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  • 04. july 2017

  • 08. May 2017

    • Re-release:

      KRAAN „psychedelic man“ and"live at the finkenbach festival 2005“ recordings (originally available only on DVD) will be re-released as an audio download album (with two bonus tracks „unser lied“ & „jerk of life").

      release date is planned to be friday 12. may (this week).

  • 12. April 2017

    • Bassball II - 40 years After 40 years - Hellmut Hattler's 'Bassball' (1977) has a follow up: Bassball II !

      Released on Hellmuts 65'th birthday!
      All new tracks with musicians from Hellmuts many connections: Kraan, Tab Two, Ali Neander, Deep Dive Corp, Siyou'n'Hell !

      Read more about the the tracks and a review, or go directly to for the download

  • 29. March 2017

    • HH has a jubilee present in the oven - return on april 12. and check!

  • 23. November 2016

    • Finkenbach 2016 - Der Film (1:52:57)

      Epitaph, Mother's Cake, Amon Düül 2, My Sleeping Karma, Electric Orange, Marblewood, Kraan, Guru Guru, Siena Root, Coogans Bluff.
      Kraan begins at: 1:13:18


  • 23. April 2016


  • 6. January 2016

    • Hellmut Hattler talks about his philosophy of sound


  • 15. june 2015

    • New tourdates for Kraan, Ali Neander Project and SIYOU’n’HELL !

  • 17. Novenber
    • It seems Kraan has come to stay
      Concert: 25.04.2015 - Bonn, Harmonie.

  • 20. October

    • Kraan will never die - new gigs !

    • Hellmut Hattler has just finished the studio work for the forthcoming "ALI NEANDER PROJEKT (feat. hellmut hattler)“. The album is called „this one goes to eleven“ (release date: later this year)


  • 18. August

    • A few shots from Finkenbach festival has arrived

    • Half of Kraan was in the midwest USA 1979/1980 to backup Guru Guru on a tour (read Bills entry in the guestbook)..
      Here is the lineup after a gig at Daley Plaza, Chicago: Roland Schaeffer, Butze Fischer Ingo Bischof, Mani Neumeier & Hellmut Hattler.
      Kraan-GuruGuru  in USA 1980
      Photo taken by Elaine Williams

  • 14. april

    • Would you like to live on Wintruper Straße 71, 2 floors, 7 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, wonderful surroundings, etc., etc.?

      Details weidegut wintrup
      "Seit den 1950er Jahren wird das Haus durchgängig zu Wohnzwecken genutzt.
      In den siebziger Jahren lebten hier, unterstützt vom Eigentümer und Kunstförderer
      Graf Metternich, die Mitglieder der weg weisenden deutschen Rockband „Kraan
      mit ihren Familien.
      Danach folgte bis 2011 die Nutzung als großzügiges Jagdhaus. "
      Weidegut Wintrup

  • 15. march (corrected 17.march)

    • 1975 - Kraan & Guru Guru - Das Leopardenkaestchen

      Kraan and Guru Guru jamming in a SüdWestFunk radio studio, Baden-Baden some time in 1975.

      Mani Neumeier - drums, percussion, vocals
      Roland Schaeffer - sax, vocals and guitar
      Alto Pappert - flute, sax
      Hellmut Hattler - bass
      Peter Wolbrandt - guitar
      Ingo Bischof - keyboards, moog

      There are more tunes from this session - search the net:
      01 Just One Way (2:47)
      02 How Hard I Tried (3:57)
      03 Leopardenkaestchen (4:46)
      04 Mani Banani (5:14)
      05 Allein In Meiner Limousine (3:48)
      06 Torro's Dance (8:09)

  • 20. february

  • 3. february

    • Nostalgia:

      This is the barn where KRAAN’s album „Let it out“ was recorded (in Wintrup 1975).
      It was destroyed by a storm in 2008.
      Wintrup Barn
      - and this is how the place looks today:

  • 19. November 2013

    • A happy announcement: The resurrection of Kraan, at least for 1 evening -
      KRAAN will play at the Herzberg festival on august 03, 2014 !
      cheers! (Lets hope there will be more...)

  • 11. November 2013

    • Review of the last koncert:

      WESTFALEN-BLATT, 11.11.2013 by Thomas Albertsen
      "Volgas Ahoi" - Bei ihrem letzten Konzert gibt die Band Kraan nochmal alles (graphic).

    • 2013 was also the year when Graf Wolff Metternich passed away.
      "Dienstag, 28. Mai 2013 - Steinheim-Vinsebeck (WB). Trauer im Dorf Vinsebeck und bei seinen Mitarbeitern: Peter Reichsgraf Wolff Metternich zur Gracht ist am Sonntag im Alter von 84 Jahren verstorben. Er wird in der Familiengruft in Vinsebeck beigesetzt."

      "Im Kreis Höxter ist besonders diese Geschichte um die bekannte Rockband »Kraan« bekannt: Anfang der 70er Jahre ermöglichte Graf Metternich einer Hippie-Kommune mit Peter Wolbrandt, Jan Fride Wolbrandt und Hellmut Hattler, auf seinem Gut Wintrup am Teutoburger Wald freies Wohn- und Arbeitsrecht; aus dieser bildete sich die populäre Musikgruppe »Kraan«, bekannteste Vertreterin des so genannten Krautrocks. "

  • 28. oktober 2013

    • The last Kraan tickets?
      The last concert...

      09.11.2013: Neuss, Wetthalle am Rennbahnpark
      Karten bestellen bei: Michael Bernd: 02137 4446

  • 27. june 2012

    • Once again from the vaults of Jan Fride

      This is an abrieviated version of a CD you can buy from Jan Fride:
      Kraan-Backstage 1988 Shortcutversion
      (Crazy stuff!)

      Lets Take a Ride - Kraan at the international Donaufestival in Ulm 2000

    • Conny Plank produced or co-produced Kraans albums from Andy Nogger up to and including Nachtfart, and was an important part of the studiosound. In recent interviews, Conny Plank’s collaborators – including Brian Eno and Holger Czukay – remember the radical music producer. (Kraan is not mentioned)

  • 20. june 2012

    • From the vaults of Jan Fride - Old & new Kraan clips:

      Party bei Graf Peter Metternich im Schlossgarten in Vinsebeck:

      Hellmut Hattler und Jan Fride im Kraan-domizil Wintrup.
      This bass has now been added to the long list of instruments that
      Hellmut have used through time Here.

      Schnellste bassist der welt (ca. 1975):

      Kraan Through - Gefilmt wurde im Colos-Saal in Aschaffenburg 2005:

Kraan on youtube
  • Kraan 197110. april 2012

    • 3 Early KRAAN shots (probably spring 1971), photographed by Rose Grass. The live pix are from a radio recording session at the "SWF studio" Baden-Baden. They are a kind of legacy of KRAAN's former roadie Klaus Härtel, who passed away recently.

    • New "album" KRAAN Essential - Volume 1. I guess?

    • Kraan at Hockenheim 2006 ticket added.

  • 30. january 2012

    Cuxhaven 1976

    • 12.04.2012: Ulm, Roxy Hell´s Party | Aftershow: Deep Dive Corp. Hellmut Hattler feiert mit KRAAN, Siyou'n'Hell, HATTLER & mit Joo Kraus Tickets

  • Tab Two 11. january 2012

    • Concerts updated

    • TAB TWO:"Two thumbs up"
      3CD: Best of, remastered + new & unreleased bonus tracks.
      Releasedate: 27.04.12

    • TAB TWO dedicated this song to all drummers & lovers: "Get Rid" (live 1997)

Diamonds 2010
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Without these people this site would have been more boring !
In arbitrary order:
Matt Gregory - U.S.A.
Per Skiold Frederiksen - Denmark
Achim Vater - Germany
Petrus Wippel - Germany
Andreas Hedler - Germany
Wolfgang Schmidt - Germany
Gary Holdinghausen - U.S.A.
Andi Görres - Germany
Rolf Spengler - Germany
Michael Loesl - Germany
Thorsten Knoop - Germany
Eib Eibelshäuser - Germany
Ulrich Jagusch - Germany
Hellmut Hattler - Germany
Kark Heinz Jardner - Germany
Rudolf Weinert - Germany
Bernward Koch - Germany
Charles Snider - U.S.A.
Lutz Schönlau - Germany
Arndt aus Hilden/Düsseldorf - Germany
Uwe Kerkau - Germany
Uwe Zipter - Germany
Werner Wingen - Germany
Ralf Feiten (S.F. Cody) - Germany
Harald Vullbrock - Germany
Wolfpeter Hörger
Gerd Woldt - Germany
Edgar Hellwig - Germany
Axel Rademacher - Germany
Jörn Bernhard - Germany
Damian Léman - Germany
Steve Cork - United Kingdom
Ole Wintoniak - Denmark
Norbert Rolf - Germany
Klaus Rydahl - Denmark
Jürgen Lange - Germany
Frieder Rodermund - Germany
Michael Bohn - Denmark
Peter Wolbrandt - Germany
Jan Fride (Wolbrandt) - Germany
Christian Zey (Chrille)- Germany
Robert J. Baumann - U.S.A.
Günni Heidler - Germany
Andi Scheibler - Germany
Gunter Auer - Germany
Lutz Wernicke - Germany
Jürgen Lange - Germany
Achim Helge Winkelmeier - Germany
Günter Zoufal - Germany
Dirk Jan Müller - Germany
Herrmann Imkamp - Germany
Wolfgang Schumacher - Germany
Hans-Peter Linz - Germany
Ulrich Mrosek - Germany
Chris Wilhelm - U.S.A.
Fred Bauer - Germany
Daniel & Dave Svita - USA
Frieder Rodermund - Germany
Peter Bertges - Germany
Frank Nissen - Germany
Detlef Weber - Germany
Dietmar Volkmer - Germany
Thomas Feld - Germany
Thierry Miguet - Germany
Andreas Pleister - Germany
Karsten W. Rohrbach - Germany
Volker Faltin - Germany
Friedrich Glorian - Germany
Martin Lowack - Germany
GABS - Tübingen Germany
Michael Bartoldus - Germany
Stefan Becker - Germany
Andi Moersener - Germany
Johannes Grüber - Germany

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