Week of October 8, 2006

Hairy Chapter

Harry Titlbach - Guitars
Harry Unte - Vocals
Rudolf Oldenburg - Bass
Rudi Haubold - Drums
Werner Faus – Drums

Eyes (OPP 5) 1970
Can't Get Through (Bacillus 6494 002) 1971
CD: Second Battle SB 038, Germany, 1997 (both albums)

This was a "no compromise" hard rockin' quartet from Bonn. Under the name Electric Sounds For Dancing they released an obscure album (Maritim, 1969) rumoured to include early versions of songs later appearing on the first Hairy Chapter album. “Eyes” was released in 1970 on the small OPP label. It contained nine short, raw hard rock numbers, comparable to the early Hendrix, but even heavier! The production was very rough, making this a charming piece of garage rock. Recommended for fans of wah-wah sounds and aggressive vocals from the underground. “Can't Get Through” (recorded from November 1970 to January 1971 in the Dierks Studio) was a similar effort, but had improved both musically and technically, aided by the magic fingers of Dieter Dierks. The new drummer on this album was Werner Faus. The instrumental passages (that means uninhibited guitar debauchery) were longer, as typified by the 11-minute long title track. This was one of the first releases on Bacillus and is quite valuable these days, ...but this was the last that was heard from the Hairy Chapter!

Taken from Cosmic Dreams at Play - A guide to German Progressive and Electronic Rock by Dag Erik Asbjørnsen, Borderline Productions, ISBN 1-899855-01-7

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