 23 2009 at 14:28
There is already an Altona in ProgArchives, this is not that Altona
 
I have an mp3 copy of their self titled album but am not sure if they have any others.  Here is the info I have about them:
 
name: Altona
country: Germany
sub genre: Jazz-Rock/Fusion
description (all I can give is a really brief one): Altona was formed in 1971 and was an offshoot of German jazz fusion band Three Mice.  In 1974 Altona released an instrumental self-titled album.
albums:
 
Altona - Altona
year: 1974
track listing (length):
1. Can't Live Without You (4.05)
2. Cocopus (5.33)
3. Uberlandfahrt (4.00)
4. 7/4 (4.12)
5. Boulevard (4.56)
6. Frustration (6.40)
7. Hide Yourself (5.46)
 
Line-up / Musicians:
Karl-Heinz Blumenberg - Vocals/Flute/Sax
Klaus 'Papa' Gerlach - Guitar
Werner von Gosen - Guitar
Fritz Kahl - Bass
Hans-Heinz Gossler - Drums
Wolfgang Wulff - Sax
Michael von Ronn - Sax


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Direct Link To This Post Posted: December 01 2009 at 13:37
I've certainly heard of this German grou, but I don't think I've heard their music yet (I plan to check out some of their music now).  I was looking up info and found that Altona emerged from THRICE MICE which made one album.  Thrice Mice is included in Krautrock.

Here's the PA bio for Thrice Mice:

Quote A sextet from Hamburg, playing the patented, distinctive German type of progressive jazz-rock typified by underground legends like Xhol or Out Of Focus (2nd & 3rd album). The leading soloist in Thrice Mice was Wolfgang Buhre. Vocalist Karl-Heinz Blumenberg had little to do most of the time. Their self-titled album was recorded during November and December 1970 in Hamburg and released on Phillips in 1971. Buhre often tried to copy the wah-wah sax style of Ian Underwood of Mothers Of Invention, this was most apparent on opening track "Jo Joe". On "Vivaldi" the three soloists were playing duets with themselves in turn! Minnemann's organ sound was high, thin and cranky in a late sixties' way. The distinctive German underground sound (rooted in jazz) marked the track "Torekov".

After a couple of years, the group resurfaced as Altona and made two further albums for RCA in 1974 and 1975.


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Direct Link To This Post Posted: April 15 2010 at 11:23
I second this suggestion, for either
kraut-rock:
they belong to that 'scene' because of the connection with Thrice Mice
jazz-rock:
that's what they actually play, some kind of German Canterbury rock with many jazz elements. Gong must sure have been an influence on these guys.

I only found these links, no samples anywhere:
http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Altona_%28Band%29
http://myweb.tiscali.co.uk/ultimathule/krautrockers.html

That debut is a true gem I believe.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: April 15 2010 at 14:16
^ I'll try to check them, Wink.  Thanks
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: April 25 2010 at 12:54
Altona added to krautrock
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