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    Duchesses

    A chapter for the ladies: let's talk about the great female voices in front of the rock musicians. One of the most chilling voices (and look at how she moves at the microphone!!): Janita Haan of "Babe Ruth". Listen to Alan Shacklock's 1975 "The Duchess of Orleans". Nearly forgotten...
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    I dunno - I am a huge fan of the First album ...
    What stunning cover art - and -
    A great cover of Frank Zappa's "King Kong (from Uncle Meat) -- brilliant!
    I mean, its a rare artist that does a cover of Zappa!!

    Anyway, here is an interview with Janita -
    http://blues.gr/profiles/blogs/an-in...ne-of-the-most


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    Quote Originally Posted by Fritz The Cat View Post
    A chapter for the ladies: let's talk about the great female voices in front of the rock musicians. One of the most chilling voices (and look at how she moves at the microphone!!): Janita Haan of "Babe Ruth". Listen to Alan Shacklock's 1975 "The Duchess of Orleans". Nearly forgotten...
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    Sonja Kristina, Curved Air, Air Conditioning, 1970, WB USA, WS 1903

    It's not a loud voice, but an expressive one: Sonja Kristina. Listen to "Situations" B4. Did you know: the album was the first vinyl picture disc ever. Because of the poor sound quality, they had to reissue it in the conventional format in black vinyl with the original picture on the album cover.
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    Genya Ravan, Eye of the needle, from 1969 Ten Wheel Drive LP "Construction 1"

    Liner notes: "On stage, they move you against the wall. She's there, in front, earthy. Genya, singing to shake the guts of all the bodies in the room. And behind her the sound, socksound, supersound, breaking through every obstacle in it's way. It's a force, that voice and that band, that sparks revolutions in your head. Warning: not for easy listening!"
    A Duchesse in front of a great band...
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    @ Heather: Yes, you're very right. Babe Ruth's First Base is a really great album! I've searched for it for a long time, until I eventually managed to import a pristine copy from Canada last year. My favourite song is, as you probably might have assumed, The Mexican:



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    Inga Rumpf of Frumpy, Frumpy Live, 1972, Philips Germany, 6623 022

    Simply the best female rock voice in Germany. With these incredibly inspired musicians: Carsten Bohn, Jean-Jacques Kravetz, Karl-Heinz Schott, Rainer Baumann (what great guitar playing!). Listen to "Backwater Blues" B1, recorded live in Hamburg on September 28, 1971. Still live on the road: Inga Rumpf.
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    Fullheartedly agreed !

    This is the 2nd album by Frumpy's follow up band, Atlantis:

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    Here's some live footage of my favourite song from this album, shot by a German TV station in 1973. The song has been written by Inga Rumpf herself. Alongside Inga's extraordinary voice, note that gorgeous solo by Jean-Jaques Kravetz at the Hammond M-100:



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    Getting better?

    Quote Originally Posted by Kay Pirinha View Post
    Fullheartedly agreed !

    This is the 2nd album by Frumpy's follow up band, Atlantis:

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    Here's some live footage of my favourite song from this album, shot by a German TV station in 1973. The song has been written by Inga Rumpf herself. Alongside Inga's extraordinary voice, note that gorgeous solo by Jean-Jaques Kravetz at the Hammond M-100:



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    Ooh baby, it wasn't getting better, because they aimed at the big US music business. A commercial funky style replaced the wonderful Krautrock feeling. Ooh, not my baby!
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    Atlantis, It's Getting Better, 1973, Vertigo USA, VEL 1018

    Quote Originally Posted by Kay Pirinha View Post
    Fullheartedly agreed !

    This is the 2nd album by Frumpy's follow up band, Atlantis:

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    Here's some live footage of my favourite song from this album, shot by a German TV station in 1973. The song has been written by Inga Rumpf herself. Alongside Inga's extraordinary voice, note that gorgeous solo by Jean-Jaques Kravetz at the Hammond M-100:



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    Different cover art for the US music market: sea surf replaces the picture of the musicians. The German Venus pressing contributes the better dynamics than the US Vertigo version. Interesting guitar playing by as yet unknown Dieter Bornschlegel, who replaced Frank Diez. My favorite track on this one is the majestic Bornschlegel/Rumpf composition "Fighter of truth" B2. Because of the female vocals and the (partial) twin guitar solo by Bornschlegel. A great song!
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    Inga on Kraut

    Footage from the German TV series Beat-Club by Radio Bremen:



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    Another great voice from Germany, still in her very young years:



    Who recognizes her? Little hint: Sadly, she passed away in 2017 .

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    Joy Fleming

    Quote Originally Posted by Kay Pirinha View Post
    Another great voice from Germany, still in her very young years:



    Who recognizes her? Little hint: Sadly, she passed away in 2017 .

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    Joy Fleming. Who else? Good night from Switzerland!
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    Joy Fleming, The Final Thing, 1978, Atlantic USA, SD 19220, Promo

    Quote Originally Posted by Kay Pirinha View Post
    Another great voice from Germany, still in her very young years:



    Who recognizes her? Little hint: Sadly, she passed away in 2017 .

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    Attention! Don't buy this album. It's the worst that Joy Fleming did in her glorious career. Disco, Disco, Disco. Don't buy anything of the producer Pete Bellotte! Intolerable!
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    Joy Fleming really was a great rock, jazz and blues singer with an extraordinary, powerful voice, being exceedingly convincing when she sang in her local Mannheim idiom. Remember Neggarbriggeblues/Neckar Bridge Blues? But yes, she also did such weird things like German schlager and disco crap that have to be avoided.

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    Elkie Brooks, Vinegar Joe, Six Star General, 1973, Island Germany, 87 353 IT

    One of the most powerful female rock voices, backed by a superb band of musicians including Robert Palmer. Bundle of energy. Listen to Andy Fraser's "Talkin' 'bout my baby" B3.
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