Samstag, 28. Februar 2015

Unterm Arm die Gitarre - 15 Jahre Singebewegung 1966 - 1980 - Ein Report (Amiga 1981)

"Singe-Bewegung" and "Oktoberklub" in East Germany, part 8.
On 7 October 1949, the founding of the GDR (German Democratic Republic, often called simply East Germany) was proclaimed in Berlin. At the end of the Second World War, there were already violent disagreements between the four victorious allies: the USA, England, France and the Soviet Union. The Soviet Union wanted to found a socialist German state, while the Western powers wanted a democratic Germany.

The political officials in the Soviet-occupied zone (as the GDR was named before its foundation) carried out the preparations for founding a state very systematically. They started up the “Sozialistische Einheitspartei Deutschlands” or SED (Socialist Unity Party) and the organisation “Freie Deutsche Jugend” or FDJ (Free German Youth).
The proclamation of the constitution of the German Democratic Republic sealed the division between east and west in legal terms. Two states had arisen in Germany, both of which claimed to be the core and model for a single united Germany that was to be created in the future. With elections based on “Unity” lists of candidates, strict control and direction of government and society by the Socialist Unity Party, the GDR followed the pattern of the “people’s democracies” set up as Soviet protectorates in eastern central and southeastern European states.
Today it will have been 63ears since the founding of the German Democratic Republic (GDR).
The so called "Tag der Repblik" commemorates the 7th October 1949, at which the German Democratic Republic was constituted .
This is a good occasion to continue our series of postings dealing with the "Singebewegung" in the GDR.
This double album is a report about the "Singing movement" in the GDR, released in 1981 and giving an overview about the last 15 years. It has liner notes by Gisela Steineckert about the experiences in the years 1966 to 1980. Gisela Steineckert was a politician or functionary as well as a writer and poet, now honorary chairman of the dfb ("Democratic Women´s Association").
The "Singebewegung" was the East German variant of the Hootenanny and other folk movements and was channeled by SED and the FDJ, which does not always succeed. The songs on this album are partly shaped by this conflict between governmental control and slight irony and subversion.
(256 kbps, cover art included)


LP 1:
Sag mir, wo du stehst
Schau her
Singeklub "Geschwister Scholl" Wismar
Lied vom Schiffsbau
"Gruppe Pasaremos" Dresden
Dran und drauf
Perry Friedman
Wenn die Neugier nicht wär
Kurt Demmler
Was machen wir zu Pfingsten
Singeklub der Lessing-Oberschule Hoyerswerda
"Venceremos-Club" Berlin
Es beginnt erst der Mensch
Songgruppe der Tu Dresden
Kurt Demmler und der "Venceremos-Club" Berlin
Lied aus dem fahrenden Zug zu singen
Reinhold Andert
Im Treptower Park
"Venceremos-Club" Berlin
Singeklub Neubrandenburg
Der Tag hat uns bei der Arbeit gesehn
Singeklub der N.V.A. Neubrandenburg
Mein kleiner Bruder
Singegruppe "Spartakus" der PH Potsdam
In Potsdam wird gebaut
Kurt Demmler
Dieses Lied sing ich den Frauen (Maria)
Jahrgang '49
LP 2:
Jahrgang '49
Jahrgang `49
Liedertheater Karls Enkel
Oma Amler
Skiffle Schwerin
Gruppe Schicht
Hier wo ich lebe
Bernd Rump und Gruppe Schicht
Vor der Karte
Wir sind überall
Jahrgang '49
Saigon ist frei
Singegruppe "Spartakus" der PH Potsdam
Hamburg `78
Gruppe Schicht
Liedertheater Karls Enkel
Singeklub der P.O.S. Maxim Gorki Salzwedel
Mensch denkste denn
Singeklub der B.B.S. Des Wälzlagerwerkes Luckenwalde
Wenn`s Uus Lehrlinge nicht gäbe
Singeklub der E.O.S. Carl von Ossietzky Berlin
Betrachtendes Lied
Da sind wir aber immer noch

Isabel Parra & Quilapayun - Lieder aus Chile (Amiga, 1972)

Isabel Parra is a famous Chilean singer-songwriter and interpreter of Latin American musical folklore. She was part of the "Nueva canción" (Spanish for 'new song') movement -  a movement and genre within Latin American and Iberian music of folk music, folk-inspired music and socially committed music. Nueva canción is widely recognized to have played a powerful role in the social upheavals in Portugal, Spain and Latin America during the 1970s and 1980s. Salvador Allende´s Unidad Popular government had enormous support among Nueva canción musicians who composed the campaign song "Poder Popular" for the presidential election of 1970 and recorded "El pueblo unido jamás será vencido" in June 1973.

Isabel Parra was born in Chile in 1939 and began her career in music at the age of 13 when she made her first recording with her world-renowned mother, the folklorist Violeta Parra. She has since interpreted and recorded the songs of some of the most famous Latin American folk singers. After the September 11, 1973 Chilean coup d’etat she lived in exile in Argentina and France for many years. She returned to Chile when democracy returned to her country.

Isabel Parra has toured extensively during her career and was a distinctive figure in the Nueva Canción Chilena (New Chilean Song) movement. Isabel Parra is also the sister of the famous folk singer Ángel Parra and the niece of the famous poet Nicanor Parra.

Isabel Parra visited the GDR several times in the 1960s and 1970s -  for example to take part in the "X. Weltfestspiele der Jugend" in 1973. 
In 1971 Gerhard Siebholt and Karl Heinz Ocasek produced this album with Isabel Parra and the musicians from Quilapayun in the AMIGA studio, East Berlin. It was released in 1972 and is a part GDR's support for the struggle of the Chilean people and the Unidad Popular government of Salvador Allende for a better tomorrow, one of equality and free from tyranny - music as "a weapon in the anti-imperialist struggle".
01 - La muralla
02 - A desolambrar
03 - Que dira el Sto, Padre
04 - Ayudame, Valentina
05 - Canto de la cuculi
06 - Deme su voz, deme su vano
07 - Por Vietnam
08 - Lo que mas quiera
09 - Quiaquenita
10 - En septiembre canta el gallo
11 - Elegia al Che
12 - El desconfiado
13 - Solita duermo en mi cama
14 - Amores Bailando
15 - Comienza la vida nueva
(320 kbps, cover art included)

VA - Premier Festival Del Nuevo Canto Latinoamericano (1982)

The "Premier Festival Del Nuevo Canto Latinoamericano" took place at the National Auditorium in Mexico City between March 30 and April 4, 1982, in collaboration with UNESCO and "Casa de las Americas". The album features songs by Roy Brown, Quilapayun, Amparo Ochoa, Daniel Viglietti and others.


01. América Latina – Nicomedes Santa Cruz
02. En la vida todo es ir – Roy Brown
03. Flor de metal – Los Flokloristas
04. Espigas de libertad – Lilia Vera
05. Siringuero – Luis Rico
06. El sombrero azul – Alí Primera
07. Luz negra – Quilapayún
08. Cuando salgas luna llena – Noel Nicola
09. Epitafio a Juan ‘N’ – Amparo Ochoa
10. Las hormiguitas – Daniel Viglietti
11. Somos los hijos del maíz – Luis Enrique Mejía Godoy y Mancotal
12. Canción con todos – César Isella

VA - Premier Festival Del Nuevo Canto Latinoamercano (1982)
(192 kbps, cover art included)

VA - Chile Pueblo. En el 2º año del Gobierno Popular (1972)

This album was released in Santiago de Chile to celebrate the second anniversary of the Unidad Popular government.

It includes performances by some of the most important songwriters and folk musicians of the era, such as Victor Jara, Quilapayun, Inti-Illimani, Angel Parra and Patricio Manns. Between the songs there are narrations by Cesar Aguilera accompanied by Pancho Navarro on guitar.
The album was released in 1972 by the IRT label.


01. Chile Pueblo – César Aguilera & Pancho Navarro
02. Cuando amanece el día – Ángel Parra
03. Chile Cobre – César Aguilera & Pancho Navarro
04. Nuestro cobre – Quilapayún
05. Chile Carbón – César Aguilera & Pancho Navarro
06. En Lota la noche es brava – Patricio Manns
07. Chile Mar – César Aguilera & Pancho Navarro
08. Boga, boga – Manguaré
09. Chile Textil – César Aguilera & Pancho Navarro
10. Obreras del telar – Víctor Jara
11. Chile Tierra – César Aguilera & Pancho Navarro
12. Chacarero – Quilmay
13. Chile Banco – César Aguilera & Pancho Navarro
14. Ni pocos, ni muchos – Amerindios
15. Chile América - César Aguilera & Pancho Navarro
16. Venceremos  – Inti-Illimani and the voice of Salvador Allende

VA - Chile Pueblo (1972)
(256 kbps, cover art included, vinyl rip)

Mittwoch, 25. Februar 2015

Werkstattwoche der FDJ-Singeclubs (1968, Amiga)

"Singe-Bewegung" and "Oktoberklub" in East Germany, part 7.

Until the 1960s, Anglo-American dance music is regarded in the GDR as valueless "Western Arts". As a Socialist alternative to the rock ' n' roll, 1959 even a private dance, the "Lipsi", is being developed. As a result of the cultural and political opening in 1963, many beat groups were formed and a GDR's own "Liedermacher" and singer-songwriter scene emerges.
The "Free German Youth" (FDJ) tried to instrumentalize this music movement. The FDJ organized "Deutschlandtreffen 1964" presented for the first time music in English language. In the context of poetry events of the FDJ, Manfred Krug and Wolf Biermann present critical lyrics. In 1965 the SED gave order to dismiss a guitar competition organized by the FDJ. After the end of the political thaw period, the FDJ tried to integrate the singer-songwriter and the beat groups in the FDJ and SED influenced "Singebewegung"
With several thousand Singeklubs, in which mainly folk music is made, the FDJ tried to bring their ideological and political work into everyday life of young people. The "Vorzeigesingeklub" was the Berlin based "Oktoberklub", which established in 1969 also the first discotheque in the GDR. Although not without success, the Singebewegung couldn´t replace the beat music. In the following years the unbroken beat enthusiasm of young people forced the GDR leadership to an offensive strategy: The development of an own DDR-specific rock music scene since the 1970's, as well to use this media for ideological and political messages.

The GDR radio programm "Jugendsender DT 64" organised between September, 24 and October, 1, 1967 in Hally the "1. Werkstattwoche der FDJ-Singeclubs". This albums features recordings from this workshop with 300 artist and 16 "Singeclubs".

(01) Bernd Walther & Folkloregruppe der TU Dresden - Carpe Diem
(02) Wolfgang Grahl & FDJ-Singestudio Müritz - Spottlied auf einen Moskaubesucher
(03) Antje Kankel - Das ist unser Tag
(04) Folkloregruppe der TU Dresden - Zygan Chodit
(05) Panajota Ruli & Klaus-Georg Eulitz - Kathe Mera
(06) Kurt Demmler - Zart soll es bleiben
(07) Kurt Demmler - Kastanie, Kastanie
(08) Antje Thümmler & Ulrich Stephan & Folkloregruppe der TU Dresden - O lenke durch die Welle
(09) Singklub Leipzig - Abendgedanken
(10) Herbert Lappe & Folkloregruppe der TU Dresden - Und darum trägt unsere Welt heut ein neues Gesicht
(11) Nora Löhr & Wolfgang Gregor - Venezolanisches Marktlied
(12) Jörn Fechner & Oktober-Klub Berlin - Mamita Mia
(13) Henry Jäger - Musja Pikinson
(14) Barbara Kellerbauer & Folkloregruppe der TU Dresden - Lied von der unruhvollen Jugend
(15) Frank Obermann & Sing-Klub 67, Karl-Marx-Stadt - Unsere Welt hat ein Millionengesicht
(16) Hartmut König & Oktober-Klub Berlin - Die Front der Patrioten ruft
(17) Panajota Ruli & Folkloregruppe der TU Dresden - Drapetis
(18) Nora Löhr & Wolfgang Gregor - Auseinandergehen
(19) Dorit Gäbler - Icke
(20) FDJ-Singestudio Müritz - Wir singen, weil wir jung sind

Werkstattwoche der FDJ-Singeclubs (1968)
(256 kbps, front cover included)

VA - Wir singen ein neues Lied (Eterna, 1970)

"Singe-Bewegung" and "Oktoberklub" in East Germany, part 10.

The "Werkstattwochen der FDJ-Singeklubs" were an important communication platform for the East German "Singe-Bewegung". They took place every year between 1967 and 1988 in another town in the GDR and were an annual meeting point for the scene with hundreds of participants from all over the GDR. Establishd ensembles and solist presented their new programms, new "Singeklubs" introduced themselves. The artists practised songwriting, composing and interpetation in workshops.

The album "Wir singen ein neues Lied" is a live recording from the final event of the "III. Werkstattwoche der FDJ-Singeklubs" at the wonderful Babylon film theatre in East Berlin, July 11, 1969.

A1 Singeklub "Livia Gouverneur" der BBS "Neues Leben" Dresden - Hört doch mal zu
A2 Singegruppe der NVA Neubrandenburg -  Links, zwei, drei, vier
A3 Singeklub der EOS Hoyerswerda - Lied der neuen Zeit
A4 Singeklub "Geschwister Scholl" Wismar - Hiring, Aal un Kabeljau
A5 Singeklub der EOS "Humboldt" Leipzig - Lied der Neulandfahrer
A6 Singeklub vom "Haus der Jugend" Cottbus - Bergen op Zoom
A7 FDS-Singe-Club der EOS Bützow - Lied von der blauen Fahne

B1 Stephan / Gruppe "pasaremos" Dresden - Der Weg
B2 Heiner und Stephan / Gruppe "pasaremos" Dresden - Lorelei 1969
B3 Mikis Theodorakis-Klub Berlin - Wenn der Krieg vorbei ist
B4 Katja / Oktober-Klub Berlin - Die Taube
B5 Magdeburger Singeklub beim Klubhaus "Junge Talente" - Elektrischka
B6 Singegruppe "Kurt Barthel" Rostock - Vagel Kran
B7 Michael / Singeklub "Geschwister Scholl" Wismar - Der Wal
B8 Joan & José (Spanien) - Wenn du eines Tages willst...
B9 FDJ-Singe-Club der EOS Bützow - Brüder, seht, die rote Fahne
(320 kbps, vinyl rip, front & back cover included)

6. Festival des politischen Liedes - Rote Lieder (1976, Eterna, vinyl rip)

From 1970 to 1990 there was the "Festival des politischen Liedes" ("festival of the political song") in Berlin, capital of the German Democratic Republic. The festival was a meeting place for politically engaged musicians from the whole world and and interested audience. You find information about the participants and history in the archive on

The 6th "Festival des politischen Liedes" happened in Eat Berlin in February, 7th to 14th, 1976 and featured artists like Perry Friedman, Pete Wyoming, Ted McKenna, Santocas, Oktoberclub and many more.


01 - Mannesmannballade [Peter, Paul und Barmberk]
02 - Scottish folk dances [The Whistlebinkies]
03 - Auf,auf zum kampf [Perry Friedman]
04 - Bjelorusski woksal [Studentisches Liedtheater]
05 - Kampf dem schicksal [Gruppe Rafidain]
06 - The blackleg miner [Ted McKenna]
07 - Poder popular [Santocas]
08 - Ein Friendenslied [Oktoberklub]
09 - Kapitalens almene krise [Sören Sidevinds Spillemänd]
10 - Se abrirán las grandes alamedas [Angel e Isabel Parra]
11 - Freedom [Pete Wyoming]
12 - Les communistas [Pia Colombo]
13 - Optimistisches Lied [Gruppe Schicht]
14 - Experiencia [Luis Cilia und Pedro Cabal]
15 - Nos vemos en la Habana [Grupo Moncada]

6. Festival des politischen Liedes - Rote Lieder (1976, vinyl rip)
(192 kbps, cover art included)

Dienstag, 24. Februar 2015

Neil Young - Buffalo Springfield - Down To The Wire (Live 1965)

This bootleg collects some early and rare Neil Young recordings.
The Wichita Falls tracks are solo acoustic (pre-Springfield). Very good sound qualities for the time. There are also two Buffalo Springfield outtakes. As well, there are two 45 single demos with Neil’s Canadian group the Squires.

Tracks 1-7; 10 and 11 were recorded live in Wichita Falls, Texas, 1-12-65

Tracks 8 and 9 are Buffalo Springfield studio outtakes.

Track 12, called "Sultan" and track 13 ("Aurora") are from The Squires' and Neil Young's first single, produced by Bob Bradburn, a DJ at CKRC in Winnipeg in 1963.

(192 kbps, cover art included)

Montag, 23. Februar 2015

VA - Rote Lieder - 9. Festival des politischen Liedes (1979)

Looking forward to this years "Festival Musik & Politik". So it is time for another volume of recordings done at the "Festival des politischen Liedes".

The album "Rote Lieder - 9. Festival des politischen Liedes" was recorded in February, 1979 in East Berlin. It features artists like Amparo Ochoa, Macchina Maccheronica, Carlos Mejía Godoy, Schicht, Oktoberklub, Maria Farandour and many more.

VA - Rote Lieder - 9. Festival des politischen Liedes (1979)
(256 kbps, cover art included)

Sonntag, 22. Februar 2015

VA - Rote Lieder - 13. Festival des politischen Liedes (1983)

Next weekend we will have this years "Festival Musik und Politik".

So this gives cause for sharing the recordings from the 13th festival of political songs, which happened in february, 1983.

This album is a collection of live recordings by artist like Dick Gaughan, Sands Family, Letta M`Bulu, Inti-Illimani, Mikis Theodorakis and many more. The festival ended with a manifestation against the "NATO-Doppelbeschluss".

The "NATO Double-Track Decision" was a NATO strategie to offer the Warsaw Pact a mutual limitation of medium-range ballistic missiles and intermediate-range ballistic missiles combined with the threat that in case of disagreement NATO would deploy more middle-range nuclear weapons in Western Europe. This strategie was criticized by the strong peace movement of these years.

VA - 13. Festival des politischen Liedes (1983)
(256 kbps, cover art included)

Samstag, 21. Februar 2015

Paul Robeson - Ol´ Man River (1990)

Paul Leroy Robeson was born on April 9, 1898 in Princeton, New Jersey. He was the youngest son of five children born to Presbyterian minister Reverend William Drew Robeson (1845-1918) and former schoolteacher Maria Louisa Bustill Robeson (1853-1904). He was the grandson of slaves and the son of a minister who escaped slavery and became one of Rutgers University's most famous and accomplished alumni.

In 1915, Robeson was awarded a four-year academic scholarship to Rutgers University. He was inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa Society and Rutgers' Cap & Skull Honor Society. He was valedictorian of his graduating class in 1919. Rutgers awarded Robeson honorary Master of Arts degree in 1932 and an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters on his 75th birthday in 1973.

In addition to his academic achievements, Robeson had an outstanding athletic career as the first Black football player at the University winning 15 varsity letters in baseball, football, basketball, and track and field. He was named to the All American Football Team twice in spite of open racism and violence expressed by his teammates. In 1995, he was inducted posthumously into the College Football Hall of Fame.

In 1923, Robeson earned a law degree from the Columbia Law School. There, he met his wife Eslanda Cordoza Goode, the first black woman to head a pathology laboratory. Robeson took a job with a law firm after graduation, but left the firm and the practice of law when a white secretary refused to take dictation from him. He decided to use his artistic talents in theater and music to promote African and African-American history and culture.

What followed was a brilliant career as an actor and concert singer which spanned nearly four decades. Robeson made his concert debut in 1925 with a highly successful program of Black music. He went on to such stage successes in Show Boat, Porgy and Bess and Othello, which was hailed by some critics as the play's greatest interpretation. He starred in 13 films between the 1920s and the early 1940s, but decided to stop making movies until there were better opportunities for blacks.

Paul Robeson used his deep baritone voice to promote black spirituals, to share the cultures with other countries, and to support the social movements of his time. He sang for peace and justice in 25 languages throughout the United States, Africa, Asia Europe, and the Soviet Union.

Robeson became known as a citizen of the world, as comfortable with the people of Moscow and Nairobi as with the people of Harlem. Wherever he traveled, Robeson championed the cause of the common person. Among his friends, he counted future African Leader Jomo Kenyatta, India's Nehru, anarchist Emma Goldman and writers James Joyce and Ernest Hemingway.

During the McCarthy Era of the 1950s, every attempt was made to silence and discredit Paul Robeson because of his political views and dedication to civil rights. In 1958, he embarked on a successful three-year tour of Europe and Australia. Unfortunately, illness ended his professional career in 1961. He lived the remainder of his years as a private citizen in his sister's home in Philadelphia. He died on January 23, 1976 at the age of 77.

For his steadfast commitment to his social conscience, Paul Robeson - activist, scholar, artist, athlete - was shunted from the center of America's cultural stage to its wings. For a generation, his memory was obscured and his achievements forgotten, but the centennial of his 1989 birth has sparked new debate about his place in our history.


01 - Ol' Man River
02 - My Old Kentucky
03 - Lazy Bones
04 - My Lindy Lu
05 - Poor Old Joe
06 - Old Folks At Home (Swanee River)
07 - Just Keepin' On
08 - Little Pal
09 - Water Boy
10 - Shenandoah
11 - Swing Low, Sweet Chariot
12 - Joshua Fit The Battle Of Jericho
13 - Wagon Wheels
14 - Got The South In My Soul
15 - St Louis Blues
16 - Rockin' Chair
17 - River Stay 'Way From My Door
18 - Canoe Song
19 - Congo Lullaby
20 - Love Song
(192 kbps, cover art included)