Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Kin Ping Meh - s/t 1971 / "No.2" 1972 / "No.3" 1973 / "Concrete" 1976

Kin Ping Meh, formed in Mannheim, Germany in 1969 by Joachim Schafer and Werner Stefan, Torsten Herzog, and Kalle Weber. The name is derived from Franz Kuhn's German translation of the Chinese novel "Jin Ping Mei" and means "branch of a plum blossom in a golden vase."

In their early years, the band performed covers by bands like Blood, Sweat, and Tears, and Deep Purple. Once they were discovered by Polydor, they were signed immediately. They broke the scene with the 1970 single Everything's My Way b/w Woman, Too Many People b/w My Dove, and Everyday b/w Alexanra in 1971. 1972  saw the release of their self titled debut album. Schaffer left the band before the first album and was replaced by Willie Wagner, and after it's release, Wagner and Herzog left the band. the band would interchange members throughout the rest of their history. L.P.'s No.2 (1972) & No.3 (1973) respectively. Virtues and Sins (1974), Concrete (1976), and Kin Ping Meh (1977). The band was stellar hard rock/krautrock, with a sound much more hard prog than krautrock really.

The bands strongest efforts are those of their earlier career. Their first two albums in particular, and would appeal to fans of Deep Purple, Birth Control, & Uriah Heep. Pretty solid hard rock all around. Great production, twin guitar driven 70's hard rock that sounded close to more English groups.

*Due to copyright issue, a lot of their material isn't available on youtube (at least, here, in the U.S.) I've compiled a couple playlists from the first two albums, but there are a couple here in their entirety. I've tried to post as much of their more relevant material here, but for the rest, happy hunting!

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