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Two Originals (The list)

Releases in the Two Originals series with gatefold paintings by Patrick von Spreckelsen:

The Allman Brothers Band
David Crosby & Graham Nash
The Doors
The Faces
Roberta Flack
Fleetwood Mac
Aretha Franklin
The Grateful Dead
Iron Butterfly
J. Geils Band
Led Zeppelin
Little Feat
Gordon Lightfoot
Herbie Mann
Curtis Mayfield
Van Morrison
The Mothers Of Invention
Ted Nugent
Carly Simon
Percy Sledge
Stephen Stills
James Taylor
Vanilla Fudge
Tony Joe White
Neil Young


The Konkurrenz Label

Konkurrenz-Label 1980-1982

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Konkurrenz KON 15 • Phonogram 6435 200
12×12″ box set with all albums and singles released by the label (box not officially released)

Kon-Box 2


KON 1: Geisterfahrer • Schatten voraus
Album 6435 078 • Cassette 7106 078

Das Ufer • Pestkreuze • Scharlach • Terror/Liebe • Sand am Meer • Es tut nicht mehr weh • Das Haus • Schatten • Wasser • Vertrauen

KON 2: Die Schönsten • Linientreu
12“ Single 6005 105

Linientreu • Spätkapitalismus I • Spätkapitalismus II

KON 3: Matthias Schuster • Ritual
12“ Single 6005 106

Ritual I • Ritual II • Ritual III • Ritual IV

KON 4: Jeannette & das Land Z
7“ Single 6005 124
Poupée de cire, poupée de son • Raumpatrouille

KON 5: Die Kapazität • Bündig
12“ Single 6005 133

Die Tänzerin • Jede Hilfe • Blechspielzeug • Bewegung • Eckstein

KON 6: Christian Lunch • Shark Bait
Album 6435 105

A Message From The Boss • Strangling Of A Small Dog • PCH • Monika Po • Animal Life • Poho Muzak • Jokes On You • Butzmania • Mambo Jambo • Ivory Coast • Party boys • Cha Cha Cha • Denken Str. • Bitchen Egyptian • Bauhaus Retreads • Hausfrau Dub • Tears from Jürgen Wo • Music For Senile Buddhist Quartet • Weltsendeschluß

KON 7: ExKurs • Fakten sind Terror
Album 6435 115

Warten • Fakten • Bewegung • Steril • Natur • Angst • Friedhof • Ausblick

KON 8: Matthias Schuster • Atemlos
Album 6435 116

Für alles auf der Welt • Umarmung • Schlaglichter • Language Trainer • Habari Gani • An Rah Robeel • Atemlos • Harakiri • G.F. • Geschichte der Nacht • Verlangen • Mussuri Sana • Der schwarze Engel

KON 9: Carlos Peron • Impersonator
Album 6435 132

Her Heäd Is Bräkin • Intu Foör • Impersonator • Méthode • Dog Muzzles • Einsatz • Infiltration • Ordal • Oui, Oui • Frigorex • The Winner • Dom Pedro’s Chamber • Quadra • Light Conversation • Bust Food • Méthode Total • Devin T. Race • The Princess Side Saddle • Ricky

KON 10: Geisterfahrer • Fest der vielen Sinne
Album 6435 133

Fest • Nacht der Löwen • Mein Kind • Angriff • Zeit der Chancen • Himmel auf Erden • Madish Ahb’el • Schnee Blind • Blumen • Leiser Tod • Möchte bei dir sein • Die Stimme der Erde

KON 11: Tom Robinson
7“ Single 6005 183
Tango an der Wand • Alptraum Tango Dub

KON 12: The Red Crayola With Art & Language
7“ Single 6005 124
Rattenmensch/Gewichtswächter • Zukunftsflieger

KON 13: Die Kapazität • Leichte Stimmen
Album 6435 143

Musik für kleine Mörder mit Blick auf den See • Kurzfilm • Bemühe Dich • In meinem Zimmer • Kaum • Gesellschaftskritik für Anfänger • O.S.R.L. • Keiner Hört auf Mao Tse-Tung (Propaganda-Mix) • Je mon fou • Kleine Cryptic • Unser Mann • Musik für die Heilanstalt • Christy Brown

KON 14: Detlef Diederichsen • Volkskunst aus dem Knabengebirge
Album 6435 162

Wahrhaftige kleine Musik • Pissnelke 2000 • Knastbrüder erinnern sich • Der Egokrat und die Multimaus • Bin ich nicht schön? • Alle haben Krebs • Wir sind alle Kellner • Zuckende Chanäleon-Lichter • Animierdamen • Warum gibt es keine Marsmenschen? • Die Wogen glätten sich • Helmut hört heisse Hits • 505 Christen spielen mit Gott • Schmeisst eure Chromteile weg • Christina ist ein Schwein

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Music You Will (Probably) Never Hear

We listened to another one of these strange compilations that came with Songlines, Uncut, MusikExpress, The Wire or Spex. It’s the first »free« CD from The Word:

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Word Of Mouth – The 15 tracks everyone’s talking about (compiled by some promotion company, and given away with issue 17 of The Word in 2004)

1. Nick Drake: Rider On The Wheel
From 2004 if you believe the credits on the sleeve! Cozy acoustic guitar picking from the hipsters’ favourite misfit.

2. Fountains Of Wayne: Hackensack
One of the most perfect pop songs ever written. Great lyrics, wonderful tune, fabulous harmonies. If you didn’t know this band then, it’s existence on this little CD excuses everything The Word ever did wrong. »I saw you talkin’ / To Christopher Walken…«

3. John Martyn: Under My Wing
The great man (apparently a quite unpleasant company) with a fine contemporary track. Is that a flute among the Dad Rock noodlings? Nice!

4. Bebel Gilberto: Cada Beijo
Wow – adventurous sounds for the Word reader! Still, it’s smooth enough to fit into the whole Sunday-afternoon-on-the-sofa-with-a-glass-of-wine mood. It’s Brazilian like you expect, but with a few weird orchestral sketches and almost dub effects. Flute again.

5. Jim White: Bluebird
Another ominous guy with an acoustic guitar, but way more interesting than that Drake fellow. This goes for the David Lynch/soundtrack feel. Produced by Joe Henry, from the wonderfully titled LP »Drill A Hole In That Substrate And Tell Me What You See«.

6. Franz Ferdinand: Shopping For Blood
Whoever sequenced this platter had a heart of gold – even the Franz fit in here perfectly. Was this the time when their first album came out? This doesn’t sound as choppy or new wave-y as one would expect.

7. Delays: Long Time Coming
Echo-y and psychedelic intro to a timeless paisley underground scorcher. Psych pop at its best.

8. Jolie Holland: Old Fashioned Morphine
Another classic – and we’ve all used it on numerous CD-R comps as a surprise. Sounds at first like one of those old 78 discoveries that you find on a MOJO CD.
Word office favorite C.W. Stoneking probably stole his whole sound from this cut. (And whoever is Isabel Eberhard, and should we know her?)

9. Amp Fiddler: Eye To Eye
Shitty band name notwithstanding, this (again) goes for the slightly weird underwater atmosphere, with shifting backing sounds, as if you’re panning across a big cinematic panorama. Somebody was still listening to the first Massive Attack album.

10. Juana Molina: Quien?
The great Miss Molina (whose 2013 album is highly recommended) with a wonderful Tropicalia track. With lots of little twists and turns.

11. Grand Drive: The Real Thing
You would expect this fitting better on an Uncut/Americana sampler, but it grooves along quite well. It’s probably that »raw« guitar sound that saves it, including a slightly Crazy Horse-y solo.

12. Zero 7: Morning Song
More Sunday afternoon underwater music (What were they smoking in the Word office when they commissioned this compilation?). Another unexpectedly remarkable track. We never heard of Zero 7 again.

13. Kathryn Williams: Thirteen
Yes, we can almost hear Mark Ellen giggling at that song title. The Big Star song, of course, sung by that summer festival favourite, »girl in summer dress with an acoustic guitar«. The following 70 Word platters had LOTS of this stuff.

14. Dogs Die In Hot Cars: Somewhat Off  The Way
The stinker on this disc. They should get slapped for their band name alone, and the song is a car crash of pretension, ill-advised backing vocals and dreadful piano tinkling.

15. Sufjan Stevens: The Dress Looks Nice On You
Don’t we all love to hear stuff like that? It’s back to slightly romantic boys with acoustic guitars. Mr. Stevens is Professer Quirky himself and he doesn’t disappoint.

Like we mentioned before, this is wonderfully sequenced, has a nice – slightly disturbing – overall atmosphere (without trying too hard), and works really good even ten years later. The mix of established names, record company promo fodder and a few leftfielders thrown in (Fountains Of Wayne, Juana Molina!) certainly pleased the sales people and the editors in equal measures.

For your historical entertainment, here are Mark Ellen’s sleeve notes: »Survey after survey points to the same truth. No recommendation is as powerful as Word Of Mouth. It’s the music you hear round at somebody’s for dinner that you actually go out and buy. It’s the tune that comes with a warm testimonial from a trusted friend that you listen to with an open mind. Every month WORD encourages famous, interesting people to name the favourites that they would strongly recommend to the magazine’s readers. It’s in the same spirit that we offer up fifteen of the most talked-about songs of this summer, each accompanied by a testimonial from a member of WORD’s extended family.May they lighten your traffic jams this summer and provide you with a new favourite or two. And if you don’t like anything you’ll know exactly who to blame.«

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Music You Will Never Hear

Those »free« give-away CDs that come with your favourite music magazine are forever lost in time. You listen to them once or twice, and then they’re filed away under »various artists« (C’mon, you don’t throw them away, do you?!). Who digs them out after a few years? Who buys these when they’re up for grabs in Music & Record Exchange?

Well, we do. We meet at tea time, someone brings a bottle, another made some cookies, and then we listen to one of these strange compilations that came with Songlines, Uncut, MusikExpress, The Wire or Spex. First up is this:

Wire Estonian

Estonian Music Now 2011 (compiled by the Estonian Ministry Of Culture, and given away with an issue of The Wire in 2011)

1. Galina Grigorjeva: There Is A Time For Autumn
Ominous bells and vibes start this piece for six percussionists. Rumbling drums and marimba create a free form soundscape, evoking a grey dawn and the feeling of something about to happen.

2. Peeter Väähi: Whitelight
The soundtrack to a choreographic scene, performed by the Tallinn Chamber Orchestra. More marimba. Spooky, high-pitched voices are added to the end section – which don’t make things more peaceful…

3. Taavo Remmel: 12.12.2006
A live double bass/electronics improvisation from (of course) 2008. This begins with lone string sounds and (naturally) undecipherable vocals which evolve into some baltic muezzin hollering while the strings get into a slow pulsing rhythm.

4. UMA: Civitas Soli
Ethereal atmosphere, sounds a bit like a Bill Laswell ambient mix of a Miles Davis track. Duo performance of guitar/electronics and trumpet. If this were a movie soundtrack, we’ve moved indoors by now, probably into some old spacey church hall. A beautiful track.

5. Wochtzchée: Sissejuhatus Sissejuhatusse
We’re back in Eno-land, with pulsing water-drop synth… but there’s a crazy crackling sound which turns this into something ominous. And then a sequencer is added and it all builds into a rather Lynchian episode.

6. LokaalRaadio: 121108
Another live improv: guitar, violin, mixing board and electronics. Soundtrack-wise we’re now out on the Baltic Sea, all grey skies, distant horns and disappearing lighthouses.

7. Kago: Aigut/Yawni
A short interlude of strange, strangulated vocal sounds.

8. Erkki Luuk/Raul Keller: Aia Lopp
Sampled (?) speech that finally sounds proper ex-Sowjet. Nagging electronics make background drone. The speaker sounds like a press officer from the Finnish Parliament, making excuses…

9. Tuule Kann/Jaak Sooäär: Pakana
Performed on some Estonian zither and guitar, this sounds vaguely like two musical boxes playing simultaneously. Strangely enticing – could be an instrumental interlude from a Bjørk album.

10. Rainer Jancis: Fragment Il Juga
The Fred Frith school of solo guitar – all manner of string mangling is employed, but all in all this has a quiet assurance. And even a bit of melody.

11. ASK: Tenniselugu
Electronic soundscapes with someone reciting scandinavian phrases seem to be quite big in Estonia. This time it sounds like an instructor in a sports hall, commenting some wicked ball game. Attack of the giant tennis ball. »Fooosball! Foosball!!« But it eventually calms down…

12. Deyal: Insert Name
Groovy percussion makes this similar to an exotic rhythm experiment from someone like David Byrne. Shuffles and skanks along quite nicely.

13. Weekend Guitar Trio: Linnulaat
…which doesn’t prepare us for this quirky polka tune, performed on guitars, E-bow and toy synth. Like a drunken Ry Cooder, lost in a bird market. Fabulous.

14. Celia Roose/Tuule Kann/Robert Jürjendal/Arvo Urb: Siili Silma
Now it gets folky: female singer, bagpipe, jew’s harp – but there are some wobbly electronics underneath and the jaunty rhythm has a dark shadow. Something mad going on here.

15. Kreatiivmootor: Irratsionaalne
And finally some No New York sounds: gabbering vocals, clattering acoustic guitar and grinding, primitive synths. Psycho Killer meets Pere Ubu in a Baltic backstreet. »Irratsionaalne indeed!«

If you can forget all about this being curated by a ministry of culture, it is quite a good listen. The tracks seem to blend into each other without sounding the same, and they form a marrative soundtrack in your imagination. If you like ECM albums, Eno’s Discreet Music series, David Lynch soundtracks and Cosmic Jokers LPs, you’ll really enjoy this. And: all three of us listened to this disc repeatedly on our own. On a Sunday morning, during an afternoon run, and while working.