I'm Brazilian, I've always loved music and since I was little I buy and I listen to rock.
During the 70's I met a magazine called Pop, which I christened German Pop, since it was of Germanic origin, I did not understand what was written in the great majority, but it was there that I met the groups that I publish here on the blog today. Rock made in Germany is one of my favorites, but my taste is very eclectic.

Sou brasileira, sempre amei música e desde muito pequena compro e ouço rock. Durante os anos 70 conheci uma revista chamada Pop, que batizei de Pop Alemã, uma vez que era de origem germânica, eu não entendia o que estava escrito na sua grande maioria, mas foi ali que conheci os grupos que hoje publico aqui no blog. O rock feito da Alemanha é um dos meus favoritos, mas meu gosto é muito eclético.

quinta-feira, 28 de dezembro de 2017

Zeus B Held - Zeus Amusement 1978 (Germany, Krautrock, Electronic)

Bernd Held (born 24/8/1950, in Freiburg) better known as "Zeus" B. Held, was part of the Cologne rock scene from a young age, notably with the seminal but undocumented Sound Edge. Later, he seemed to be the man that pushed Birth Control on to more complex progressive rock, with his ever-broadening instrumentation of winds, keyboards and synthesizers, especially during their concept album phase of PLASTIC PEOPLE and BACKDOOR POSSIBILITIES. But, maybe he was just learning and exploring, as what he went on to afterwards with rather unprecedented!

You see, Zeus' solo debut ZEUS' AMUSEMENT was a bizarrely wide-ranging potpourri of styles, from a corny vocoder version of "The Fool On The Hill" via Kraftwerk style electro-pop, progressive rock, spacey synth music, etc., on to some really good Kraut jazzy fusion. As such it amounted to a good CV demo of all the types of music he was capable of.

Released as a single "The Fool On The Hill" seemed to dictate his new style would be electro-pop, and thus his next album EUROPIUM focused on the Kraftwerk-like and synthesized styles more. As a less patchy release, however, it never contained any of the excellent fusion of the debut. The third album we haven't heard.

Zeus B. Held also went on to be a producer and engineer. He produced Die Krupps 1984 album ENTERING THE ARENA, amongst others.

The Fool On The Hill / Off The Cuff / Goodbye Europe / Italian Items / Claude / Madmen's Rag / Why Can't I Be A Singer / LA's OK / Space Cake / Sagenhaft
LP Brain 60.120 (1978)
Zeus B. Held (keyboards, vocals, vocoder, flute, alto saxophone, percussion),
+ Manfred von Bohr (drums, percussion), Horst Stachelhaus (bass), George Fisher (vocals), Christoph Noppeney (viola), Claudia Simeaux-Levy (vocals)


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