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Craaft (CD)
It was in August 1984. I just had returned to Frankfurt from a 6-month long USA tour with Tony Carey. At the time, I had owned a small studio above the disco "Music Hall" at the Volta Street in Frankfurt. Music manager Uwe Block contacted me one day. He played a couple of songs to me that had been written by Klaus Luley and Franz Keil. He asked me if I could imagine to work together with them and I immediately agreed since I was enthusiastic about the music. In a threesome, we spent the next couple of months at my studio, worked on the songs and recorded some demo tracks on an 8 track Fostex tape machine. The playbacks were recorded first. Klaus played most of the guitar parts, Franz played the keyboards and I was in charge for the bass and some additional guitars. The drums were programmed by myself with a "Friendship" Step Sequencer and a Dynacord drum sound module. The cymbals and high-hats were recorded live. Due to the limited amount of tracks, we were in need to mix the playback first and record the vocals afterwards. The lyrics were not finished; most of them have been written by Tony Carey later. Because of this, some demos still feature some "working texts" by Klaus. Uwe Block flew to New York to hook up there with Sony (CBS at the time) - and came back with an offer for a record deal. I'd been working quite a lot with Peter Hauke before, and Uwe suggested him as producer for the record. To keep the feelings of the demo tracks alive, we transferred the recordings at Hotline Studio to a 24 track tape machine, added some more stuff and recorded the vocals with the final lyrics again. The drum tracks were played and recorded live in the studio by Sandy Gennaro (Cindy Lauper). At the end of 1985, we flew over to Bearsville near New York. The debut album by our group CRAAFT was recorded there at Bob Dylan's studio and mixed by Brian McGee and Andy Lunn. After the release, we toured all over Europe and performed at a lot of TV shows as well. One of the club gigs took place at the legendary Marquee Club in London. Here, we were joined by Meat Loaf bass guitarist Steve Buslowe and drummer Sandy Gennaro. The highlight for everybody involved was the European tour
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Type: CD
Recorded: 1983
Release Date: 2012-10-12
Label: Yesterrock
Country: Euro
Item No: Y201238
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Track List
01 I Wanna Look In Your Eyes
02 Breakin' Walls Ain't Easy
03 Hold Me
04 You're The Best Thing In My Life
05 I Guess You Are The Number One
06 Stranger
07 Don't Wanna Wait No More
08 Now That You're Gone
09 Wasted Years
10 Cool Town Lovers
11 High High High
12 Takin' My Time
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