Samstag, 8. Dezember 2018

Ape, Beck & Brinkmann - Regenbogenland (1982)

Ape, Beck & Brikmann were founded in 1979 by Fred Ape, Klaus Beck and Peter Brinkmann together with the sound engineer Klaus-Werner Wollnowski. The group quickly became one of the flagships of the German alternative folk rock scene. Their political lyrics were mainly written by Fred Ape.

With over 100,000 sold copies, their song "Rauchzeichen" (1979), based on the "Prophecy of the Cree", became a secret hit in the growing alternative scene. Nowadays, it is one of the best knows songs focusing on ecological problems, and is published in germen school books. 

All the activities of the 1980s West German left wing and alternative scene were accompanied by the music of  bands like Ton Steine Scherben, Cochise and - of course - Ape, Beck & Brinkmann: The demonstrations against nuclear power plants, against the "Startbahn West" in Frankfurt, against the "Volkszählung" ("census") in 1983 and for women´s emancipation.
Now, 30 years later, these songs may sound utopian and naive. But why should we not hope that war and hunger will be abolished at some point? And not so much has changed since these days and there is still a lot to do to show solidarity and enjoy life. We are not alone.

The Album "Regenbogenland" was released in 1982 on the Folk Freak Label.
Tracklist:


1.Regenbogenland4:12 
2.Indianersee3:21 
3.Das Haus3:43 
4.Der Schlag2:07 
5.Das letzte Paradies2:09 
6.Endlich ein Liebeslied4:06 
7.Wir sind noch wahre Pioniere3:33 
8.Global 20013:25 
9.Auf der Flucht erschossen3:07 
10.Wounded Knee4:10 
11.Startbahn4:26
(192 kbps, cover art included)

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