The legendary SWF (German regional radio from Baden-Baden) radio
sessions from 1970–1975 were, for a long time, considered lost.
Now after extensive searching through the archives they have been
recovered and remastered to their original glory. These tapes are a
"must" for Progressive Music and Krautrock fans.
Originally the sessions were broadcast as part of an SWF talent
search for up and coming bands organised by Walther
Krause. The bands were invited into the studio and the results
were broadcast in the popular and now sadly missed shows "STARS AND HITS" and "POPSHOP".
Unmissable for Prog- and Krautrock fans. Some of the "unknown"
bands that took part in the sessions were KRAAN,
MY SOLID GROUND AND CURLY CURVE. Other less known bands became
their first chance to play in a "real" studio and prove
that they were as good, if not even better, than their
contemporaries. These long lost tapes form the basis for a new
series for LONG HAIR and
will also reflect SWF's pioneer work with young unsigned bands over
Volume 1 presents the band JUD'S
GALLERY from Offenburg (South-West
Germany). JUD'S GALLERY
recorded 9 songs over two SWF sessions (28.07.1972 an 29.03.1974).
These songs have been digitally remastered from the original tapes
to perfect studio quality.
JUD'S GALLERY were formed in 1971 by Jürgen
"Judy" Winter. The only other founding member at the
sessions was Peter Oehler
who had been playing with Judy
in other guises before. These two enthusiatic perfectionists were
accompanied for the first session by Hannes
Gremminger, Herbert Brandmeyer and singer Elly
Lapp who left the band shortly afterwards. SWF presenter Hans-Jürgen
Kiebenstein was instrumental in inviting the band to Studio U 1 in Baden-Baden for a session without any overdubbing
or re-recording, no easy task for a band who's average age was
at the time a mere 21.
The sessions opened up a hitherto unknown world for JUD'S GALLERY of concerts outside of their native Offenbach and
surrounding area. Support slots with internationally renowned bands
such as Steamhammer,
Pretty things, Beggar's
Opera, Ekseption and Alexis Korner followed and also a German tour with Golden
Earring. After this JUD'S
GALLERY were ready for their own headlining tour including
Festivals and gigs in and around the French border.
At a festival in southern Germany
the band was approached by Roland
Pink, Brainstorm, Guru
Guru) who was working as a producer for SWF at the time.
He invited the band for their second SWF session. The band recorded
4 songs, including the 12 minute version of Nordrach,
with the line-up of Jürgen
"Judy" Winter, Peter Oehler, Clem Winterhalter and Sibi
Siebert. After this session it was only a question of time
Gallery released an LP. Contacts to Achim Reichel's label "Gorilla
Music" were made and shortly before they went into a
studio the band broke up due to economic hardship and musical
Despite this and thanks to the excellent radio sessions we can
relive a fantastic time of enthusiasm and hope from this brilliant
band that deserved more at the time.
Gallery Judy Winter moved to the Rhineland and in 1976
with former Sperrmüll
member Helmut Krieg. Peter Oehler played in a few bands and is now head of music at Radio
Ohr in Offenburg.
Manfred Steinheuer, March 2000
Thanks to: Jürgen Winter, Erek Gaudian, Gregor Glöckner, SWR-Media
shapefruit AG, Winfried Schuld, Christiane, Willi, Paul.
"SWF Session Vol. 1"
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