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Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 30, 2001)
  • Original Release Date: 2005
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Repertoire
  • ASIN: B00005J7GM
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #445,975 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Plastic People
2. Tiny Flashlights
3. My Mind
4. Rockin Rollin Roller
5. Trial Trip
6. This Song Is Just For You

Editorial Reviews

Repertoire reissue of the German prog act's 1975 album that is unavailable domestically. 6 tracks including 'Plastic People' & 'Trial Trip'. 2001 release.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By B. E Jackson on August 12, 2009
Format: Audio CD
Birth Control never got the recognition they deserved in the United States, but for some of us who love exploring lost 70's rock artists and albums, you can't really complain about Birth Control's Plastic People. Boy, that lead singer sure reminds me of Burton Cummings! Just the way he carries his voice at the end of each line he passionately sings and the way he implements such beautiful emotions in the sound of his voice alone DOES occasionally remind me of some Guess Who classics. Well, Canada and Germany are two countries far far away from each other, haha.

Anyway, back to Birth Control! This is some great great classic rock. Lots of beautiful and melodic guitar solos, a bit of creativity thrown into the mix by way of piano and Genesis-sounding synth lines, and to be completely honest- THIS is how I like my rock and roll- adventurous, creative, and colorful. Oh, and of course I love discovering lost gems! Plastic People is a lost gem. "Trial Trip" has a good hard rockin' guitar riff with great, emotional vocals chugging along to the riff, and then the song morphs into a really spectacular guitar jam at the end of the song. The song sounds completely... well... what's that word people use to describe awesome things nowadays? Oh yeah, EPIC!

The entire album is worth giving a listen to though. The 70's rock scene will reign supreme forever in my mind because of albums such as this that are constantly coming to light. We must continue finding out about albums like these so the musicians responsible for creating them know their work wasn't for nothing and that their *are* people out there going the extra mile to discover such overlooked albums.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By BENJAMIN MILER on May 16, 2006
Format: Audio CD
Birth Control had already released a bunch of albums since the start of the '70s and had been frequently compared with Deep Purple. It's probably the reason why the band is often not the most respected in the prog and Krautrock communities. Birth Control certainly doesn't bear much resemblance to groups like Can, Amon Duul II, Ash Ra Tempel, the Ohr-era Tangerine Dream, pre-Autobahn Kraftwerk, Neu, Faust, etc., that's why they aren't too respected with Krautrock fans, and maybe come across as too much as conventional hard rock for prog fans.

This out of the way: 1975's Plastic People is the very first Birth Control album I have ever heard, and I have yet to dig in to their catalog to get a stronger opinion of these guys. This was their final album for CBS, and they changed musical directions to full-on prog rock. Prog rock fans who might have been unkind to Birth Control would be happy with Plastic People. The hard rock influences have been toned down considerably turning to a style of prog rock that brings to mind ELP, Genesis, Grobschnitt, Gentle Giant, etc. In fact the opening cut, the title track, will bring to mind Grobschnitt, with similar sounding vocals, the big difference, is the band lacks the Teutonic humor that was the trademark of Grobschnitt. Zeus B. Held is responsible for keyboard duties here, with the Hammond organ, electric piano, Moog, clavinet, and even some Mellotron. "Tiny Flashlight" is another fantastic piece, and this is on of the pieces where Zeus B. Held whips out the Mellotron (he also uses it on "Trial Trip", but this album isn't plastered with the instrument). The music features all the complexities that would keep all the die-in-the-wool progheads happy.
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I have recently just started to explore Birth Control's recordings. If you are fan of progressive German rock, then you will most-likely enjoy this record. There are some really decent compositions here, backed by solid musician-ship, and passionate performances. Bernd Noske is both the lead vocalist and the drummer, and he is excellent at both. I have been a fan of "krautrock" for a long time, and I would say that frequently the vocal abilities of many German rock vocalists prove to be a weak spot. Not so with Birth Control, as Bernd has a great set of pipes. I will be enjoying this one for years to come, and look forward to exploring more Birth Control albums.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lethe on March 20, 2003
Format: Audio CD
Actually the right rate should be 3 star and 1/2, cause the second side of the album (almost the whole),is in the vein of classic hard rock, which is not very original (even though it is in the vein of their debut album, which was not progressive and quite Deep Purple-like). The present issue is indeed characterized by a complex sound, expecially the keyboards by Zeus B. Held, a competent keyboardplayer and a good composer as well ... the sound reminds me of such german space rock;instead the guitar sound trademark is that one you find at the end of "Trial trip": in particular such sensible final guitar excursion, which is a Bruno Frenzel trademark!!
But proceeding by order, first of all you can listen to the excellent title track, written off as a song with beautiful instrumental parts and gentle vocals as well!! Instead the track "Tiny Flashlight" is more symphonic oriented in the middle section and sometimes reminding of the proto-prog sound of East of Eden in the album "Merkator projected". Finally in my opinion there is the best track of the album "My mind": it seems the german reply to Gentle Giant, but its sound is not at all like that stuff! The already mentioned "Trial Trip" is based upon an hard rock riff, but after few passages it turns to a symphonic guitar excursion by Frenzel, of which I have already talked to you ...this is probably the unique track of side two which is worth checking out;moreover the support of the mellotron is remarkable and well performed too!! The closing section is represented by a tepid song with a rather unoriginal and slick soul music stuff, but helped and improved by some horns and an interesting flute as well... better things had to come afterwards!!
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