Thursday, January 15, 2015

Bachdenkel - Lemmings (1970)



Bachdenkel were located in France and as a result, they were not fully updated about the contamporary currents of British prog of the era, this worked in their favour as they used influences of the late 60's and updated them independently, they mix influences from the Beatles' Psychedelic era, singer-songwriters such as Joni Mitchell and Eastern and Hippie music and philosophy in a "Progressive" context. The result is magnificent, great songs with beautiful and unusual lyrics, great music and Swinburne's unique and warm vocals makes this album a great listening experience, a true masterpiece and highly recommended. (Gil Keltch)

Tracklist:

1. Translation
2. Equals
3. An Appointment With The Master
4. The Settlement Song
5. Long Time Living
6. Strangerstill
7. Come All Ye Faceless
8. The Slightest Distance
9. Donna
10. A Thousand Pages Before

Bachdenkel - Lemmings (1970)

22 comments :

dtfloyd said...

thank you very much!!
i'm listening this album, i think it's a dark masterpiece of progressive rock
the singer have a great voice intensity and the songs have good melody

gogolemongol said...

BBT Freaky Lady
I was waiting for so long this album.
I am very glad to hear this music,coz i seen the band there are a few centuries....

bzh555 said...

I saw them too gogole ...

TRAMPje said...

;)))Thanks;))))

CBlack said...

This album improves with each listen. Nice choice--thanks!

Anonymous said...

dark as i feel, and lovely as you Freaky Lady...

grapho said...

Oh la la c'est vieux, ça... je ne m'en souvenais plus du tout !
Merci :•)

Pink Burrito said...

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thanks again

Anonymous said...

BACHDENKEL?

Surely the very best prog band of all times : an intimate world, outstanding musicians and great melodies!

There's an interesting interview in French in Traverses :
http://traversesmag.org/articles/bachdenkel.htm

Armute

Pete Kimberley said...

Hi folks - first of all, thanks to everyone for the good reviews and kind comments. It's great to know that people are still listening to our music today, and plenty of you seem to enjoy it pretty much. We're delighted.

I'd like to set the record straight on the Bachdenkel albums Lemmings and Stalingrad, though - I have no problem at all with Colin getting good reviews for his vocals, because he always sang with a lot of soul. He didn't sing all the songs, however. He sang 'Translation', 'Long Time Living' and 'A Thousand Pages Before' - very well too. We shared vocals (with help from Brian)on 'The Settlement Song' and 'The Slightest Distance'. I sang the rest.

Bachdenkel had no leader - we were always a group - we comoposed most of the music together, even when the original ideas came from one or the other of us, the final version was always the work of the whole group in terms of arrangement, harmonies etc. That's true for both albums. Karel wrote most of the lyrics, which we all always thought were very good indeed - Col wrote a few lines, and I wrote more than a few, particularly 'Strangerstill' and 'Come All Ye Faceless".

Karel found us the gigs, intelligently opening up the MJC circuit in France, which had never been toured before in the way we did it - we were followed on this circuit by plenty of French groups, amongst others, Magma.

Karel is credited as the producer of the albums, but this should be understood in the way that movies have Producers and Directors - Karel Produced in the sense that he put the recording package together and organised and in a sense supervised the sessions, but the musical Direction was again very much a group effort. That's how it was.

We took pride in the fact that we stayed away, as Gil Keitch notes, from the 'contemporary currents' of the music that was around at the time - we were always very much our own counsel, for better and sometimes worse - we copied no-one.

In my humble opinion, our best work was never heard outside of the concert halls - over the years we became a very tight and free-style group of musicians, and improvised constantly. The only testimony to this that remains is the short piece on the 'Stalingrad' CD, the opening to that night's reading of Melanie's 'Bobo's Party' - we were playing pretty well that night - Colin's spacey trip into the stratosphere is typical of his inspirational playing. I believe we were strongly influenced by spending so many nights listening to the Art Ensemble of Chicago, with whom we were pretty much in co-habitation at the American Center in Paris throughout much of 1969. Their approach to music was a revelation to us, and I for one have never forgotten some of what we learned.

Colin is presently remixing a cassette recording of a one-off gig we did in the early 1980's - there's some good playing on what I've heard so far, and I hope he gets it finished.

Karel now manages a very successful enterprise which brings English and American musicians and stand-up comics to Paris to perform at La Java - he built it up from nothing, and deserves all the kudos he gets for that. Colin composes, mostly on piano, Brian continues to improve as an excellent drummer and accomplished singer, and I spend a lot of time playing acoustic guitar and composing vocal music. Not much bass any more, though I enjoy it when I do.

Thanks again for the comments, and vive la musique.

Best wishes

Pete Kimberley

Anonymous said...

Well if Pete can throw some light upon the "dark"bachdenkel enigma then so can I.... via links mostly.
There is a Bachdenkel web page at www.anythingmatters.com/bachdenkel it tells the start of the unfinished story and lists many of the places we played and when. Also if you visit http://www.myspace.com/bachdenkel you can hear one of Colin's mixes from the last time we played togather in 1982. It's Equals and remarkably good considering we hadn't played together for five years or so and if we managed to see eye to eye some of them were black.
Lastly Lemmings not only seems to have passed the test of time but like a good wine improved at the expense of other albums made at during that period.
Karel Beer

public relations disaster said...

thanks for the insight into the era and inner workings of your band, fascinating stuff.

like a lot of people i am wondering if you are planning a proper reissue of lemmings? i would buy it in a heartbeat.

Anonymous said...

hey man, is there any way to re-load this excellent album. my vinyl is worn down and i cant find the CD. thanks for all the work you do.

Anonymous said...

please reactivate this masterpiece

Anonymous said...

Yes please upload this album again!
Dying to hear it!
Thanks for your amazing taste!

Tydalwave said...

thanks so much for presenting this fabulous piece. I still remember my excitement when I bought the CD release when it first came out many years ago. "An appointment with the master" has to be on par with the very best pieces of progressive rock music ever recorded, I rate this along with the best songs from King Crimson or Van der Graaf Generator, such is the intensity of this song. Too bad they never got the well-deserved praise and recognition.

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for this BEAUTIFUL piece! it actually made me cry...

Stef

some guy said...

Thanks for de musik

Anonymous said...

Wow, what a great album, why is this relatively unknown?

karel beer said...

The good news is that Lemmings has just been re-issued by ORK records through Cherry Red. This is the first UK release of the album on CD and it has been remastered and there are some bonus tracks including one cut from the bands first recording session back in 1968. The new CD has a great booklet with photos and some insight into the band and it music. We are all delighted that it has come out again in this manner. Hope you can find it in your record stores or via web sales.
http://www.cherryred.co.uk/rpm/ork/index.htm
Karel

Fructedor said...

References for Lemmings by Bachdenkel

http://www.cherryred.co.uk/newreleases.php

Fructedor said...

References for Lemmings -
http://www.cherryred.co.uk/newreleases.php