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Petards, The - Pet Arts
Petards, The
Pet Arts
2LP | 1971 | EU | Reissue (Bear Family)
39,99 €*
Release:1971 / EU – Reissue
Genre:Organic Grooves
1970 was a busy and exciting year for The Petards consisting of Klaus and Horst Ebert, Roger Waldmann and Arno Dittrich. With 'Hitshock' they had released a successful album, they had performed in theatres of Bremen and the Ruhr area; they had performed in the legendary 'Olympia' in Paris and had played some 150 concerts. Want even more statistics? The band was on the radio in 1970 no less than 800 times, and of course the band was on the top of the relevant annual polls of the music press everywhere! From November to December 1970 the band was back in the studio to record their fourth album. Their label Liberty had generously given them a double album, four LP sides had to be filled. No problem for the creative Ebert brothers, Klaus and Horst, who once again were responsible for writing all the songs. This time the band wasn't accommodated in Munich's Trixi Studio where the previous albums had been recorded. Instead, they stayed with sound guru Dieter Dierks in the trendy Dierks Studio in Stommeln. Siggi Loch was not present at the sessions, the band and Klaus Ebert in particular acted as producers themselves. The result was the band's most experimental album, a colorful kaleidoscope with strong psychedelic tracks. The songs got out longer and more unusual, the band didn't care about the radio compatibility of the earlier albums. They had fun and tested what was possible. A great album, which surely belongs to the best what at that time came out of German studios. 'Pet Arts' was released on March 31, 1971. At this time Klaus Ebert, the brilliant driving force behind the band, had already left the Petards and had moved to Hamburg as a producer for Metronome Records. The band had achieved a tremendous success until then, they had played hundreds of gigs, had recorded great records, but despite all their endeavors they hadn't made the big breakthrough. Klaus Ebert preferred the comfortable producer's chair to another uncertain career. A violent blow for the band, neither Ray King nor Bernd Wippich, who followed Klaus Ebert, could adequately replace him. Another album which the band recorded under Dieter Dierks at the end of 1971 was not even released by Liberty and was first issued by Bear Family Records in 1981 entitled 'Burning Rainbows'. In 1972 that was the end, The Petards disbanded. On the 4th of March their 1,000th performance was celebrated, on the 3rd of September 1972 the last gig of the band was held in the 'Western Saloon' in Wiesbaden.The Petards were history, unforgotten until today! Bear Family releases this sought-after double album - back in its original artwork - on 180 gram vinyl for the first time. With 'Pet Arts' we conclude the little vinyl anthology with re-releases of the four original albums by The Petards on Bear Family.
Petards, The - The Petards
Petards, The - Hitshock
Petards, The
LP | 1970 | EU | Reissue (Bear Family)
19,19 €* 23,99 € -20%
Release:1970 / EU – Reissue
Genre:Rock / Indie
With their first, self-titled album for Liberty, The Petards from the state of Hessen in Germany had produced a real hit. The year 1969 meant for Klaus and Horst Ebert, Roger Waldmann and Arno Dittrich above all a wealth of appearances; at that time there was
probably no band harder working in Germany than The Petards. In September 1969 producer Sigi Loch called the band back to Munich's Trixi Ton Studio to record the next album. And as one would expect from the band, the musicians came to the studio well prepared. Within five days, enough new songs were recorded to create four singles in addition to the new album. All the titles were written by the two Ebert brothers, who apparently never ran out of ideas. The musicians used whatever kind of tools the studio gave them: synthesizers, Mellotron and piano were skillfully integrated into the Petards sound. As with the previous albums, the band captivated with an enormous amount of variety and talent. Progressive rock, Krautrock - everything was in the Petards songs - and yet with less than four minutes of running time they remained deeply suitable for airplay.
In early 1970 the new album 'Hitshock' was released on Liberty and continued the track of success of the four Hessians. For many people 'Hitshock' is the most mature and best produced album of the four from Schrecksbach. Fans and critics agreed. In April 1970, The Petards made it into the arts pages! Director Charles Lang had selected the band from 70 applicants and invited them to the Bremen Theatre. There they took part in the play 'Was ihr wollt', freely adapted from Shakespeare (’Twelfth Night’, or ’What You Will’). All arrangements were made by the musicians, some titles were rewritten. Unfortunately no recordings have been preserved. The play was not a great success, but The Petards got off well with the critics, and of course this also meant a good promotion for their new album. At least the four musicians had a lot of fun participating, but still they found time to carry the songs from 'Hitshock’ live through the republic. Bear Family releases this album for the first time again in the original artwork on 180 gram vinyl and adds a reproduction of the original poster to 'Hitshock'. This record is the third of four scheduled vinyl re-releases of the great Petards on Bear Family.
Petards, The - A Deeper Blue
Petards, The
A Deeper Blue
LP | 1968 | EU | Reissue (Bear Family Productions)
19,99 €*
Release:1968 / EU – Reissue
Genre:Rock / Indie
The Petards (with emphasis on the second syllable) were founded in 1964 by the brothers Klaus and Horst Ebert in Schwalmstadt, Hessen, in central Western Germany and emerged from the Magic Stompers created two years earlier. Together with Rüdiger Waldmann and Hans-Jürgen Schreiber the original formation was finally found.

In 1967 - now with Arno Dittrich on drums - the Petards won the SWF (Südwestfunk Baden-Baden) Young Musicians Festival and they got the chance to record their first album in the Maschen recording studio, south of Hamburg. 'A Deeper Blue' was released in November 1967 on the cheapo label Europa and was sold for just 5.00 DM (German Marks).

Single releases, Shoot Me Up To The Moon and Golden Glass, made it to the top of the 'Frankfurter Schlagerbörse' (Franfurt Schlager exchange) broadcasted by Hessischer Rundfunk, and the SWF-Hitparade. The Petards quickly consolidated their reputation as one of the best bands from Germany and moved to a bigger record company, Liberty. But more about that later.
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