A treasure trove of music from a relatively obscure scene – East
Germany during the height of the Cold War, a surprisingly great source for groovy tunes! This 3CD set brings together all previous volumes of the amazing Amiga A Go Go series – all at a price that's about the same as most other single CD funky compilations! CD 1 features East
German Rare Grooves – tunes that mix up jazz, soul, electric orchestrations, and other groovy bits – in a way that's quite similar to some of the best titles on Saba/
MPS, or other funky work from the East
ern European scene! Volume 1 features 20 titles that include "Hallo Carlos" by Modern Soul Band, "Derby" by Theo Schumann Combo, "Tentakel" by Orchester Walter Kubiczeck, "Finis" by Panta Rhei, "Philodendron" by Veronkia Fischer & Band, and "Lucretia McEvil" by Manfred Krug. CD 2 digs through East
German beat group and pop of the mid and late 60s – proving, as the notes say, that "The British Invasion didn't stop at the wall!" The tunes are all great small combo groovers, most with vocals in German – and a hip groovy sound that recalls the best of groups like The Zombies, The Hollies, and others of the time. Production is great on most of these cuts – so that the guitars, bass, and drums are pumped up strongly, giving the CD a mod swinging sound all the way through. Volume 2 features 23 tracks in all, including "Die Allee" by Horst Kruger Sextett, "Kosmos" by Thomas
Luck, "Mit Dir Leben" by Baltic Quintett, "Das Is Die Violincellinstin" by Skaldowie, "Gluck Und Musik" by Theo Schumann Combo, "Ich Zeig Den Weg" by Team 4, and "Walk, Don't Run" by Die Sputniks. CD 3 is possibly the most unique – as it features only work by a single artist – soundtrack composer Walter Kubiczeck, an artist who hasn't been reissued widely over the years, and who's represented here by a bunch of great funky work from TV and films! Walter's style is a bit like that of some of the other hip German soundtrack or sound library artists of the time – with bits of electricity amidst the fuller strings and horns – all in a way that makes for plenty of cop and crime-styled 70s funk! Volume 3 features 22 tracks in all – with titles that include "Tentakel", "Hirtenlied", "Feuer 21", "Abbisina", "Heisse Spur", "El Paraiso", "Tschuss (part 2)", "Rotidor", "Audiovision", and "Was Ich Will".
(Out of print.)