Prof. Wolfff - s/t. 1972 Germany

Prof. Wolfff were one of the very few German bands in the early 1970s that actually sang in German. While the lyrical content may have you thinking this is a Deutschrock album, the music is pure Hammond/guitar driven Krautrock. Musically they remind me of a cross between Gomorrha and Haze. Night Sun, McChurch Soundroom and Virus are other guideposts. A very fine release, and collectors of the scene should not miss it.

Personal collection
CD: 1998 Second Battle
LP: 2011 Second Battle

Prof. Wolfff is a band I'd read about in catalogs, but never actually had a chance to hear until I bought the Second Battle CD in 1998, immediately after it was released. As we mentioned back in the Haze thread, there are a handful of "rules" I follow if I'm going to buy an LP reissue. Prof. Wolfff is a perfect choice for this. Originals are off the charts expensive, the music is very good but not exceptional, and it features a cool gatefold cover with fantastic artwork. Not to mention that Second Battle always does a fine packaging job. The CD is no slouch either, that comes in a tri-fold digipak. For the CD, the insert is a poster foldout filled with concert clippings and an overview of the band (in German). For the LP, they provided a large booklet with newspaper reviews and photos. The German history has been left off. Both reissues replicate the original, which had the lyrics printed inside the gatefold.

For years, I'd read that this album was from 1971, but I don't think the original has a date on it. The Second Battle reissues clearly mark the copyright as 1972. So my guess is the album came out in early 1972. Had it come a few months later, I would imagine it would have found itself on Metronome's newly minted Brain label.

1 comment:

  1. Marvellous, another impossible to find CD goes onto the wishlist :-) BTW, I see there's a bandcamp site where a digital copy can be had, for those who are so inclined (I know, present company not included).

    Cheers, Bas

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