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Frumpy 2 Original recording remastered


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  • Audio CD (January 27, 2009)
  • Original Release Date: 2008
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: REVISITED RECORDS
  • ASIN: B001IT292O
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #627,144 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Good Winds
2. How The Gypsy Was Born
3. Take Care Of Illusion
4. Duty

Editorial Reviews

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.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Chris Gerbig on September 3, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Frumpy 2 is considered the masterpiece of this early 70's German band. Just four long tracks (all but one over ten minutes long) dominated by the great keyboard playing of Frenchman Jean-Jacques Kravetz. Inga Rumpf's vocals are so rough that many may think it's a man singing! She is often considered "the German Janis Joplin". A great combination of blues, classical, R&B, progressive and hard rock elements, featuring long, instrumental workouts. The musicianship is excellent, particularly the terrific organ solos. Every track is a winner. This one should please both fans of early 70's hard rock as well as progressive rock connosieurs. Simply put, one of the best German rock albums of the 70's.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 4, 1999
Format: Audio CD
This is a progressive masterpiece. It is hard progressive rock that never gets boring, like so much progressive rock does, due to clever interplays and wonderful breaks. It's fragile like Mozart and hard like Hendrix turned progressive - it's recommended for sure...
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By EtherealCereal on March 26, 2007
Format: Audio CD
Let's make that opening statement a bit clearer. There are bands out there who get together, get in a studio, and knock out some mediocre albums, be they from today or yesterday, and then there are bands whose musical chemistry is so strong that you wonder where one member ends and another begins. Frumpy, led by singer Inga Rumpf, the Janis Joplin of the European scene, is one of these bands. There is nothing flashy or exciting about any of the singular members, but the great contribution they make is as a unit, not as individuals. Every musician in the group seems to know what and when to play in order to add fullness or harmonic balance to a song, and it shows. A masterpiece.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Aron Rush on October 21, 2010
Format: Audio CD
In 1970 Hamburg, Germany, an amazing band that called their selves Frumpy (a play on the singer's surname, Rumpf) came into being. They recorded a good album, All Will Be Changed, toured with Spooky Tooth (a band they would sometimes be compared to), and by '71 were ready to record their sophomore effort. A slight shuffle in the band's line up occurred, most notably the addition of guitarist Rainer Baumann, the missing ingredient in a recipe for musical perfection. Jean-Jacques Kravitz played hammond organ and mellotron, Karl-Heinz Schott bass and Carsten Bohn drums. It had been Bohn who first suggested the band play "a fusion of rock, blues, classical, folk and psychedelic." To this end they would succeed, and manage to maintain a unique style in the process. With smokey, soulful vocals from Inga Rumpf (a former folk and blues singer who could best be labeled the Teutonic Tina Turner) over the top of an immensely talented group, Frumpy entered the studio to record an album simply titled 2.

Something magical happened in that German studio, that would never be repeated. In my opinion, one of the best examples of early 70's hard progressive rock was created. Just four songs. Four mesmerising aural paintings of immense beauty and diversity. Hammond organ driven hard rock with an ancestry in the blues, the versatility of jazz, the structure and flow of classical and some psychedelic jamming and soloing from Kravitz and Baumann. Brilliant songs delivered with talent and intensity few bands could match. Quite simply this group was on fire! The moment was right, the people were right, and it gelled.
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This is a stellar slice of blues-inflected prog, from a great band. Musically, I'd compare them to Grand Funk Railroad, Jefferson Airplane, and maybe a touch of Jethro Tull (with a keyboard instead of a flute).

Very well recorded - LOVE the bass sound, and Inga Rumpf is a force of nature as a singer!

Listen to the samples and see what you think. I did, and immediately tracked down a copy!

Bless It's Pointed Little Head
Grand Funk
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