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No other artist has had as lasting an influence on German rock music as Inga Rumpf. Her smokey, bluesy voice, influenced by icons such as Mahalia Jackson and Nina Simone, fills fans all over the world with enthusiasm to th... more »
No other artist has had as lasting an influence on German rock music as Inga Rumpf. Her smokey, bluesy voice, influenced by icons such as Mahalia Jackson and Nina Simone, fills fans all over the world with enthusiasm to this day. Her seemingly limitless stylistic range has rightfully earned Inga Rumpf a reputation as Germany s no. 1 rock vocalist.
For their second album, 1971 s aptly titled Frumpy 2 , the band engaged electric guitar into the Frumpy fold, bringing in one Rainer Baumann, a very talented new guitarist. Now the foundation for international success was laid: the long solos and improvisations characterised in Frumpy s live appearances were now welcomed during the studio recording sessions, as well. Coupled with Inga Rumpf s incredible and original vocal range and depth, this new vision of Frumpy leaves the usual Krautrock formula in the dust and sets off for uncharted new territory. The four lengthy tracks that comprise Frumpy 2 (the band had made it clear that the single charts were not their main target) come across as much of the guitar/organ saturated heavy Prog Rock of the day do but remain steeped in Pop tradition at the same time. How The Gypsy Was Born sounds like it could ve actually been a hit in the day and remains Frumpy s signature tune. As The All Music Guide s Dave Thompson quotes, Quite simply, Frumpy 2 is the Prog album you'll be returning to long after the others have all dulled into wallpaper.
The now legendary second Frumpy album is finally being released completely remastered, in digipak format with exclusive liner notation and rare photos.
Heavy Progressive Rock With The German Janis Joplin
Chris Gerbig | Ontario, Canada | 09/03/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Frumpy 2 is considered the masterpiece of this early 70's German band. Just four long tracks (all but one over ten minutes long) dominated by the great keyboard playing of Frenchman Jean-Jacques Kravetz. Inga Rumpf's vocals are so rough that many may think it's a man singing! She is often considered "the German Janis Joplin". A great combination of blues, classical, R&B, progressive and hard rock elements, featuring long, instrumental workouts. The musicianship is excellent, particularly the terrific organ solos. Every track is a winner. This one should please both fans of early 70's hard rock as well as progressive rock connosieurs. Simply put, one of the best German rock albums of the 70's."
Best progressive album I ever heard
Chris Gerbig | 11/04/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is a progressive masterpiece. It is hard progressive rock that never gets boring, like so much progressive rock does, due to clever interplays and wonderful breaks. It's fragile like Mozart and hard like Hendrix turned progressive - it's recommended for sure..."
There are progressive bands, and then there is Frumpy
EtherealCereal | Michigan | 03/27/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Let's make that opening statement a bit clearer. There are bands out there who get together, get in a studio, and knock out some mediocre albums, be they from today or yesterday, and then there are bands whose musical chemistry is so strong that you wonder where one member ends and another begins. Frumpy, led by singer Inga Rumpf, the Janis Joplin of the European scene, is one of these bands. There is nothing flashy or exciting about any of the singular members, but the great contribution they make is as a unit, not as individuals. Every musician in the group seems to know what and when to play in order to add fullness or harmonic balance to a song, and it shows. A masterpiece."