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Einstein - 1979 First Principles



ARTIST: Einstein
ALBUM: First Principles
LABEL: WEA
SERIAL: 58 060
YEAR: 1979

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: Richard Schoenherz - lead & background vocals, keyboards * Christian Kolonovits - lead & background vocals, keyboards * Johan Daansen - guitars, bass, background vocals * Hartmut Pfannmuller - drums, percussion

Additional Musicians: Peter Koch - percussion * Reinhard Besser - bass * Tony Carey, Rick Barcellona - background vocals

TRACK LISTING: 01 On And On * 02 Train Out Of Nowhere * 03 Albert * 04 Destinations Still The Same * 05 The Driver * 06 Like A River To The Sea * 07 Mayday For The Human Race * 08 Where Are You All..


Background
Recorded in both Los Angeles and Frankfurt with producer and Krautrock guru Peter Hauke; Einstein were a German/Austrian outfit and an important piece of the incestuous European progressive pop puzzle. With big connections to German funk band Supermax in both keyboardist and vocalist's Christian Kolonovitis and Richard Schoenherz; the latter is a familiar name to these ears through the superb 1975 Rigoni/Schoenherz concept album 'Victor' and his uneven but acceptable 1978 solo 'What A Night'. It was that album that included guitarist Johan Daansen who would later join-up with drummer Hartmut Pfannmuller for the wonderful Topas and hi-tech marvels Vision Fields. Both Johan and Hartmut would also play an integral role in Tony Carey's Planet P Project and as it happens Carey contributes background vocals and a shares a writing credit on one of 'First Principles' eight tracks.


The Songs
It's an enjoyable effort that's far more in tune with the late 70's American style of progressive rock than their geographical roots would suggest. Not pomp over-load but the usual suspects are present, namely Kansas and Styx and the percolating 'On And On' kicks off the album in pompy style with killer vocal harmonies recalling that other Midwest powerhouse - Starcastle. Digging deeper and picking out some gems, 'Albert' is a bit different, sort of chugalugging Southern hard rock with not one but two pink and fluffy vocal bridges while 'Destinations Still The Same' has all the earmarks of early Kansas. 'The Driver' is the aforementioned Tony Carey piece and arguably the best cut here with swirling keyboards, heavy riffing and pounding bass from guest sessionist and future Craaft founder Reinhard Besser, it certainly stands out from the pack. Finally, 'Mayday For The Human Race' hints at the future Planet P sound, spacious and cosmic with engaging Brian May styled guitar and closer 'Where Are You All..' is a tremendous full-tilt pomp rocker and the crown jewel on a record that should be better known among the AOR fraternity.


In Summary
Never on CD, LP copies of 'First Principles' are easy enough to find although I hope one day it's available to a larger audience in digital especially considering the players involved, not to mention the albums undeniable quality. Killer stuff.


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#1 | gdazegod on April 08 2012 07:54:34
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#2 | gdazegod on April 08 2012 07:55:40
This lot also released 1981's 'Beware Of Germans', which was released on the smaller and obscure X Records.
#3 | Eric on April 12 2012 00:32:05
Godawful cover art on their second album and poor ratings over at Rate Your Music. Too many other things to buy-I think I'll pass!
#4 | super80boy on March 08 2014 16:53:39
I'd seen this album floating around for some time and finally took the plunge to acquire it based off of this review and a sample on Youtube. I'm really glad I did, as this German band knew how to crank out late 70's melodic AOR and pomp. An enjoyable album from beginning to end. Standout Cuts: 'Destinations Still The Same', 'The Driver' and 'Where Are You All'.
 
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