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Breakfast - 1976 It's Time For Breakfast



ARTIST: Breakfast
ALBUM: It's Time For Breakfast
LABEL: Sky Records
SERIAL: Sky 004
YEAR: 1976

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: Ferdi Kuhnel - vocals, flute, percussion * Horst Schreiber - guitars, vocals * Guntmar Feuerstein - organ, piano, synthesizer, vocals, percussion * Eberhard Voelz - bass, vocals * Bill Bakine - drums, percussion * Jurgen Kampert - acoustic & electric guitars, vocals

TRACK LISTING: 01 Needing You * 02 Joan Parker * 03 Starlight * 04 Mother Nature * 05 Everyday * 06 Silverlight * 07 Hey Girl * 08 Thousand Miles * 09 Let Me Love You * 10 Tramp


Background
An early release on the collectable German progressive imprint Sky Records; solid information on Breakfast is hard to come by although one name that draws immediate attention is lead vocalist Ferdi Kuhnel who from this outfit went on to front Wheels for their 1979 one-off 'Don't Be Strange' LP and a year later appeared with Choice whose superb 'Just A Dream' album is a hands down melodic progressive classic. Produced by Krautrock icon Conny Plank, the record's ten tracks were written exclusively by guitarist Horst Schreiber and bassist Eberhard Voelz with a very American feel similar to contemporaries Karthago.


The Songs
And like Karthago, the Breakfast sound is often funky, at times laid-back with lovely west coast harmonies and a country rock flavour. The direction of Minnesota favourites Gypsy, the forgotten Lazarus and Colorado hit makers Sugarloaf come into play on the more progressive bits such as 'Joan Parker' which features tasty guitar licks from Schreiber and jazzy time signatures buoyed by keyboard player Guntmar Feuerstein who went on to become an active sessionist in the 80s. His colourful and inventive organ and synth work gives the record a rich and wonderfully textured sound, particularly the first side's 'Starlight' and the up-tempo yet strangely hypnotic 'Everyday'. A towering Sugarloaf 'Green-Eyed Lady' vibe on 'Silverlight' is built to please and The Grass Roots popisms of 'Hey Girl' are seriously infectious. Just what West German radio programmers and record buyers made of it all is anyone's guess although I imagine Breakfast would have gone over a storm on the American military base circuit had they toured which is a big unknown.


In Summary
I heard a rumor a year or two ago 'It's Time for Breakfast' was up for CD reissue and I'd be surprised if it happened, but cool if it did. In the meantime if this style has any appeal at all, it's an easy pick-up from the usual sources unlike the related Choice album which is a more difficult find and ridiculously expensive but worth every penny.


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