was formed as a trio in 1969. Detlef Wiedecke (guitar), Eduard Schicke (drums), and Werner Protzner (bass),were all members of Oldenburg`s underground rock scene. Their common bond was a passion for spontaneous inprovisations and the music of Deep Purple. They found an isolated rehearsal space in the countryside where they could jam. These sessions would go on for hours, sometimes even days! Gigs would always start with cover versions of Deep Purple songs and end with long improvisations. SPEKTAKEL concerts would sometimes last for five hours. All three musicians moved with their families to Steenfelde, Ostfriesland, where they built a house together (thanks to Friedel Pormann!). In 1973, Detlef switched from guitar to keyboards (Hammond organ, Moog synthesizer, and Mellotron). Many Guitarists auditioned for the band. Ultimately they decided on Heinz Fröhling, who moved into the SPEKTAKEL-HOUSE with his wife and his daughter, Melanie. The band rehearsed constantly. Although the songs were more composed they still left space for improvisations. SPEKTAKEL`S music blended all styles from hard rock to 12-tone-music! They wrote music and lyrics together. They lived together. They worked together. Ultimately this was the reason why this version of the band only lasted one year. SPEKTAKEL`S gigs became legendary for their enormous light show and the equipment that was used. Even today people still remember their gigs. Shortly after the music on this CD was recorded the band dissolved. Heinz and Ede joined with Gerd Führs to form Schicke Führs Fröhling.
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Werner Protzner (born 2/26/42, died 1/6/95) Bass and Vocals
Detlef Wiedecke (born 7/5/50) Hammond Organ, Mellotron, Moog Synthesizer, and Vocals
Eduard Schicke (born 2/14/47) Drums
Heinz Fröhling (born 5/7/51) Guitar, Vocals
An amazing archival discovery - as good as any album ever released on Brain. This is an unreleased recording of German symphonic rock recorded in 1974. Spektakel was a precursor to Schicke Führs Fröhling. The band consisted of Detlef Wiedeke (keyboards), Eduard Schicke (drums), Werner Protzner (bass), and Heinz Fröhling (guitar). The band lasted less than a year before Schicke and Fröhling linked up with Gerd Führs. Detlef Wiedeke latter reappeared on the Führs and Fröhling albums. The musical inspirations for the group were the English symphonic rock bands Genesis, Yes, and certainly King Crimson. The CD consists of four long tracks. Many of the characteristic SFF guitar/drum sounds are obvious. Extensive use of Mellotron will satisfy the most ardent follower of the holy keyboard. The first three tracks of the disc are studio recordings. The last track is actually a 20 minute bonus live recording featuring a long improv section very much in the Crimson vein. Guaranteed to be given the classic status it should have attained 22 years ago.
Spektakel The Eternal Question
1.The Eternal Questions 15:32
2. Big Boss' Eyes 8:58
3. 7 Pounds Tommy 17:34
4. No no no not you (live)20:14