Archive for February 5, 2015

Maybe this is another great “Volksmusik” recording in the literal sense: Simple, but always nice melodies, uncomplicated lyrics, refrains you can sing along and all in all songs that tell us stories about real life in a certain society and time, about the social struggles and everyday fights. Thanks, Jenny Bauer, for bringing our attention to this topic (see Staff Benda Bilili concert review).

Cochise from Dortmund played folk music with mostly political lyrics inspired by left wing perspective.

Cochise were founded in 1979 and became one of the musical voices of the alternative movement in Germany.

They developed an unique lyrical and musical language connecting the political contents of the 70s and 80s with powerfull, delightfull music and the rebellious attitude of a whole generation.


A1 Die Erde war nicht immer so 5:11
A2 1, 2, 3, laßt die Leute frei 4:16
A3 Lacht mich ruhig aus 3:50
A4 Raus, raus, raus 3:00
A5 Sachbeschädigung 3:16
B1 Komm zu uns 4:02
B2 Der Staat ist doof und stinkt 3:43
B3 Feuer 4:45
B4 Schnee zu Ostern 5:28
B5 Die Nacht nach der Heidehof-Räumung 1:45

Cochise – Die Erde war nicht immer so (1984)
(192 kbps, cover art inlcuded)

This album was originally released by Moses Asch, founder of the Folkways label, on Asch Records in 1941 as “Struggle: Documentary No. 1”.
It was re-released by him in 1976 to commemorate the bicentennial of the American Revolution with a special series of liner notes by Asch explaining the importance of Woody Guthrie’s history of the working class through song.
Both Guthrie’s songs and the liner notes are stuff of supreme cultural importance. In the notes, Asch lays out a theory that the American Revolution has not yet been completed and there is a need for a “continuing struggle for human rights and equality.”
As a collection of songs, this is surely one of the best Guthrie collections, especially once it’s known how important it was to him personally. In many ways, it seems as if this album was the fulfillment of a very personal vision, which starts with the songs but is only realized in their collectivity.
Included here are such excellent songs as the unsettling “Hang Knot,” the elliptic “Union Burying Ground,” and the finely spun “Pretty Boy Floyd.” These songs define Guthrie at his best, never didactic in tone but supreme in import. The album also features the Cisco Houston (Guthrie’s sometime tramping companion) number “Get Along Little Doggies,” as well as his vocal accompaniment on several tracks. Sonny Terry guests on “Lost John,” lending his harmonica to Guthrie’s tale of a chain gang escapee. Both as a historical artifact and as an amazing Guthrie album, this is required listening.
(320 kbps, cover art included)