Born out of the revolutionary fervour of the Sixties, Birth Control is still seen by fans around the world as representing the best of German progressive rock.
Originally a six-piece student outfit from Cologne, the group was formed in 1968 and released its first album ‘Birth Control’ in 1970. They started out playing in a jazz-rock style influenced by such British organists as Brian Auger, and were famed for their extended arrangements - as featured on ‘Gamma Ray’, here among the five tracks on this excellent ‘live’ set.
Drummer and vocalist Bernd ‘Nossi’ Noske - hailed as Germany’s answer to Ginger Baker - backs up Bruno Frenzei (guitar, vocals) Peter Föller (bass and lead vocals) and Zeus B.Held (keyboards) on mostly instrumental performances, recorded during June 1974 at the Freiburg Ice Stadium and at the City Halls of Attendorn and Dorsten. Producer Dieter Dierks, using a mobile studio, captured these historic concerts for posterity.
Originally issued as a double album to celebrate the band’s fifth anniversary, ‘Live’ presents 70 minutes of power-packed progressive rock.