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Uploaded on Aug 31, 2011
Umsonst und Draussen' can be literally translated to 'for free and outdoor'. It was the starting point for uncounted festivals taking place in Germany furthermore provided with a self-organized, non-commercial and open-minded approach. Stylistically the 1970s were dominated by prog and prog-related bands, mainly offering a blend of jazz, psych and folk, which had a special experimental attitude. They questioned all conventions - today often categorized as krautrock. This represented those restless and rebellious times drawing from the former student uprisings and protests against the Vietnam War. Surely inspired by the famous WOODSTOCK festival the first ideas to offer music self-determined and free from any commercial goals came up around 1972 in the Herford/East Westphalia region and manifested in a one day event at Bünde. It is said that Norbert Hähnel (Der Wahre Heino) is responsible for the original label which is quite prominent nowadays. Three years later (25th June) the first official 'Umsonst und Draussen' festival took place at a stone quarry in Vlotho-Winterberg and developed to a German wide trademark during the following years. Up to now lots of festivals have been organized all over in Germany under this moniker trying to hold up the spirit of the past - based on donations and sponsoring. The SIREENA Records label now has re-issued the 1975-1978 festival recordings on compact disk - remastered based on the original tapes. Aufbrüche' holds four discs provided with best possible sound quality (considering the circumstances) and a nice booklet containing informations and pictures. Although musically not a big revelation and challenge for me today, this is a very important historical music document by all means.
01. The bad times are gone • Embryo 02. I mechd di gean amoi nackad seng • Sparifankal 03. Slow one (Stoppt Strauß) • Missus Beastly 04. Jung Siegfried • Hammerfest 05. Free forever • Es 06. Ausschnitt aus der Geschichte von Herrn Müller • Checkpoint Charlie 07. Sommer 58 • Out Of Focus 08. Drei Orchideen • Julius Schlittenheim 09. Move your ass in time • Real Ax Band 10. Herr Siebert & die sieben Siebe • Aera 11. Tango • Brühwarm 12. Don't use your spray • Das Dritte Ohr 13. Sonntag • Release Music Orchestra 14. Keine Macht für Niemand • Porta Westfalica Allstars