- 16. December
A wintruper echo ! The dynamic quartet in Wintrup almost 30
years after. Look
here and check the difference.
- 2. December
Balls ! - Interview with Hellmut Hattler in English.
Kraan cds from Fünfundvierzig
cost now 8 euro /piece (before: 12,5 ). Notice that terms
of payment for customers outside Germany have changed.
The reason why the new
Kraan album is delayed has to do with timing. Thousands of
albums are released every month, few of them gets sufficient
attention - To ensure a reasonable sale you need press coverage
(radio, newspapers , musicmagazines, websites, TV), promotion
material for the press, flyers & posters, preferably a
tour, and a label that feels dedicated enough to make
sure everything happens in time, and a decent distribution
network - also in U.S.A. - Kraan is now planning this.
- 1. December
Kraans coming album 'Through'
will be released marts-april 2003, this is later than expected,
I dont know why (yet)..
Ulli Jagush heard the
recordings and wrote a very
positive review here (alas only in German)
More Kraan lyrics
online (Fred Bauer, Lutz Schönlau & Hellmut contributed)
'We' didn't win the poll
, but had the pleasure to be nr. 1 for a few seconds a couple
of times :-)
More small additions to
the Solo's & work's page, its
getting a bit crowded on this page.
(Fred Bauer contributed again).
The 'Mindit' service,
that sent you an email every time this page was updated, doesn't
work anymore. The company simply ceased to exist. A
NEW UPDATE SERVICE IS OFFERED HERE - should work the
same way, try it.
- 25. November
Now is the final time
to Vote for Kraan live 2001 at www.misterpoll.com
as the top progressive rock band year 2002! Beat the other
'band teams' in the noble sport of pollvoting/pollspamming
- the poll ends on friday 29. November.
Small but not insignificant
updates on solos & works (thanks
to Fred Bauer). Did you know that 'Electric Rama recorded
'Young Kings song' in 1996 ? - I didn't.
Lyrics for 'Let it out'
<Discography -> Lyrics
> (thanks again to Fred Bauer)
- 13. November
A strange rare kunstkopf
recording by RIAS Berlin, early seventies (no exact date)
with Alto but not Ingo. Few minutes bass solo, and Hellmut
uses a wah wah pedal on his bass, then comes the end of Holiday
am Marterhorn...special edition for the German radiomuseum.
More to see here.
If you have any further information about this rare recording
please mail this website.
- 10. November
While we are waiting (for
the new Kraan album)...Check
out this woman Kraan fan
Updates and minor additions
to Solos & work (Liliental, Mickey
D., Ax Genrich, Deep dive, Alex Oriental)
- 4. November
Passing the time (While we are waiting for the new Kraan album):
is known as "the end of all that is" - Kraan is
believed to have fled to california for a while - Kraan is
not - Kraan is survived and remebered lovingly by his wife
October - Vox Populi - Surprise ! Kraans music is Kraanish:
- 20. October.
The Hattler jingle (mp3 - 49 kb) as heard 13 times each
day at the German radio station wdr5 (Cologne)...but only
if you're a rhineland area resident...
- 9. October
3 brand-new free Hattler mp3-downloads at http://www.hellmut-hattler.de/single
- Thanx Hellmut !!
updated. New graphics, concertdates updated, & more fun
Nam for Nokia cellphones
- 1. October
More Kraan concertdates.
- 17. september
magazine issue no.25 (92 pages) with the Kraan
story & Hattler interview, can also be ordered in
Europe (Denmark) from 'Music by mail' (Pierre Tassone) email@example.com
(no website yet). The estimated price will be ca. 4,6 euro
+ postage (releasedate 20/9). Americans, see below - 10. september.
- 14. September
news: A new Kraan studio album is on the way ! !
All basic tracks were recorded live (no drop ins) at Jan's
farmhouse in june, the vocal and instrumental dubs were done
later (in Ulm). 9 tracks have been recorded. It's in the mixing/production
phase now. No release date yet, but the label will be Bassball.
release in France! The french company "m10 records"
is going to release songs from the HATTLER albums "no
eats yes" and "remixed vocal cuts" on one album.
Release date: october 2002.
HATTLER composition "SILENT SURVEYOR" is on the
actual "FLUTHILFE" compilation album (LXounds/sony)
BED" the first HATTLER single will be sent to the radio
stations in october 2002.
tour dates (Germany): February 08 to february 23, 2003
- 10. september -
# 25 of Exposé is at the printer now, and will be shipping
around September 20th. Highlights of this 92 page issue include
(in very brief):
KRAAN: Exposé editor Peter Thelen
has assembled a comprehensive history of Kraan, supported
by an outstanding interview with their star bassist Hellmut
For more information on how to get a copy of this issue, or
subscribe to Exposé, check out the
website at http://www.expose.org,
where you can subscribe by check or money order, or go directly
to The artist shop http://www.artist-shop.com
where you can subscribe with your Visa. "
- 6. September - More photos
from the Progday concert U.S.A.
- 5. september - Photo from the Progday concert: Photos
- 3. September -
New KRAAN concert
date & place: 07.12. Detmold/Stadthalle, Germany
first HATTLER single: "to bed" will be released
in october 2002 on the bassball
The track listing:
01 TO BED (radio cut) taken from the forthcoming hattler album
02 MISS AMERICA / p.m.fm RMX (previously unreleased version)
03 NAOMI (previously unreleased instrumental track)
new HATTLER album "mallberry moon" will be released
in january 2003!!!
- 1. September - Nice review of Kraans performance at Progday:
- 24. August
with Kraan's 4th notability, the keyboardplayer
Ingo Bischof !
- 27. July
interview with Hellmut Hattler (www.seaoftranquility.org)
Tab Two radioshow - info aus dem "gitarre&bass"
magazin: Am 30.08.2002, 01:05 auf 3sat:
Dance Night mit TAB TWO vom JazzBaltica Festival1997
- 8. July - Another
review of Kraan live 2001
- 27. June
starts next week to record some new tunes for a new album
! Releasedate, probably not this year.
Bischof is working on a soloalbum! Releasedate perhaps late
Ingos band before Kraan, will reunite and play some gigs this
The "Rocklexikon Deutschland"
(written by Christian Graf, published by Schwarzkopf-Verlag,
444 pages, www.lexxxikon.de
) is out now, including more than 700 artists and bands with
some weird shots of KRAAN (1972) and Hellmut Hattler's Bassball
- 19. June - A search with Google for Ingo Bischof revealed,
among others, these links (not mentioned before):
Für fließende Hammond-Sounds sorgt
als Gast Ingo Bischof: http://www.hamburgbluesband.de/mailorder/c3.html
And I am sure there are many more...
- 5. june
More Kraan & Hattler
concert dates added here (events)
nam" wird auf der cd zum buch ("made in germany/vol
2. - die besten 100 deutschen schallplatten") veröffentlicht
werden. kraan belegt mit dem 1974er album "live"
den rang 54 (nur im buch: ein feines interview mit Hellmut)
live version of "nam nam" will be released on the
"made in germany/vol.2" double CD because the "KRAAN
live" album (1974) was voted #54 of the "best 100
german records", perfectly documented in the book "MADE
IN GERMANY - DIE HUNDERT BESTEN DEUTSCHEN PLATTEN" by
the "musikexpress" music magazine. (only in the
book: a nice interview with Hellmut)
surveyor (de-phazz RMX)" erscheint auf der neuen "SUNSETS
03" compilation CD (PIAS recordings) im juli und auf
dem französichen compilation album "massages musical
deux" im oktober 2002.
und "no eats yes (de-phazz slimhouse mix)"
erschien auf dem neuesten "TV Spielfilm 2" doppelalbum,
"wave music - die neue sinnlichkeit" im vergangenen
"silent surveyor (de-phazz RMX)" will be released on the "SUNSETS
03" compilation cd (pias recordings/germany) in july as well
as on a french compilation album called "massages musical
deux" in october 2002.
news" can be found on two new compilation albums: "bambuddha
grove" (vol.2) and "goa-head" (vol.16)
the "miss america
(p.m.fm RMX)" will be compiled to a french release. title:
nossy be "is funky for you. volume trois"
- 3. June -
Review of Kraan
Review of Hattler:No
will possibly make an interview with Hellmut Hattler in the
Review of Hattlers 'remixed
vocal cuts' at RTLl text TV: here
- 29. May - Hellmut
Hattler: Bass Bands Business Bauchladen - Brief summary
of article in German in the magazine http://www.gitarrebass.de/
- 27. May - The following event takes place next weekend (1.6.2002)
Bremen/Germany on the "Breminale-Festival" (free
From the "Breminale"-schedule: Helmut Hattler
Der ex-Kraan, ex-Tab Two Bass-Akrobat Helmut Hattler mit einem
Solo-Auftritt. Im weiteren Verlauf kommen deep dive corp.
aus Hamburg mit ihrer elektronischen Virtuosität hinzu.
Als Höhepunkt der gemeinsamen Show werden Janine Jaeggi
und Gustav Gisiger ihre Performance "Expander XXL"
aufführen. Samstag, 1. Juni, Flut-Bühne, 22 Uhr
- 7. May
KRAAN - The early years: 02. Juli 2002. See
events for details
Kraan in USA, The
progdayfestivals announcement: http://www.progday.com/bands.htm
The album Heartware
is now available from Torsten de Winkel as CD - it has been
out of print the last 15 years and is probably the closest
you can get to a Kraan album, that isn't...Tracks 8-12 are
bonuses (including 'Ja ich weiss' that's downloadable from
- deWinkelHattler: Humanimal Talk (with Joo Kraus, Nana Vasconcelos)
- de Winkel with Hattler/Cobham/Brecker: Mastertouch
I dont know yet if they are available from www.bassball.net
- 3. april -
Announcement from Torsten de Winkel:
We are happy to be able to announce that ordering Hattler
music including the new "Kraan Live 2001" (and
Bassball, No eats yes & Remixed vocal cuts ) has just
become a great deal more convenient for residents of the
Western hemisphere (USA, Canada, Mexico etc.). No more
sending cash by snail mail to avoid exorbitant international
cheque fees: courtesy of the new york jazz guerrilla musicians-for-musicians
organization, you may now order directly from firstname.lastname@example.org
and pay at www.paypal.com
using your credit card.
What's even better, more CDs featuring Hellmut and consorts
are available at www.nyjg.org,
- deWinkelHattler: Humanimal Talk (with Joo Kraus, Nana Vasconcelos)
- de Winkel with Hattler/Cobham/Brecker: Mastertouch
Prices: US $15 per CD plus $2.50 per order s&h,
no matter how many CDs ordered, and with any order, the all-star
CD "new york jazz guerrilla - method to the madness *part1"
may be included for the discount price of only $5!
- 24. March - The albums Kraan live 2001, Bassball, No
eats yes & Remixed vocal cuts are now all available
in USA &Canada) at a more reasobale price through Torsten
de Winkel. Order via NYJG1@aol.com
(and save banking expenses and intercontinental postage charges).
- 18. March
New Kraan gig dates (see
Minor corrections and
additions to the info about Heartware (solos
Review of Hattlers newest
- 12. March
Surprise ! ! !
- With Hellmut Hattlers consent - download Heartware: 'Ja,
ich weiss' as mp3 - size: 3 MB. It's the second tune
on the maxisingle by Heartware released in 1986. Peter Wolbrandt
plays the guitar. (Permanent link: solos
& works, Heartware)
The lyrics to the album
Nachtfart is online here
(a small beginning, but still a beginning)
(photos, zeroes, bottom)
- 5. March
There seems to
be a growing demand for Kraan lyrics on this site. If
you have any written material, send them to the webmaster
and there will be created a lyrics section.
(USA) is aug. 31st
This website gets around: www.elektrolurch.com/spezial/kraan/kraan.htm
(btw 'Der Elektrolurch' is an album and a tune by Guru Guru
Hellmut has a mother
- this is not really a surprise, but surprisingly a Kraan
enthusiast claims to have found a picture of her online (Photosection,
zeroes, bottom) - the certainty of this photo is thus
really dubious. :-)
- 21. February
that Kraan have rehearsed new material ! http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Kraanaholics/
of the wrong Andy Nogger Cover: I haven't heard from EMI,
and neither has anybody else. If you want to take direct action
yourself, the guy in charge at EMI is : Gert Gliniorz email@example.com
The new Hattler cd "mallberry
moon" will be finished very soon and released before
summer 2002. new material will be performed live in march
(see tourdates at http://hellmut-hattler.de/).
- 13. February
Kraan goes to USA !
festival - presumably 30.08. or 01.09.2002
Hellmuts Hattlers new
CD is available from www.bassball.net
Some more records of boots
on the bootlist
- 1. February - petite stuff...
Hattlers newsletter has
a list of 16 gigdates for the band 'Hattler' in march. Get
the newsletter here
Minor additions to the
discography (solos & works find "Guru
Cd prices converted from
DM to Euros
The map of Schönsee
were Kraan plays the 8. May has been fixed - it was some hundred
kilometers out of focus ;-)
- 21. January -
The cover of Hattlers
new album here
Kraan concert scheduled
8. May 2002 at Schönsee (Oberpfalz). It will be recorded
by Bayerischen Rundfunk, and probably broadcasted. But Where
is Schönsee ?
- 17. January -
Another my-favorite-Kraan-album poll online:
- and in this newsgroup Hellmut is showing new
sides of his talents, writing poetry under the 'pseudonym'
dr. chem. ballo :-)
- 2. January 2002 - Happy New Year !
A newsgroup for Kraanfans
has been established: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Kraanaholics/
Jan Wolbrandt has published
new old photos and new new photos and some other peculiarities
An interview with Hellmut
regarding the Christmasconcert in Ulm as
graphic 126 kb (section articles)
Some of Hellmut Hattlers paintings online at
- perhaps a place to go
Has anybody received
a corrected cover of the Andy Nogger CD as promised by EMI
? Apparently noone has.
49 updates made in 2001 can be viewed
68 updates made in 2000 can be viewed
43 updates made in 1999 can be viewed