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Tuesday, July 7, 2009

A.R. & Machines - Achim Reichel, Germany






A.R. & Machines - Echo. 1972 Polydor double LP
A.R. & Machines - 3. 1973 Zebra (Reichel's label for Polydor) xxx Turns out there is a reissue on the Spectrum label from 1996. Obviously very rare and needs a new reissue!
A.R. & Machines - IV. 1974 Zebra
Achim Reichel - Autovision. 1974 Zebra xxx Turns out there is a reissue on the Spectrum label from 1996. Obviously very rare and needs a new reissue!
Achim Reichel - Erholung. 1975 Brain

It can be argued that Achim Reichel has the largest body of important work still not on CD. He began to use sound on sound guitar techniques with "Die Grune Reise" and continued that strain, with different formats, through to the "Erholung" album. From there he went back to a pop singer-songwriter style. Reichel is a big star in his native Germany and he's maintained that he doesn't want these reissued for now. That's a pity. "Die Grune Reise" actually was reissued by Polydor at the dawn of the CD age in the mid 1980s and quickly fell out of print (and was finally reissued again on his own Tangram label in 2007 with the short film of the same name). Otherwise, the only hope of hearing these albums on CD is through a 2 disc compilation. Hardly satisfying. Many of these have been booted - more than once. With "Die Grune Reise" finally getting reissued at the end of 2007, we can only hope the others will get reissued soon as well! He was also involved with the Frankie Dymon Jr recording.

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