No other artist has had as lasting an influence on German rock music as Inga Rumpf. Her smokey, bluesy voice, influenced by icons such as Mahalia Jackson and Nina Simone, fills fans all over the world with enthusiasm to this day. Her seemingly limitless stylistic range has rightfully earned Inga Rumpf a reputation as Germany s no. 1 rock vocalist.
For their second album, 1971 s aptly titled Frumpy 2 , the band engaged electric guitar into the Frumpy fold, bringing in one Rainer Baumann, a very talented new guitarist. Now the foundation for international success was laid: the long solos and improvisations characterised in Frumpy s live appearances were now welcomed during the studio recording sessions, as well. Coupled with Inga Rumpf s incredible and original vocal range and depth, this new vision of Frumpy leaves the usual Krautrock formula in the dust and sets off for uncharted new territory. The four lengthy tracks that comprise Frumpy 2 (the band had made it clear that the single charts were not their main target) come across as much of the guitar/organ saturated heavy Prog Rock of the day do but remain steeped in Pop tradition at the same time. How The Gypsy Was Born sounds like it could ve actually been a hit in the day and remains Frumpy s signature tune. As The All Music Guide s Dave Thompson quotes, Quite simply, Frumpy 2 is the Prog album you'll be returning to long after the others have all dulled into wallpaper.
The now legendary second Frumpy album is finally being released completely remastered, in digipak format with exclusive liner notation and rare photos.