Wallenstein – Blitzkrieg
- - Pilz / BASF 20 29064-6 in 1972
- - Pilz / Pop-Import 20 29064-6 in ???
- Pilz / Zyx 20 29064-6 in 1983
- Think Progressive TPLP 1.812.040 in 1999
and there are more re-issues around I am sure
There are various CD releases available, the first ones that spring to my mind are on Ohr (obviously not the “classical” Ohr label) and Spalax
Line up for this album (their debut by the way):
- - Jürgen Dollase (Keyboards, Mellotron, Lead Vocals)
- Harald Großkopf (Drums, Percussion)
- Bill Barone (Electric & Acoustic Guitar, Vocals)
- Jerry Berkers (Bass, Lead Vocals)
Vocals are in English language on two tracks, the two long tracks are instrumental
I do not know where the album was recorded but as Dieter Dierks was the producer (together with Wallenstein) I would assume that it was at Dierks Studio in Stommeln again – for sure you can easily identify the “masters fingerprint” during “Lunetic” where Dierks did the phasing..
“Lunetic” is the opening track for this album and it starts with a furiously played keyboard quickly joined by the guitar (Bill by the way plays a typical Kraut-guitar, completely over-amped) – those two instruments play then for some time changing the lead part on occasion. A third don the alley the music relaxes a bit meaning it gets slower but the playing of the two instruments continues. After some time the original tempo resumes and lasts until the song ends after stunning 12 minutes. “The Theme” starts slower then the opening track mainly driven by the piano (or is it a piano sounding keybord?) which is then joined by guitar and a flavour of Mellotron – again the instruments play with each other which is some kind of “repeating motto” for the entire album and clearly shows that Dollase got some kind of classical musical education (the sound lines he is setting up sound “classical” to me). This is actually the first track which contains vocals (lead vocals here Jürgen Dollase) and to be honest he does not prove that he is a outstanding singer (same applies btw to Jerry Berkers who sings lead vocals on track 4). “Manhattan project” is the starter of the B side and from my perspective the best title on the album. The main driver for this overall slower song are piano and keyboard who are supported by a “Krauty” guitar and some more usage of the Mellotron, unluckily the guitar play is a bit too far in the background (a criticism mentioned also in contemporary reviews of that album). The album ends with the second song containing vocals “Audiences” – that track starts of like a classical Rock song and then suddenly changes direction into a more “proggy” way, this mainly due to the way piano and percussion are used.
Blitzkrieg is a very impressive debut by one of the longer lasting Krautrockbands. Blitzkrieg was btw supposed to be the band name until they group found out there is another combo from the UK using that name so they changed to Wallenstein. This album was followed by three more albums which can be considered Krautrock: “”Mother Universe” (still in the real Krautrock vain and the title track being another Kraut Classic), “Cosmic Century” and “Stories, Songs & Symphonies” which both tend more towards a classical direction. In 1978 Dollase fired all musicians and assembled a “new” Wallenstein which focussed on commercial successful but music wise non-challenging chart music and in 1982 the band finally vanished..