Wednesday, May 12, 2010

The King-Beats - Complete


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The King-Beats were a German-based quintet that specialized in Anglo-American style rock &roll ranging from light pop/rock to bluesier sounds ("Hear What I Say") with a couple of near-ludicrous variations on classic rock & roll ("Too Much Language Business") in between.

Klaus Kieswald (Drums)
Ehrhard Marz (Lead + Rhythmus)
Elmar Marz (Bass)
Rainer Marz (Guitar)
Richard Ungerath (Vocal)
The King-Beats were a German-based quintet that specialized in Anglo-American style rock &roll ranging from light pop/rock to bluesier sounds ("Hear What I Say") with a couple of near-ludicrous variations on classic rock & roll ("Too Much Language Business") in between. They actually did some first-rate songs that could have competed with the real British and American article on their home turf, including "Same Way, Every Day," "I Know You Need Me," and "Make Up Your Mind," a lot of it resembling the work of the early Beatles circa Please Please Me. The group's principal lineup consisted of Elmar Marz (keyboards, bass, vocals), Ehrhard Marz (guitar, vocals), Klaus Kieswald (drums), Rainer Marz (guitar, vocals), and Richard Ungerath (guitar), although several members, including keyboardist Hans Werner Heine and drummer Joachim Franz, passed through the group around the core of the Marz brothers. In addition to their work as the King-Beats, the group also released singles, EPs, and albums under several pseudonyms -- the most bizarre was a 1966 single credited to Malepartus II, a German-language adaptation of "Wild Thing" entitled "Lisbeth" with a B-side of "Ichglaab, die Hole Mich ab, Ha-haaa," an adaptation of "They're Coming to Take Me Away, Ha-Haaa!"; their live recordings, credited to the Ad-Libs (not to be confused with the Ad Libs, the American vocal group), are first-rate covers of songs associated with the Beatles, the Searchers, the Animals, Tom Jones, the Hollies, and others. None of these are as slavishly devoted to the originals as, say, the Beatles Revival Band, but they are performed with a lot of love and passion. The three Marz brothers had previously worked together in numerous rock aggregations, including the Strangers, throughout the 1960s, but the King-Beats marked their lasting contribution to music. In 2001, Bear Family Records released an 80-minute CD of the group's complete released recordings in their various guises as part of its Smash! Boom! Bang! series devoted to the 1960s German beat boom

01 - The King-Beats - Archibald II

02 - Hear What I Say

03 - Too Much Language Business

04 - Same Way, Every Day

05 - I Know You Need Me

06 - Make Up Your Mind


Malepartus II - aka The King-Beats

07 - Lisbeth

08 - Ich glaab', die hole mich ab, ha-haaa!



Ad-Libs - aka The King-Beats

09 - Too Much Monkey Business

10 - I'm Alive

11 - We've Got To Get Out Of This Place

12 - It's Not Unusual

13 - Ticket To Ride

14 - It's My Life

15 - Louie, Louie

16 - Route 66

17 - You've Got To Hide Your Love Away

18 - You've Got Your Troubles

19 - Oh Carol

20 - Sorrow

21 - Talkin' 'Bout You

22 - It's In Her Kiss

23 - I've Got That Feeling

24 - Walkin' The Dog

25 - Goodbye My Love

Richard Brothers - aka The King-Beats

26 - I Just Wanna Make Love To You

27 - Slow Down
 
Okay, so a few short phrases of German are strategically placed into numbers like "Too Much Monkey Business," but they still rip into the American and British covers here in earnest, with a lot of spirit and even some inspiration. This is everything the King-Beats ever released, singles, live albums, etc., and there's not only not a bad cut here, but an amazingly solid core of good music, including an elegant rendition of Ray Davies' "I've Got That Feeling." They play well, they handle the lyrics throughout like native English speakers, and the whole CD is certain to delight fans of '60s rock & roll. ~ Bruce Eder, All Music Guide
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