Real Ax Band - Nichtstehenbleiben. 1977 Germany

Real Ax Band were one of many Embryo offshoots to appear in the late 1970s, and were active in the German festival scene of the time. They took the Bad Heads and Bad Cats jazz rock fusion sound to the next level. Featuring Maria Archer, a soul singer from Ghana with a beautiful voice, along with funky electric guitars and a driving rhythm. There's an edge to all of these songs that would be likely missing on an American album from this time. A very fine album not to be missed. And if you're fan of late 70's Embryo, Missus Beastly, Munju, Moira, et al, then this becomes an essential pickup.

Personal collection
LP: 1977 April
CD: 2001 Funfundvierzig

The original LP comes in a fine gatefold and that was my first copy some 20 years ago. I don't believe it was repressed on Schneeball like some of the more successful April recordings (after being forced to change their name). Specialist label Funfundvierzig covered all the necessary reissues way back in 2001.

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