Agitation Free / 2nd (Vinyl LP)
Reissue / comes with a printed inner sleeve, photos and notes
Label: Made In Germany
This release comes with a printed inner sleeve including photos, a history of the band, a text about the album “Agitation Free – 2nd” and a text about “Thomas Kessler, Agitation Free and the Berlin School of electronic music”.
Recorded and mixed at Studio 70, Munich in July 1973
Format: Vinyl LP
#Ref: MIG 00741 LP
Release date: 2012
“The band was formed in 1967 by the merger of two Berlin rock groups. In April 1972, the band toured Egypt, Lebanon, Cyprus and Greece with Lutz Ulbrich, Michael Günther, Jörg Schwenke, Michael Hoenig and Burghard Rausch as members at the invitation of the Goethe-Institut. The manifold impressions of this journey were reflected in the first album Malesch. Extensive activities made the band known throughout Europe. In the summer of 1972 the group appeared in the cultural program of the Olympic Games in Munich, toured France for two months at the beginning of 1973, performed at the ‘German Rock Super Concert’ in Frankfurt in May, produced the second album 2nd and then went on tour through France and German cities. Both the SFB and the WDR broadcast portraits and live concerts. In 1974, the band was tired and at the end of the year, after a farewell concert, the band temporarily broke up.
Looking back, it became clear that the experimental circle Agitation Free was one of the most important bands of the ‘Berlin School’ and also a career springboard for some German musicians. Thus, Christopher Franke helped the band Tangerine Dream to worldwide recognition. Michael Hoenig works with Klaus Schulze and Tangerine Dream before he became known as a film composer after a solo album in Hollywood (including the film music for 9-12 weeks). Axel Genrich changed to Guru Guru, Burghard Rausch became a founding member of Bel Ami. Gustl Lütjens toured with Shirley Bassey and Nena and later found a big audience with his new age band Living Mirrors especially in the USA. Lutz ‘Lüül’ Ulbrich joined Ashra, worked with ex-Velvet underground singer Nico, produced solo records alongside theatre music and has been celebrating success with the 17 Hippies since the end of the nineties.”
A1. First Communication 8´11 / A2. Dialogue And Random 1´51 / A3. Laila, Part I 1´41 / A4. Laila, Part II 6´46
B1. In The Silence Of The Morning Sunrise 6´37 / A Quiet Walk 9´17 : B2 (a). Listening / B2 (b). Two – Not Of The Same Kind / B3. Haunted Island 7´10