Let it out
on Passport records 1976 PPSD-98015
Recorded in Wintrup 1975.
- Bandits in the Woods*
- Prima Klima*
- Let it Out*
- Die Maschine
- Heimweh nach Übersee
- Picnic International
*Remixed in july 1976 by Jeffrey Kawalek & Marty Scott at the House
of Music, West orange , n.j.
Webmaster Michael Bohns impressions of the difference between the european
release and the american:
The main difference between my LP and the CD-copy of the Passport release
of 'Let it out' I have, is that the mixers has been thinking more in
rockterms than in 'jazz' terms (whatever jazz means - this isn't Louis
Armstrong). I think it could be described as more 'stage'ish as
opposed to intime.
The sound is less dry, there is more ambience around the voices. The overall
sound is a bit more homogenous, but then details have become less prominent.
One of the clear differences is a different tonal balance. A little
more bassvolume and a little less prominent drums.
This difference could perhaps be due to the fact that I compare an LP
(through grammophone, pickup, RIA stage) with a burned cd (cd-player ->
pc -> burner -> my cd'player) - so multiple factors could account
for this difference.
The most dramatic differences are on the tune 'Let it out'. It
has 'lost' the intro, starts right-on with the 'riff', and the voices
and the guitar tracks has clearly been remixed. Voices has been added
more ambience, Peter Wolbrandts guitar has got much more reverb/ambience
and is much less dry than the european Conny Planck mix.
It makes the impression more 'rockmusic-like' as opposed to 'jazzlike'
which I think suites this tune. On the drawback side: some of Peters more
jazzy 'vignettes' that usually appears in 2 breaks, has been lowered in
volume so they are hardly noticable, this irritates me a little.
It seems that the remixing-staff has put most effort into this tune, maybe
this was the tune they liked the most, or thought had the greatest potential
I dont know the reasons behind the desicion of remixing the album, or
who took it - this remains to be cleared up.
The differences between the european and the american version are not
so big, that it changes the music, and I dont think you should brake an
arm to get both versions. But it's interesting what a mix can do, so if
you find it second hand to a reasonable price, it might be fun checking
it out. Interesting what EMI chooses to do with the cd-rerelase.
The cd was kindly provided by Achim Helge Winkelmeier (Germany).