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Fargo - 1982 F

LABEL: Harvest
SERIAL: 1C 064-46664
YEAR: 1982
CD REISSUE: 2010, High Vaultage Records (Germany)


LINEUP: Peter Ladwig - vocals, guitar * Tommy Newton - guitar * Peter Knorn - bass * Franky Tolle - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 F * 02 Here We Are * 03 Squeeze Me * 04 Feel Like Dancing * 05 No Trouble * 06 Plastic Chicks * 07 The Tide Is Turning * 08 Be My Brother * 09 My Sweet Darling * 10 Aphrodite Women * 11 Hard Attack

Having gained a reasonable domestic following with three albums between 1979 and 1981 that had found Fargo becoming increasingly more confident, focussed and musically consistent with each record, the Hannover based quartet arrived in 1982 with a new collection of songs finely honed and intended to gain a firm foothold in European territories beyond Germany's borders. Previously under the tutelage of Eloy's Frank Bornemann, Peter Ladwig and Peter Knorn had opted to co-produce the new album alongside Jan Nemec, who had co-produced the preceding 'Frontpage Lover' album with Bornemann. Expanding upon the hard pop rock themes of that album, Fargo were aided in their quest thanks to the addition of new guitarist Tommy Newton, who had replaced the long serving Hanno Grossman who himself had replaced The Scorpions bound Matthias Jabs prior to the band recording the first album, 'Wishing Well' back in 1978. Having been superseded by Rudi Kaeding for 'Frontpage Lover', original drummer Franky Tolle returned to the band on drums.

The Songs
Introduced by the couplet of the instrumental 'F' (an interpretation of 'Mars Bringer Of War' from Holst's 'The Planets') and 'Here We Are', Fargo clearly intended this as the new live show opener. An initially rigid, heavily accented piece 'Here We Are', once in full flow, leaves its rather Teutonic stance and kicks a little butt that sets the scene nicely for the big riffed 'Squeeze Me'. This track, that credits band members alongside a certain Gary Moore as writers, might sound rather too similar to Mother's Finest's 'Evolution' (from the 'Iron Age' album). Actually, musically it is the same song and Mr Moore (AKA Moses Mo) went on to re-record this version on the first Illusion album a year or so later. The ensuing material veers between wonderfully observed melodic pop rock ('Feel Like Dancing', 'My Sweet Darling') and the amusing 'Neue Welle' quirkiness of 'Plastic Chicks'. We also get heavier fare ('No Trouble', the lumbering arena rock of 'The Tide Is Turning', up-tempo 'Aphrodite Women' and the all out metallic assault of the closing instrumental 'Hard Attack'). However, one song worth perhaps mentioning more than most is 'Be My Brother', a track underpinned by Knorn's ever present and often underrated bass playing yet with lyrics that I have always interpreted as being about a spurned gay crush or relationship. If this is indeed so, it was a particularly brave subject to cover in the macho world of hard rock of the early 80s.

In Summary
A European tour in support of the release of 'F' included a one off UK show at the old Marquee Club in London's Wardour Street. Sadly, due to a lack of promotion or press there was only about twenty people present to witness an otherwise excellent gig (Knorn's trademark forward somersaults and all). Still, after returning to Germany, Fargo eventually parted company with Ladwig and Tolle. After a brief period working with the singer credited as George Phillips on Herman Rarebell's 'Nip In The Bud' solo album and ex Wild Horses guitarist John Lockton, Fargo eventually morphed into Victory with Knorn and Newton initially working with ex Ted Nugent alumni Charlie Huhn, ex Accept guitarist Herman Frank and former Eloy drummer Fritz Randow with rather more success. Having endured a patchy career with Victory, Peter Knorn has since turned his hand to artist management (Michael Schenker, Uli John Roth, Glenn Hughes) whilst Tommy Newton swiftly became one of Germany's most sought after hard rock producers. High Vaultage Records did have plans to release all four Fargo albums on CD as a box set, but such a release (as welcome as it would be) has sadly not yet materialised, although 'Frontpage Lover' has been bootlegged in recent years on the 'Time Warp' imprint.

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#1 | reyno-roxx on January 24 2011 22:35:41
All four Fargo albums now available in Germany on CD with bonus tracks!!
#2 | reyno-roxx on February 04 2011 17:04:21
The Fargo CDs arrived recently. Very curious releases, as they have 2003 printed as the release date yet my German supplier only recently took stock. Oliver Klemm at High Vaultage was originally planning to release them as a box set, but they are all individual releases with bonus tracks (including demos post 'F' featuring Pedro on vocals. The booklets are fantastic. Although the same copy is used in all four to tell a highly interesting history of the band from inception in 1971 right up to becoming Victory, each boasts an array of previously unseen photos from the band's personal collections (including line-up shots with Matthias Jabs in the group). Fantastic job!
#3 | gdazegod on February 04 2011 22:12:45
These are High Vaultage reissues Dave?
#4 | reyno-roxx on February 05 2011 09:02:03
Yup, High Vaultage. I was surprised to find these because the label appears to have become defunct a few years ago.
I came across them by chance on amazon.de and then found one of my usual suppliers had them listed as 2010 releases!
#5 | swazi on February 05 2011 13:53:09
Who is your supplier in Germany ? Hangloose ?
#6 | reyno-roxx on February 15 2011 20:48:45
Schmankerl has them.
Further info reveals that they are 2010 releases. 2003 was when they were originally licenced from EMI.
#7 | swazi on February 15 2011 22:44:23
Ok, yeah, I found them at MusicBuyMail as well, where I usually buy from. First one I bought was the "Frontpage Lover". Let's see ....!
#8 | Eric on February 16 2011 00:42:18
For U.S. buyers there's a vendor on Amazon selling them for $19-22.00 + post. Might pick them up myself....
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