A long time ago a very generous fusion collector posted their album Straight Ahead (their first I think) and it absolutely blew me away. It's only thanks to others that I later realized they had done three records in total. After hearing all three I think this is actually their masterpiece. (The other one btw is called "Suntalk" and has a side-long suite on b that I find a little too drawn-out.) The weird and quirky fusion just never lets up on this outing from 1982 (called "fat broth" I think, you will see a recipe for the LP/broth on the back) and there is an utter minimum of wanky improvising. It's amazing what was going on in Germany at this time in music. Of course even in N. America fusion was not yet dead but it was slowly becoming a dirty word especially among the cool and among the influential music reviewers.
Bass, Vocals– Cläusel Quitschau
Drums– Manfred von Bohr
Guitar– Jan Reimer
Keyboards, Vocals– Michael Herting
Saxophone– Norbert Stein
I realize of course an mp3 rip has been circulating of this record, I think it was posted on the growing bin website first, but I really wanted to do it justice so you can hear every detail of the thought these superb musicians put into their work. And in each song there is some very odd angularity or unique aspect to the riff that makes for intensely interesting listening, I think you'll agree. Consider track 6, Dampfwalzer, where under a furious rhythm section the guitarist plays virtually an atonal solo full of odd hendrixian sounds. Very abruptly the passage ends and you get the frantic sax on abnormal chords synths space effect (as in Nazaruk's Hymn to the Midnight Sun I posted before). The last track, Turkis, is my idea of a swan song to fusion, with the best and most beautiful melodic harmonies of any record, harking back to the seminal british and american masters, recalling perhaps a lot of Toto Blanke and Electric Circus who by that time had moved on from fusion .....